Cormac McCarthy among 2007 Pulitzer laureates

Author Cormac McCarthy and saxophonist Ornette Coleman are among the 2007 Pulitzer Prize winners, organizers announced Monday afternoon.

The $10,000 US prizes honour excellence in the realms of arts, literature, journalism and music.

McCarthy, who usually lives a reclusive life but has recently been in the spotlight after talk show host Oprah Winfrey chose him for her televised book club, was honoured for his recent acclaimed novel The Road.

Coleman, who has worked in the music business for nearly five decades, won the Pulitzer for his album Sound Grammar.

Organizers also announced other winners in the Pulitzer category of letters, drama and music, including:

  • Drama — David Lindsay-Abaire for Rabbit Hole.
  • Poetry — Natasha Trethewey for Native Guard.
  • General non-fiction — Lawrence Wright for The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11.
  • Biography — Debby Applegate for The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher.
  • History — Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff for The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation.

This year’s winners among the 14 Pulitzer Prize journalism categories include the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Miami Herald, the Boston Globe and New York’s Daily News.

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