The 1927 Novel Decision

After all the hullaballoo the year before, 1927 proved a rather quiet year for the Pulitzer Prize for Novel. Jefferson Fletcher, who had served on the 1925 jury, returned, as well as two of the jurists for the year before. They mention only one book in their jury report, stating that “their selection for the best novel for the year” was Louis Bromfield’s Early Autumn. They also stated that “in years to come, it would greatly expedite the matters if three copies of all the books in competition were sent by the publishers” so all the jury members could read the books simultaneously. The advisory board took their suggestion and awarded the prize to Louis Bromfield, but as John Hohenburg writes, it “did not set off any critical skyrockets when the prize was announced.”

Currently reading: The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder

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