There are a number of categories in which the Prizes are awarded, however this post will feature the fiction category. It was called "Novel" from 1917-1947, and renamed in 1948 to "Fiction."
So, if you're in a rut on what to read next, perhaps Pulitzer Prize winning fiction would be the ultimate booklist. Finalists have also been announced since 1980, but I will only be listing the winners. A lot of the older titles are available as free e-books from Project Gutenberg and Google.
This post took me a bit longer (days) to put together than I had anticipated. I hope you find it as informative as I did in researching the titles. Happy reading!
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2011: A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (Alfred A. Knopf)
Synopsis: Bennie is an aging former punk rocker and record executive. Sasha is the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Here Jennifer Egan brilliantly reveals their pasts, along with the inner lives of a host of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs. With music pulsing on every page, A Visit from the Goon Squad is a startling, exhilarating novel of self-destruction and redemption.2010: Tinkers by Paul Harding (Bellevue Literary Press)
2009: Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout (Random House)
2008: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (Riverhead Books)
2007: The Road by Cormac McCarthy (Alfred A. Knopf)
Synopsis: The apocalypse itself becomes a set piece. Unfolding in a terrifying future where Armageddon has been waged and lost, The Road traces the odyssey of a father and his young son through a desolate landscape of devastation and danger. Powerful, moving, and extraordinary by any standard, this is McCarthy at his greatest and gravest.2006: March by Geraldine Brooks (Viking)
2005: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (Farrar)
2004: The Known World by Edward P. Jones (Amistad/HarperCollins)
2003: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (Farrar)
2002: Empire Falls by Richard Russo (Alfred A. Knopf)
So begins the breathtaking story of Calliope Stephanides and three generations of the Greek-American Stephanides family who travel from a tiny village overlooking Mount Olympus in Asia Minor to Prohibition-era Detroit, witnessing its glory days as the Motor City, and the race riots of l967, before they move out to the tree-lined streets of suburban Grosse Pointe, Michigan. To understand why Calliope is not like other girls, she has to uncover a guilty family secret and the astonishing genetic history that turns Callie into Cal, one of the most audacious and wondrous narrators in contemporary fiction. Lyrical and thrilling, Middlesex is an exhilarating reinvention of the American epic.
2001: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon (Random House)
2000: Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri (Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin)
Synopsis: Navigating between the Indian traditions they've inherited and the baffling new world, the characters in Jhumpa Lahiri's elegant, touching stories seek love beyond the barriers of culture and generations. In "A Temporary Matter," published in The New Yorker, a young Indian-American couple faces the heartbreak of a stillborn birth while their Boston neighborhood copes with a nightly blackout. In the title story, an interpreter guides an American family through the India of their ancestors and hears an astonishing confession.1999: The Hours by Michael Cunningham (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux)
1998: American Pastoral by Philip Roth (Houghton Mifflin)
1997: Martin Dressler: the tale of an American dreamer by Steven Millhauser (Crown)
For Swede's adored daughter, Merry, has grown from a loving, quick-witted girl into a sullen, fanatical teenager—a teenager capable of an outlandishly savage act of political terrorism. And overnight Swede is wrenched out of the longer-for American pastoral and into the indigenous American berserk. Compulsively readable, propelled by sorrow, rage, and a deep compassion for its characters, this is Roth's masterpiece.
