A Walk on the Wild Side
By Nelson Algren
Original Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Cudahy
Current Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Fiction Finalists That Year:
- Nelson Algren for A Walk on the Wild Side
- James Baldwin for Giovanni's Room
- Saul Bellow for Seize the Day
- B.J. Chute for Greenwillow
- A.B. Guthrie for These Thousand Hills
- John Hersey for A Single Pebble
- John Hunt for Generations of Men
- Edwin O'Connor for The Last Hurrah
- J.F. Powers for The Presence of Grace
- Elizabeth Spencer for The Voice at the Back Door
- James Thurber for Further Fables for Our Time
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: Algren was the very first National Book Award Winner for Fiction in 1950 for The Man with the Golden Arm.