1991 Pulitzer Prize

The following are the Pulitzer Prizes for 1991. The year was significant because not only were awards given for all categories, but two separate awards were given for International Reporting.

Journalism awards

Letters awards

Arts awards

Commissioned by The Philadelphia Orchestra and premiered by that orchestra on October 19, 1990.


  • "Winners of the 1991 Pulitzer Prizes in the Arts and Journalism". N.Y. / Region. The New York Times (Late Edition - Final ed.). New York. 10 April 1991. ISSN 0362-4331. OCLC 1645522. Archived from the original on 8 November 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  • Brennan, Elizabeth A.; Clarage, Elizabeth C. (1999). Who's who of Pulitzer Prize winners. Phoenix: Oryx Press. ISBN 9781573561112. OCLC 40126493 – via Google Books.

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1990 in literature

This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1990.

ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts & Sciences is the largest of the 17 independent school units at ASU. Students majoring in the college make up 32 percent of all Tempe campus students and the college fills over 40 percent of all ASU course seats.The college is home to three academic divisions, 23 interdisciplinary schools and departments and 40 research centers/institutes. The college offers 95+ undergraduate majors and 140+ graduate degrees. As of fall 2017, the college's total student enrollment was 15,942 and 29 percent of all ASU undergraduates were enrolled in a major, concurrent degree, minor or certificate in the college.

Alfred A. Knopf

Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. () is a New York publishing house that was founded by Alfred A. Knopf Sr. and Blanche Knopf in 1915. Blanche and Alfred traveled abroad regularly and were known for publishing European, Asian, and Latin American writers in addition to leading American literary trends. It was acquired by Random House in 1960, which was later acquired by Bertelsmann in 1998, and is now part of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. The Knopf publishing house is associated with its borzoi colophon, which was designed by co-founder Blanche Knopf in 1925.

Alvin McCoy

Alvin Scott McCoy (born July 14, 1903; died 1984) was an American journalist of The Kansas City Star who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1954 for local reporting and an outstanding work published the previous year about a series of articles that drove C. Wesley Roberts to resign his RNC chairmanship.

Charles Fussell

Charles Clement Fussell (born February 14, 1938, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina) is an American composer of contemporary classical music. His symphony Wilde for solo baritone and orchestra, based on the life of Oscar Wilde and premiered by the Newton Symphony Orchestra and the baritone Sanford Sylvan in 1990, was a finalist for the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for Music. He was an assistant and close friend of the composer Virgil Thomson.

Dallas Times Herald

The Dallas Times Herald, founded in 1888 by a merger of the Dallas Times and the Dallas Herald, was once one of two major daily newspapers serving the Dallas, Texas (USA) area. It won three Pulitzer Prizes, all for photography, and two George Polk Awards, for local and regional reporting. As an afternoon publication for most of its 103 years, its demise was hastened by the shift of newspaper reading habits to morning papers, the reliance on television for late-breaking news, as well as the loss of an antitrust lawsuit against crosstown rival The Dallas Morning News after the latter's parent company bought the rights to 26 United Press Syndicate features that previously had been running in the Times Herald.

MediaNews Group bought the Times Herald from the Times Mirror corporation in 1986; Times Mirror had owned the paper since 1969. MediaNews sold off the paper in 1988.

According to Burl Osborne, the former publisher of the Morning News, the Times Herald shutdown on December 8, 1991. The next day, Belo, owner of the Morning News, bought the Times Herald assets for $55 million and sold the physical equipment to a variety of buyers to disperse the asset and thus prevent any other entity from easily re-establishing a competitive newspaper in Dallas.

Microfilm copies of the Dallas Times Herald can be found in the Dallas Public Library archival collection. The collection includes December 1855 - December 1991, with a gap from January through October 1886.

Eldora, Iowa

Eldora is a city in Hardin County, Iowa, United States. The population was 2,732 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Hardin County.

Gregory White Smith

Gregory White Smith (October 4, 1951 – April 10, 2014) was an American biographer of both Jackson Pollock and Vincent van Gogh. In addition to writing 18 books with Steven Naifeh, Smith was an accomplished musician, historic preservationist, art collector, philanthropist, attorney, and businessman who founded several companies including Best Lawyers, which spawned an entire industry of professional rankings.

His brain tumor, which was diagnosed in 1975, led to 13 brain surgeries as well as radiation and nuclear medicine treatments and experimental chemotherapeutic regimens. His search for cutting-edge medical care was profiled on CBS's 60 Minutes and recounted in his book Making Miracles Happen.Jackson Pollock: An American Saga was published in 1990, winning the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography. The Philadelphia Inquirer called the book "Brilliant and definitive … so absorbing in its narrative drive and so exhaustively detailed that it makes everything that came before seem like trial balloons."Van Gogh: The Life, which Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times called "magisterial," was published in 2011 with a companion website hosting over 6,000 pages of notes. The book stirred global controversy by debunking the widely accepted theory that Van Gogh committed suicide and arguing instead that village bullies shot him."As a tale of ambition, hard-fought fleeting triumphs and dark despair," said the San Francisco Gate, "it has the dramatic pull of a gripping nineteenth-century novel. … [The] biography enriches the eye. Its insight and vast information vault readers into the work of Van Gogh and the artists of his time. It deepens the experience of looking at art." "A tour de force," said the Los Angeles Times, a "sweepingly authoritative, astonishingly textured book."

Harold Jackson

Harold Jackson may refer to:

Harold Jackson (VC) (1892–1918), received the Victoria Cross in World War I

Harold Jackson (ice hockey) (1918–1997), professional ice hockey player in the National Hockey League

Harold Jackson (American journalist), co-winner of the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing

Harold Jackson (American football) (born 1946), former National Football League (NFL) player

Harold Jackson (cricketer) (1888–1979), Irish cricketer

Harold Jackson (politician) (1902–1980), Australian politician

Harold Warters Jackson (died 1972), English solicitor and Lord Mayor of Sheffield, 1930

Joseph T. Hallinan

Joseph T. "Joe" Hallinan is an award-winning journalist and author. He has written extensively on the criminal justice system in the United States.

While a journalist with the Indianapolis Star he and Susan M. Headden shared the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting "for their shocking series on medical malpractice in the state." Hallinan was named a Nieman Fellow at Harvard. He has written Going Up the River: Travels in a Prison Nation (2001).

Hallinan has taught at a number of American colleges and universities, and was most recently a visiting professor at Vanderbilt University. He has appeared on a variety of radio and television programs in the U.S. and abroad, including NPR's Fresh Air with Teri Gross and The O'Reilly Factor on Fox News.

He lives in Chicago with his wife, Pamela Taylor, and their three children.

Lost in Yonkers

Lost in Yonkers is a play by Neil Simon. The play won the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

McDaniel College

McDaniel College is a private liberal arts college in Westminster, Maryland. Established in 1867, it was known as Western Maryland College until 2002 when it was renamed McDaniel College in honor of an alumnus who gave a lifetime of service to the college. The college also has a satellite campus, McDaniel College Budapest, in Budapest, Hungary. McDaniel College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Mona Van Duyn

Mona Jane Van Duyn (May 9, 1921 – December 2, 2004) was an American poet. She was appointed United States Poet Laureate in 1992.

Newton Symphony Orchestra

The Newton Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1967, is a 70-member mostly non-professional regional orchestra based in Newton, Massachusetts. The Newton Symphony Orchestra has toured in a variety of locations, including Carnegie Hall. The current music director of the orchestra is James M. Orent.

The NSO has championed new music, including commissions and world premieres of works by noted American composers, such as Gunther Schuller, Charles Fussell, and Ethan Wickman. Fussell's Wilde, premiered by the NSO and the baritone Sanford Sylvan in 1990, was a finalist for the 1991 Pulitzer Prize in Music. The NSO also commissioned and performed Sinfonia da Requiem: For the Victims of the Holocaust, by the Uruguayan composer León Biriotti, which was designated by The Improper Bostonian as the third best Classical Music Performance of that year in Boston. In October 2008, the NSO gave the East Coast premiere of Ethan Wickman's Solitary Deserts of Infinite Space.

The Newton Symphony Orchestra has attracted an esteemed collection of international and local soloists, including the Spanish guitarist Angel Romero, the Hungarian violinist Dénes Zsigmondy, the marimba player Nanae Mimura, and the cellist Sebastian Baverstam. NSO opera performances attract well known artists in the field, including Adina Aaron and Benjamin Warschawski from the New York City Opera, and Barbara Kilduff and Leah Wool of the Metropolitan Opera. Recent instrumental soloists have included the violinist Bin Huang and the pianist Michael Lewin, a Newton resident who is the Chairman of the Boston Conservatory Piano Faculty.

Serge Schmemann

Serge Schmemann (born April 12, 1945) is a writer and editorial page editor of the International Herald Tribune, the global edition of the New York Times. Earlier in his career, he worked for the Associated Press and was a bureau chief and editor for the New York Times.

Sheryl James

Sheryl Teresa James (born October 7, 1951) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing in 1991 for a series she wrote in the St. Petersburg Times about a mother who deserted her baby. Her reporting has also been in the Detroit Free Press, the Greensboro News and Record, and City Magazine in Lansing, Michigan.

Steve Breen

Stephen Paul Breen (born April 26, 1970 in Los Angeles, California) is a nationally syndicated cartoonist. He twice won the Pulitzer Prize, in 1998 and 2009.

Symphony (Ran)

The Symphony is a symphony for orchestra by the Israeli-American composer Shulamit Ran. The work was commissioned by the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1987 and was give its world premiere on October 19, 1990. The piece was awarded the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for Music and took the first place Kennedy Center Friedheim Award that same year. It was composed in a primarily atonal style.

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