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1978

Madder Music

By Peter De Vries

Original Publisher: Little, Brown & Co.

Current Publisher: Out of Print

Fiction Finalists That Year: 

Fiction Winner That Year: Mary Lee Settle for Blood Tie

Fiction Judges That Year: Vance Bourjaily, Maureen Howard, Robert Kirsch

The Year in Literature:

  • Elbow Room by James Alan McPherson won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
  • Isaac Bashevis Singer won the Nobel Prize for literature.

More Information:

  • De Vries was a prolific writer, publishing more than twenty novels and numerous short stories, poems, essays, and reviews in his lifetime. He also worked at The New Yorker from 1944 to 1987.
  • Several of De Vries’ novels were adapted to film, including The Tunnel of Love, which was made into a 1958 film of the same title directed by Gene Kelly and starring Doris Day.

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