I've been thinking about and looking over lists of winners of some literary prizes, and I have a few questions for you guys.
A few years ago, the Booker prize started considering American fiction. Is it now the most prestigious prize for an English novel?
Before the change, were the Booker and the Pulitzer more or less equivalent prizes?
And what of the prix Goncourt? I looked at the list of winners and wondered who the hell most of them were. Do French people wonder that when looking at lists of winners of the Booker or Pulitzer?
Since reading Lincoln in the Bardo, I've read ten winners from the Booker and ten from the Pulitzer. Three of the Pulitzer winners I've read came before the Booker existed. I have two Pulitzer winners lined up to read.
I also looked at the Pen Faulkner award. I have only read four winners of that.
I haven't generally paid much attention to prize winners, and quite a few of the ones I have read were read last year in my effort to get more up to date. Looking over the lists and wondering who those old winners were made me wonder about that whole endeavor.