By H.L. Humes
Original and Current Publisher: Random House
Fiction Finalists That Year:
- Louis Auchincloss for Pursuit of the Prodigal
- Hamilton Basso for The Light Infantry Ball
- Saul Bellow for Henderson the Rain King
- Evan S. Connell, Jr. for Mrs. Bridge
- William Faulkner for The Mansion
- Mark Harris for Wake Up, Stupid
- John Hersey for The War Lover
- H.L. Humes for Men Die
- Shirley Jackson for The Haunting of Hill House
- Elizabeth Janeway for The Third Choice
- James Jones for The Pistol
- Warren Miller for The Cool World
- James Purdy for Malcolm
- Leo Rosten for The Return of H*Y*M*A*N K*A*P*L*A*N
- John Updike for The Poorhouse Fair
- Robert Penn Warren for The Cave
- Morris West for The Devil's Advocate
Fiction Winner That Year: Philip Roth for Goodbye, Columbus
Fiction Judges That Year: Kay Boyle, Brendan Gill, Alexander Laing, William Peden, Charles J. Rolo
The Year in Literature:
- Advise and Consent by Allen Drury won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
- Saint-John Perse won the Nobel Prize for literature.
- Humes was a co-founder of The Paris Review in 1953, along with Peter Matthiessen and George Plimpton.
- Humes wrote only one other novel in his lifetime: The Underground City (1958). He began a third novel, The Memoirs of Dorsey Slade, but never finished it.
- Humes suffered from mental illness, including paranoia and delusions, supposedly as a result of taking LSD in the mid-1960s.