From the Pulitzer timeline: 1982
1982 Winners
and Finalists


Letters, Drama, and Music

Rabbit Is Rich by John Updike (Knopf)
A Soldier's Play by Charles Fuller
Mary Chesnut's Civil War edited by C. Vann Woodward (Yale U. Press)
Biography or Autobiography
Grant: A Biography by William McFeely (Norton)
The Collected Poems by the late Sylvia Plath (a posthumous publication) (Harper & Row)
General Nonfiction
The Soul of A New Machine by Tracy Kidder (Atlanti'Little)
Concerto for Orchestra by Roger Sessions
First performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra on October 23, 1981, Seiji Ozawa, conductor.

Special Citations

Special Awards and Citations - Music
Milton Babbitt
For his life's work as a distinguished and seminal American composer.

Pulitzer Prize Board

The board overseeing the prizes

Press Releases

No press releases are currently recorded for this year.


Public Service
The Detroit News
For a series by Sydney P. Freedberg and David Ashenfelter which exposed the U.S. Navy's cover-up of circumstances surrounding the deaths of seamen aboard ship and which led to significant reforms in naval procedures.
Local General or Spot News Reporting
Staff of Kansas City Star and Kansas City Times
For coverage of the Hyatt Regency Hotel disaster and identification of its causes.
Local Investigative Specialized Reporting
Paul Henderson of The Seattle Times
For reporting which proved the innocence of a man convicted of rape.
National Reporting
Rick Atkinson of The Kansas City Times
For the uniform excellence of his reporting and writing on stories of national import.
International Reporting
John Darnton of The New York Times
For his reporting from Poland.
Feature Writing
Saul Pett of Associated Press
For an article profiling the federal bureaucracy.
Art Buchwald of Los Angeles Times Syndicate
Martin Bernheimer of Los Angeles Times
For classical music criticism.
Editorial Writing
Jack Rosenthal of The New York Times
Editorial Cartooning
Ben Sargent of Austin (TX) American-Statesman
Spot News Photography
Ron Edmonds of Associated Press
For his coverage of the Reagan assassination attempt.
Feature Photography
John H. White of Chicago Sun-Times
For consistently excellent work on a variety of subjects.