Books: The Rewards of Vice

"It should be the duty of book juries to reward the all-out professional author and not to dig around and rescue a writer from obscurity, said Novelist John O'Hara a few years ago. "I don't believe that there are better writers than Hemingway, Faulkner, Cozzens, and me pining away in Brown County, Indiana, or in an espresso joint on Third Street, or on the faculty of East South Dakota A. & M." Last week, U.S. book publishers took cognizance of O'Hara's benediction for professionalism and tapped three veteran writers for the $1,000 National...

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