From the Pulitzer timeline: 1959
1959 Winners


Letters, Drama, and Music

The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters by Robert Lewis Taylor (Doubleday)
J. B. by Archibald Macleish
The Republican Era: l869-1901 by Leonard D. White
Biography or Autobiography
Woodrow Wilson by Arthur Walworth (Longmans)
Selected Poems 1928-1958 by Stanley Kunitz (Little)
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra by John LaMontaine
First performed in Washington, D.C. by the National Symphony Orchestra on November 25, 1958.

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Public Service
Utica (NY) Observer-Dispatch and Utica Daily Press
For their successful campaign against corruption, gambling and vice in their home city and the achievement of sweeping civic reforms in the face of political pressure and threats of violence. By their stalwart leadership of the forces of good government, these newspapers upheld the best tradition of a free press.
Local Reporting; Edition Time
Miss Mary Lou Werner of The Evening Star, Washington, DC
For her comprehensive year-long coverage of the integration crisis in Virginia which demonstrated admirable qualities of accuracy, speed and the ability to interpret the news under deadline pressure in the course of a difficult and taxing assignment.
Local Reporting; No Edition Time
John Harold Brislin of Scranton (PA) Tribune and Scrantonian
For displaying courage, initiative and resourcefulness in his effective four-year campaign to halt labor violence in his home city, as a result of which ten corrupt union officials were sent to jail and a local union was embolden to clean out racketeering elements.
National Reporting
Howard Van Smith of The Miami (FL) News
For a series of articles that focused public notice on deplorable conditions in a Florida migrant labor camp, resulted in the provision of generous assistance for the 4,000 stranded workers in the camp, and thereby called attention to the national problem presented by 1,500,000 migratory laborers.
International Reporting
Joseph Martin and Philip Santora of New York Daily News
For their exclusive series of articles disclosing the brutality of the Batista government in Cuba long before its downfall and forecasting the triumph of the revolutionary party led by Fidel Castro.
Editorial Writing
Ralph McGill of The Atlanta (GA) Constitution
For his distinguished editorial writing during 1958 as exemplified in his editorial "A Church, A School...." and for his long, courageous and effective editorial leadership.
Editorial Cartooning
William H. (Bill) Mauldin of St. Louis Post-Dispatch
For "I won the Nobel Prize for Literature. What was your crime?" Published on October 30, 1958.
William Seaman of Minneapolis Star
For his dramatic photograph of the sudden death of a child in the street.