The simplest answer is the one in the blog’s subtitle, but I can expand on that a little.
I’ve decided to read the winners of the Pulitzer Prize for the Novel (1918-1947) and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1948-present) in chronological order. Along the way, I’m going to record ideas that occur to me, questions that I struggle with, comparisons between books or authors, etc. And I’ll post a final review of each book, breaking down how successful I think it is as a work of fiction and as a window into America at that time…and of course offering my opinion of whether or not you should read it. I am doing this for the following reasons:
- Because the few Pulitzer winners I have read are generally good books, so the likelihood of my finding new good books seems high.
- Because I am less well-versed in American literature than I would like to be, and this seems like a good method for getting a broad sense of American novel writing in the 20th/21st centuries, at least.
- Because I think that this will add to my awareness of both how America has changed, and how literature in America has changed, over nearly 100 years.
- Because I’d like to have conversations about books and life that go a little deeper than I think Facebook can reasonably allow (to say nothing of Twitter).
- Because the list is there, and there’s something human about wanting to accomplish things for the sake of having done them.
I’m also doing this because I want to add to my awareness of blogging–as an avid reader of a number of blogs, and occasional commenter, I feel like I understand the consumer side. But the production side is still a little mysterious, and I want to pressure myself to contribute something meaningful, and see what that’s like. So, if you’re here and you feel like commenting on anything, please do! That conversation is key to what I’m hoping to gain from the experience.