National Book Awards

1970 - 1990

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1990 - Present Winners
1950 - 1970 Winners

1989
Fiction Spartina John Casey
Nonfiction From Beirut to Jerusalem Thomas L. Friedman
1988
Fiction Paris Trout Pete Dexter
Nonfiction A Bright Shining Lie Neil Sheehan
1987
Fiction Paco's Story Larry Heinemann
Nonfiction The Making of the Atom Bomb Richard Rhodes
1986
Fiction World's Fair E.L. Doctorow
Nonfiction Arctic Dreams Barry Lopez
1985
Fiction White Noise Don DeLillo
First work of fiction Easy in the Islands Bob Shacochis
Nonfiction Common Ground J. Anthony Lukas
1984
Fiction Victory Over Japan Ellen Gilchrist
First work of fiction Stones for Ibarra Harriet Doerr
Nonfiction Andrew Jackson & the Course of American Democracy Robert Remini
1983
Autobiography/biography (hardcover) Isak Dinesen: The Life of a Storyteller Judith Thurman
Autobiography/biography (paperback) Nathaniel Hawthorne in His Time James Mellow
Children's Books, nonfiction Chimney Sweeps James Cross Giblin
Children's Fiction (hardcover) Homesick: My Own Story Jean Fritz
Children's Fiction (paperback) A Place Apart Paula Fox
Children's Fiction (paperback) Marked by Fire Joyce Carole Thomas
Children's Picture Books (hardcover) Miss Rumphius Barbara Cooney
Children's Picture Books (hardcover) Doctor DeSoto William Steig
Children's Picture Books (paperback) A House is a House for Me Mary Ann Hoberman, Betty Fraser
Fiction (hardcover) The Color Purple Alice Walker
Fiction (paperback) Collected Stories of Eudora Welty Eudora Welty
First novel The Women of Brewster Place Gloria Naylor
General nonfiction (hardcover) China: Alive in the Bitter Sea Fox Butterfield
General nonfiction (paperback) National Defense James Fallows
History (hardcover) Voices of Protest: Huey Long, Father Coughlin and the Great Depression Alan Brinkley
History (paperback) Utopian Thought in the Western World Frank Manuel & Fritzie Manuel
Original paperback The Red Magician Lisa Goldstein
Poetry Selected Poems Galway Kinnell
Poetry Country Music: Selected Early Poems Charles Wright
Science (hardcover) Subtle is the Lord Abraham Pais
Science (paperback) The Mathematical Experience Philip Davis & Reuben Hersh
1982
Autobiography/biography (hardcover) Mornings on Horseback David McCullough
Autobiography/biography (paperback) Walter Lippmann and the American Century Ronald Steel
Children's Book, fiction (paperback) Words by Heart Ouida Sebestyen
Children's Book, nonfiction (hardcover) A Penguin Year Susan Bonners
Children's Books, fiction (hardcover) Westmark Lloyd Alexander
Children's Books, picture books (hardcover) Outside Over There Maurice Sendak
Children's Books, picture books (paperback) Noah's Ark Peter Spier
Fiction (hardcover) Rabbit is Rich John Updike
Fiction (paperback) So Long, See You Tomorrow William Maxwell
First novel Dale Loves Sophie to Death Robb Forman Dew
General nonfiction (hardcover) The Soul of a New Machine Tracy Kidder
General nonfiction (paperback) Naming Names Victor Navasky
History (hardcover) People of the Sacred Mountain Father Peter John Powell
History (paperback) The Generation of 1914 Robert Wohl
Poetry Life Supports William Bronk
Science (hardcover) Lucy: The Beginnings of Humankind Donald Johanson & Maitland Edey
Science (paperback) Taking the Quantum Leap Fred Alan Wolf
1981
Autobiography/biography (hardcover) Walt Whitman Justin Kaplan
Autobiography/biography (paperback) Samuel Beckett Deirdre Bair
Children's Book, fiction (hardcover) The Night Swimmers Betsy Byars
Children's Book, fiction (paperback) Ramona and Her Mother Beverly Cleary
Children's Book, nonfiction (hardcover) Mali! Oh Boy--Babies! Alison Cragin Herzig & Jane Lawrence
Fiction (hardcover) Plains Song Wright Morris
Fiction (paperback) The Stories of John Cheever John Cheever
First novel Sister Wolf Ann Arensberg
General fiction (hardcover) China Men Maxine Hong Kingston
General fiction (paperback) The Last Cowboy Jane Kramer
History (hardcover) Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality John Boswell
History (paperback) Been in the Storm So Long Leon Litwak
Poetry The Need to Hold Still Lisel Mueller
Science (hardcover) The Panda's Thumb Stephen Jay Gould
Science (paperback) The Medusa and the Snail Lewis Thomas
1980
Autobiography (hardcover) Lauren Bacall by Myself Lauren Bacall
Autobiography (paperback) And I Worked at the Writer's Trade Malcolm Cowley
Biography (hardcover) The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt Edmund Morris
Biography (paperback) Max Perkins A. Scott Berg
Children's Books (hardcover) A Gathering of Days Joan Blos
Children's Books (paperback) A Swiftly Tilting Planet Madeleine L'Engle
Current interest (hardcover) Julia Child and More Company Julia Child
Current interest (paperback) The Culture of Narcissism Christopher Lasch
Fiction (hardcover) Sophie's Choice William Styron
Fiction (paperback) The World According to Garp John Irving
First novel Birdy William Wharton
General nonfiction (hardcover) The Right Stuff Tom Wolfe
General nonfiction (paperback) The Snow Leopard Peter Mattiessen
General reference books (hardcover) The Complete Directory Elder Witt
