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And The Pulitzer For Forgotten Fiction Goes To...

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On Monday, we'll learn who won this year's Pulitzer Prizes. Another novel will join a distinguished list, rubbing elbows with Gone With the Wind, The Grapes of Wrath, The Old Man and the Sea, Beloved and many others.

It's sure to win a bit of immortality for the author, right? Well, not necessarily.

We're going out on a limb to say there are a bunch of Pulitzer Prize-winning novels you've probably never heard of — unless you're some kind of literary wunderkind.

Were these books great in their time, but only in their time? Were the Pulitzer jurors simply out to lunch? Or maybe the literary pickings are just slim some years.

Here's a list of Pulitzer novels we've forgotten. Add your own forgotten fiction in the comment field below — or tell us what we've missed.

Our Unscientific List Of Least-Known Fiction Winners

  • His Family by Ernest Poole, 1918
  • Early Autumn by Louis Bromfield, 1927
  • Scarlet Sister Mary by Julia Peterkin, 1929
  • Laughing Boy by Oliver Lafarge, 1930
  • Years of Grace by Margaret Ayer Barnes, 1931
  • The Store by T.S. Stribling, 1933
  • Lamb in His Bosom by Caroline Miller, 1934
  • Now in November by Josephine Winslow Johnson, 1935
  • Honey in the Horn by Harold L. Davis, 1936
  • In This Our Life by Ellen Glasgow, 1942
  • Journey in the Dark by Martin Flavin, 1944
  • Guard of Honor by James Gould Cozzens, 1949
  • The Way West by A.B. Guthrie, 1950
  • The Town by Conrad Richter, 1951
  • The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters by Robert Lewis Taylor, 1959
  • The Edge of Sadness by Edwin O'Connor, 1962
  • Elbow Room by James Alan McPherson, 1978

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