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Colson Whitehead: Author wins Pulitzer Prize for a second time

Colson Whitehead: Author wins


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US writer Colson Whitehead has become just the fourth author ever to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction twice.

The African-American creator was respected for The Nickel Boys, which annals the maltreatment of dark young men at an adolescent change school in Florida.

Whitehead, a 50-year-old New Yorker, won the 2017 prize in a similar class for his book The Underground Railroad.

Prior to him, just Booth Tarkington, William Faulkner and John Updike had won the Pulitzer for fiction twice.

The 2020 honors, delayed for a little while due to the coronavirus, were declared remotely this year in the parlor of Pulitzer chairman Dana Canedy.

She noticed that the principal Pulitzers were granted in 1917, not exactly a year prior to the flare-up of the Spanish Flu.

They are among the most elevated distinctions for US-based writers and writers.

Whitehead has recently said he grew up needing to be the dark adaptation of awfulness essayist Stephen King.

His Nickel Boys was enlivened by the genuine frightfulness story of the Dozier School for Boys in the Florida beg, where kids sentenced for minor offenses were exposed to vicious maltreatment.

The Harvard graduate’s novel was adulated by the Pulitzer board of trustees for its “extra and crushing investigation of maltreatment at a change school in Jim Crow-time Florida that is eventually an incredible story of human constancy, pride and reclamation”.

The New York Times paper bested the rundown of distributions for news coverage respects with three honors, including the lofty insightful announcing prize for Brian Rosenthal’s uncover of New York City’s taxi industry, indicating how ruthless moneylenders abused powerless drivers.

As a team with ProPublica, the Anchorage Daily News won what is broadly viewed as the most desired Pulitzer, for open assistance news coverage, in acknowledgment of its work on the absence of police inclusion in numerous unassuming communities in Alaska.

The respect for breaking news photography went to staff at Reuters news office for their pictures of a year ago’s Hong Kong fights.

Furthermore, without precedent for its history, the Pulitzer panel gave a prize in sound detailing, which was granted to This American Life for its scene The Out Crowd, which inspected US President Donald Trump’s approach requiring a large number of refuge searchers to hold up in Mexico while their cases are mediated.

The scene was a coordinated effort with Molly O’Toole of the Los Angeles Times and Emily Green of Vice News, who will likewise share the prize.

An after death extraordinary reference was granted to African-American social liberties dissident and early victor of insightful news-casting Ida B Wells, who passed on in 1931, for her “exceptional and gutsy revealing” on lynching. The reference accompanies a gift of in any event $50,000 (£40,100) on the side of Ms Wells’ crucial, beneficiaries to be declared.

“It’s a given that today we declare the Pulitzer victors in profoundly testing occasions,” Ms Canedy said on Monday. She included that reporting was as important as could be, with expressions of the human experience proceeding to “continue, join together and move”.

Pulitzer Prize victors 2020 in full


  • Breaking news revealing – Courier-Journal, Kentucky
  • Analytical detailing – Brian Rosenthal, New York Times
  • Breaking news photography – Reuters for inclusion of the Hong Kong fights

Open assistance reporting – Anchorage Daily News as a team with Propublica

  • Logical announcing – Staff of The Washington Post
  • Nearby detailing – Staff of The Baltimore Sun

National announcing – T Christian Miller, Megan Rose and Robert Faturechi of ProPublica, Dominic Gates, Steve Miletich, Mike Baker and Lewis Kamb of The Seattle Times

Worldwide announcing – Staff of The New York Times

Highlight composing – Ben Taub, The New Yorker

Sound detailing – Staff of This American Life’s scene The Out Crowd

Editorial – Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times

Analysis – Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times

Article composing – Jeffery Gerrit, the Palestine (Tx) Herald Press

Article cartooning – Barry Blitt, benefactor, The New Yorker

Highlight photography – Channi Anand, Mukhtar Khan and Dar Yasin, Associated Press

After death unique reference – Ida B Wells, African-American social liberties lobbyist

  • Books, show and music:
  • Show – A Strange Loop by Michael R Jackson
  • Fiction – The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
  • History – Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America by W Caleb McDaniel
  • Memoir – Sontag: Her Life and Work by Benjamin Moser

General verifiable – The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America by Greg Grandin; and The Undying: Pain, Vulnerability, Mortality, Medicine, Art, Time, Dreams, Data, Exhaustion, Cancer, and Care by Anne Boyer

  • Verse – The Tradition by Jericho Brown
  • Music – The Central Park Five by Anthony Davis