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National Book Awards


Presented annually in the USA, by the National Book Foundation, to recognize achievements in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and young people's literature.

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Year Category Title Author
2016 Fiction The Underground Railroad Colson Whitehead
  Nonfiction Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America Ibram X. Kendi
  Poetry The Performance of Becoming Human Daniel Borzutzky
  Young People's Literature March: Book Three John Lewis, Andrew Aydin & Nate Powell (Artist)
2015 Fiction Fortune Smiles: Stories Adam Johnson
  Nonfiction Between the World and Me Ta-Nehisi Coates
  Poetry Voyage of the Sable Venus Robin Coste Lewis
  Young People's Literature Challenger Deep Neal Shusterman
2014 Fiction Redeployment Phil Klay
  Nonfiction Age of Ambition Chasing Fortune Truth and Faith in the New China Evan Osnos
  Poetry Faithful and Virtuous Night Louise Glück
  Young People's Literature Brown Girl Dreaming Jacqueline Woodson
2013 Fiction The Good Lord Bird James McBride
  Nonfiction The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America George Packer
  Poetry Incarnadine Mary Szybist
  Young People's Literature The Thing About Luck Cynthia Kadohata
2012 Fiction The Round House Louise Erdrich
  Nonfiction Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity Katherine Boo
  Poetry Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations David Ferry
  Young People's Literature Goblin Secrets William Alexander
2011 Fiction Salvage the Bones Jesmyn Ward
  Nonfiction The Swerve: How the World Became Modern Stephen Greenblatt
  Poetry Head Off & Split Nikky Finney
  Young People's Literature Inside Out and Back Again Thanhha Lai
2010 Fiction Lord of Misrule Jaimy Gordon
  Nonfiction Just Kids Patti Smith
  Poetry Lighthead Terrance Hayes
  Young People's Literature Mockingbird Kathryn Erskine
2009 Fiction Let the Great World Spin Colum McCann
  Nonfiction The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt T.J. Stiles
  Poetry Transcendental Studies: A Trilogy Keith Waldrop
  Young People's Literature Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice Phillip Hoose
2008 Fiction Shadow Country Peter Matthiessen
  Nonfiction The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family Annette Gordon-Reed
  Poetry Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems Mark Doty
  Young People's Literature What I Saw and How I Lied Judy Blundell
2007 Fiction Tree of Smoke Denis Johnson
  Nonfiction Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA Tim Weiner
  Poetry Time and Materials: Poems, 1997-2005 Robert Hass
  Young People's Literature The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Sherman Alexie
2006 Fiction The Echo Maker Richard Powers
  Nonfiction The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl Timothy Egan
  Poetry Splay Anthem Nathaniel Mackey
  Young People's Literature The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. 1: The Pox Party M.T. Anderson
2005 Fiction Europe Central William T. Vollmann
  Nonfiction The Year of Magical Thinking Joan Didion
  Poetry Migration: New and Selected Poems W.S. Merwin
  Young People's Literature The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy Jeanne Birdsall
2004 Fiction The News from Paraguay Lily Tuck
  Nonfiction Arc of Justice: A Sagaof Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age Kevin Boyle
  Poetry Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems, 1965-2003 Jean Valentine
  Young People's Literature The Godless Pete Hautman
2003 Fiction The Great Fire Shirley Hazzard
  Nonfiction Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy Carlos Eire
  Poetry The Singing C.K. Williams
  Young People's Literature The Canning Season Polly Horvath
2002 Fiction Three Junes Julia Glass
  Nonfiction Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson Robert A. Caro
  Poetry In the Next Galaxy Ruth Stone
  Young People's Literature The House of the Scorpion Nancy Farmer
2001 Fiction The Corrections Jonathan Franzen
  Nonfiction The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression Andrew Solomon
  Poetry Poems Seven: New and Complete Poetry Alan Dugan
  Young People's Literature True Believer Virginia Euwer Wolff
2000 Fiction In America Susan Sontag
  Nonfiction In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex Nathaniel Philbrick
