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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - May 15, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Rapids Gazette: Wed.. May 15. 1974 Snub of Pynchon Book Baffles Pulitzer Jury By Peter Kite NEW YORK All three members of the Pulitzer Prize Wy on fiction have expressed distress and bewilderment that their unanimous recommenda- tion for a prize to Thomas Pynehon's "Gravity's Rain- bow" had been turned down and that no fiction award was given this year. The three jurors were Ben- jamin DeMott, professor of English at Amhcrst college, chairman; Elizabeth Hardwick and Alfred Kazin. all distin- guished authors and critics in their own right. No Explanation All three said they were par- ticularly unhappy at having received no explanation for the rejection of their recommen- dation. Appraised.of the jurors' views, neither Joseph Pulitzer, jr., chairman of the advisory board on the Pulitzer Prizes, nor Prof. John Rohenberg, board secretary, would offer any comment. However, other members of the 14-member board, which makes recommendations on the 18 Pulitzer Prize categories in journalism, letters and music after jurors' reports, had described the Pynchon novel during their private debate as "tur- "overwritten" and in parts "obscene." One member editor said he had tried hard but had only gotten a third of the way through the 760 page book. WIN AT BRIDGE By Oswald James Jacoby "Finesses, finesses, fi- groaned Hard Luck Joe. "For lucky players they always work; for ordinary players they work half the NORTH VAJ64 Q98762 WEST EAST 4 AKQ107642 A.J98 T Q 10 9 8 7 SOUTH (D) 453 VK52 A K 10 5 4 Both vulnerable West North East South Pass Pass Pass Opening 1 3 time; for me, they never work." Joe had finessed the jack of hearts at trick one. The finesse had lost and there had been no way for Joe to make his con- tract. As usual Joe had no reason to complain about bad luck. His opponents could have bid five spades and been down only one trick. But they had elected to let Joe play a five-diamond contract that could not be beat- en. Maybe they knew Joe's ability to mangle a dummy or maybe they just didn't like to sacrifice. There is no interest paid on an early successful finesse. Therefore, a player should postpone his finesses when possible. There was no hurry about taking that heart finesse. Joe should have won the heart lead with his king, drawn trumps, puffed out his two spades and played ace and another club. The defense could take two club tricks and then would be stuck for a lead. West wouldn't have another heart to lead; East could only' lead a heart up to dummy's ace-jack while a lead of any other suit would have let Joe ruff in dummy, discard a heart and claim. The bidding has been: 15 West North Kasl South 1 N'.T. You, South, hold: 4K2 What do you do now'.' Puss. Your partner does not have 1 1 points, lie is likely to be short in hearts so one should play all TODAY'S (JUKSTION This limu your piii'lner has rr.s- pundcd two clubs. You huvu passed. Wc.sl has bid two spades and ynur parlniT Ihrri! cliihs. What ilu you do Answer Tomorrow "Gravity's which shared the National Hook Award for fiction last month, has been a subject of con- troversy since its publication by Viking Press early last year. In choosing it as "one of the three outstanding books published in editors of the New York Times Book Review said it was "one of the longest, darkest, most difficult and ambitious navels in years bone-erushingly dense, compulsively elaborate, silly, obscene, funny, tragic, poetic, dull, inspired, horrific, cold and blasted." "Rocket Search" "The central they wrote, "concerns the search for a V-2 rocket, a symbol of the 'sexual love of which Pynchon suggests is the driving paranoid force behind modern history." Professor DeMott said it was unusual to have so strong and unanimous a recommendation among fiction jurors as his group gave the Pynchon book. He said his report on behalf of the jurors had said: "No work of fiction published in 1973 begins to compare in scale, originality and sustained in- tellectual interest with Mr. Pynehon's book." The Columbia university trustees, who make the final awards, accept or reject the advisory group's report. Pynchon, who is described as reclusive, could not be reached for comment, according to Viking Press, which reported that his book has sold in hardcover and in the paperback up to now. Bantam Books published a paperback edition last March with copies in its first printing. Pynchon is about 37 years old, born in Glen Cove.N.Y. He studied at Cornell university, and has been reported living in the West. He did not appear for the acceptance of the National Book Award last month. Asks Voters To Dump All Incumbents PITTSBURGH (UPI) Like many people, Hugh Middlekauff, is unhappy about high taxes, inflation and corruption in government. But unlike most, he is doing something about it. Middlekauff has launched a one-man "forget your political party" campaign to have all incumbents voted but of elec- tive office in November and in subsequent elections. "Most political office holders are not responsive to the average Mid- dlekauf said in a telephone in- terview from his home at Hagerstown, Md., "Throw them out of office. If they don't listen to us, vote them out of office and put officials in who will listen." Watergate Trigger Middlekauff, 60, a semi-re- tired automobile dealer, said Watergate triggered his cam- paign. "But everyone has been complaining about high taxes and unresponsive government for as long as I can remember." He said he started trying to drum up support for his cam- paign a few months ago when he had cards printed that said: "If you pay more taxes than the very rich, you pay more taxes than the President, your home is taxed higher than that of the holder of a political of- fice, you are sick of corruption and graft, you want America tu keep a strong middle class, forget party and vote all in- cumbents out nf office and clean house." "Down the Drain" "Never before have I opened my mouth about he said. "But if we don't take a firm stand, we won't have a middle class. About 50 percent of all our earning power goes down the drain into an endless bureaucracy. Poli- ticians are confiscating our money legally." Middlekauff, who said he is n conservative "who just hap- pened to register said h's campaign has not received much publicity. "But from the cards I have handed out, a feature in a local news- paper and a talk show inter- view, I haven't received one negative he said. 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