By E.L. Doctorow
Original and Current Publisher: Random House
Fiction Finalists That Year:
- E.L. Doctorow for Billy Bathgate
- Katherine Dunn for Geek Love
- Oscar Hijuelos for The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love
- Amy Tan for The Joy Luck Club
Fiction Winner That Year: John Casey for Spartina
Fiction Judges That Year: Not Available
The Year in Literature:
- Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
- Camilo José Cela won the Nobel Prize for literature.
More Information: E.L. Doctrow won the National Book Award for Fiction in 1986 for World’s Fair. He was also a Fiction Finalist three other times: in 1972 for The Book of Daniel, in 1982 for Loon Lake, and in 1995 for The March.