Booker and Pulitzer winners since 1969

The Booker Prize is possibly the biggest literary award in the English and certainly gets the biggest publicity. However, Donna Tartt, who won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her novel, The Goldfinch, possibly sold more copies of her book than Richard Flanagan, who won the 2014 Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North. But the two previous Booker winners — Eleanor Catton, Luminaries (2013) and Hillary Mantel, Bring Up the Bodies (2012) — were blockbusters.

With the Pulitzers about to be announced, let’s look at previous Booker and Pulitzer winners. (Post updated to include 2015 Pulitzer winner for fiction.) The Booker winner will be announced on October 13. That’s a long time away. But the longlist will be announced on July 29 when the speculation will begin. That will intensify when the shortlist is made public on September 15. The Booker Prize Foundation loves publicity. The Pulitzers, administered by Columbia University, are a quieter affair. Everything is on the QT. Even the finalists are not known before the prizes are announced. That’s when everyone is named — the winners and the rest.

The list stops at 1969 when the Booker Prize was given for the first time. Pulitzers have been around much longer.

Winners since 2000
 Booker winnersPulitzer winners
2015 Anthony Doerr
All the Light We Cannot See
2014Richard Flanagan
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Donna Tartt
The Goldfinch
2013Eleanor Catton
The Luminaries
Adam Johnson
The Orphan Master’s Son
2012Hillary Mantel
Bring Up the Bodies
No award
2011Julian Barnes
The Sense of an Ending
Jennifer Egan
A Visit from the Goon Squad
2010Howard Jacobson
The Finkler Question
Paul Harding
Tinkers
2009Hillary Mantel
Wolf Hall
Elizabeth Strout
Oliver Kitteridge
2008Aravind Adiga
The White Tiger
Juniot Diaz
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
2007Anne Enright
The Gathering
Cormac McCarthy
The Road
2006Kiran Desai
The Inheritance of Loss
Geraldine Brooks
March
2005John Banville
The Sea
Marylynne Robinson
Gilead
2004Allan Holinghurst
The Line of Beauty
Edward P Jones
The Known World
2003DBC Pierre
Vernon God Little
Jeffrey Euginides
Middlesex
2002Yann Martel
Life of Pi
Richard Russo
Empire Falls
2001Peter Carey
True History of the Kelly Gang
Michael Chabon
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
2000Margaret Atwood
The Blind Assassin
Jhumpa Lahiri
Inspector of Maladies

Let’s look at earlier winners.

1990-2000
 Booker winnersPulitzer winners
1999JM Coetzee
Disgrace
Michael Cunningham
The Hours
1998Ian McEwan
Amsterdam
Philip Roth
American Pastoral
1997Arundhati Roy
The God of Small Things
Martin Dressler
The Tale of an American Dreamer
1996Graham Swift
Last Orders
Richard Ford
Independence Day
1995Pat Barker
The Ghost Road
Carol Shields
The Stone Diaries
1994James Kelman
How Late It Was,
How Late
E Annie Proulx
The Shipping News
1993Roddy Doyle,
Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha
Robert Olen Butler
A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain
1992Michael Ondaatje
The English Patient
and
Barry Unsworth
Sacred Hunger
(joint winners)
Jane Smiley
A Thousand Acres
1991Ben Okri
The Famished Road
John Updike
Rabbit at Rest
1990AS Byatt
Possession
Oscar Hijuelos
The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love

Let’s go back even further.

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Salman Rushdie won the 1981 Booker Prize for Midnight’s Children
1980-1989
 Booker winnersPulitzer winners
1989Kazuo Ishiguro
The Remains of the Day
Anne Tyler
Breathing Lessons
1988Peter Carey
Oscar and Lucinda
Toni Morrison
Beloved
1987Penelope Lively
Moon Tiger
Peter Taylor
A Summons to Memphis
1986Kingsley Amis
The Old Devils
Larry McMurtry
Lonesome Dove
1985Keri Hulme
The Bone People
Alison Lurie
Foreign Affairs
1984Anita Brookner
Hotel du Lac
William Kennedy
Ironweed
1983JM Coetzee
Life and Times of
Michael K
Alice Walker
The Color Purple
1982Thomas Keneally
Schindler’s Ark
John Updike
Rabbit is Rich
1981Salman Rushdie
Midnight’s Children
John Kennedy Toole
A Confederacy of Dunces
1980William Golding
Rites of Passage
Norman Mailor
The Executioner’s Song

We will stop at 1969, when the Booker Prize was given for the first time. The Pulitzer for fiction has been given since 1948 when James Michener’s Tales of the South Pacific won the award.

1970-1979
 Booker winnersPulitzer winners
1979Penelope Fitzgerald
Offshore
John Cheever
The Stories of John Cheever
1978Iris Murdoch
The Sea, The Sea
James Alan McPherson
Elbow Room
1977Paul Scott
Staying On
No award
1976David Storey
Saville
Saul Bellow
Humboldt’s Gift
1975Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Heat and Dust
Michael Shaara
The Killer Angels
1974Stanley Middleton
Holiday
and
Nadine Gordimer
The Conservationist
(joint winners)
No award
1973JG Farrell
The Siege of Krishnapur
Eudora Welty
The Optimist’s Daughter
1972John Berger
G
Wallace Stegner
Angle of Repose
1971VS Naipaul
In a Free State
No award
1970Bernice Rubens
The Elected Member
Jean Stafford
Collected Stories
1969PH Newby
Something to Answer For
N Scott Momaday
House Made of Dawn