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1972

A Garden of Sand

By Earl Thompson

Original Publisher: Putnam

Current Publisher: Carroll & Graf

Fiction Finalists That Year:

Fiction Winner That Year: Flannery O’Connor for The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor

Fiction Judges That Year: Joan Didion, Martha Duffy, Joseph Heller, Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, L. Woiwode

The Year in Literature:

  • Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
  • Heinrich Böll won the Nobel Prize for literature.

More Information: Thompson published three novels before he died suddenly of a heart attack in 1978 at age 47. His fourth and final book, The Devil to Pay, was published posthumously. 

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