From the Pulitzer timeline: 1983
1983 Winners
and Finalists


Letters, Drama, and Music

The Color Purple by Alice Walker (Harcourt Brace)
Night, Mother by Marsha Norman
The Transformation of Virginia, 1740-1790 by Rhys L. Isaac (U. North Carolina Press)
Biography or Autobiography
Growing Up by Russell Baker (Congdon & Weed)
Selected Poems by Galway Kinnell (Houghton Mifflin)
General Nonfiction
Is There No Place On Earth For Me? by Susan Sheehan (Houghton Mifflin)
Symphony No. I (Three Movements for Orchestra) by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich
Commissioned by the American Composers Orchestra and premiered by that orchestra on May 5, 1982 in Alice Tully Hall, New York City.

Special Citations

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Press Releases

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Public Service
Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger
For its successful campaign supporting Governor Winter in his legislative battle for reform of Mississippi's public education system.
Local General or Spot News Reporting
Editorial Staff of Fort Wayne (IN) News-Sentinel
For its courageous and resourceful coverage of a devastating flood in March 1982.
Local Investigative Specialized Reporting
Loretta Tofani of The Washington Post
For her investigation of rape and sexual assault in the Prince George's County, Maryland, Detention Center.
National Reporting
Staff of The Boston Globe
For its balanced and informative special report on the nuclear arms race.
International Reporting
Thomas L. Friedman and Loren Jenkins of The New York Times and The Washington Post, (respectively)
For their individual reporting of the Israeli invasion of Beirut and its tragic aftermath.
Feature Writing
Nan Robertson of The New York Times
For her memorable and medically detailed account of her struggle with toxic shock syndrome.
Claude Sitton of Raleigh (NC) News & Observer
Manuela Hoelterhoff of The Wall Street Journal
For her wide-ranging criticism on the arts and other subjects.
Editorial Writing
Miami Herald Editorial Board of The Miami Herald
For its campaign against the detention of illegal Haitian immigrants by federal officials.
Editorial Cartooning
Richard Locher of Chicago Tribune
Spot News Photography
Bill Foley of Associated Press
For his moving series of pictures of victims and survivors of the massacre in the Sabra Camp in Beirut.
Feature Photography
James B. Dickman of Dallas Times Herald
For his telling photographs of life and death in El Salvador.