The 1933 Novel Decision

In a short letter to the Pulitzer Prize Committee, the jurors recommended T. S. Stribling’s The Store for the prize. After asking for clarification, the jurors sent another letter, stating that they had selected The Store “chiefly because of its sustained interest, and because of the convincing and comprehensive picture it presents of life in an inland Southern community during the middle eighties of the last century.” The letter also listed four other novels that were considered for the prize: Sons of the Martian, God’s Angry Man, The Pilot Comes Aboard, and To Make My Bread. The Pulitzer Prize Committee went on to follow the jury’s recommendation and selected The Store for the Pulitzer. Hohenburg writes about winning author, “Although Stribling is little read today, he was respected in his time as a novelist who attempted to grapple with the realities of life in the South.”

Currently reading: Lamb in His Bosom by Caroline Miller

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