Synopsis: Young Martin Dressler begins his career as an industrious helper in his father's cigar store. In the course of his restless young manhood, he makes a swift and eventful rise to the top, accompanied by two sisters--one a dreamlike shadow, the other a worldly business partner. As the eponymous Martin's vision becomes bolder and bolder he walks a haunted line between fantasy and reality, madness and ambition, art and industry, a sense of doom builds piece-by-hypnotic piece until this mesmerizing journey into the heart of an American dreamer reaches its bitter-sweet conclusion.1996: Independence Day by Richard Ford (Alfred A. Knopf)
1995: The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields (Viking)
Synopsis: This fictionalized autobiography of Daisy Goodwill Flett is a subtle but affecting portrait of an everywoman reflecting on an unconventional life. What transforms this seemingly ordinary tale is the richness of Daisy’s vividly described inner life—from her earliest memories of her adoptive mother to her awareness of impending death.1994: The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx (Charles Scribner's Sons)
1993: A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain by Robert Olen Butler (Henry Holt)
1992: A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley (Alfred A. Knopf)
Synopsis: A successful Iowa farmer decides to divide his farm between his three daughters. When the youngest objects, she is cut out of his will. This sets off a chain of events that brings dark truths to light and explodes long-suppressed emotions. An ambitious reimagining of Shakespeare’s King Lear cast upon a typical American community in the late twentieth century, A Thousand Acres takes on themes of truth, justice, love, and pride, and reveals the beautiful yet treacherous topography of humanity.
1991: Rabbit at Rest by John Updike (Alfred A. Knopf)
Synopsis: In John Updike's fourth and final novel about ex-basketball player Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom, the hero has acquired heart trouble, a Florida condo, and a second grandchild. His son, Nelson, is behaving erratically; his daughter-in-law, Pru, is sending out mixed signals; and his wife, Janice, decides in mid-life to become a working girl. As, though the winter, spring, and summer of 1989, Reagan's debt-ridden, AIDS-plagued America yields to that of George Bush, Rabbit explores the bleak terrain of late middle age, looking for reasons to live.1990: The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos (Farrar)
Synopsis: Here is the story of the memorable Castillo brothers, émigrés from Havana to New York's Upper West Side. The lovelorn songwriter Nestor and his macho brother Cesar find success in the city's dance halls and beyond playing the rhythms that earn them their band's name, as they struggle with elusive fame and lost love in a richly sensual tale that has become a cultural touchstone and an enduring favorite.
1989: Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler (Alfred A. Knopf)
Synopsis: Maggie and Ira Moran have been married for twenty-eight years–and it shows: in their quarrels, in their routines, in their ability to tolerate with affection each other’s eccentricities. Maggie, a kooky, lovable meddler and an irrepressible optimist, wants nothing more than to fix her son’s broken marriage. Ira is infuriatingly practical, a man “who should have married Ann Landers.” And what begins as a day trip to a funeral becomes an adventure in the unexpected. As Maggie and Ira navigate the riotous twists and turns, they intersect with an assorted cast of eccentrics–and rediscover the magic of the road called life and the joy of having somebody next to you to share the ride . . . bumps and all.1988: Beloved by Toni Morrison (Alfred A. Knopf)
1987: A Summons to Memphis by Peter Taylor (Alfred A. Knopf)
Sethe works at beating back the past, but it makes itself heard and felt incessantly in her memory and in the lives of those around her. When a mysterious teenage girl arrives, calling herself Beloved, Sethe’s terrible secret explodes into the present.
1986: Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
During the twilight of a Sunday afternoon in March, New York book editor Phillip Carver receives an urgent phone call from each of his older, unmarried sisters. They plead with Phillip to help avert their widower father's impending remarriage to a younger woman. Hesitant to get embroiled in a family drama, he reluctantly agrees to go back south, only to discover the true motivation behing his sisters' concern. While there, Phillip is forced to confront his domineering siblings, a controlling patriarch, and flood of memories from this troubled past.
1985: Foreign Affairs by Alison Lurie (Random House)
1984: Ironweed by William Kennedy (Viking)
Also in London is Vinnie’s colleague Fred Turner, a handsome, flat broke, newly separated, and thoroughly miserable young man trying to focus on his own research. Instead, he is distracted by a beautiful and unpredictable English actress and the world she belongs to. Both American, both abroad, and both achingly lonely, Vinnie and Fred play out their confused alienation and dizzying romantic liaisons in Alison Lurie’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Smartly written, poignant, and witty, Foreign Affairs remains an enduring comic masterpiece.
