'Lost' Man Booker Prize From 1970 to Be Awarded

Rule change omitted all books published in 1970
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2010 11:54 AM CST
Anglo-Irish prize winning novelist, playwright and philosopher, Iris Murdoch (1919 - 1999).   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – In 1970, the Man Booker Prize went to a book published in 1969, but the rules changed in 1971 and the coveted prize was awarded to a book published that year—meaning no 1970 novel scored a Booker. Organizers plan to right the perceived wrong by awarding the Lost Man Booker Prize to one of a number of "remarkable" titles from the forgotten year, the BBC reports.

Iris Murdoch, Melvyn Bragg, and Joe Orton are among the longlisted authors. A shortlist will be selected in March by three judges who, oddly enough, were all too young to read in 1970; the public can then vote for the winner, to be announced in May, online. “Our longlist demonstrates that 1970 was a remarkable year for fiction written in English,” says the prize’s literary director. “Recognition for these novels and the eventual winner is long overdue.” For the complete longlist, click here.

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