[PULITZER PRIZE WINNERS] Group of the earliest Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels, 1918-1936.
Various publishers, each in publisher's cloth, three retaining original dust jacket, each housed in a custom cloth sleeve with a gilt lettered leather lettering label and the year of the prize in gilt at the foot. Thirteen volumes. Generally sound copies but some wear.
Comprises by year of award:
1918: His Family by Ernest Poole, 1917 first edition
1919: The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington, 1918 first edition
1922: Alice Adams by Booth Tarkington, 1921 first edition, hinges split
1923: One of Ours by Willa Cather, 1922 second printing
1924: The Able McLaughlins by Margaret Wilson, 1923 first edition
1925: So Big by Edna Ferber, 1924 first edition, first state of title page
1927: Early Autumn by Louis Bromfield, 1926 first edition
1929: Scarlet Sister Mary by Julia Peterkin, 1928 first edition
1930: Laughing Boy by Oliver La Farge, 1929 first edition
1931: Years of Grace by Margaret Ayer Barnes, 1930 first edition
1933: The Store by T.S. Stribling, 1932 first printing with "First edition" to copyright and in original dust jacket with price present, a very fine copy of the rare jacket
1935: Now in November by Josephine Winslow Johnson, 1934 first edition with date on title and in original jacket which is the first issue jacket with $2.00 price present and no reviews but with a "Recommended by the Book-of-the-Month Club" sticker affixed (later issues have Pulitzer Prize sticker)
1936: Honey in the Horn by Harold L. Davis, 1935 first edition, first printing, in original dust jacket with $2.50 price present, jacket with several creases
The Pulitzer Prize for The Novel was one of the original seven awards for Letters, Drama and Music as outlined by Joseph Pulitzer in his 1917 will. No award was given that inaugural year: the first prize given in 1918 was awarded to Ernest Poole's His Family, present here. There was no award given in 1920. For other winners of this period not present in this lot see copies of The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (1921 winner), The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck (1933 winner), Lamb in His Bosom by Caroline Miller (1934 winner), and Gone with the Wind (1937 winner) elsewhere in this catalogue. The present group is unusual for containing many titles now obscure that were lauded in their day. The lot 13 volumes.
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