Beasts of the Southern Wild and Other Stories
By Doris Betts
Original Publisher: Harper & Row
Current Publisher: Touchstone
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.
- Betts was the author of six novels and three short story collections. She recently passed away, in April 2012, at age 79.
- Betts’ short story “The Ugliest Pilgrim” was made into both a 1982 Academy Award-winning short film titled “Violet” and a 1998 musical that won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award.
- The 2012 film "Beasts of the Southern Wild" is not based on Betts' book but rather on a one-act play by Lucy Alibar that includes Betts' title. The title originally derives from a William Blake poem called "The Little Black Boy," which begins, "My mother bore me in the southern wild."