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

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

by Douglas Douglas Bates

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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. (July)
Library Journal - Library Journal
This is a captivating ``unauthorized'' profile of the Pulitzer Prize process, told through the story of one 1990 award. Bates personalizes the process by focusing on that year's three finalists for specialized news reporting. While describing some of the judging maneuvers, he traces these journalists' lives as they wait to find out which one won. In interwoven chapters Bates recounts the history of the prizes and the desire of the benefactor Joseph Pulitzer to be remembered for a good deed. Unfortunately, Bates provides more information on those finalists and Pulitzer Prize history than most readers will want, while writing in less detail about the highly questioned way in which the selecting and judging are being done. Still, this is a nice tale for general readers and is recommended for journalism collections. See also Karen Rothmeyer's Winning Pulitzers , LJ 3/1/91. --Ed.-- Abraham Z. Bass, Northern Illinois Univ., DeKalb
An anecdotal, drama-filled account of the finalists for the 1990 Pulitzer in specialized news reporting. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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