"In 1974 all 3 Pulitzer judges chose GRAVITY'S RAINBOW as the winner of that year's prize. The Pulitzer Committee, however, deemed the book ponderous and unreadable and declined to give a prize that year. The judges, rightly, were furious. Why invite them to judge if their unanimous opinion can be put aside? Pynchon won the National Book Award for GRAVITY'S RAINBOW the same year."
Duke Ellington was treated similarly in 1965.
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