'The Hours' Wins Pulitzer
Apr. 12, 1999
NEW YORK (AP) _ Michael Cunningham won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for fiction on Monday for his novel ``The Hours,'' while Margaret Edson won the drama award for her play ``Wit.''
The history prize was given to ``Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898'' by Edwin G. Burrows and Mike Wallace. The biography prize went to ``Lindbergh,'' A. Scott Berg's book about the American aviator Charles Lindbergh.
The poetry prize was given to Mark Strand for ``Blizzard of One.''
The general nonfiction prize was awarded to John McPhee for ``Annals of the Former World.''
Melinda Wagner won the music prize for her composition ``Concerto for Flute, Strings and Percussion.''
A special music citation was given posthumously to Duke Ellington on the centennial of his birth. The Pulitzer board said the award was given ``in recognition of his musical genius, which evoked aesthetically the principles of democracy through the medium of jazz and thus made an indelible contribution to art and culture.''
``The Hours,'' Cunningham's third novel, is set in New York and tells a complex story based on Virginia Woolf's classic ``Mrs. Dalloway.''
``Wit'' is a deliberately unsentimental look at a woman's fight with ovarian cancer.