Saturday, August 04, 2007

Over the Years, The Pulitzer Rule Changes


Original Pulitzer Statement:
Annually for the original American play, performed in New York, which shall best represent the educational value and power of the stage in raising the standard of good morals, good taste and good manners, One thousand dollars ($1000.00)



Statement in 1928:
For the original American play, performed in New York, which shall best represent the educational value and power of the stage. One thousand dollars.



Statement in 1934:
For the original American play performed in New York, which shall best represent the educational value and power of the stage, preferably one dealing with American life. One thousand dollars.



Current Terms of Pulitzer Award:
For a distinguished play by an American author, preferably original in its source and dealing with American life.



-Information from The Pulitzer Prize Plays 1918-1934, Introduction by William Lyons Phelps

2 comments:

Lis Riba said...

There are some pretty drastic differences between 1934 and today.

Do you know any sources which show how the criteria continued to change?

Art said...

Hi Lis,

I got the changes from the Introduction to an anthology. The intro gave a brief sentence for each change. But honestly it didn't explain much.

I'll look them up and add them to the post. Further than that, I am sure the information is out there somewhere.

Thanks for commenting.