Playwright Lynn Nottage wins Pulitzer Prize

NEW YORK (AP) -- Lynn Nottage's harrowing tale of survival set against the backdrop of an African civil war wins the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for drama.

Steve Reich won the music prize for "Double Sextet," while celebrated poet W.S. Merwin won the Pulitzer for poetry.

Other winners include Elizabeth Strout for fiction ("Olive Kitteridge") and Annette Gordon-Reed, who won the history prize for "The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family," which won the National Book Award last fall.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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