By Chaim Potok
Original Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Current Publisher: Ballantine Books
Fiction Finalists That Year:
- Norman Mailer for Why Are We in Vietnam?
- Joyce Carol Oates for A Garden of Earthly Delights
- Chaim Potok for The Chosen
- William Styron for The Confessions of Nat Turner
Fiction Winner That Year: Thorton Wilder for The Eighth Day
Fiction Judges That Year: Josephine Herbst, Granville Hicks, John Updike
The Year in Literature:
- The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
- Yasunari Kawabata won the Nobel Prize for literature.
- The Chosen spent 39 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and sold almost 3.5 million copies.
- Potok cited Evelyn Waugh's novel Brideshead Revisited as his inspiration for becoming a writer.
- Potok’s work was first published in the literary magazine of Yeshiva University in New York City, where he graduated summa cum laude with a BA in English Literature in 1950. After four years of study at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America he was ordained as a Conservative rabbi.