A Single Pebble

By John Hersey

Original Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

Current Publisher: Vintage

Fiction Finalists That Year: 

Fiction Winner That Year: Wright Morris for The Field of Vision

Fiction Judges That Year: Robert Gorham Davis, Leslie Fiedler, Oliver LaFarge, W.G. Rogers, Peter Taylor

The Year in Literature:

  • The Pulitzer Prize was not given for fiction.
  • Albert Camus won the Nobel Prize for literature.

More Information: Hersey’s 1954 Life magazine article “Why Do Students Bog Down on First R? A Local Committee Sheds Light on a National Problem: Reading" inspired Theodor Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) to write The Cat in the Hat.

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