Why Are We in Vietnam?
By Norman Mailer
Original Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Current Publisher: Picador
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.
More Information: The following year, Mailer was a Finalist in the History and Biography category for Miami and the Siege of Chicago: An Informal History of the Republican and Democratic Conventions of 1968 and won the National Book Award in Arts and Letters for The Armies of the Night: History as a Novel, The Novel as History. In 1972 Mailer was a Finalist for two books: The Prisoner of Sex (Contemporary Affairs) and Of a Fire on the Moon (The Sciences). Mailer was a Fiction Finalist in both 1980 and 1981 for The Executioner’s Song (hardcover and paperback).