Tuesday, January 20, 2015

What Do President Kennedy and Singer/Songwriter Bob Dylan Have in Common?

In the early part of the 20th century, Joseph Pulitzer, the founder and namesake of the Pulitzer Prize, made arrangements in his will for an award honoring excellence in journalism and writing (http://www.pulitzer.org/historyofprizes).

Knowing that, “the times would be a changin”1, Pulitzer made allowances so that those charged with giving the award could create new categories as they deemed appropriate (http://www.pulitzer.org/historyofprizes.) Now, over a century later, the Pulitzer Prizes are awarded to writers of both online and print materials (http://www.pulitzer.org/expanded_eligibility).  The award has been given to musicians such as Bob Dylan2, President John F. Kennedy3, and Lexington’s own Herald-Leader cartoonist, Joel Pett. Now you know what Bob Dylan and President Kennedy have in common.

Here are some of the Pulitzer Prize winning materials that are available in the library. Please ask one of the librarians if you want to borrow any of these items. We will be glad to assist you.

Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference by David Garrow; 323.092 G243b

Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller; DVD 812.52 M647d

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway; 813 H488o

If you want to know more about Mr. Pulitzer or the prize, keep one reading or select one of the featured links.   

Poet Gwendolyn Brooks was the first African-American to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her work titled, Annie Allen.


1 Bob Dylan’s song The Times They Are a Changin’ was released in 1964 on the album of the same name. http://www.allmusic.com/album/the-times-they-are-a-changin-mw0000202344

2 In 2008, the Pulitzer committee awarded Bob Dylan a Special Citation for his contribution to American music. http://www.pulitzer.org/citation/2008-Special-Awards-and-Citations.

3President John F. Kennedy is the only president to have won a Pulitzer. http://www.pulitzer.org/faq#q19

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