The Public Burning
By Robert Coover
Original Publisher: Viking
Current Publisher: Grove Press
Fiction Finalists That Year:
- Robert Coover for The Public Burning
- Peter De Vries for Madder Music
- James Alan McPherson for Elbow Room
- John Sayles for Union Dues
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: The Public Burning is a fictionalized account of the case of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, American communists who were convicted and executed in 1953 for conspiracy to commit espionage during a time of war.