The Pulitzer Prize For Fiction

2014 - Donna Tartt

Born: 23 December 1963, Greenwood, MS

Awarded for: "The Goldfinch"

Prize motivation: "for distinguished fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life"

Field: Fiction

Prize share: 1/1

Books Written By Donna Tartt

About Donna Tartt

Donna Tartt was born December 23, 1963, and when Tartt was born she was very small in size and she was often ill throughout her childhood, suffering from such maladies as tonsillitis. Tartt is an American writer and author of the novels The Secret History (1992), The Little Friend (2002), and The Goldfinch (2013).[1] Tartt won the WH Smith Literary Award for The Little Friend in 2003 and the Pulitzer Prize (Fiction) for The Goldfinch in 2014 and she was named to the TIME 100: The 100 Most Influential People.

Tartt was born in Greenwood, Mississippi, in the Mississippi Delta, and raised in the nearby town of Grenada.

By the time she was four, Tartt began keeping a notebook, which later turned into a detailed daily journal. When she was five years old, Tartt started writing poetry. Because she was thought to be sickly, she spent many days home from school. In addition to writing, Tartt also used that time to read. She was particularly a fan of nineteenth–century British authors Charles Dickens and Thomas de Quincey. Even when she was not sick, Tartt spent much of her time reading.

At the age of 13, Tartt published her first work, a sonnet, in a Mississippi–based literary journal.

In 1981, Tartt entered the University of Mississippi, where her writing talents were noticed by her professors. One of Tartt's biggest supporters at the University of Mississippi was author Willie Morris, the school's writer–in–residence. Another professor who favored Tartt's work was Barry Hannah. Tartt sometimes took classes with graduate students and outshone them.

After her first year at the University of Mississippi, Tartt transferred to a private college in Vermont, Bennington College. There, she continued to enhance her knowledge of Greek and English literature. By the end of her years at Bennington, Tartt began work on what would become her first novel, The Secret History.

As of 2002, Tartt was reportedly working on a retelling of the myth of Daedalus and Icarus for the Canongate Myth Series, a series of novellas in which ancient myths are re-imagined and re-written by contemporary authors. In 2006, Donna Tartt's short story "The Ambush" was named to The Best American Short Stories.

In 2014, Tartt won the Pulizer Prize for her novel, "The Goldfinch."

"The Goldfinch is a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind....Donna Tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of fiction." --Stephen King, The New York Times Book Review


The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt

By Mrs. N. Greer

What a ride! Just when you think you know where the avenue is leading, or where it can possibly go from here, a massive switch and corner and off we go again. As soon as I finished I wanted to start it over again,this time from a 'knowing what happens' perspective. Stunning.

The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt

By Michelle Smith

The Goldfinch will forever be on my list of favorite novels... And it is in good company. Brilliant story weaving.