By James Dickey
Original Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Current Publisher: Delta
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.
- James Dickey won the National Book Award for Poetry in 1966 for Buckdancer’s Choice and was a Finalist two other times: in 1965 for Helmets (Poetry) and in 1972 for Sorties (Arts and Letters).
- Deliverance was made into a 1972 Academy Award-nominated film of the same title starring Jon Voigt and Burt Reynolds. Dickey wrote the screenplay and had a small role in the film as the Sheriff.