‘Hamilton’ and Lin-Manuel Miranda Among Pulitzer Prize Winners
The accolades for “Hamilton” keep pouring in. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop-infused Broadway drama about Alexander Hamilton has won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The show has already won a Grammy for best musical theater album, plus multiple Drama Desk awards in 2015, when it was a hot off-Broadway production.
Miranda reacted on Twitter with an appropriate GIF from the movie “Newsies”: […]
For fiction, “The Sympathizer” earned debut novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen a Pulitzer Prize. The book features an unnamed narrator writing confessions from a communist prison. “He is a double agent who feels torn apart by his doubleness,” the Journal wrote about the book in April 2015.
Nguyen is an associate professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. His prior published books were with academics in mind, published by Oxford University Press and the University of Hawaii Press. “The Sympathizer” broke him into the mainstream in 2015 and appeared on many best of year end lists, as well as was shortlisted on the 2016 PEN/Robert W. Bingham prize for debut fiction.
Joby Warrick’s timely “Black Flags: The Rise of Isis” won the Pulitzer for non-fiction. Warrick previously won for the book “The Triple Agent,” about an Al Qaeda mole that infiltrated the CIA.
Jazz musician Henry Threadgill won the Pulitzer for Music for his album “In For a Penny, In for a Pound,” released in May 2015 on the boutique label Pi Recordings. The album features six tracks, with four of them clocking in at over 17 minutes.
“Hamilton” wasn’t the only Pulitzer-Prize winning work to feature a famous American in history. T. J. Stiles‘s “Custer’s Trials” won in the history category. The book is described as an “epic, bursting-at-the-seams biography” of Lt. Col. George Custer – but not a retelling of his famed “last stand.” Instead, Stiles looks at Custer’s life leading up to the 1876 Battle of Little Bighorn – including the notion that his personality was chameleon like, where he was “adept at becoming who and what circumstances required of him.” Stiles previously won a Pulitzer for his biography “The First Tycoon,” about the life of Cornelius Vanderbilt.
Stiles, too, reacted on Twitter: […]
Here are the complete winners in the Letters, Drama and Music category:
Fiction: “The Sympathizer” by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Drama: “Hamilton” by Lin-Manuel Miranda
History: “Custer’s Trials” by T.J. Stiles
Biography or Autobiography: “Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life” by William Finnegan
Poetry: “Ozone Journal” by Peter Balakian
General Non-fiction: “Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS” by Joby Warrick
Music: “In for a Penny, In for a Pound” by Henry Threadgill