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Bowdoin Part of Pulitzer Prize-Winning Tinkers

Story posted May 19, 2010

Bowdoin plays a part in Paul Harding's Tinkers (New York: Bellevue Literary Press, 2009) winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.


Tinkers is described as "a powerful celebration of life in which a New England father and son, through suffering and joy, transcend their imprisoning lives and offer new ways of perceiving the world and mortality."

Among the book's characters is the semi-legendary figure, Gilbert, who is said to have been a graduate of Bowdoin.

The lore surrounding Gilbert is that he had been a classmate of Nathaniel Hawthorne — a rumor dispelled when others realize Gilbert would have to be nearly 130 years old in order to have graduated alongside Hawthorne in 1825.

The 2010 Pulitzer Prizewinners were announced April 12, 2010.

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