Below are the winners of the Pulitzer Prizes — back to 2000 — in several different literary categories. For more information on the Pulitzer prizes, visit the Pulitzer website.

Fiction — For distinguished fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life

2012: No award
2011: A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
2010: Tinkers by Paul Harding
2009: Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
2008: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
2007: The Road by Cormac McCarthy
2006: March by Geraldine Brooks
2005: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
2004: The Known World by Edward P. Jones
2003: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
2002: Empire Falls by Richard Russo
2001: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
2000: Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

Drama — For a distinguished play by an American author, preferably original in its source and dealing with American life

2012: Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegría Hudes
2011: Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris
2010: Next to Normal, music by Tom Kitt, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey
2009: Ruined by Lynn Nottage
2008: August: Osage County by Tracy Letts
2007: Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire
2006: No award
2005: Doubt, a parable by John Patrick Shanley
2004: I Am My Own Wife by Doug Wright
2003: Anna in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz
2002: Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks
2001: Proof by David Auburn
2000: Dinner With Friends by Donald Margulies

Poetry — For a distinguished volume of original verse by an American author

2012: Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith
2011: The Best of It: New and Selected Poems by Kay Ryan
2010: Versed by Rae Armantrout
2009: The Shadow of Sirius by W.S. Merwin
2008: Time and Materials by Robert Hass & Failure by Philip Schultz
2007: Native Guard by Natasha Trethewey
2006: Late Wife by Claudia Emerson
2005: Delights & Shadows by Ted Kooser
2004: Walking to Martha’s Vineyard by Franz Wright
2003: Moy Sand and Gravel by Paul Muldoon
2002: Practical Gods by Carl Dennis
2001: Different Hours by Stephen Dunn
2000: Repair by C.K. Williams

General Nonfiction — For a distinguished and appropriately documented book of nonfiction by an American author

2012: The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt
2011: The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee
2010: The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy by David E. Hoffman
2009: Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas A. Blackmon
2008: The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945 by Saul Friedländer
2007: The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright
2006: Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya by Caroline Elkins
2005: Ghost Wars by Steve Coll
2004: Gulag: A History by Anne Applebaum
2003: “A Problem From Hell:” America and the Age of Genocide by Samantha Power
2002: Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama, the Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution by Diane McWhorter
2001: Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan by Herbert P. Bix
2000: Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II by John W. Dower

Nonfiction: History — For a distinguished and appropriately documented book on the history of the United States

2012: Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, by the late Manning Marable
2011: The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery by Eric Foner
2010: Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World by Liaquat Ahamed
2009: The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family by Annette Gordon-Reed
2008: “What Hath God Wrought”: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848 by Daniel Walker Howe
2007: The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation by Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff
2006: Polio: An American Story by David M. Oshinsky
2005: Washington’s Crossing by David Hackett Fischer
2004: A Nation Under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration by Steven Hahn
2003: An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943 by Rick Atkinson
2002: The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America by Louis Menand
2001: Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J. Ellis
2000: Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945 by David M. Kennedy

Nonfiction: Biography — For a distinguished and appropriately documented biography or autobiography by an American author

2012: George F. Kennan: An American Life by John Lewis Gaddis
2011: Washington : A Life by Ron Chernow
2010: The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.J. Stiles
2009: American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham
2008: Eden’s Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father by John Matteso
2007: The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher by Debby Applegate
2006: American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin
2005: de Kooning: An American Master by Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan
2004: Khrushchev: The Man and His Era by William Taubman
2003: Master of the Senate by Robert A. Caro
2002: John Adams by David McCullough
2001: W.E.B. Du Bois: The Fight for Equality and the American Century, 1919-1963 by David Levering Lewis
2000: Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov) by Stacy Schiff

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