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1974

Beasts of the Southern Wild and Other Stories

By Doris Betts

Original Publisher: Harper & Row

Current Publisher: Touchstone

Fiction Finalists That Year:

Fiction Winner That Year: Thomas Pynchon for Gravity’s Rainbow and Isaac Bashevis Singer for A Crown of Feathers and Other Stories

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:

  • 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."

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