By Alan Friedman
Original Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Current Publisher: Authors Choice Press, an imprint of iUniverse, Inc.
Fiction Finalists That Year:
- Brock Brower for The Late Great Creature
- Alan Friedman for Hermaphrodeity
- Barry Hannah for Geronimo Rex
- George V. Higgins for The Friends of Eddie Coyle
- R.M. Koster for The Prince
- Vladimir Nabokov for Transparent Things
- Ishmael Reed for Mumbo Jumbo
- Thomas Rogers for The Confessions of a Child of the Century
- Isaac Bashevis Singer for Enemies, A Love Story
- Eudora Welty for The Optimist's Daughter
Fiction Judges That Year: Evan Connell, Leslie A. Fielder, William Gass, Walker Percy, Jonathan Yardley
The Year in Literature:
- The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
- Patrick White won the Nobel Prize for literature.
- Hermaphrodeity is the autobiography of fictional poet M. W. (Millie or Willie) Niemann.
- Friedman is also the author of The Turn of the Novel, a study of the development and transformation of the novel during the first half of the twentieth century.