By chance I stumbled into a site claiming that this is the day that Joseph Pulitzer made his donations to Columbia University to start the Pulitzer Prizes in 1903. I’m a little uncertain about all this–Pulitzer left the money in his will, I thought, and he passed away in 1911, as far as I know. And the first prizes weren’t issued until 1917 (no novel won that year, hence my beginning with the 1918 winner). But I think at some point I’m going to have to read something on the origins of the Pulitzer Prizes, maybe even the makeup of the board over the years, just to get perspective. Not yet, though…I want to dig into stories before I drown them out with “background” and “context” and all those useful things.