Alumna C. E. Morgan Named 2017 Pulitzer Prize Finalist

C. E. Morgan

C. E. Morgan
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The Sport of Kings book coverBerea College alumna C. E. Morgan ’02 has been named a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the nation.

Morgan’s novel, The Sport of Kings, has garnered nationwide attention and praise. Kathryn Schulz, in The New Yorker, said The Sport of Kings “is a novel about racing and race” and “the way that African-Americans have been forced off the track, literally and figuratively to the psychological, political, and material advantage of whites.” A review in The New York Times described the novel as “ravishing and ambitious… a mud-flecked epic, replete with fertile symbolism, that hurtles through generations of Kentucky history.”

The Sport of Kings also won the 2016 Windham-Campbell prize for fiction and the 2016 Kirkus Prize. It is shortlisted for the Bailey’s Women’s Fiction Prize, the Rathbones Folio Prize and the James Tait Black Prize.

Read more about C. E. Morgan’s nominated work at The Pulitzer Prizes’ website:

Learn more about Morgan in a recent interview with the Berea College Magazine:

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Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College only admits academically promising students with limited financial resources—primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia—but welcomes students from 41 states and 76 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly to earn money for books, housing and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.