Synopsis: Ironweed is the best-known of William Kennedy's three Albany-based novels. Francis Phelan, ex-ballplayer, part-time gravedigger, full-time drunk, has hit bottom. Years ago he left Albany in a hurry after killing a scab during a trolley workers' strike; he ran away again after accidentally - and fatally - dropping his infant son. Now, in 1938, Francis is back in town, roaming the old familiar streets with his hobo pal, Helen, trying to make peace with the ghosts of the past and the present.
1983: The Color Purple by Alice Walker (Harcourt Brace)
1982: Rabbit is Rich by John Updike (Knopf)
Synopsis: Third in the Rabbit Angstrom series. Rabbit Angstron has inherited his father-in-law's business as a dealer in new and secondhand cars, and greatly enjoys his new status as owner of a business and member of the golf club. Unfortunately, his son Nelson has dropped out of college - he has made a girl pregnant. Rabbit feels enraged.
1981: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (published posthumously) (Louisiana State University Press)
Synopsis: Published a decade after the death of the author, this wildly inventive comic masterpiece features one of the most unforgettable characters in modern fiction: Ignatius Reilly, a mammoth misfit Medievalist hilariously at odds with the 20th-century world.
1980: The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer (Little)
1979: The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever (Knopf)
Norman Mailer tells Gilmore's story--and those of the men and women caught up in his procession toward the firing squad--with implacable authority, steely compassion, and a restraint that evokes the parched landscapes and stern theology of Gilmore's Utah. The Executioner's Song is a trip down the wrong side of the tracks to the deepest sources of American loneliness and violence.
Synopsis: Here are sixty-one stories that chronicle the lives of what has been called "the greatest generation." From the early wonder and disillusionment of city life in "The Enormous Radio" to the surprising discoveries and common mysteries of suburbia in "The Housebreaker of Shady Hill" and "The Swimmer," Cheever tells us everything we need to know about "the pain and sweetness of life."1978: Elbow Room by James Alan McPherson (Atlantic Monthly Press)
1977: (No Award)
1976: Humboldt's Gift by Saul Bellow (Viking)
Synopsis: Saul Bellow’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel explores the long friendship between Charlie Citrine, a young man with an intense passion for literature, and the great poet Von Humboldt Fleisher. At the time of his death, however, Humboldt is a failure, and Charlie’s life is falling apart: his career is at a standstill, and he’s enmeshed in an acrimonious divorce, infatuated with a highly unsuitable young woman, and involved with a neurotic mafioso. And then Humboldt acts from beyond the grave, bestowing upon Charlie an unexpected legacy that may just help him turn his life around.1975: The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara (McKay)
Synopsis: In a quiet, deliberate, understated fashion, Michael Shaara paints a picture of the military leaders at the Battle of Gettysburg. I learned of the leaders, both flawed and good, and how they dealt with the weight of sending men into what is considered the pivotal battle of the civil war. This is the book that inspired Ken Burns to create his award-winning documentary THE CIVIL WAR.
1974: (No Award)
1973: The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty (Random)
Synopsis: The Optimist's Daughter is the story of Laurel McKelva Hand, a young woman who has left the South and returns, years later, to New Orleans, where her father is dying. After his death, she and her silly young stepmother go back still farther, to the small Mississippi town where she grew up. Alone in the old house, Laurel finally comes to an understanding of the past, herself, and her parents.1972: Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner (Doubleday)
Synopsis: Confined to a wheelchair, retired historian Lyman Ward sets out to write his grandparents' remarkable story, chronicling their days spent carving civilization into the surface of America's western frontier. But his research reveals even more about his own life than he's willing to admit. What emerges is an enthralling portrait of four generations in the life of an American family.
1971: (No Award)
1970: Collected Stories by Jean Stafford (Farrar)
Synopsis: These Pulitzer Prize-winning stories represent the major short works of fiction by one of the most distinctively American stylists of her day. Jean Stafford communicates the small details of loneliness and connection, the search for freedom and the desire to belong, that not only illuminate whole lives but also convey with an elegant economy of words the sense of the place and time in which her protagonists find themselves.1969: House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday (Harper)
Synopsis: A young Native American, Abel has come home from a foreign war to find himself caught between two worlds. The first is the world of his father's, wedding him to the rhythm of the seasons, the harsh beauty of the land, and the ancient rites and traditions of his people. But the other world -- modern, industrial America -- pulls at Abel, demanding his loyalty, claiming his soul, goading him into a destructive, compulsive cycle of dissipation and disgust. And the young man, torn in two, descends into hell.