  Poetry Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems1988-2000 Lucille Clifton
  Young People's Literature Homeless Bird Gloria Whelan
1999 Fiction Waiting Ha Jin
  Nonfiction Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World WarII John W. Dower
  Poetry Vice: New and Selected Poems Ai
  Young People's Literature When Zachary Beaver Came to Town Kimberly Willis Holt
1998 Fiction Charming Billy Alice McDermott
  Nonfiction Slaves in the Family Edward Ball
  Poetry This Time: New and Selected Poems Gerald Stern
  Young People's Literature Holes Louis Sachar
1997 Fiction Cold Mountain Charles Frazier
  Nonfiction American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson Joseph J. Ellis
  Poetry Effort at Speech: New & Selected Poems William Meredith
  Young People's Literature Dancing on the Edge Han Nolan
1996 Fiction Ship Fever and Other Stories Andrea Barrett
  Nonfiction An American Requiem: God, My Father, and the War That Came Between Us James Carroll
  Poetry Scrambled Eggs & Whiskey Hayden Carruth
  Young People's Literature Parrot in the Oven: Mi Vida Victor Martinez
1995 Fiction Sabbath's Theater Philip Roth
  Nonfiction The Haunted Land: Facing Europe's Ghosts After Communism Tina Rosenberg
  Poetry Passing Through: The Later Poems Stanley Kunitz
1994 Fiction A Frolic of His Own William Gaddis
  Nonfiction How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter Sherwin B. Nuland
  Poetry A Worshipful Company of Fletchers James Tate
1993 Fiction The Shipping News E. Annie Proulx
  Nonfiction United States: Essays 1952-1992 Gore Vidal
  Poetry Garbage A. R. Ammons
1992 Fiction All the Pretty Horses Cormac McCarthy
  Nonfiction Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story Paul Monette
  Poetry New & Selected Poems Mary Oliver
1991 Fiction Mating Norman Rush
  Nonfiction Freedom Orlando Patterson
  Poetry What Work Is Philip Levine
1990 Fiction Middle Passage Charles Johnson
  Nonfiction The House of Morgan:An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance Ron Chernow
1989 Fiction Spartina John Casey
  Nonfiction From Beirut to Jerusalem Thomas L. Friedman
1988 Fiction Paris Trout Pete Dexter
  Nonfiction A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann andAmerica in Vietnam Neil Sheehan
1987 Fiction Paco's Story Larry Heinemann
  Nonfiction The Making of the Atomic 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: A TurbulentDecade in the Lives of Three American Families J. Anthony Lukas
1984 Fiction Victory Over Japan: A Book of Stories Ellen Gilchrist
  First Work of Fiction Stones for Ibarra Harriet Doerr
  Nonfiction Andrew Jackson and the Course ofAmerican Democracy, 1833-1845 Robert V. Remini
1983 Autobiography/Biography (hardcover) Isak Dinesen: The Life of a Storyteller Judith Thurman
  Autobiography/Biography (hardcover) Nathaniel Hawthorne in His Time James R. Mellow
  Children's Book, Fiction (hardcover) Homesick: My Own Story Jean Fritz
  Children's Book, Fiction (paperback) A Place Apart Paula Fox
  Children's Book, Fiction (paperback) Marked By Fire Joyce Carol Thomas
  Children's Book, Nonfiction Chimney Sweeps James Cross Giblin
  Children's Picture Book (hardcover) Miss Rumphius Barbara Cooney
  Children's Picture Book (hardcover) Doctor De Soto William Steig
  Children's Picture Book (paperback) A House Is a House for Me Mary Ann Hoberman
  Fiction (hardcover) The Color Purple Alice Walker
  Fiction (paperback) The 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 (hardcover) National Defense James Fallows
  History (hardcover) Voices of Protest: HueyLong,Father Coughlin and The Great Depression Alan Brinkley
  History (paperback) Utopian Thought in the Western World Frank E. Manuel and Fritzie P. 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..."": The Science and Life of Albert Einstein Abraham Pais
  Science (paperback) The Mathematical Experience Philip P. Davis and Reuben Hersh
  Translation Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du Mal Richard Howard
1982 Autobiography/Biography (hardcover) Mornings on Horseback David McCullough
  Autobiography/Biography (paperback) Walter Lippmann and the American Century Ronald Steel
  Children's Book, Fiction (hardcover) Westmark Lloyd Alexander
  Children's Book, Fiction (paperback) Words by Heart Ouida Sebestyen
  Children's Book, Nonfiction A Penguin Year Susan Bonners
