Presenter of the National Book Awards

National Book Awards - 1955

FICTION

Winner:

William Faulkner , A Fable
> Read His Acceptance Speech
> Appreciations on Best of National Book Awards Fiction Blog
> Read Neil Baldwin's National Book Award Classics Essay

Finalists:

Harriette Arnow - The Dollmaker
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Hamilton Basso - The View from Pompey's Head
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Davis Grubb - The Night of the Hunter
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Randall Jarrell - Pictures from an Institution
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Milton Lott - The Last Hunt
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Frederick Manfred - Lord Grizzly
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William March - The Bad Seed
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Wright Morris - The Huge Season
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Frank Rooney - The Courts of Memory
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John Steinbeck - Sweet Thursday
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NONFICTION

Winner:

Joseph Wood Krutch, The Measure of Man

Finalists:

Van Wyck Brooks - Scenes and Portraits
Harrison Brown - The Challenge of Man's Future
Elmer Davis - But We Were Born Free
Hermann Hagedorn - The Roosevelt Family of Sagamore Hill
Paul Horgan - Great River
John La Farge - The Manner is Ordinary
David Lavender - Bent's Fort
Carl Sandburg - Abraham Lincoln
Wallace Stegner - Beyond the Hundredth Meridian
Norman Thomas - The Test of Freedom
E.B. White - The Second Tree from the Corner

POETRY

Winner:

Wallace Stevens, The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens
> Read His Acceptance Speech
> NBA Poetry Blog Essay and Archival Material for Stevens

Finalists:

e.e. cummings - Poems, 1923-1954
Leonie Adams - Poems: A Selection
Louise Bogan - Collected Poems, 1923-1953
Robinson Jeffers - Hungerfield and Other Poems
Archibald MacLeish - Songs for Eve
Phyllis McGinley - The Love Letters of Phyllis McGinley
Merrill Moore - The Verse Diary of a Psychiatrist
LeRoy Smith - A Character Invented
May Swenson - Another Animal, published as part of Poets of Today
William Carlos Williams - The Desert Music and Other Poems
Marya Zaturenska - Selected Poems