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The Pulitzer Prize: The Inside Story of America's Most Prestigious Award

Bates, J. Douglas

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ISBN 10: 1559720700 / ISBN 13: 9781559720700
Published by Birch Lane Pr, Secaucus, New Jersey, U.S.A., 1991
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First printing. Black cloth spine over cream boards, gilt titles. Center photo supplement on coated paper. A fine copy in like DJ with slight rubbing. 291 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 9448

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Title: The Pulitzer Prize: The Inside Story of ...

Publisher: Birch Lane Pr, Secaucus, New Jersey, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

Book Type: Book

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An inside view of the coveted award details the 1990 award process, introduces the finalists, recounts the history of the prize, and explains why it is so highly regarded

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Bates, a former newspaper editor in Oregon and Washington State, might have chosen a more appropriate subtitle: "Journalism's Most Prestigious Award." The prizes, established by publisher Joseph Pulitzer (1847-1911) and awarded under the aegis of Columbia University, are the most valued that a paper or a reporter receives. But Bates's contention that in literature the Pulitzer is "America's version of the Nobel Prize" is arguable. Explaining the way the prizes are awarded, the author creates suspense by introducing readers to the finalists in the 1990 specialized-reporting category, a technique that works admirably, with the winner--Tamar Stieber of the Albuquerque (N.M.) Journal --revealed in the penultimate chapter. Bates's demystifying book reveals the luncheon menus of the 1990 Pulitzer Board members--crab and stuffed snapper--and jurors--"broccoli with something white on it"--during deliberations, looks at the celebrations of winners whose careers are given a "jump-start" by the award, and balances the gossip with sound reporting to both laud and criticize the award decisions over the years.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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