From the Pulitzer timeline: 1954
1954 Winners


Letters, Drama, and Music

(No Award)
The Teahouse of the August Moon by John Patrick
A Stillness at Appomattox by Bruce Catton (Doubleday)
Biography or Autobiography
The Spirit of St. Louis by Charles A. Lindbergh (Scribner)
The Waking by Theodore Roethke (Doubleday)
Concerto For Two Pianos and Orchestra by Quincy Porter
First performed by the Louisville Symphony Orchestra, March 17, 1954. This was one of the works commissioned under a grant of the Rockefeller Foundation for new American compositions for orchestra, or soloists and orchestra.

Special Citations

There are no special citations for this time period.

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Press Releases

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Public Service
Newsday, Garden City, NY
For its expose of New York State's race track scandals and labor racketeering, which led to the extortion indictment, guilty plea and imprisonment of William C. DeKoning, Sr., New York labor racketeer.
Local Reporting; Edition Time
Staff of Vicksburg (MS) Sunday Post-Herald
For its outstanding coverage of the tornado of December 5, 1953, under extraordinary difficulties.
Local Reporting; No Edition Time
Alvin Scott McCoy of Kansas City (MO) Star
For a series of exclusive stories which led to the resignation under fire of C. Wesley Roberts as Republican National Chairman.
National Reporting
Richard Wilson of Des Moines Register & Tribune
For his exclusive publication of the FBI Report to the White House in the Harry Dexter White case before it was laid before the Senate by J. Edgar Hoover.
International Reporting
Jim G. Lucas of Scripps-Howard Newspapers
For his notable front-line human interest reporting of the Korean War, the cease-fire and the prisoner-of-war exchanges, climaxing 26 months of distinguished service as a war correspondent.
Editorial Writing
Don Murray of Boston Herald
For a series of editorials on the "New Look" in National Defense which won wide attention for their analysis of changes in American military policy.
Editorial Cartooning
Herbert L. Block (Herblock) of The Washington Post & Times-Herald
For a cartoon depicting the robed figure of Death saying to Stalin after he died, "You Were Always A Great Friend of Mine, Joseph."
Mrs. Walter M. Schau, an amateur from San Anselmo, CA
For snapping a thrilling rescue at Redding, Calif., the picture being published in The Akron (OH) Beacon Journal and other newspapers and nationally distributed by the AP.