The Golden Spur
By Dawn Powell
Original Publisher: The Viking Press
Current Publisher: Out of Print
Fiction Finalists That Year:
- Vladimir Nabokov for Pale Fire
- Katherine Anne Porter for Ship of Fools
- Dawn Powell for The Golden Spur
- Clancy Sigal for Going Away
- John Updike for Pigeon Feathers and Other Stories
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.
- 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.