Remembering the 30s: Josephine W. Johnson, 24-Year-Old Pulitzer Prize Winner


The Pulitzer Prize’s youngest ever recipient in fiction was a 24-year-old woman, yet it is not common knowledge. Josephine W. Johnson won the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for her 1934 novel “Now in November.” Johnson received this honor during a time dominated by male authors such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and William Faulkner when she was tackling subjects that many authors did not want to discuss. However, her career in the writing world came much earlier than that, as she began writing poetry as early as age seven.

For Further Reading

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Discussion Question

Why are women’s contributions to the arts not well known? What can be done differently?


Action Item

Order a copy of “Now in November” if you are interested in reading Josephine’s work.

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