1968: The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron (Random)
1967: The Fixer by Bernard Malamud (Farrar)
The revolt was led by a remarkable Negro preacher named Nat Turner, an educated slave who felt himself divinely ordained to annihilate all the white people in the region.
The Confessions of Nat Turner is narrated by Nat himself as he lingers in jail through the cold autumnal days before his execution. The compelling story ranges over the whole of Nat's Life, reaching its inevitable and shattering climax that bloody day in August.
The Confessions of Nat Turner is not only a masterpiece of storytelling; is also reveals in unforgettable human terms the agonizing essence of Negro slavery. Through the mind of a slave, Willie Styron has re-created a catastrophic event, and dramatized the intermingled miseries, frustrations--and hopes--which caused this extraordinary black man to rise up out of the early mists of our history and strike down those who held his people in bondage.
1966: Collected Stories by Katherine Anne Porter (Harcourt)
Synopsis: Porter’s reputation as one of America’s most distinguished writers rests chiefly on her superb short stories. This volume includes the collections Flowering Judas; Pale Horse, Pale Rider; and The Leaning Tower as well as four stories not available elsewhere in book form. Winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.1965: The Keepers of the House by Shirley Ann Grau (Random)
1964: (No Award)
1963: The Reivers by William Faulkner (Random)
Synopsis: This grand misadventure is the story of three unlikely thieves, or reivers: 11-year-old Lucius Priest and two of his family's retainers. In 1905, these three set out from Mississippi for Memphis in a stolen motorcar. The astonishing and complicated results reveal Faulkner as a master of the picaresque.1962: The Edge of Sadness by Edwin O'Connor (Little)
1961: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee (Lippincott)
Synopsis: The book follows three years in the life of Scout Finch, her brother Jem, their father Atticus, and their fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama, in the era of the Great Depression. The first half of the novel focuses mainly on Scout and Jem's childhood - their friend Dill, their fixation on their neighbor "Boo" Radley, and their experiences at school. The second part of the book is marked both by the ongoing trial of a black man accused of raping a white woman, whom Atticus has been called to defend, and the repercussions this trial has on the children's eventual coming of age.1960: Advise and Consent by Allen Drury (Doubleday)
Synopsis: Advise and Consent is a study of political animals in their natural habitat and is universally recognized as THE Washington novel. It begins with Senate confirmation hearings for a liberal Secretary of State and concludes two weeks later, after debate and controversy have exploded this issue into a major crisis.
1959: The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters by Robert Lewis Taylor (Doubleday)
1958: A Death in the Family by James Agee (published posthumously) (McDowell, Obolensky)
Synopsis: Published in 1957, two years after its author's death at the age of forty-five, A Death in the Family remains a near-perfect work of art, an autobiographical novel that contains one of the most evocative depictions of loss and grief ever written. As Jay Follet hurries back to his home in Knoxville, Tennessee, he is killed in a car accident-a tragedy that destroys not only a life, but also the domestic happiness and contentment of a young family. A novel of great courage, lyric force, and powerful emotion, A Death in the Family is a masterpiece of American literature.1957: (No Award)
1956: Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor (World)