  Children's Book, Picture Book (hardcover) Outside Over There Maurice Sendak
  Children's Book, Picture Book (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 S. Navasky
  History (hardcover) People of the Sacred Mountain: A History of the Northern Cheyenne Chiefs and Warrior Societies, 1830-1879 Father Peter John Powell
  History (paperback) The Generation of 1914 Robert Wohl
  Poetry Life Supports: New and Collected Poems William Bronk
  Science (hardcover) Lucy: The Beginnings of Humankind Donald C. Johanson and Maitland A. Edey
  Science (paperback) Taking the Quantum Leap: The New Physicsfor Nonscientists Fred Alan Wolf
  Translation Higuchi Ichiyo's In the Shade of Spring Leaves Robert Lyons Danly
  Translation The Ten Thousand Leaves: A Translation of the Man'Yoshu, Japan's Premier Anthology of Classical Poetry Ian Hideo Levy
1981 Autobiography/Biography (hardcover) Walt Whitman Justin Kaplan
  Autobiography/Biography (paperback) Samuel Beckett Deidre 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) Oh, Boy! Babies Alison Cragin Herzig and Jane Lawrence Mali
  Fiction (hardcover) Plains Song Wright Morris
  Fiction (paperback) The Stories of John Cheever John Cheever
  First Novel Sister Wolf Ann Arensberg
  General Nonfiction (hardcover) China Men Maxine Hong Kingston
  General Nonfiction (paperback) The Last Cowboy Jane Kramer
  History (hardcover) Christianity, Social Tolerance and Homosexuality John Boswell
  History (paperback) Been in the Storm So Long: The Aftermath ofSlavery Leon F. Litwak
  Poetry The Need to Hold Still Lisel Mueller
  Science (hardcover) The Panda's Thumb: More Reflections on Natural History Stephen Jay Gould
  Science (paperback) The Medusa and the Snail Lewis Thomas
  Translation The Letters of Gustave Flaubert Francis Steegmuller
  Translation Arno Schmidt's Evening Edged in Gold John E. Woods
1980 Autobiography (hardcover) 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: Editor of Genius A. Scott Berg
  Children's Book (hardcover) A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal Joan W. Blos
  Children's Book (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 Matthiessen
  General Reference (hardcover) The Complete Directory Elder Witt, ed.
  General Reference (paperback) Complete Directory to Prime NetworkTV Shows: 1946-Present Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh
  History (hardcover) White House Years Henry A. Kissinger
  History (paperback) A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century Barbara W. Tuchman
  Mystery (hardcover) The Green Ripper John D. MacDonald
  Mystery (paperback) Stained Glass William F. Buckley, Jr.
  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: An Overview ofthe New Physics Gary Zukav
  Science Fiction (hardcover) Jem Frederick Pohl
  Science Fiction (paperback) The Book of the Dun Cow Walter Wangerin, Jr.
  Translation Cesare Pavese's Hard Labor William Arrowsmith
  Translation Osip E. Mandelstam's Complete CriticalProse and Letters Jane Gary Harris and Constance Link
  Western Bendigo Shafter Louis L'Amour
1979 Biography/Autobiography Robert Kennedy and His Times Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
  Children's Book The Great Gilly Hopkins Katherine Paterson
  Contemporary Thought The Snow Leopard Peter Matthiessen
  Fiction Going After Cacciato Tim O'Brian
  History Intellectual Life in the Colonial South, 1585-1760 Richard Beale Davis
  Poetry Mirabell: Books of Number James Merrill
  Translation Cesar Vallejo's The Complete Posthumous Poetry Clayton Eshleman and Jose Rubin Barcia
1978 Biography/Autobiography Samuel Johnson W. Jackson Bate
  Children's Literature The View from the Oak Herbert Kohl and Judith Kohl
  Contemporary Thought Winners and Losers Gloria Emerson
  Fiction Blood Ties Mary Lee Settle
  History The Path Between the Seas: Creation of the Panama Canal 1870-1914 David McCullough
  Poetry The Collected Poems of Howard Nemerov Howard Nemerov
  Translation Uwe George's In the Deserts of This Earth Clara Winston and Richard Winston
1977 Biography/Autobiography Norman Thomas: The Last Idealist W.A. Swanberg
  Children's Book The Master Puppeteer Katherine Paterson
  Contemporary Thought The Uses of Enchantment: TheMeaning and Importance of Fairy Tales Bruno Bettleheim
  Fiction The Spectator Bird Wallace Stegner
  History World of Our Fathers Irving Howe
  Poetry Collected Poems, 1930-1976 Richard Eberhart
