The results are in.
New York World publisher Joseph Pulitzer stipulated in his will that $2 million would go to Columbia University Journalism School with one-quarter of that to be used to establish awards in Journalism, Letters and Drama, and Education. The agreement was written to be flexible enough to allow the advisory board judges to add awards or not announce one at all in a given year.
Columbia University established the Pulitzer Prizes in 1917 and the awards for work done in 1922 were awarded today.
Pulitzer Prize medal
Journalism, Public Service:
For its courageous attitude in the publication of cartoons and the handling of news in reference to the operations of the Ku Klux Klan.”
Journalism, Editorial Writing:
William Allen White, 55, of the Emporia (Kansas) Gazette: “For an editorial entitled ‘To an Anxious Friend,’” which concludes,
This nation will survive, this state will prosper, the orderly business of life will go forward if only men can speak in whatever way given them to utter what their hearts hold—by voice, by posted card, by letter, or by press. Reason has never failed men. Only force and repression have made the wrecks in the world.”
Letters and Drama, Novel:
One of Ours by Willa Cather, 49, published by Knopf, given
for an American novel published in the year, which best presents the wholesome atmosphere of American life and the highest standard of American manners and manhood.”
Letters and Drama, Poetry:
The Ballad of the Harp-Weaver by Edna St. Vincent Millay, 30, published by Harper
for a distinguished volume of original verse by an American author, published during the preceding calendar year.”
The Poetry award, worth $1,000, was only established last year, won by Edwin Arlington Robinson, 53, for Collected Poems, although three special citations had been given for books of poetry previously.
The collection by Millay is actually a reprint of some of her more popular poems, with extra sonnets added, and is the only poetry she published last year.
In reporting on the awards, the Emporia (Kansas) Gazette notes that “Edna Stovencent Millay” won the poetry prize.
Millay’s hometown paper, the Portland (Maine) Evening Express, reports, “Maine Girl Wins Pulitzer Prize for Book of Verse.”
The Ballad of the Harp Weaver by Edna St. Vincent Millay
“Such Friends”: 100 Years Ago… is the basis for the series, “Such Friends”: The Literary 1920s. Volumes I through III, covering 1920 through 1922 are available at Thoor Ballylee in Co. Galway, and as signed copies at Riverstone Books in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, PA. They are also on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk in print and e-book formats. For more information, email me at email@example.com.
Next month I will be talking about F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Carnegie-Mellon University.
Manager as Muse, about Scribner’s editor Maxwell Perkins’ relationships with Fitzgerald, Hemingway and Thomas Wolfe, is also available on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk in both print and e-book versions.
If you want to walk with me through Bloomsbury, you can download my audio walking tour, “Such Friends”: Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group.