From the Pulitzer timeline: 1984
1984 Winners
and Finalists


Letters, Drama, and Music

Ironweed by William Kennedy (Viking)
Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet
(No Award)
Biography or Autobiography
Booker T. Washington: The Wizard of Tuskegee, 1901-1915 by Louis R. Harlan (Oxford U. Press)
American Primitive by Mary Oliver (Atlanti'Little)
General Nonfiction
The Social Transformation Of American Medicine by Paul Starr (Basic Books)
"Canti del Sole" for Tenor and Orchestra by Bernard Rands
Premiered by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra on June 8, 1983.

Special Citations

Special Awards and Citations - Letters
Theodor Seuss Geisel, more widely known as Dr. Seuss
For his special contribution over nearly half a century to the education and enjoyment of America's children and their parents.

Pulitzer Prize Board

The board overseeing the prizes

Press Releases

No press releases are currently recorded for this year.


Public Service
Los Angeles Times
For an in-depth examination of southern California's growing Latino community by a team of editors and reporters.
Local General or Spot News Reporting
Newsday team of reporters of Newsday, Long Island, NY
For their enterprising and comprehensive coverage of the Baby Jane Doe case and its far-reaching social and political implications.
Local Investigative Specialized Reporting
Kenneth Cooper, Joan Fitz Gerald, Jonathan Kaufman, Norman Lockman, Gary Mc Millan, Kirk Scharfenberg and David Wessel of The Boston Globe
For their series examining race relations in Boston, a notable exercise in public service that turned a searching gaze on some the city's most honored institutions including The Globe itself.
National Reporting
John Noble Wilford of The New York Times
For reporting on a wide variety of scientific topics of national import.
International Reporting
Karen Elliott House of The Wall Street Journal
For her extraordinary series of interviews with Jordan's King Hussein which correctly anticipated the problems that would confront the Reagan administration's Middle East peace plan.
Feature Writing
Peter Mark Rinearson of The Seattle Times
For "Making It Fly," his account of the new Boeing 757 jetliner.
Vermont Royster of The Wall Street Journal
Paul Goldberger of The New York Times
For architectural criticism.
Editorial Writing
Albert Scardino of Georgia Gazette, Savannah, GA
For his series of editorials on various local and state matters.
Editorial Cartooning
Paul Conrad of Los Angeles Times
Spot News Photography
Stan Grossfeld of The Boston Globe
For his series of unusual photographs which reveal the effects of war on the people of Lebanon.
Feature Photography
Anthony Suau of The Denver Post
For a series of photographs which depict the tragic effects of starvation in Ethiopia and for a single photograph of a woman at her husband's gravesite on Memorial Day.