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September 25, 1992
William A. Swanberg, 84, whose biography of Henry R. Luce earned him a Pulitzer Prize. He won his Pulitzer in 1973 for "Luce and His Empire," the biography of the co-founder of Time Inc. The award came 11 years after he failed to win a Pulitzer for "Citizen Hearst," a biography of William Randolph Hearst.
December 4, 2000 | From Associated Press
Gwendolyn Brooks, who won a Pulitzer Prize for writing candid and compassionate poetry that delved into poverty, racism and drugs among black people, died Sunday. She was 83. Family friend Leron Bennett said Brooks died after a short illness. Brooks was world-renowned for promoting an understanding of black culture through her poetry while at the same time suggesting inclusiveness is the key to harmony.
December 12, 2002 | From Associated Press
Paul Vathis, whose 56 years as an Associated Press photographer included a Pulitzer Prize for his pensive picture of then-President Kennedy and former President Eisenhower walking together at Camp David after the Bay of Pigs invasion, died Tuesday. He was 77. Vathis died in his sleep at his Mechanicsburg, Pa., home. From the AP bureau in Harrisburg, Pa.
With composer Henry Brant's spatial music, "being there" is central to the art. That was an unstated message when his piece "Prophets" was given its U.S. premiere in Santa Barbara's First Methodist Church on Sunday. Listeners were literally surrounded by music, treated to the engaging, enigmatic sound of four cantors singing Old Testament texts in Hebrew in separate corners of the chapel, while the ceremonial Jewish horn called the shofar punctuated their incantations.
July 3, 1986 | BURT A. FOLKART, Times Staff Writer
Wirt Williams, a novelist probably better known to Pulitzer Prize judges than to the general public, died Sunday in a Hollywood hospital. The veteran California State University, Los Angeles, English professor was 64 and died after suffering a stroke last week. Williams was nominated three times for the Pulitzer, twice for his novels, "The Far Side" in 1970 and "Ada Dallas" in 1960 and earlier for his reporting.
March 31, 1988 | Associated Press
The Charlotte Observer won two 1988 Pulitzer Prizes today, including the prestigious public service award for revealing misuse of funds by Jim and Tammy Bakker's PTL television ministry. It was one of six Pulitzers won by Knight-Ridder newspapers. The Miami Herald, also a Knight-Ridder newspaper, and the Wall Street Journal both also won two awards.
February 29, 2004 | Bart Barnes, Washington Post
Daniel Joseph Boorstin, the Pulitzer Prize-winning and best-selling historian who had served as librarian of Congress and director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of History and Technology, has died. He was 89. Boorstin died Saturday of pneumonia at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C. He wrote two dozen books, which were translated into at least 30 languages and have sold millions of copies around the world.
December 18, 2005 | Patricia Sullivan, The Washington Post
Jack N. Anderson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter who for years was America's most widely read newspaper columnist, died Saturday. He was 83. Anderson died at his home in Bethesda, Md., of Parkinson's disease. A crusader in the mold of muckrakers from a century ago, unbound by contemporary notions of objectivity, Anderson was highly successful during the 1950s and '60s, when few reporters actively sought to uncover government wrongdoing.
Karl Shapiro, whose World War II poetry, written when he was a young soldier stationed in New Guinea, earned him instant literary recognition and a Pulitzer Prize in 1945, died Sunday in a New York City hospice. He was 86. In his long career as a poet, essayist, novelist, editor and teacher, the iconoclastic Shapiro may have been best known for the poem "Elegy for a Dead Soldier," written in 1944, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning "V-Letter and Other Poems."
September 2, 2008 | Elaine Woo, Times Staff Writer
Edwin O. Guthman, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist and editor whose aggressive pursuit of Watergate stories during the 1970s earned him the enmity of President Nixon and the No. 3 spot on Nixon's infamous enemies list, has died. He was 89. Guthman died Sunday at his home in Pacific Palisades, USC announced. He had been dealing with complications of amyloidosis, a rare disorder involving the abnormal buildup of proteins in organs and tissues. Guthman, who was also a longtime USC professor and a founding member of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, earned a Pulitzer early in his career for proving the innocence of a victim of McCarthyism.
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