The Golden Spur

By Dawn Powell

Original Publisher: The Viking Press

Current Publisher: Out of Print

Fiction Finalists That Year:

Fiction Winner That Year: J.F. Powers for Morte D’Urban

Fiction Judges That Year: Elizabeth Hardwick, Harry Levin, Gore Vidal

The Year in Literature: 

  • The Reivers by William Faulkner won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
  • Giorgos Seferis won the Nobel Prize for literature.

More Information:

  • Powell was born in Mount Gilead, Ohio and spent most of her adult life in New York City.
  • At the time of her death in 1965, nearly all of Powell’s books were out of print. Gore Vidal, one of the National Book Award Judges in 1963, became one of Powell’s posthumous champions and helped to to free her manuscripts, diaries, and copyrights from her original executrix. Her papers are now at the Columbia University Rare Books and Manuscripts Library in New York.

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