Birdy (novel)

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Front cover of first edition
Author William Wharton
Cover artist Fred Marcellino
Country United Kingdom
[citation needed]
Language English
Publisher Knopf
Publication date
December 1978
Media type Print & Audio
Pages 309
ISBN 978-0-394-42569-6

Birdy is the debut novel of William Wharton, who was more than 50 years old when it was published. It won the U.S. National Book Award in category First Novel.[1] Birdy was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1980,[2] ultimately losing to The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer.[3]

Birdy was adapted as a film of the same name, directed by Alan Parker and starring Matthew Modine and Nicolas Cage.

Naomi Wallace, a poet and playwright, adapted Birdy for the stage in 1997.


  1. ^ "National Book Awards – 1980". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-02-28. (With essay by Dorianne Laux from the Awards 60-year anniversary blog.)
    • First novels or first works of fiction were recognized from 1980 to 1985.
  2. ^ "1980 Finalists". Pulitzer Prize Foundation. Retrieved 2015-05-15. 
  3. ^ "1980 Winners". Pulitzer Prize Foundation. Retrieved 2015-05-15.