Pulitzers were announced today and they chose not to award a fiction winner for the first time since 1977.
The nominees were Karen Russell for Swamplandia!, David Foster Wallace for The Pale King, and Denis Johnson for Train Dreams. Three stellar novels and writers and zero winners. Why the snub?
I’m not sure if Swamplandia! was Pulitzer Prize worthy, and having only read parts of The Pale King and Train Dreams, it’s hard for me to make a judgment. But it seems odd that DFW wouldn’t even get a posthumous award, especially in place of No Award at all.