The rules for winning a Pulitzer Prize in feature writing are simple, yet demanding: the prize is awarded for “a distinguished example of feature writing giving prime consideration to high literary quality and originality.” For over two decades, the Pulitzer has been given annually to journalists whose work best exemplifies those high ideals.
The second edition of Pulitzer Prize Feature Stories: America’s Best Writing is an unabridged collection of this award-winning work, now covering 25 years. Editor David Garlock analyzes each story, and readers are given a glimpse at the circumstances surrounding the narrative. Each feature is followed by an insightful analysis by Garlock that probes the tactics the feature writer used in both writing and reporting the work. Journalism students and experienced professional writers will find Pulitzer Prize Feature Stories an essential compendium of the best feature writing of the last quarter century.
1979 Mrs. Kelly's Monster (Jon Franklin, The Baltimore Evening Sun).
1980 Zepp's Last Stand (Madeline Blais, The Miami Herald).
1981 Death of a Playmate (Teresa Carpenter, The Village Voice).
1982 The Federal Beauracracy (Saul Pett, Associated Press).
1983 Toxic Shock (Nan Robertson, The New York Times).
1984 Making It Fly (Peter Rinearson, The Seattle Times).
1985 A Boy of Unusual Vision (Alice Steinbach, The Baltimore Sun).
1986 Life on the Land: An American Farm Family (John Camp, St. Paul Pioneer Press).
1987 How Super Are Our Supercarriers (Steve Twomey, The Philadelphia Inquirer).
1988. AIDS in the Heartland (Jacqui Banaszynski, St. Paul Pioneer Press).
1989 Being Black in South America (David Zucchino, The Philadelphia Inquirer).
1990 Adam & Megan (Dave Curtin, Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph).
1991 A Gift Abandoned (Sheryl James, The St. Petersburg Times).
1992 Grady's Gift (Howell Raines, The New York times Magazine).
1993 The Stalking of Kristin (George Lardner Jr., The Washington Post).
1994 First Born, Fast Grown: The Manful Life of Nicholas, The Mississippi Reclaims Its True Domain Cruel Flood: It Tore at Graves, and at Hearts (Isabel Wilkerson, The New York Times).
1995 Against All Odds.
Class Struggle (Ron Suskind, The Wall Street Journal).
1996 All She Has, $150,000, Is Going to a University.
Terror in Oklahoma City at Ground Zero.
Where Alabama Inmates Fade into Old Age.
A Killer's Only Confidant: The Man Who Caught Susan Smith.
Another Battle of New Orleans: Mardi Gras (Rick Bragg, The New York Times).
1997 The Umpire's Sons (Lisa Pollak, The Baltimore Sun).
1998 Angels & Demons (Thomas French, St. Petersburg Times).
1999 Crime Scene: Beyond the Statistics, A Druggist Confronts the Reality of Robbery (Angelo B. Henderson, Wall Street Journal).
2000 Crossing Over (J. R. Moehringer, Los Angeles Times).
2001 The Boy Behind The Mask (Tom Hallman, Jr., The Oregonian).
2002 A Father's Pain, a Judge's Duty, and a Justice Beyond Their Reach (Barry Siegel, Los Angeles Times).
2003 Enrique's Journey (Sonia Nazario, Los Angeles Times).