From the Pulitzer timeline: 1973
1973 Winners


Letters, Drama, and Music

The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty (Random)
That Championship Season by Jason Miller
People of Paradox: An Inquiry Concerning the Origins of American Civilization by Michael Kammen (Knopf)
Biography or Autobiography
Luce and His Empire by W. A. Swanberg (Scribner)
Up Country by Maxine Kumin (Harper)
General Nonfiction
Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam by Frances Fitzgerald (Little)

Children of Crisis, Vols. II and III by Robert Coles (Little)
String Quartet No. 3 by Elliott Carter
Premiered by the Juilliard String Quartet at Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City, on January 23, 1973.

Special Citations

Special Awards and Citations - Letters
George Washington, Vols. I-IV, by James Thomas Flexner
A special citation.

Pulitzer Prize Board

The board overseeing the prizes

Press Releases

No press releases are currently recorded for this year.


Public Service
The Washington Post
For its investigation of the Watergate case.
Local General or Spot News Reporting
Staff of Chicago Tribune
For uncovering flagrant violations of voting procedures in the primary election of March 21, 1972.
Local Investigative Specialized Reporting
Staff of The Sun Newspapers of Omaha, NE
For uncovering the large financial resources of Boys Town, Nebraska, leading to reforms in this charitable organization's solicitation and use of funds contributed by the public.
National Reporting
Robert Boyd and Clark Hoyt of Knight Newspapers
For their disclosure of Senator Thomas Eagleton's history of psychiatric therapy, resulting in his withdrawal as the Democratic Vice Presidential nominee in 1972.
International Reporting
Max Frankel of The New York Times
For his coverage of President Nixon's visit to China in 1972.
David S. Broder of The Washington Post
For his columns during 1972.
Ronald Powers of Chicago Sun-Times
For his critical writing about television during 1972.
Editorial Writing
Roger B. Linscott of Berkshire Eagle, Pittsfield, MA
For his editorials during 1972.
Editorial Cartooning
(No Award)
Spot News Photography
Huynh Cong Ut of Associated Press
For his photograph, "The Terror of War," depicting children in flight from a napalm bombing.
Feature Photography
Brian Lanker of Topeka Capital-Journal
For his sequence on child birth, as exemplified by his photograph, "Moment of Life."