The Chosen

By Chaim Potok

Original Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Current Publisher: Ballantine Books

Fiction Finalists That Year:

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.

More Information: 

  • 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. 

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