By Leonard Gardner
Original Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Current Publisher: University of California Press
Fiction Finalists That Year:
- Leonard Gardner for Fat City
- Leonard Michaels for Going Places
- Jean Stafford for The Collected Stories of Jean Stafford
- Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. for Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade
Fiction Winner That Year: Joyce Carol Oates for them
Fiction Judges That Year: Barbara Epstein, Peter Matthiessen, Harvey Swados
The Year in Literature:
- The Collected Stories by Jean Stafford won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
- Alexandr Solzhenitsyn won the Nobel Prize for literature.
- Fat City is Gardner’s only novel. He is also a short story writer, screenwriter, and actor.
- Fat City was made into a 1972 film of the same title directed by John Huston and starring Stacy Keach, Jeff Bridges, and Susan Tyrrell. Gardner wrote the screenplay. Tyrell was nominated for an Oscar for her portrayal of Oma.