In writing Joseph Pulitzer’s 1904 will, made provisions for the establishment of the Pulitzer Prizes as an incentive to excellence, Pulitzer specified solely four awards in journalism, four in letters and drama, one for education, and five traveling scholarships. Since 1904, tremendous changes have taken place and the Pulitzer Prize is one of the top honors a work can receive. It has since expanded to prizes awarded in not only the categories listed above, but honors fiction, nonfiction, autobiographical and poetry.

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