From the Pulitzer timeline: 1981
1981 Winners
and Finalists


Letters, Drama, and Music

A Confederacy of Dunces by the late John Kennedy Toole (a posthumous publication) (Louisiana State U. Press)
Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley
American Education: The National Experience, 1783-1876 by Lawrence A. Cremin (Harper & Row)
Biography or Autobiography
Peter the Great: His Life and World by Robert K. Massie (Knopf)
The Morning of the Poem by James Schuyler (Farrar)
General Nonfiction
Fin-De Siecle Vienna: Politics And Culture by Carl E. Schorske (Knopf)
(No Award)

Special Citations

There are no special citations for this time period.

Pulitzer Prize Board

The board overseeing the prizes

Press Releases

No press releases are currently recorded for this year.


Public Service
Charlotte (NC) Observer
For its series on "Brown Lung: A Case of Deadly Neglect."
Local General or Spot News Reporting
Staff of Longview (WA) Daily News
For its coverage of the Mt. St. Helens story, including the photographs by Roger A. Werth.
Local Investigative Specialized Reporting
Clark Hallas and Robert B. Lowe of The Arizona Daily Star
For their investigation of the University of Arizona Athletic Department.
National Reporting
John M. Crewdson of The New York Times
For his coverage of illegal aliens and immigration.
International Reporting
Shirley Christian of The Miami Herald
For her dispatches from Central America.
Feature Writing
Teresa Carpenter of The Village Voice, New York, NY
(The prize was first awarded to Janet Cooke of The Washington Post, but it was returned two days later after The Post learned that the winning story was fabricated.)
Dave Anderson of The New York Times
For his commentary on sports.
Jonathan Yardley of The Washington Star
For his book reviews.
Editorial Writing
(No Award)
Editorial Cartooning
Mike Peters of Dayton (OH) Daily News
Spot News Photography
Larry C. Price of Fort Worth (TX) Star-Telegram
For his photographs from Liberia.
Feature Photography
Taro M. Yamasaki of Detroit Free Press
For his photographs of Jackson (Mich.) State Prison.