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Monday
Jun042012

1953

The Gathering Darkness

By Thomas Gallagher

Original Publisher: Bobbs-Merrill

Current Publisher: Out of Print

Fiction Finalists That Year:

Fiction Winner That Year: Ralph Ellison for Invisible Man

Fiction Judges That Year: Saul Bellow, Martha Foley, Irving Howe, Howard Mumford Jones, Alfred Kazin

The Year in Literature:

  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
  • Winston Churchill won the Nobel Prize for literature.

More Information: The Gathering Darkness was Gallagher’s first novel.

Monday
Jun042012

1953

Winds of Morning

By H.L. Davis

Original Publisher: William Morrow

Current Publisher: Out of Print

Fiction Finalists That Year:

Fiction Winner That Year: Ralph Ellison for Invisible Man

Fiction Judges That Year: Saul Bellow, Martha Foley, Irving Howe, Howard Mumford Jones, Alfred Kazin

The Year in Literature:

  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
  • Winston Churchill won the Nobel Prize for literature.

More Information: Davis won the Pulitzer Prize for his novel Honey in the Horn in 1936.

Monday
Jun042012

1953

Many Mansions

By Isabel Bolton

Original Publisher: Scribner

Current Publisher: Out of Print

Fiction Finalists That Year:

Fiction Winner That Year: Ralph Ellison for Invisible Man

Fiction Judges That Year: Saul Bellow, Martha Foley, Irving Howe, Howard Mumford Jones, Alfred Kazin

The Year in Literature:

  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
  • Winston Churchill won the Nobel Prize for literature.

More Information: Isabel Bolton is the pen name of Mary Britton Miller.

Monday
Jun042012

1952

The Caine Mutiny

By Herman Wouk

Original Publisher: Doubleday & Co.

Current Publisher: Back Bay Books

Fiction Finalists That Year:

Fiction Winner That Year: James Jones for From Here to Eternity

Fiction Judges That Year: Robert Gorham Davis, Brendan Gill, Lloyd Morris, Budd Schulberg, Jean Stafford

The Year in Literature:

  • The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
  • François Mauriac won the Nobel Prize for literature.

More Information: Wouk was a Fiction Finalist twice more: in 1956 for Marjorie Morningstar and in 1981 for War and Remembrance.

Wednesday
May022012

1952

The Witch Diggers

By Jessamyn West

Original Publisher: Harcourt, Brace and Company

Current Publisher: Out of Print

Fiction Finalists That Year:

Fiction Winner That Year: James Jones for From Here to Eternity

Fiction Judges That Year: Robert Gorham Davis, Brendan Gill, Lloyd Morris, Budd Schulberg, Jean Stafford

The Year in Literature:

  • The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
  • François Mauriac won the Nobel Prize for literature.

More Information: West developed the habit of writing while sitting up in bed during the years she spent recovering from tuberculosis in the 1930s.