From the Pulitzer timeline: 1979
1979 Winners


Letters, Drama, and Music

The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever (Knopf)
Buried Child 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)
General Nonfiction
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.

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Public Service
Point Reyes Light, a California weekly
For its investigation of Synanon.
Local General or Spot News Reporting
Staff of 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.
National Reporting
James Risser of Des Moines Register
For a series on farming damage to the environment.
International Reporting
Richard Ben Cramer of The Philadelphia Inquirer
For reports from the Middle East.
Feature Writing
Jon D. Franklin of Baltimore Evening Sun
For an account of brain surgery.
Russell Baker of The New York Times
Paul Gapp of Chicago Tribune
Editorial Writing
Edwin M. Yoder Jr. of The Washington Star
Editorial Cartooning
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."
Feature Photography
Staff Photographers of Boston Herald American
For photographic coverage of the blizzard of 1978.