Synopsis: Acclaimed as the greatest novel ever written about the War Between the States, this searing Pulitzer Prize-winning book captures all the glory and shame of America's most tragic conflict in the vivid, crowded world of Andersonville, and the people who lived outside its barricades. Based on the author's extensive research and nearly twenty-five years in the making, MacKinlay Kantor's bestselling masterwork tells the heartbreaking story of the notorious Georgia prison where 50,000 Northern soldiers suffered - and 14,000 died - and of the people whose lives were changed by the grim camp where the best and the worst of the Civil War came together. Here is the savagery of the camp commandant, the deep compassion of a nearby planter and his gentle daughter, the merging of valor and viciousness within the stockade itself, and the day-to-day fight for survival among the cowards, cutthroats, innocents, and idealists thrown together by the brutal struggle between North and South. A moving portrait of the bravery of people faced with hopeless tragedy, this is the inspiring American classic of an unforgettable period in American history.1955: A Fable by William Faulkner (Random)
1954: (No Award)
1953: The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (Scribner)
Synopsis: Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal -- a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Here Hemingway recasts, in strikingly contemporary style, the classic theme of courage in the face of defeat, of personal triumph won from loss. Written in 1952, this hugely successful novella confirmed his power and presence in the literary world and played a large part in his winning the 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature.1952: The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk (Doubleday)
1951: The Town by Conrad Richter (Knopf)
1950: The Way West by A.B. Guthrie (Sloane)
Synopsis: The Way West brings to life the adventure of the western passage and the pioneer spirit. The sequel to The Big Sky, this celebrated novel charts a frontiersman's return to the untamed West in 1846. Dick Summers, as pilot of a wagon train, guides a group of settlers on the difficult journey from Missouri to Oregon. In sensitive but unsentimental prose, Guthrie illuminates the harsh trials and resounding triumphs of pioneer life. With The Way West, he pays homage to the grandeur of the western wilderness, its stark and beautiful scenery, and its extraordinary people.1949: Guard of Honor by James Gould Cozzens (Harcourt)
Synopsis: The novel balances a vast cast of intricately enmeshed characters as they react over the course of three tense days in September 1943 to a racial incident on a U.S. Army airbase in Florida. The reader is acutely aware of the war raging abroad and the effect it has had, or will have, on the multitude of servicemen who populate Cozzens's immense canvas.1948: Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener (Macmillan)
1947: All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren (Harcourt)
Synopsis: Set in the 1930s, this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel traces the rise and fall of Willie Stark, who resembles the real-life Huey "Kingfish" Long of Louisiana. Stark begins his political career as an idealistic man of the people but soon becomes corrupted by success.1946: (No Award)
1945: A Bell for Adano by John Hersey (Knopf)
1944: Journey in the Dark by Martin Flavin (Harper)
Synopsis: The story of a boy who grew up in a poor family and his adventures in love and business.
1943: Dragon's Teeth by Upton Sinclair (Viking)
1942: In This Our Life by Ellen Glasgow (Harcourt)
Synopsis: A neurotic southerner steals her sister's husband then vies with her for another man.
1941: (No Award)
1940: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (Viking)
1939: The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (Scribner)
Synopsis: A young boy living in the Florida backwoods is forced to decide the fate of a fawn he has lovingly raised as a pet.
1938: The Late George Apley by John Phillips Marquand (Little)
1937: Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (Macmillan)
Synopsis: Spoiled Southern belle Scarlett O'Hara never stops loving the married Ashley Wilkes even as she faces the hardships of life during the Civil War and the changes brought about by Reconstruction.
1936: Honey in the Horn by Harold L. Davis (Harper)
Synopsis: A coming-of-age tale about eastern Oregon pioneer life set in the early 20th century. This book also received the Harper Prize for best debut novel.
