I know, I was shocked, too. Especially since 2011 was an amazing year for fiction. The three nominees given to the board by the jurors this year were Swamplandia! by Karen Russell, The Pale King by David Foster Wallace, and Train Dreams by Denis Johnson. While this isn't the first time the board has declined to select a winner for the fiction Pulitzer (it has happened eleven times in the history of the prize), it is the first time since 1977.
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