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Love in Infant Monkeys

The New York Times, April 12, 2010

2010 Pulitzer Prizes for Letters, Drama and Music

The Pulitzer Prizes were announced on Monday.

Paul Harding won the fiction prize for his novel “Tinkers,” while the drama award went to the musical “Next to Normal,” with music by Tom Kitt and book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey. Liaquat Ahamed won the history award for “Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World,” the biography prize went to T. J. Stiles for “The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt” and the general nonfiction prize went to David E. Hoffman for “The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy.”

Jennifer Higdon won the music prize for her Violin Concerto while the poetry award went to Rae Armantrout for “Versed.”

FICTION: “Tinkers,” by Paul Harding

“Tinkers,” a debut novel, is about the memories of a dying man, George Washington Crosby, who remembers being abandoned by his father, an epileptic. Mr. Harding, 42, teaches creative writing at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and said the seed of the novel came from his grandfather’s spare reminisces of his own father. “I could never get him to elaborate on it,” Mr. Harding said. “So of course it became irresistible to me.”

Finalists: “Love in Infant Monkeys,” by Lydia Millet; “In Other Rooms, Other Wonders,” by Daniyal Mueenuddin.

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