Penguin Random House Pulitzer Prize Winners (1917-present)

There have been 132 books published by one of our current/past imprints honored with a Pulitzer, a humbling accomplishment unrivaled in trade-publishing history. Here is a full list of Penguin Random House Pulitzer Prize winners since 1917 by category:




2020 THE NICKEL BOYS by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday)

2017 THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday)

2013 THE ORPHAN MASTER’S SON by Adam Johnson (Random House)

2011 A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD by Jennifer Egan (Knopf)

2009 OLIVE KITTERIDGE by Elizabeth Strout (Random House)

2008 THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO by Junot Diaz (Riverhead)

2007 THE ROAD by Cormac McCarthy (Knopf)

2006 MARCH by Geraldine Brooks (Viking)

2002 EMPIRE FALLS by Richard Russo (Knopf)

2001 THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY by Michael Chabon (Random House)

1997 MARTIN DRESSLER: The Tale of an American Dreamer by Steven Millhauser (Crown)

1996 INDEPENDENCE DAY by Richard Ford (Knopf)

1995 THE STONE DIARIES by Carol Shields (Viking)

1992 A THOUSAND ACRES by Jane Smiley (Knopf)

1991 RABBIT AT REST by John Updike (Knopf)

1989 BREATHING LESSONS by Anne Tyler (Knopf)

1988 BELOVED by Toni Morrison (Knopf)

1987 A SUMMONS TO MEMPHIS by Peter Taylor (Knopf)

1985 FOREIGN AFFAIRS by Alison Lurie (Random House)

1984 IRONWEED by William Kennedy (Viking)

1982 RABBIT IS RICH by John Updike (Knopf)

1979 THE STORIES OF JOHN CHEEVER by John Cheever (Knopf)

1976 HUMBOLDT’S GIFT by Saul Bellow (Viking)

1973 THE OPTIMIST’S DAUGHTER by Eudora Welty (Random House)

1972 ANGLE OF REPOSE by Wallace Stegner (Doubleday)

1968 THE CONFESSIONS OF NAT TURNER by William Styron (Random House)

1965 THE KEEPERS OF THE HOUSE by Shirley Ann Grau (Knopf)

1963 THE REIVERS by William Faulkner (Random House)

1960 ADVISE AND CONSENTa by Allen Drury (Doubleday)

1959 TRAVELS OF JAIMIE MCPHEETERS by Robert Lewis Taylor (Doubleday)

1955 A FABLE by William Faulkner (Random House)

1952 THE CAINE MUTINY by Herman Wouk (Doubleday)

1951 THE TOWN by Conrad Richter (Knopf)

1945 A BELL FOR ADANO by John Hersey (Knopf)

1940 THE GRAPES OF WRATH by John Steinbeck (Viking)

1933 THE STORE by T.S. Stribling (Doubleday)

1925 SO BIG by Edna Ferber (Doubleday)

1923 ONE OF OURS by Willa Cather (Knopf)

1922 ALICE ADAMS by Booth Tarkington (Doubleday)

1919 THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS by Booth Tarkington (Doubleday)

General Nonfiction:

2017 EVICTED: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond (Crown)

2016 BLACK FLAGS: The Rise of ISIS by Joby Warrick (Doubleday)

2014 TOMS RIVER: A Story of Science and Salvation by Dan Fagin (Bantam)

2010 THE DEAD HAND by David E. Hoffman (Doubleday)

2009 SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME by Douglas A. Blackmon (Doubleday)

2007 THE LOOMING TOWER: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright (Knopf)

2005 GHOST WARS by Steve Coll (Penguin Press)

2004 GULAG: A History by Anne Applebaum (Doubleday)

1997 ASHES TO ASHES by Richard Kluger (Knopf)

1996 THE HAUNTED LAND by Tina Rosenberg (Random House)

1995 THE BEAK OF THE FINCH by Jonathan Weiner (Knopf)

1994 LENIN’S TOMB by David Remnick (Random House)

1990 AND THEIR CHILDREN AFTER THEM by Dale Maharidge & Michael Williamson (Pantheon)

1989 A BRIGHT SHINING LIE by Neil Sheehan (Random House)

1987 ARAB AND JEW: Wounded Spirits In A Promised Land by David K. Shipler (Times Books)

1986 MOVE YOUR SHADOW by Joseph Lelyveld (Times)

1986 COMMON GROUND by J. Anthony Lukas (Knopf)

1985 THE GOOD WAR by Studs Terkel (Pantheon)

1981 FIN–DE–SIECLE VIENNA by Carl E. Schorske (Knopf)

1978 THE DRAGONS OF EDEN by Carl Sagan (Random House)

1971 THE RISING SUN by John Toland (Random House)

1964 ANTI–INTELLECTUALISM IN AMERICAN LIFE by Richard Hofstadter (Knopf)

Biography or Autobiography:

