By Joyce Carol Oates
Original Publisher: The Vanguard Press
Current Publisher: Modern Library
Fiction Finalists That Year:
- John Barth for Lost in the Funhouse
- Frederick Exley for A Fan's Notes
- Joyce Carol Oates for Expensive People
- Thomas Rogers for The Pursuit of Happiness
Fiction Winner That Year: Jerzy Kosinki for Steps
Fiction Judges That Year: Irving Howe, Jerre Mangione, Wright Morris
The Year in Literature:
- House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
- Samuel Beckett won the Nobel Prize for literature.
More Information: Oates won the National Book Award for Fiction in 1970 for them. She was also a Fiction Finalist four other times: in 1968 for A Garden of Earthly Delights; in 1972 for Wonderland; in 1990 for Because It Is Bitter, and Because It Is My Heart; and in 2000 for Blonde.