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RIBALOW / AMERICAN JEWISH FICTION AWARDS
11
of the Lost Son
by Soma Morgenstern; 1951,
Quiet Street
by
Zelda Popkin; 1952,
The Juggler
by Michael Blankfort; 1953,
In the Morning Light
by Charles Angoff; 1954,
Blessed Is the
Land
by Louis Zara; 1955,
The Changelings
by Jo Sinclair; 1956,
Raquel: The Jewess of Toledo
by Lion Feuchtwanger; 1957,
The
Assistant
by Bernard Malamud; 1958,
Exodus
by Leon Uris;
1959,
Goodbye, Columbus
by Philip Roth; 1960,
The Human
Season
by Edward L. Wallant; 1961,
Wedding Band
by Samuel
Yellen; 1962,
The Slave
by Isaac Bashevis Singer; 1963,
The
Kings Persons
by Joanne Greenberg; 1964,
The Town Beyond
the Wall
by Elie Wiesel; 1965,
The Stronghold
by Meyer Levin,
which marked the first time Meyer Levin received this award
although he had been writing since the late 1920’s; 1966,
The
Well
by Chaim Grade; 1967, no award was made although in
that year Bernard Malamud’s
The Fixer
was published.
The
Fixer
was a recipient of the N.B.A. award and of the Pulitzer
prize but for some reason—inexplicable then and equally puz­
zling today—
The Fixer
was passed over on the ground that in
that year there wasn’t a book good enough to win the award;
1968,
Memory of Autumn
by Charles Angoff, the second time
Angoff was the winner and from that point he was disqualified
from consideration even though he has an ongoing series of
novels on the David Polonsky saga and might yet publish a
major book of short stories or other novels equal or superior to
those already published; 1969,
Waiting for the News
by Leo
Litwak; 1970, there was no winner even though Saul Bellow’s
Dr. Sammler’s Planet
appeared and he has never been a winner;
1971,
The Pagan Rabbi and Other Stories
by Cynthia Ozick;
1972,
Somewhere Else
by Robert Kotlowitz; 1973,
Judah the
Pious
by Francine Prose; 1974,
White Eagle, Dark Skies
by Jean
Karsavina.
IMPRESSIVE L IST OF AUTHORS AND NOVELS
This is a fairly impressive list both of authors and novels, Roth’s
Goodbye, Columbus
and Ozick’s
The Pagan Rabbi
being the
only collections of short stories on the entire list. John Hersey is
the only non-Jewish writer in the group. Some of the books have
been translated from other languages including those by Soma
Morgenstern, Lion Feuchtwanger, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Elie
Wiesel and Chaim Grade.