The Press: Not Enough Merit

Although journalists get most of the Pulitzers, awards are also made in the field of arts and letters. But on this far larger hunting ground, the judges have had chronic trouble finding, or at least recognizing, enough merit to cover all seven divisions.* The fiction prize has been skipped seven times in 48 years, the drama award eight times. This year the Pulitzer jurors withheld awards in music, drama and fiction.

Under those headings, the jurors sent not a single nomination to the University of Columbia board of trustees, which picks the winners. Some...

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