The Friends of Eddie Coyle

By George V. Higgins

Original Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

Current Publisher: Picador

Fiction Finalists That Year:

Fiction Winner That Year: John Barth for Chimera and John Williams for Augustus

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.

More Information: In response to the use of the phrase “overnight success” in reference to his first book, The Friends of Eddie Coyle, Higgins wrote, “that was one hell of a damned long night, lasting seventeen years.”

The novel was made into a 1973 film of the same title directed by Peter Yates and starring Robert Mitchum and Peter Boyle.

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