Reading The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels  

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Next on your reading list: something from this list of the best Pulitzer Prize-winning novels. These are essentially the greatest books of fiction in the history of literature. Are you looking to buy a collection of the best novels of all time? According to the most prestigious prize out there, this list contains every single book deserving of such a title. Men and women can read these Pulitzer Prize winners to bed every night. Some of them are even appropriate for young adults or even younger, such as Harper Lee's famed To Kill A Mockingbird.

Speaking of Mockingbird, you will notice something interesting as you peruse this list of the best Pulitzer Prize-winning novels of all time. So many of these winners for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction have been turned, or are currently being turned into, major motion pictures. It is clear that movie producers in Hollywood know when there is a good story that could garner critical claim with an adapted screenplay.

This list of all novels that won the Pulitzer Prize includes beloved classes like The Color Purple, The Old Man and the Sea, and Lonesome Dove. Other newer titles on the list, like Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay and Jerry Eugenides's Middlesex are prime examples of modern literature that you should add to your book collection - if you haven't already. This Pulitzer Prize fiction list is guaranteed to keep your turning pages all day long.
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571 91
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

2
223 76
Lonesome Dove is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Larry McMurtry

3
243 110
The Old Man and the Sea is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

4
262 102
The Color Purple is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

5
213 105
The Road is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Cormac McCarthy

6
74 16
The Grapes of Wrath is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
carlybobarly added John Steinbeck

7
105 46
The Caine Mutiny is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

8
144 76
The Shipping News is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
E. Annie Proulx

9
170 104
A Confederacy of Dunces is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
John Kennedy Toole

10
105 54
The Killer Angels: A Novel of ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

11
98 64
The Hours is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Michael Cunningham

12
66 23
All the Light We Cannot See is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
carlybobarly added Anthony Doerr

13
132 82
The Amazing Adventures of Kava... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

14
154 78
Beloved is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Toni Morrison

15
51 14
Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
carlybobarly added Margaret Mitchell

16
146 81
Middlesex is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Jeffrey Eugenides

17
72 42
The Executioner's Song is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

18
41 18
The Goldfinch is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Donna Tartt

19
74 54
American Pastoral is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

20
106 63
Empire Falls is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Richard Russo

21
91 72
Olive Kitteridge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Elizabeth Strout

22
24 8
The Age of Innocence is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
carlybobarly added Edith Wharton

23
75 46
Tales of the South Pacific is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

24
49 48
Ironweed is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
William Kennedy

25
72 57
Interpreter of Maladies is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

26
83 74
The Brief Wondrous Life of Osc... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

27
59 49
Angle of Repose is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Wallace Stegner

28
40 47
The Stone Diaries is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Carol Shields

29
68 62
A Thousand Acres is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

30
58 75
A Visit from the Goon Squad is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

31
18 7
The Yearling is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

32
20 10
All the King's Men is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Robert Penn Warren

33
50 46
Breathing Lessons is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

34
46 42
The Reivers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
William Faulkner

35
45 42
A Death in the Family is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

36
42 39
The Confessions of Nat Turner is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

37
58 62
Gilead is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Marilynne Robinson

38
47 49
Rabbit at Rest is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
John Updike

39
46 48
Andersonville is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
MacKinlay Kantor

40
47 54
March is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Geraldine Brooks

41
37 42
Advise and Consent: A Novel of... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

42
37 48
The Known World is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Edward P. Jones

43
4 2
The underground railroad is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Michał Stanek added The underground railroad Colson Whitehead

44
33 44
Rabbit Is Rich is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
John Updike

45
28 37
The Optimist's Daughter is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

46
7 9
One of Ours is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Willa Cather

47
8 11
The Stories of John Cheever is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

48
30 46
Humboldt's Gift is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

49
3 6
Less (2017) is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
dhandler19 added Less (2017)

50
31 49
The Mambo Kings Play Songs of ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels