This is not at all from my Pulitzer journey, but I re-read the first chapter of D. H. Lawrence’s Studies in Classic American Literature for class today, and he says so many fascinating, provocative, and often true things about literature and reading, I just had to mention it here. If you’ve read it, go back and hit an old favorite chapter again–there’s more there than you saw before. And if you haven’t, give it a look. He will anger you, confuse you, and even contradict himself, but he’ll make you think.
And now that I’m realizing he was writing about American literature in 1922/1923, I have to consider his ideas more seriously as I look at these early 20s Pulitzer winners. There’s always more to learn.