Bech: A Book
By John Updike
Original Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Current Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Fiction Finalists That Year:
- James Dickey for Deliverance
- Shirley Hazzard for The Bay of Noon
- John Updike for Bech: A Book
- Eudora Welty for Losing Battles
Fiction Winner That Year: Saul Bellow for Mr. Sammler’s Planet
Fiction Judges That Year: John Cheever, Maurice Dolbier, John Leonard, Marya Mannes, William Styron
The Year in Literature:
- The Pulitzer Prize was not given for fiction.
- Pablo Neruda won the Nobel Prize for literature.
More Information: Updike won the National Book Award for Fiction twice: in 1964 for The Centaur and in 1982 for Rabbit Is Rich. He was a Fiction Finalist five other times: in 1960 for The Poorhouse Fair; in 1961 for Rabbit, Run; in 1963 for Pigeon Feathers and Other Stories; in 1972 for Rabbit Redux; and in 1980 for Too Far to Go. Updike also received the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters in 1998.