Pulitzer Prizes Analysis

The Drama Award

(Critical Edition of Dramatic Literature)

Pulitzer specified the terms that would govern the awarding of the Pulitzer Prizes, and the Advisory Boards through the years have done their best to stay within the boundaries the donor originally set. Pulitzer stipulated that the final approval of all awards rested with the president of Columbia University, who was given the power to veto any recommendations made by the Advisory Board and the various juries.

In the case of the drama award, a play could be considered only if it had been performed in New York during the twelve months between March 2 of a given year and March 1 of the following year, and only if it represented the educational value and power of the stage in raising the standard of good morals, good taste, and good manners. Plays original in their sources and that dealt with American life were given preference.