1935: Now in November by Josephine Winslow Johnson (Simon and Schuster)
Synopsis: This Pulitzer Prize-winning first novel (1934) depicts a white, middle-class urban family that is turned into dirt-poor farmers by the Depression and the great drought of the thirties. The novel moves through a single year and, at the same time, a decade of years, from the spring arrival of the family at their mortgaged farm to the winter 10 years later, when the ravages of drought, fire, and personal anguish have led to the deaths of two of the five.1934: Lamb in His Bosom by Caroline Miller (Harper)
1933: The Store by T.S. Stribling (Doubleday)
Synopsis: The second book of the Vaidan trilogy, comprising The Forge, The Store, and Unfinished Cathedral. Where The Forge opened up at the beginning of the American Civil War and ended with the abolition of slavery, The Store picks up with the South establishing a new economic order. Miltiades Vaiden and his wife own a profitable store in the small town of Florence, Alabama where Vaiden has no qualms creating an artificial friendship with some of the newly free local blacks, or even the now economically desperate whites, cheating them out of their money to ensure his own success.1932: The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck (John Day)
1931: Years of Grace by Margaret Ayer Barnes (Houghton)
Synopsis: The story, beginning in the 1890's and continuing into the 1930's, chronicles the life of Jane Ward Carver from her teens to age fifty-four. This novel follows many of the same themes as Barnes' other works. Centering on the social manners of upper middle class society, her female protagonists are often traditionalists, struggling to uphold conventional morality in the face of changing social climates.1930: Laughing Boy by Oliver Lafarge (Houghton)
Synopsis: Capturing the essence of the Southwest in 1915, Oliver La Farge's Pulitzer Prize-winning first novel is an enduring American classic. At a ceremonial dance, the young, earnest silversmith Laughing Boy falls in love with Slim Girl, a beautiful but elusive "American"-educated Navajo. As they experience all of the joys and uncertainties of first love, the couple must face a changing way of life and its tragic consequences.
1929: Scarlet Sister Mary by Julia Peterkin (Bobbs)
1928: The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder (Boni)
Synopsis: "On Friday noon, July the twentieth, 1714, the finest bridge in all Peru broke and precipitated five travelers into the gulf below." With this celebrated sentence, Thornton Wilder begins The Bridge of San Luis Rey, one of the towering achievements in American fiction and a novel read throughout the world.1927: Early Autumn by Louis Bromfield (Stokes)
By chance, a monk witnesses the tragedy. Brother Juniper seeks to prove that it was divine intervention rather than chance that led to the deaths of those who perished in the tragedy. His study leads to his own death -- and to the author's timeless investigation into the nature of love and the meaning of the human condition.
Synopsis: The novel is set in the fictional Massachusetts town of Durham shortly after World War I. The Pentland family is rich and part of the upper class, but their world is rapidly changing. The old Congregational church the Pentlands long favored has disbanded as more and more WASPs have left Denham, replaced by immigrant Roman Catholics with new religious traditions. The Pentlands once ruled upper-class society in Durnham, and still do. But even upper-class society is changing: Many of the "old line" families have either died off or moved away, while many nouveau riche have moved into the area who do not share the same old-fashioned values and observe the same old-fashioned norms of behavior that the Pentlands do.1926: Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis (Harcourt)
Synopsis: Martin Arrowsmith is a physician who is a seeker of truth after he is forced to give up successive jobs.
1925: So Big by Edna Ferber (Doubleday)
Synopsis: So Big is a classic novel of turn-of-the-century Chicago. It is the unforgettable story of Selina Peake DeJong, a gambler's daughter, and her struggles to stay afloat and maintain her dignity and her sanity in the face of marriage, widowhood, and single parenthood. A brilliant literary masterwork from one of the twentieth century's most accomplished and admired writers, the remarkable So Big still resonates with its unflinching view of poverty, sexism, and the drive for success.1924: The Able McLaughlins by Margaret Wilson (Harper)
1923: One of Ours by Willa Cather (Knopf)
Synopsis: Cather's Pulitzer Prize–winning novel explores the life of Claude Wheeler, a young Nebraskan who refuses to settle for a life others have imagined for him. Alienated from his parents and rejected by his wife, Wheeler finally finds his destiny on the bloody battlefields of World War I.1922: Alice Adams by Booth Tarkington (Doubleday)
1921: The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (Appleton)
1920: (No Award)
1919: The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington (Doubleday)
1918: His Family by Ernest Poole (Macmillan)
Synopsis: His Family tells the story of a middle class family in New York City in the 1910s. The family's patriarch, widower Roger Gale, struggles to deal with the way his daughters and grandchildren respond to the changing society. Each of his daughters responds in a distinctively different way to the circumstances of their lives, forcing Roger into attempting to calm the increasingly challenging family disputes that erupt.1917: (No Award)