Donald Margulies, David M. Kennedy win arts Pulitzers

Posted: Monday, April 10, 2000

NEW YORK (AP) - Playwright Donald Margulies, twice a Pulitzer finalist, won the drama prize Monday for his off-Broadway play ``Dinner With Friends.'' C.K. Williams won for poetry.

The Pulitzer for general nonfiction was awarded to John W. Dower for ``Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II.'' He earlier won the National Book Award for the same work.

``This is astonishing,'' said Dower, 65, a professor of history at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. ``I'm going to dance around with my wife for a few moments.''

Margulies teaches playwriting at the Yale School of Drama. His winning play debuted this season at the Variety Arts Theater.

The fiction Pulitzer went to ``Interpreter of Maladies'' by Jhumpa Lahiri. The collection of stories by the creative writing teacher was her first book.

The history award was given to Kennedy for ``Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-45.'' The history teacher also has written books on the life of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger and World War I.

The biography award was awarded to Schiff for ``Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov).''

Williams lives in New Jersey and teaches creative writing at Princeton University.

The music award was given to Lewis Spratlan for his composition, ``Life is a Dream, Opera in Three Acts: Act Two, Concert Version.''

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