General reference books (paperback) The Complete Directory of Prime Time Network TV Shows Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh
History (hardcover) The White House Henry Kissinger
History (paperback) A Distant Mirror Barbara Tuchman
Mystery (hardcover) The Green Ripper John MacDonald
Poetry Ashes Philip Levine
Religion/inspiration (hardcover) The Gnostic Gospels Elaine Pagels
Religion/inspiration (paperback) A Severe Mercy Sheldon Vanauken
Science (hardcover) Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid Douglas Hofstadter
Science (paperback) The Dancing Wu Li Masters Gary Zukav
Science fiction (hardcover) Jem Frederik Pohl
Science fiction (paperback) The Book of the Dun Cow Walter Wangerin, Jr.
Western Bendigo Shafter Louis L'Amour
1979
Biography and Autobiography Robert Kennedy and His Times Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
Children's Literature The Great Gilly Hopkins Katherine Paterson
Contemporary Thought The Snow Leopard Peter Mattiessen
Fiction Going After Cacciato Tim O'Brien
History Intellectual Life in the Colonial South Richard Beale Davis
Poetry Mirabell: Book of Numbers James Merrill
1978
Biography and Autobiography Samuel Johnson W. Jackson Bate
Children's Literature The View from the Oak Judith Kohl and Herbert Kohl
Contemporary Thought Winners and Losers Gloria Emerson
Fiction Blood Ties Mary Lee Settle
History The Path Between the Seas David McCullough
Poetry The Collected Poems of Howard Nemerov Howard Nemerov
1977
Biography and Autobiography Norman Thomas: The Last Idealist W.A. Swanberg
Children's Literature The Master Puppeteer Katherine Paterson
Contemporary Thought The Uses of Enchantment Bruno Bettelheim
Fiction The Spectator Bird Wallace Stegner
History World of our Fathers Irving Howe
Poetry Collected Poems Richard Eberhart
1976
Arts and Letters (nonfiction) The Great War and Modern Memory Paul Fussell
Children's books Bert Breen's Barn Walter Edmonds
Contemporary Affairs Passage to Ararat Michael Arlen
Fiction Jr William Gaddis
History and biography The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Revolution David Brion Davis
Poetry Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror John Ashbery
1975
Arts and Letters (nonfiction) Marcel Proust Roger Shattuck
Arts and Letters (nonfiction) The Lives of a Cell Lewis Thomas
Biography The Life of Emily Dickinson Richard Sewall
Children's books M.C. Higgins the Great Virginia Hamilton
Contemporary Affairs All God's Dangers Theodore Rosengarten
Fiction Dog Soldiers Robert Stone
Fiction The Hair of Harold Roux Thomas Williams
History The Ordeal of Thomas Hutchinson Bernard Bailyn
Philosophy and Religion Anarchy, State, and Utopia Robert Nozick
Poetry Presentation Piece Marilyn Hacker
The Sciences Interpretation of Schizophrenia Silvano Arieti
The Sciences The Lives of a Cell Lewis Thomas
1974
Arts and Letters (nonfiction) Deeper into the Movies Pauline Kael
Biography MacCauley John Clive
Biography Malcolm Lowry Douglas Day
Children's books The Court of the Stone Children Eleanor Cameron
Contemporary Affairs The Briar Patch Murray Kempton
Fiction Gravity's Rainbow Thomas Pynchon
Fiction A Crown of Feathers Isaac Bashevis Singer
History The Shaping of the Historian John Clive
Philosophy and Religion Edmund Husserl Maurice Natanson
Poetry The Fall of America Allen Ginsberg
Poetry Diving Into the Wreck Adrienne Rich
The Sciences Life: The Unfinished Experiment S.E. Luria
1973
Arts and Letters (nonfiction) Diderot Arthur Wilson
Biography George Washington James Thomas Flexner
Children's books The Farthest Shore Ursula K. LeGuin
Contemporary Affairs Fire in the Lake Frances FitzGerald
Fiction Chimera John Barth
History Judenrat Isaiah Trunk
History The Children of Pride Isaiah Trunk Robert Manson Myers
Philosophy and Religion A Religious History of the American People S.E. Ahlstrom
Poetry Collected Poems A.R. Ammons
The Sciences The Serengeti Lion George Schaller
1972
Arts and Letters (nonfiction) The Classical Style Charles Rosen
Biography Eleanor and Franklin Joseph Lash
Children's books The Slightly Irregular Fire Engine Donald Barthelme
Contemporary Affairs The Last Whole Earth Catalogue Stewart Brand
Fiction The Complete Stories of Flannery O'Connor Flannery O'Connor
History Ordeal of the Union Allan Nevins
Philosophy and Religion Righteous Empire Martin Marty
Poetry Selected Poems Howard Moss
Poetry The Collected Works of Frank O'Hara Frank O'Hara
The Sciences The Blue Whale George Small
1971
Arts and Letters (nonfiction) Cocteau Francis Steegmuller
Children's Literature The Marvelous Misadventures of Sebastian Lloyd Alexander
Fiction Mr. Sammler's Planet Saul Bellow
History and biography Roosevelt: A Soldier of Freedom James McGregor Burns
Poetry To See, To Take Mona Van Duyn
The Sciences Science in the British Colonies of America Raymond Phineas Stern
1970
Fiction Them Joyce Carol Oates
Children's Literature A Day of Pleasure Isaac Bashevis Singer
Arts and Letters (nonfiction) An Unfinished Woman Lillian Hellman
History and biography Huey Long T. Harry Williams
Philosophy and Religion Gandhi's Truth Erik Erikson
Poetry The Complete Poems Elizabeth Bishop
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