In 1904, Joseph Pulitzer made provision in his will for establishing the Pulitzer Prizes--to recognize excellence in writing. Since 1917, famous American writers like Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, Pearl Buck, Thornton Wilder, Sinclair Lewis, Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, and many others have received the award. Here are a few of those most famous novels!
2. One of Oursby Willa Cather. Published in 1922, "One of Ours" is about the making of a young soldier, Claude Wheeler. He discovers what he's been searching for when he fights in World War I.
3. So BigEdna Ferber's "So Big" received the Pulitzer Prize in 1924, and is considered by many to be the author's most popular work. She created the work for herself. She said, "I wrote my book because I wanted to write it more than anything in the world."
4. Arrowsmithby Sinclair Lewis. Published in 1925, "Arrowsmith" is a novel about a young scientist and medical student, Martin Arrowsmith. It's also the novel that won Lewis the Pulitzer Prize, which he refused to accept. He was later awarded the Nobel Prize.
Margaret Mitchell. "Gone with the Wind" was first published in 1936, and it was met with immediate success. This historical novel centers around Scarlett O'Hara, who faces many challenges during (and after) the Civil War.
The Old Man and the Sea" is a novella of epic proportions--set against the backdrop of the wide ocean. Santiago struggles for three days to defeat the marlin. The anonymous narrator says, "He no longer dreamed of storms, nor of women, nor of great occurrences, nor of great fish, nor fights, nor contests of strength, nor of his wife."