The same jury that had been split the year before returned in 1946, and once again had trouble finding any common ground to recommend one novel over another. Unfortunately, the jury report from 1946 was missing in the Pulitzer Prize office when Heinz-Dietrich Fischer and Erica Fischer were compiling their multi-volume work, The Pulitzer Prize Archive, and I have been unable to find any indication online of what may have happened to the report, or whether it has in fact been located in the years since the Fischer’s work was published, so I am unable to reference the jury’s own statements on which books they preferred and why.
Thus, I must refer to John Hohenberg’s The Pulitzer Prizes for what little information I am able to find about the 1946 decision. Hohenburg claims the jury “was in even less agreement over the 1946 prize” than they had been the year before, and lists three books as being the top contenders: Apartment in Athens by Glenway Wescott, The Wayfarers, by Dan Wickenden, and Black Boy, by Richard Wright. Hohenberg goes on to claim that jury member Orville Prescott was particularly against recommending Black Boy, which he “refused to consider as a novel.”
While I have been unable to discover any further details behind the juror’s recommendations, the end result was the same: the Advisory Board voted to award no prize in the Novel category due to the indecision of the jury.
Currently Reading: Apartment in Athens by Glenway Wescott