Monday, April 17, 2006

Brooks' March wins 2006 Pulitzer

March, Geraldine Brooks' novel that imagines the life of the fictional father in Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, was awarded the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for fiction on Monday.

For the first time since 1997, the Pulitzer board declined to award a prize for drama.

Brooks depicted the life of John March, the father absent for most of Alcott's famed novel of four sisters growing up in Massachusetts during the Civil War.

She beat finalists including E.L. Doctorow, whose The March, the fictionalized account of Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman's brutal conquest of the South during the Civil War, had won the PEN/Faulkner and National Book Critics Circle Prizes.

David M. Oshinsky was awarded the history prize for Polio: An American Story. The prize for general non-fiction went to Caroline Elkins for Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya.

Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin took the prize for biography for American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer. The prize for poetry went to Claudia Emerson for Late Wife.

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