Monday, July 17, 2017

A look at Pulitzer Prize-winning nonfiction over the years (1964)

In his will, publisher Joseph Pulitzer provided funding to create the Pulitzer Prize. The first prize for general nonfiction was awarded in 1962. The category covers books by American authors that are not eligible for consideration in any other category, such as history, or biography / autobiography.

Anti-Intellectualism in American Life, by Richard Hofstadter, sets out to trace the social movements that altered the role of intellect in American society. Hofstadter explores whether the democratization of education altered the purpose of education. Hofstadter argues that both anti-intellectualism and utilitarianism were consequences, in part, of the democratization of knowledge. He sees these themes as embedded in America's national fabric, an outcome of its colonial European and evangelical Protestant heritage. (Description adapted from Wikipedia.)

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