Terrific Tuesday: The Pulitzer Prize

PulitzerPrizeThe Pulitzer Prize.

For those in the worlds of journalism and arts and letters, the award is perhaps equivalent to an Oscar. The Pulitzer Prize is named for Joseph Pulitzer, the editor of the New York World and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Pulitzer, whose family lived in Hungary, came to the United States after the death of his father and the loss of the family fortune. His passage was paid by Massachusetts military recruiters, but he ended up joining the Lincoln Cavalry in New York. At age 17, Pulitzer became a soldier in the Civil War.

After the war, Pulitzer tried his hand at a variety of jobs and settled in St. Louis. He had a flair for writing and also studied law. His work in newspapers was a good fit for his talents, and he eventually purchased the St. Louis Post and the St. Louis Dispatch. Several years later, he purchased the New York World.

Pulitzer provided money in his will for Columbia University to establish a school of journalism and to fund awards that would recognize excellence in journalism. Columbia University named the awards for Joseph Pulitzer and expanded the awards to recognize achievements in literature, poetry, history, music, and drama.

The annual Pulitzer Prizes, awarded on Monday, create a great deal of interest among writers and readers. But there are five interesting myths about the awards.

Visit http://goo.gl/wacSeF in The Washington Post to know more!

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