Winners of the Pulitzer Prizes for 1996 were:
A Fair Country is a play by Jon Robin Baitz. The play premiered Off-Broadway in 1996, and was a finalist for the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.Alan Taylor (historian)
Alan Shaw Taylor (born June 17, 1955) is an American historian specializing in early United States history. He is the author of a number of books about the colonial history of the United States, the American Revolution and the early American Republic. Since 1995, he has won two Pulitzer Prizes and the Bancroft Prize, and was a finalist for the National Book Award for non-fiction.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.Alix M. Freedman
Alix M. Freedman (born November 25, 1957 New York City) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist, and ethics editor at Thomson Reuters.Art Hoppe
Arthur Watterson Hoppe (April 23, 1925 - February 1, 2000) was a popular columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle for more than 40 years. He was known for satirical and allegorical columns that skewered the self-important. Many columns featured whimsical characters such as expert-in-all-things Homer T. Pettibone and a presidential candidate named Nobody. Occasionally, Hoppe reined in his humor for poignant columns on serious topics, such as "To Root Against Your Country," a noted 1971 column against the Vietnam War. Hoppe began at the Chronicle as a copy boy in 1949 and was promoted to reporter before beginning his own column. At the peak of its popularity, Hoppe's column appeared in the Chronicle five days a week and was syndicated in more than 100 newspapers nationwide. His close friends included fellow columnists Russell Baker and Art Buchwald.
Hoppe received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists in 1996. On his own initiative, he released fellow Chronicle columnist Herb Caen from a mutual vow to accept a special 1996 Pulitzer Prize. He died from complications of lung cancer in February 2000, aged 74, survived by his wife Gloria and four children.Carol Hernandez
Carol Hernandez is an American journalist from Miami Florida. She won a 1996 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting. She won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting. She currently resides in Long Island with her husband, and three children, (the oldest being the best and most funny and creative).Craig Torres
Craig Torres is an American financial journalist, and reporter for Bloomberg News in Washington, D.C.He graduated from Harvard College, and was a Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1989.
Torres worked for a decade at The Wall Street Journal in the 1990s in a variety of jobs ranging from "Heard on the Street" columnist to chief of the paper's Mexico City bureau, where his work on the peso collapse made the finalist list for the 1996 Pulitzer Prize in international reporting.Torres and Bloomberg colleagues Mark Pittman, Bob Ivry and Alison Fitzgerald won the George Polk Award for National Reporting in 2009 related to their work on Federal Reserve disclosure. The four journalists also won 2010 Hillman Prize for newspaper journalism.Bloomberg News sued the Federal Reserve for disclosure related to separate Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests filed by Torres and Pittman. The requests sought information on financial assistance provided by the Fed during the financial crisis of 2008. The Fed disclosed Torres' component of the FOIA in March 2010, after the U.S. District Court in New York held that the Fed should release documents related to Bloomberg's request.He is a member of the National Press Club.Darwin's Dangerous Idea
Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life is a 1995 book by Daniel Dennett, in which the author looks at some of the repercussions of Darwinian theory. The crux of the argument is that, whether or not Darwin's theories are overturned, there is no going back from the dangerous idea that design (purpose or what something is for) might not need a designer. Dennett makes this case on the basis that natural selection is a blind process, which is nevertheless sufficiently powerful to explain the evolution of life. Darwin's discovery was that the generation of life worked algorithmically, that processes behind it work in such a way that given these processes the results that they tend toward must be so.
Dennett says, for example, that by claiming that minds cannot be reduced to purely algorithmic processes, many of his eminent contemporaries are claiming that miracles can occur. These assertions have generated a great deal of debate and discussion in the general public. The book was a finalist for the 1995 National Book Award in non-fiction and the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction.Delaware County Daily Times
The Delaware County Daily Times is a daily newspaper published in the Primos section of Upper Darby Township, Pennsylvania in the United States. It is the only major newspaper in the state to be branded with a county name rather than a city. It is known for its colorful "Sound Off" feature and allowing voices from the community on either side of the political spectrum to be heard.
