By MacDonald Harris
Original Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Current Publisher: Galileo Publishers
New paperback edition forthcoming from The Overlook Press on October 30, 2012
Fiction Finalists That Year:
- Raymond Carver for Will You Be Quiet, Please?
- MacDonald Harris for The Balloonist
- Ursula K. Le Guin for Orsinian Tales
- Cynthia Propper Seton for A Fine Romance
Fiction Winner That Year: Wallace Stegner for The Spectator Bird
Fiction Judges That Year: Erskine Caldwell, George P. Elliott, Orville Prescott
The Year in Literature:
- The Pulitzer Prize was not given for fiction.
- Vicente Aleixandre won the Nobel Prize for literature.
- The Balloonist is a novel about a Swedish inventor and his two companions who embark on a hydrogen-balloon voyage to the North Pole at the end of the nineteenth century.
- After spending more than thirty years out of print, The Balloonist was reissued in 2011 by Galileo Publishing in the UK, with a new foreword by Philip Pullman.