  Translation Master Tung's Western Chamber Romance Li-Li Ch'en
1976 Arts and Letters The Great War and Memory Paul Fussell
  Children's Literature Bert Breen's Barn Walter D. Edmonds
  Contemporary Affairs Passage to Ararat Michael J. Arlen
  Fiction Jr William Gaddis
  History The Problem of Slavery in the Age ofRevolution, 1770-1823 David Brion Davis
  Poetry Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror John Ashbery
1975 Arts and Letters Marcel Proust Roger Shattuck
  Arts and Letters The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher Lewis Thomas
  Biography The Life of Emily Dickinson Richard B. Sewall
  Children's Book M.C. Higgins The Great Virginia Hamilton
  Contemporary Affairs All Gods Dangers: The Life of Nate Shaw 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
  Science Interpretation of Schizophrenia Silvano Arieti
  Translation Miguel D. Unamuno's The Agony of Christianity and Essays on Faith Anthony Kerrigan
1974 Arts and Letters Deeper into the Movies Pauline Kael
  Biography Malcolm Lowry: A Biography Douglas Day
  Biography Macaulay: The Shaping of the Historian John Clive
  Children's Book The Court of the Stone Children Eleanor Cameron
  Contemporary Affairs The Briar Patch Murray Kempton
  Fiction A Crown of Feathers and Other Stories Isaac Bashevis Singer
  Fiction Gravity's Rainbow Thomas Pynchon
  History Macaulay: The Shaping of the Historian John Clive
  Philosophy and Religion Edmund Husserl: Philosopher of Infinite Tasks Maurice Natanson
  Poetry Diving into the Wreck: Poems, 1971-72 Adrienne Rich;The Fall of America: Poems of These States
  Poetry The Fall of America: Poems of These States Allen Ginsberg
  Science Life: The Unfinished Experiment S.E. Lurie
  Translation Octavio Paz's: Alternating Current Helen R. Lane
  Translation Paul Valery's Monsieur Teste Jackson Matthews
1973 Arts and Letters Diderot Arthur M. Wilson
  Biography George Washington, Vol. IV: Anguish and Farewell, 1793-1799 James Thomas Flexner
  Children's Book The Farthest Shore Ursula K. LeGuin
  Contemporary Affairs Fire in the Lake: The Vietnameseand the Americans in Vietnam Frances Fitzgerald
  Fiction Chimera John Barth
  Fiction Augustus John Williams
  History The Children of Pride: A TrueStoryof Georgia and the Civil War Robert Manson Myers
  History Judenrat: The Jewish Councilsin Eastern Europe under Nazi Occupation Isaiah Trunk
  Philosophy and Religion A Religious History of the American People S.E. Ahlstrom
  Poetry Collected Poems: 1951-1971 A.R. Ammons
  Science The Serengeti Lion: A Study of Predator-PreyRelations George B. Schaller
  Translation Virgil's Aeneid Allen Mandelbaum
1972 Arts and Letters The Classical Style: Hayden, Mozart, Beethoven Charles Rosen
  Biography Eleanor and Franklin:The Story of Their Relationship, Based on Eleanor Roosevelt's Private Papers Joseph P. Lash
  Children's Book The Slightly Irregular Fire Engine or the Hithering Thithering Djinn Donald Bartheleme
  Contemporary Affairs The Last Whole Earth Catalog Stewart Brand, ed.
  Fiction The Complete Stories of Flannery O'Connor Flannery O'Connor
  History Ordeal of the Union, Vols. VII & VIII: The Organized War, 1863-1864 and The Organized War to Victory Allen Nevins
  Philosophy and Religion Righteous Empire: The Protestant Experience in America Martin E. Marty
  Poetry The Collected Poems of Frank O'Hara Frank O'Hara
  Poetry Selected Poems Howard Moss
  Science The Blue Whale George L. Small
  Translation Jacques Monod's Chance and Necessity Austryn Wainhouse
1971 Arts and Letters Cocteau: A Biography Francis Steegmuller
  Children's Book The Marvelous Misadventures of Sebastian Lloyd Alexander
  Fiction Mr. Sammler's Planet Saul Bellow
  History and Biography Roosevelt: The Soldier of Freedom James MacGregor Burns
  Poetry To See, To Take Mona Van Duyn
  Science Science in the British Colonies of America Raymond Phineas Stearns
  Translation Bertolt Brecht's Saint Joan of the Stockyards Frank Jones
  Translation Yasunari Kawabata's The Sound of The Mountain Edward G. Seidensticker
1970 Arts and Letters An Unfinished Woman, A Memoir Lillian Hellman
  Children's Book A Day of Pleasure: Stories of a Boy GrowingUp in Warsaw Isaac Bashevis Singer
  Fiction Them Joyce Carol Oates
  History and Biography Huey Long T. Harry Williams
  Philosophy and Religion Gandhi's Truth: On the Origins of Militant Nonviolence Erik H. Erikson
  Poetry The Complete Poems Elizabeth Bishop