2017 THE RETURN: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between by Hisham Matar (Random House)

2016 BARBARIAN DAYS: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan (Penguin Press)

2015 THE POPE AND MUSSOLINI by David I. Kertzer (Random House)

2013 THE BLACK COUNT by Tom Reiss (Crown)

2012 GEORGE F. KENNAN: An American Life by John Lewis Gaddis (Penguin Press)

2011 WASHINGTON: A Life by Ron Chernow (Penguin Press)

2010 THE FIRST TYCOON: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.J. Stiles (Knopf)

2009 AMERICAN LION by Jon Meacham (Random House)

2007 THE MOST FAMOUS MAN IN AMERICA by Debby Applegate (Doubleday)

2006 AMERICAN PROMETHEUS by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin (Knopf)

2005 DE KOONING: An American Master by Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan (Knopf)

2003 MASTER OF THE SENATE: The Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert A. Caro (Knopf)

2000 VERA by Stacy Schiff (Random House)

1999 LINDBERGH by Scott Berg (Putnam)

1998 PERSONAL HISTORY by Katharine Graham (Knopf)

1996 GOD: A Biogrpahy by Jack Miles (Knopf)

1991 JACKSON POLLACK by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith (Crown)

1989 OSCAR WILDE by Richard Ellman (Knopf)

1986 LOUISE BOGAN: A Portrait by Elizabeth Frank (Knopf)

1981 PETER THE GREAT: His Life And World by Robert K. Massie (Knopf)

1975 THE POWER BROKER by Robert A. Caro (Knopf)

1970 HUEY LONG by T. Harry Williams (Knopf)



1946 SON OF THE WILDERNESS by Linny March Wolfe (Knopf)

1945 GEORGE BANCROFT: BRAHMIN REBEL by Russell Blaine Nye (Knopf)

1944 THE AMERICAN LEONARDO by Carleton Mabee (Knopf)

1940 WOODROW WILSON: Life And Letters by Ray Stannard Baker (Doubleday)

1928 AMERICAN ORCHESTRA AND THEODORE THOMAS by Charles Edward Russell (Doubleday)

1927 WHITMAN: An Interpretaion In Narrative by Emory Holloway (Knopf)

1923 LIFE & LETTERS OF WALTER H. PAGE by Burton J. Hendrick (Doubleday)


2017 BLOOD IN THE WATER: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy by Heather Ann Thompson (Pantheon)

2016 CUSTER’S TRIALS: A Life on the Frontier of a New America by T.J. Stiles (Knopf)

2013 EMBERS OF WAR by Fredrik Logevall (Random House)

2012 MALCOLM X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable (Viking)

2010 LORDS OF FINANCE by Liaquat Ahamed (Penguin Press)

2007 THE RACE BEAT by Gene Roberts, Hank Kibanoff (Knopf)

2001 FOUNDING BROTHERS: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J. Ellis (Knopf)

1997 ORIGINAL MEANINGS by Jack N. Rakove (Knopf)

1996 WILLIAM COOPER’S TOWN by Alan Taylor (Knopf)


1991 A MIDWIFE’S TALE by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich (Knopf)

1990 IN OUR IMAGE by Stanley Karnow (Random House)


1987 VOYAGERS TO THE WEST by Bernard Bailyn (Knopf)

1980 BEEN IN THE STORM SO LONG by Leon F. Litwack (Knopf)

1974 THE AMERICANS: The Democratic Experience by Daniel J. Boorstin (Random House)

1973 PEOPLE OF PARADOX by Michael Kammen (Knopf)

1967 EXPLORATION AND EMPIRE by William H. Goetzmann (Knopf)

1962 THE TRIUMPHANT EMPIRE by Lawrence H. Gipson (Knopf)

1956 THE AGE OF REFORM by Richard Hofstadter (Knopf)

1954 A STILLNESS AT APPOMATTOX by Bruce Catton (Doubleday)

1945 UNFINISHED BUSINESS by Stephen Bonsal (Doubleday)

1921 THE VICTORY AT SEA by William Sowden Sims (Doubleday)


2013 STAG’S LEAP by Sharon Olds (Knopf)

2004 WALKING TO MARTHA’S VINEYARD by Franz Wright (Knopf)

2002 PRACTICAL GODS by Carl Dennis (Penguin)

1999 BLIZZARD OF ONE by Mark Strand (Knopf)

1995 THE SIMPLE TRUTH by Philip Levine (Knopf)

1991 NEAR CHANGES by Mona Van Duyn (Knopf)

1988 PARTIAL ACCOUNTS by William Meredith (Knopf)

1979 NOW AND THEN: Poems l976-l978 by Robert Penn Warren (Random House)

1976 SELF-PORTRAIT IN A CONVEX MIRROR by John Ashbery (Penguin)

1960 HEART’S NEEDLE by W.D. Snodgrass (Knopf)

1958 PROMISES: Poems 1945-56 by Robert Penn Warren (Random House)

1955 COLLECTED POEMS by Wallace Stevens (Knopf)

1954 THE WAKING by Theodore Roethke (Doubleday)

1948 THE AGE OF ANXIETY by W.H. Auden (Random House)

1934 COLLECTED VERSE by Robert Hillyer (Knopf)

1927 FIDDLER’S FAREWELL by Leonora Speyer (Knopf)

Posted: May 5, 2020