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1971

Bech: A Book

By John Updike

Original Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

Current Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

Fiction Finalists That Year: 

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.

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