  Translation Celine's Castle to Castle Ralph Manheim
1969 Arts and Letters The Armies of the Night: History As A Novel, The Novel As History Norman Mailer
  Children's Literature Journey from Peppermint Street Meindert DeJong
  Fiction Steps Jerzy Kosinski
  History and Biography White Over Black: American Attitudes Toward the Negro, 1550-1812 Winthrop D. Jordan
  Poetry His Toy, His Dream, His Rest John Berryman
  Science Death in Life: Survivors of Hiroshima Robert J. Lifton
  Translation Calvino's Cosmicomics William Weaver
1968 Arts and Letters Selected Essays William Troy
  Fiction The Eighth Day Thornton Wilder
  History and Biography Memoirs: 1925-1950 George F. Kennan
  Poetry The Light Around the Body Robert Bly
  Science, Philosophy, and Religion Death at an Early Age Jonathan Kozol
  Translation Soren Kirkegaard's Journals and Papers Edna Hong and Howard Hong
1967 Arts and Letters Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain Justin Kaplan
  Fiction The Fixer Bernard Malamud
  History and Biography The Enlightenment, Vol. 1: An Interpretation Peter Gay
  Poetry Nights and Days James Merrill
  Science, Philosophy, and Religion La Vida Oscar Lewis
  Translation Julio Cortazar's Hopscotch Gregory Rabassa
  Translation Casanova's History of My Life Willard Trask
1966 Arts and Letters Paris Journal, 1944-1965 Janet Flanner
  Fiction The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter Katherine Anne Porter
  History and Biography A Thousand Days: John F. Kennedy in the White House Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
  Poetry Buckdancer's Choice Poems James Dickey
1965 Arts and Letters Oysters of Lockmariaquer Eleanor Clark
  Fiction Herzog Saul Bellow
  History and Biography The Life of Lenin Louis Fisher
  Poetry The Far Field Theodore Roethke
  Science, Philosophy, and Religion God andGolem, Inc.: A Comment on Certain Points Where Cybernetics Impinges on Religion Norbert Wiener
1964 Arts and Letters John Keats: The Making of a Poet Aileen Ward
  Fiction The Centaur John Updike
  History and Biography The Rise of the West William H. McNeill
  Poetry Selected Poems John Crowe Ransom
  Science, Philosophy, and Religion Man-Made America Christopher Tunnard and Boris Pushkarev
1963 Fiction Morte d'Urban J.F. Powers
  Nonfiction Henry James: Vol. II,The Conquest of London; Vol. III, The Middle Years Leon Edel
  Poetry Traveling Through the Dark William Stafford
1962 Fiction The Moviegoer Walker Percy
  Nonfiction The City in History: Its Origins, Its Transformations, and Its Prospects Lewis Mumford
  Poetry Poems Alan Dugan
1961 Fiction The Waters of Kronos Conrad Richter
  Nonfiction The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich William L. Shirer
  Poetry The Woman at the Washington Zoo Randall Jarrell
1960 Fiction Goodbye Columbus Philip Roth
  Nonfiction James Joyce Richard Ellman
  Poetry Life Studies Robert Lowell
1959 Fiction The Magic Barrel Bernard Malamud
  Nonfiction Mistress to an Age: A Life of Madame De Stael J. Christopher Herold
  Poetry Words for the Wind Theodore Roethke
1958 Fiction The Wapshot Chronicle John Cheever
  Nonfiction The Lion and the Throne Catherine Drinker Bowen
  Poetry Promises: Poems, 1954-1956 Robert Penn Warren
1957 Fiction The Field of Vision Wright Morris
  Nonfiction Russia Leaves the War George F. Kennan
  Poetry Things of the World Richard Wilbur
1956 Fiction Ten North Frederick John O'Hara
  Nonfiction An American in Italy Herbert Kubly
  Poetry The Shield of Achilles W.H. Auden
1955 Fiction A Fable William Faulkner
  Nonfiction The Measure of Man Joseph W. Krutch
  Poetry The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens Wallace Stevens
1954 Fiction The Adventures of Augie March Saul Bellow
  Nonfiction A Stillness at Appomattox Bruce Catton
  Poetry Collected Poems Conrad Aiken
1953 Fiction Invisible Man Ralph Ellison
  Nonfiction The Course of an Empire Bernard A. De Voto
  Poetry Collected Poems 1917-1952 Archibald MacLeish
1952 Fiction From Here to Eternity James Jones
  Nonfiction The Sea Around Us Rachel Carson
  Poetry Collected Poems Marianne Moore
1951 Fiction The Collected Stories of William Faulkner William Faulkner
  Nonfiction Herman Melville Newton Arvin
  Poetry The Auroras of Autumn Wallace Stevens
1950 Fiction The Man with the Golden Arm Nelson Algren
  Nonfiction Ralph Waldo Ralph L. Rusk
  Poetry Paterson: Book III and Selected Poems William Carlos Williams