Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction

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The Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction is one of the seven American Pulitzer Prizes that are annually awarded for Letters, Drama, and Music. It has been presented since 1962 for a distinguished book of non-fiction by an American author, published during the preceding calendar year, that is not eligible for consideration in another category.

Finalists have been announced from 1980, ordinarily two others beside the winner.[1]


In its first 52 years to 2013, the Nonfiction Pulitzer was awarded 55 times; two prizes were given in 1969, 1973, and 1986. Two people won the prize as co-authors in 1968, 1990, and 1991.[1] Barbara Tuchman and E.O. Wilson have won two Nonfiction prizes each. Two winning works were also finalists in the Pulitzer Prize for History: A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam (1989) and Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America (1993).




The finalists are indented, ordinarily two each year.





  • 2020: The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America by Greg Grandin / The Undying: Pain, Vulnerability, Mortality, Medicine, Art, Time, Dreams, Data, Exhaustion, Cancer, and Care by Anne Boyer [8]

Repeat winners[edit]

Two people have won the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction twice.

  • Barbara Tuchman, 1963 for The Guns of August and 1972 for Stilwell and the American Experience in China
  • E. O. Wilson, 1979 for On Human Nature and 1991 for Ants, the latter with co-author Bert Hölldobler

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "General Nonfiction". The Pulitzer Prizes (pulitzer.org). Retrieved 2008-02-27.
  2. ^ "1986 Pulitzer Prize Winners". www.pulitzer.org. Retrieved 2020-09-06.
  3. ^ "General Nonfiction". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  4. ^ "General Nonfiction". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  5. ^ "General Nonfiction". Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  6. ^ "2018 Pulitzer Prize Winners". www.pulitzer.org.
  7. ^ "2019 Pulitzer Prize Winners". www.pulitzer.org.
  8. ^ "2020 Pulitzer Prize Winners". www.pulitzer.org.

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