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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

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National Book Award winners: poetry


The National Book Awards are annual American awards honoring American writers for books published in the United States. The awards were established in 1936, abandoned during World War Two, and reestablished in 1950. The poetry prize was awarded annually from 1950 through 1983. A reorganization in 1984 eliminated poetry as a National Book Award category. It was restored seven years later.

2017: Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016, by Frank Bidart

2016: The Performance of Becoming Human, by Daniel Borzutsky

2015: Voyage of the Sable Venus, by Robin Coste Lewis

2014: Faithful and Virtuous Night, by Louise Glück

2013: Incarnadine, by Mary Szybist

2012: Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations, by David Ferry

2011: Head Off & Split, by Nikky Finney

2010: Lighthead, by Terrance Hayes

2009: Transcendental Studies: A Trilogy, by Keith Waldrop

2008: Fire to Fire: New and Collected Poems, by Mark Doty

2007: Time and Materials: Poems, 1997-2005, by Robert Hass

2006: Splay Anthem, by Nathaniel Mackey

2005: Migration: New and Selected Poems, by W.S. Merwin

2004: Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems, 1965-2003, by Jean Valentine

2003: The Singing, by C.K. Williams

2002: In the Next Galaxy, by Ruth Stone

2001: Poems Seven: New and Complete Poetry, by Alan Dugan

2000: Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems 1988-2000, by Lucille Clifton

1999: Vice: New and Selected Poems, by Ai

1998: This Time: New and Selected Poems, by Gerald Stern

1997: Effort at Speech: New and Selected Poems, by William Meredith

1996: Scrambled Eggs and Whiskey, by Hayden Carruth

1995: Passing Through: The Later Poems, by Stanley Kunitz

1994: A Worshipful Company of Fletchers, by James Tate

1993: Garbage, by A.R. Ammon

1992: New and Selected Poems, by Mary Oliver

1991: What Work Is, by Philip Levine

The National Book Award for poetry was eliminated for several years, starting in 1984. The award was restored in 1991.

1983 (two awards): Selected Poems, by Galway Kinyell

1983 (two awards): Country Music: Selected Early Poems, by Charles Wright

1982: Life Supports: New and Collected Poems, by William Bronk

1981: The Need to Hold Still, by Lisel Mueller

1980: Ashes: Poems New and Old, by Philip Levine

1979: Mirabell: Book of Numbers, by James Merrill

1978: The Collected Poems of Howard Nemerov, by Howard Nemerov

1977: Collected Poems, 1930-1976, by Richard Eberhart

1976: Self-portrait in a Convex Mirror, by John Ashbury

1975: Presentation Piece, by Marilyn Hacker

1974 (two awards): The Fall of America: Poems of These States, 1965-1971, by Allen Ginsberg

1974 (two awards): Diving into the Wreck: Poems 1971-1972, by Adrienne Rich

1973: Collected Poems, 1951-1971, by A.R. Ammon

1972 (two awards): The Collected Works of Frank O’Hara, by Frank O’Hara

1972 (two awards): Selected Poems, by Howard Moss

1971: To See, To Take, by Mona Van Duyn

1970: The Complete Poems, by Elizabeth Bishop

1969: His Toy, His Dream, His Rest, by John Berryman

1968: The Light Around the Body, by Robert Bly

1967: Nights and Days, by James Merrill

1966: Buckdancer’s Choice, by James Dickey

1965: The Far Field, by Theodore Roethke

1964: Selected Poems, by John Crowe Ransom

1963: Traveling Through the Dark, by William Stafford

1962: Poems, by Alan Dugan

1961: The Woman at the Washington Zoo, by Randall Jarrell

1960: Life Studies, by Robert Lowell

1959: Words for the Wind, by Theodore Roethke

1958: Promises: Poems, 1954-1956, by Robert Penn Warren

1957: Things of This World, by Richard Wilbur

1956: The Shield of Achilles, by W.H. Auden

1955: The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens, by Wallace Stevens

1954: Collected Poems, by Conrad Aiken

1953: Collected Poems, 1917-1952, by Archibald MacLeish

1952: Collected Poems, by Marianne Moore

1951: The Auroras of Autumn, by Wallace Stevens

1950: Paterson: Book Three and Selected Poems, by William Carlos Williams

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Monday, October 22, 2018

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National Book Award winners: nonfiction


The National Book Awards are annual American awards honoring American writers for books published in the United States. The awards were established in 1936, abandoned during World War Two, and reestablished in 1950. Multiple nonfiction categories were introduced in 1964, but the comprehensive nonfiction category was restored 20 years later. So, after the awards were reestablished in 1950, nonfiction existed as an all-inclusive category from 1950 through 1963, and again from 1984 to the present.

2017: The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia, by Masha Gessen

2016: Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, by Ibra X. Kendi

2015: Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

2014: Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China, by Evan Osnos

2013: The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, by George Packer

2012: Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, by Katherine Boo

2011: The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, by Stephen Greenblatt

2010: Just Kids, by Patti Smith

2009: The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt, by T.J. Stiles

2008: The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, by Annette Gordon-Reed

2007: Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA, by Tim Weiner

2006: The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl, by Timothy Egan

2005: The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion

2004: Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age, by Kevin Boyle

2003: Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy, by Carlos Eire

2002: Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, by Robert A. Caro

2001: The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, by Andrew Solomon

2000: In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, by Nathaniel Philbrick

1999: Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II, by John W. Dower

1998: Slaves in the Family, by Edward Ball

1997: American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson, by Joseph J. Ellis

1996: An American Requiem: God, My Father, and the War that Came Between Us, by James P. Carroll

1995: The Haunted Land: Facing Europe’s Ghosts After Communism, by Tina Rosenberg

1994: How We Die: Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter, by Sherwin B. Nuland

1993: United States: Essays 1952-1992, by Gore Vidal

1992: Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story, by Paul Monette

1991: Freedom: Vol. 1: Freedom in the Making of Western Culture, by Orlando Patterson

1990: The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance, by Ron Chernow

1989: From Beirut to Jerusalem, by Thomas L. Friedman

1988: A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam, by Neil Sheehan

1987: The Making of the Atomic Bomb, by Richard Rhodes

1986: Arctic Dreams: Imagination and Desire in a Northern Landscape, by Barry Lopez

1985: Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families, by J. Anthony Lukas

1984: Andrew Jackson: The Course of American Democracy, 1833-1845, by Robert V. Remini

Several new nonfiction categories were introduced in 1964, and still more changes in the categories were made in the years that followed. I am not including this proliferation of nonfiction subcategories here. The single, comprehensive nonfiction category was restored in 1984.

1963: Henry James, volumes II and III, by Leon Edel

1962: The City in History: Its Origins, its Transformations and its Prospects, by Lewis Mumford

1961: The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, by William L. Shirer

1960: James Joyce, by Richard Ullmann

1959: Mistress to an Age: A Life of Madame de Staël, by J. Christopher Herold

1958: The Lion and the Throne, by Catherine Drinker Bowen

1957: Russia Leaves the War, by George F. Kennan

1956: An American in Italy, by Herbert Kubly

1955: The Measure of Man, by Joseph Wood Krutch

1954: A Stillness at Appomattox, by Bruce Catton

1953: The Course of Empire, by Bernard A. DeVoto

1952: The Sea Around Us, by Rachel Carson

1951: Herman Melville, by Newton Arvin

1950: The Life of Ralph Waldo Emerson, by Ralph L. Rusk