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From the Pulitzer timeline: 1979
Spot News Photography: Thomas J. Kelly III, photographer, Pottstown (PA) Mercury
Letters, Drama, and Music
The Stories of John Cheever
by John Cheever (Knopf)
by Sam Shepard
The Dred Scott Case
by Don E. Fehrenbacher (Oxford Univ. Press)
Biography or Autobiography
Days of Sorrow and Pain: Leo Baeck and the Berlin Jews
by Leonard Baker (Macmillan)
Now and Then
by Robert Penn Warren (Random)
On Human Nature
by Edward O. Wilson (Harvard Univ. Press)
Aftertones of Infinity
by Joseph Schwantner
First performed by the American Composers Orchestra on January 29, 1979 in Alice Tully Hall New York City.
There are no special citations for this time period.
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Point Reyes Light
, a California weekly
For its investigation of Synanon.
Local General or Spot News Reporting
San Diego (CA) Evening Tribune
For its coverage of the collision of a Pacific Southwest air liner with a small plane over its city.
Local Investigative Specialized Reporting
Gilbert M. Gaul and Elliot G. Jaspin of
Pottsville (PA) Republican
For stories on the destruction of the Blue Coal Company by men with ties to organized crime.
James Risser of
Des Moines Register
For a series on farming damage to the environment.
Richard Ben Cramer of
The Philadelphia Inquirer
For reports from the Middle East.
Jon D. Franklin of
Baltimore Evening Sun
For an account of brain surgery.
Russell Baker of
The New York Times
Paul Gapp of
Edwin M. Yoder Jr. of
The Washington Star
Herbert L. Block of
The Washington Post
For the body of his work.
Spot News Photography
Thomas J. Kelly III of
Pottstown (PA) Mercury
For a series called "Tragedy on Sanatoga Road."
Staff Photographers of
Boston Herald American
For photographic coverage of the blizzard of 1978.