By Edward Lewis Wallant
Original Publisher: Harcourt, Brace & World
Current Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Fiction Finalists That Year:
- Hortense Calisher for False Entry
- George P. Elliott for Among the Dangs
- Joseph Heller for Catch-22
- Bernard Malamud for A New Life
- William Maxwell for The Chateau
- J.D. Salinger for Franny and Zooey
- Isaac Bashevis Singer for The Spinoza of Market Street
- Edward Lewis Wallant for The Pawnbroker
- Joan Williams for The Morning and the Evening
- Richard Yates for Revolutionary Road
Fiction Winner That Year: Walker Percy for The Moviegoer
Fiction Judges That Year: Lewis Gannett, Herbert Gold, Jean Stafford
The Year in Literature:
- The Edge of Sadness by Edwin O'Connor won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
- John Steinbeck won the Nobel Prize for literature.
- The Pawnbroker was made into a 1964 film of the same title directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Rod Steiger.
- Wallant died of an aneurysm at the age of thirty-six. Shortly after his death in 1962, the University of Hartford created the Edward Lewis Wallant Award, which is presented annually to a writer whose fiction “bears a kinship to the work of Wallant.” The most recent recipient of the Wallant Award was 2011 National Book Award Fiction Finalist Edith Pearlman for her story collection Binocular Vision.