Pulitzer Prizes: Special Citations
Updated February 11, 2017 | Infoplease Staff
(For years not listed, no award was made.)
- Edmonton [Alberta] Journal, special bronze plaque for editorial leadership in defense of freedom of the press in province of Alberta
- New York Times, for the public educational value of its foreign news report
- Byron Price, director of the Office of Censorship, for the creation and administration of the newspaper and radio codes; Mrs. William Allen White, for her husband's interest and services during the past seven years as a member of the Advisory Board of the Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University; Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, for their musical Oklahoma!
- The cartographers of the American press, for their war maps
- (Pulitzer centennial year.) Columbia University and the Graduate School of Journalism, for their efforts to maintain and advance the high standards governing the Pulitzer Prize awards; the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, for its unswerving adherence to the public and professional ideals of its founder and its leadership in American journalism
- Dr. Frank D. Fackenthal, for his interest and service
- Cyrus L. Sulzberger (New York Times), for his exclusive interview with Archbishop Stepinac in a Yugoslav prison
- Kansas City Star, for coverage of 1951 floods; Max Kase (New York Journal–American), for exposures of bribery in basketball
- New York Times, for its 17-year publication of “Review of the Week,” and Lester Markel, its founder
- Kenneth Roberts, for his historical novels
- Walter Lippmann (New York Herald Tribune), for his “wisdom, perception and high sense of responsibility” in his commentary on national and international affairs
- Garrett Mattingly, for The Armada
- American Heritage Picture History of the Civil War, as a distinguished example of American book publishing
- Gannett Newspapers, Rochester, N.Y.
- James Thomas Flexner, for his biography George Washington
- Roger Sessions, for his “life's work in music”
- John Hohenberg, for “services for 22 years as Administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes”; Scott Joplin, for his contributions to American music
- Alex Haley, for his novel, Roots
- E. B. White of New Yorker magazine and Richard L. Strout of The Christian Science Monitor
- Milton Babbitt, “for his life's work as a distinguished and seminal American composer”
- Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss), for “books full of playful rhymes, nonsense words and strange illustrations”
- William Schuman, for “more than half a century of contribution to American music as a composer and educational leader”
- Joseph Pulitzer Jr., “for extraordinary services to American journalism and letters during his 31 years as chairman of the Pulitzer Prize Board and for his accomplishments as an editor and publisher”
- Maus, Art Spiegelman
- Herb Caen (San Francisco Chronicle), “for his extraordinary and continuing contribution as a voice and conscience of his city”
- George Gershwin
- Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington, who “made an indelible contribution to art and culture”
- Edmund S. Morgan, for his creative and deeply influential body of work as an American historian and posthumously to Thelonious Monk, for his significant and enduring impact on the evolution of jazz.
- John Coltrane, a posthumous special citation for his masterful improvisation, supreme musicianship and iconic centrality to the history of jazz; and to Ray Bradbury for his distinguished, prolific, and deeply influential career as an unmatched author of science fiction and fantasy.
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