By Eudora Welty
Original Publisher: Random House
Current Publisher: Vintage
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: Eudora Welty was a Finalist in the Fiction (Hardcover) category for her Collected Stories in 1981 and won the National Book Award in the Fiction (Paperback) category for the same book two years later, in 1983. She was also a Finalist three other times: in 1956 for The Bride of the Innisfallen (Fiction), in 1973 for The Optimist’s Daughter (Fiction), and in 1984 for One Writer’s Beginnings (Nonfiction). Welty received the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters in 1991.