By Isaac Bashevis Singer
Original Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Co.
Current Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Fiction Finalists That Year:
- Louis Auchincloss for The Rector of Justin
- John Hawkes for Second Skin
- Richard Kim for The Martyred
- Wallace Markfield for To an Early Grave
- Vladimir Nabokov for The Defense
- Isaac Bashevis Singer for Short Friday
Fiction Winner That Year: Saul Bellow for Herzog
Fiction Judges That Year: Richard Gilman, R.W.B. Lewis, Bernard Malamud
The Year in Literature:
- The Keepers of the House by Shirley Ann Grau won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
- Mikhail Sholokhov won the Nobel Prize for literature.
More Information: Singer won the National Book Award twice: in 1970 for A Day of Pleasure: Stories of a Boy Growing Up in Warsaw (Children’s Books) and in 1974 for A Crown of Feathers and Other Stories (Fiction). He was also a Finalist three more times: in 1962 for The Spinoza of Market Street and Other Stories (Fiction), in 1967 for In My Father’s Court (Arts and Letters), and in 1973 for Enemies, A Love Story (Fiction).