By John Gardner
Original Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Current Publisher: New Directions; Open Road Integrated Media (ebook)
Fiction Finalists That Year:
- Doris Betts for Beasts of the Southern Wild and Other Stories
- John Cheever for The World of Apples
- Ellen Douglas for Apostles of Light
- Stanley Elkin for Searches and Seizures
- John Gardner for Nickel Mountain
- John Leonard for Black Conceit
- Thomas McGuane for Ninety-Two in the Shade
- Wilfrid Sheed for People Will Always Be Kind
- Gore Vidal for Burr
- Joy Williams for State of Grace
Fiction Judges That Year: Donald Barthelme, James Boatwright, Truman Capote, Timothy G. Foote, Cynthia Ozick
The Year in Literature:
- The Pulitzer Prize was not given for fiction.
- Eyvind Johnson and Harry Martinson won the Nobel Prize for literature.
More Information: Gardner always felt responsible for the death of his younger brother Gilbert in a tractor accident on their family’s farm. His short story “Redemption” includes a fictionalized account of the accident.
In 1982, Gardner died in a motorcycle accident at age 49. He is buried next to his brother in Grandview Cemetery in his hometown of Batavia, New York.