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Aretha Franklin received an honorary Pulitzer Prize Monday, as judges praised the Queen of Soul "for her indelible contribution to American music and culture". Competitive Pulitzers were awarded to books about two other giants of American history: Frederick Douglass and Alain Locke.David W. Blight's 900-page "Frederick Douglass" was named the best work of history, while the biography prize went to Jeffrey C. Stewart's "The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke". The drama prize went to "Fairview," by Jackie Sibblies Drury, and Ellen Reid's opera "p r i s m," which tackles sexual and emotional abuse, was given the music award.The Pulitzer for fiction could well bring commercial success to the author, whose previous works include "The Echo Maker," winner of the National Book Award.
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