By Bernard Malamud
Original Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Co.
Current Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Fiction Finalists That Year:
- Bernard Malamud for Idiots First
- Mary McCarthy for The Group
- Thomas Pynchon for V.
- Harvey Swados for The Will
Fiction Winner That Year: John Updike for The Centaur
Fiction Judges That Year: John Cheever, Robie Macauley, Philip Rahv
The Year in Literature:
- The Pulitzer Prize was not given for fiction.
- Jean-Paul Sartre won the Nobel Prize for literature.
More Information: Malamud won the National Book Award for Fiction twice: in 1959 for The Magic Barrel and in 1967 for The Fixer. He was also a Fiction Finalist two other times: in 1958 for The Assistant and in 1962 for A New Life.