The newspaper began as the Chester Daily Times in 1876. Its current name was adopted in 1959 and its offices left the economically declining City of Chester, Pennsylvania for Primos, an unincorporated postal designation in Upper Darby Township. According to the Journal Register Company, it has the largest circulation of any suburban paper in the Philadelphia area. The Sunday edition is known as the Delaware County Sunday Times.E. R. Shipp
Etheleen Renee "E. R." Shipp (born June 6, 1955) is an American journalist and columnist. As a columnist for the New York Daily News, she was awarded the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for "her penetrating columns on race, welfare and other social issues."She is an associate professor at Morgan State University's School of Global Journalism & Communication in Baltimore, Maryland.John Wheatcroft
John Wheatcroft (July 24, 1925 - March 14, 2017) was an American writer and teacher.A novelist, poet, and playwright, Wheatcroft's works have appeared in The New York Times and the Beloit Poetry Journal. He was born in 1925 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and served in the United States Navy in World War II. Wheatcroft attended Temple University, Rutgers University, and Bucknell University, where he graduated in 1949. He began teaching in Bucknell's English department in 1952. He founded and directed the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets in 1985 and was the first director of Bucknell's Stadler Center for Poetry. He also served as a juror for the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. A professor emeritus since 1996, Wheatcroft has continued to write and be published since his retirement.
Wheatcroft's significant writings include the play Ofoti, which was produced for NET Playhouse (now PBS) in 1966 starring René Auberjonois, and made into a film, The Boy Who Loved Trolls, in 1984. He wrote Catherine, Her Book, creating diary entries of Catherine Earnshaw from Wuthering Heights, which is cited in Patsy Stoneman's Brontë Transformations, and Christopher Heywood's version of Wuthering Heights. He is mentioned in the 1986 edition of Curt Johnson's Who's who in U.S. Writers, Editors & Poets. He also edited and participated in Our Other Voices: Nine Poets Speaking, a collection of interviews with poets such as Josephine Jacobsen and Wendell Berry.
Wheatcroft is buried in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.Lilacs (Walker)
Lilacs for voice and orchestra (or Lilacs) is a musical composition by George T. Walker, Jr. (1922–2018) that was awarded the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Music. The work, scored for soprano soloist and orchestra, was the unanimous choice of the Pulitzer prize jury. Walker was the first African-American composer to be awarded the prize.Walker set the 1865 poem, "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd", by poet Walt Whitman. Whitman wrote the poem as an elegy to President Abraham Lincoln after his death on 15 April 1865. The composition was premiered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra on February 1, 1996. "The unanimous choice of the Music Jury, this passionate, and very American, musical composition...has a beautiful and evocative lyrical quality using words of Walt Whitman."Old Wicked Songs
Old Wicked Songs is a two character play written by Jon Marans which received a nomination for the 1996 Pulitzer Prize in Drama. Other works by Marans include A Strange and Separate People, Jumping for Joy, Legacy of the Dragonslayers, Opportunity Knocks, the musical Irrationals (music by Edward Thomas), The New Carol Burnett Show and The Temperamentals (2009).Ricardo Asch
Ricardo Hector Asch (born 26 October 1947) is an obstetrician, gynecologist, endocrinologist, and fugitive. He worked with reproductive technology and pioneered gamete intrafallopian transfer (GIFT). In the mid-1990s, he was accused of removing ova from women without their consent for use on other patients, as well as associated financial crimes, at the University of California, Irvine's fertility clinic: The Orange County Register's investigations into these practices led to that paper's receiving the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. Prior to being federally indicted, Asch fled the United States. Multiple attempts by American officials to extradite him from Latin America have failed. Asch was last reported as living in Mexico in 2011.Stephanie Welsh
Stephanie Welsh (born 27 June 1973) is an American photographer turned midwife. During her photography career, Welsh became the youngest person to win a Pulitzer Prize when she won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for her photographs on a Kenyan circumcision. While in nursing, she was the secretary of the American College of Nurse Midwives from 2014 to 2015 before her promotion to vice president.The Haunted Land
The Haunted Land: Facing Europe's Ghosts After Communism written by Tina Rosenberg and published by Random House in 1995, won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction
and the 1995 National Book Award for Nonfiction.William Cooper's Town
William Cooper's Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic is a history book written by American historian Alan Taylor, published by Vintage in August 1996. It profiles the life of William Cooper, father of novelist James Fenimore Cooper, on the frontier of upstate New York. The book won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for History.