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May022012

1952

Lie Down in Darkness

By William Styron

Original Publisher: Bobbs-Merrill Company Inc.

Current Publisher: Vintage Books; Open Road Integrated Media (ebook)

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: Styron won the National Book Award in 1980 for Sophie’s Choice.

Wednesday
May022012

1952

The Catcher in the Rye

By J.D. Salinger

Original Publisher: Little, Brown

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: Salinger never won the National Book Award, but he was a Fiction Finalist once more, in 1962 for Franny and Zooey.

Wednesday
May022012

1952

Melville Goodwin, USA

By John P. Marquand

Original Publisher: Little, Brown

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: Marquand won the Pulitzer Prize in 1938 for The Late George Apley, a novel which was adapted into a film starring Ronald Colman in 1947.

Wednesday
May022012

1952

The Holy Sinner

By Thomas Mann

Original Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

Current Publisher: University of California Press

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: The Holy Sinner is based on the German narrative poem Gregorius by Hartmann von Aue, written around 1190.

Wednesday
May022012

1952

The Strange Children

By Caroline Gordon

Original Publisher: Scribner

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: In 2001, Dr. Steven Ryan, professor of English at Austin Peay State University, with assistance from John McDonald, artistic director for the Roxy Theatre, adapted The Strange Children for the stage and presented a reading at the Roxy.