Literary Prizes Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)


Frenz, Horst, ed. Nobel Lectures, Including Presentation Speeches and Laureates' Biographies: Literature, 1901-1967. Amsterdam: Elsevier Publishing Company, 1969. 640 p.

Collection of biographies, Nobel citations, and acceptance speeches of laureates from 1901 to 1967.


Beasley, Maurine Hoffman and Richard R. Harlow, eds. Voices of Change: Southern Pulitzer Winners. McLean, Va.: University Press of America, 1979, 145 p.

Collection of interviews with Southern Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrights.

De Nooy, W. “Gentlemen of the Jury … : The Features of Experts Awarding Literary Prizes.” Poetics 17, no. 6 (December 1988): 531-45.

Detailed study of the criteria used to select jury members for Dutch literary prizes.

Marrouchi, Mustapha. “Fear of the Other, Loathing the Similar.” College Literature 26, no. 3 (fall 1999): 17-58.

Discusses the role and treatment of third world, minority, and postcolonial literature in the awarding of literary prizes.

Oehlschlaeger, Fritz H. “Hamlin Garland and the Pulitzer Prize Controversy of 1921.” American Literature 51, no. 3 (November 1979): 409-14.

Explores Garland's role in the controversy surrounding the awarding of the 1921 Pulitzer Prize for the novel to Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence rather than to Sinclair Lewis's Main Street.

Stuckey, W. J. The Pulitzer Prize Novels: A Critical Backward Look. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1981, 277 p.

A history of the Pulitzer Prize for novels from its inception to 1977.

Toohey, John L. The Pulitzer Prize Plays. New York: The Citadel Press, 1967, 344 p.

Provides synopses, production credits, and history of reviews for Pulitzer Prize-winning plays from 1916 to 1967.

Wilhelm, Peter. The Nobel Prize. London: Springwood Books, 1983, 111 p.

Overview of the ideas of Alfred Nobel, the Nobel Foundation, selection criteria for prizes, and various statistics about the prizes and winners.