By William Carlos Williams
Original Publisher: Random House
Current Publisher: New Directions
Fiction Finalists That Year:
- Isabel Bolton for Many Mansions
- H.L. Davis for Winds of Morning
- Thomas Gallagher for The Gathering Darkness
- Ernest Hemingway for The Old Man and the Sea
- Carl Jonas for Jefferson Selleck
- Peter Martin for The Landsmen
- May Sarton for A Shower of Summer Days
- Jean Stafford for The Catherine Wheel
- John Steinbeck for East of Eden
- William Carlos Williams for The Build-Up
Fiction Winner That Year: Ralph Ellison for Invisible Man
Fiction Judges That Year: Saul Bellow, Martha Foley, Irving Howe, Howard Mumford Jones, Alfred Kazin
The Year in Literature:
- The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
- Winston Churchill won the Nobel Prize for literature.
- Williams was the first person to win the National Book Award for Poetry in 1950. He won for two books: Paterson: Book III and Selected Poems. He was a Finalist several more times, for both Poetry and Nonfiction.
- The Build-Up was the final book in Williams’ Stecher trilogy, which also included White Mule and In the Money.