Presenter of the National Book Awards

National Book Awards - 1956

FICTION

Winner:

John O'Hara, Ten North Frederick
> Appreciations on Best of National Book Awards Fiction Blog

Finalists:

Paul Bowles - The Spider's House
- “Contenders” Fiction Finalists Exhibition Page >

Shirley Ann Grau - The Black Prince
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MacKinlay Kantor - Andersonville
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Flannery O'Connor - A Good Man is Hard to Find
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May Sarton - Faithful Are the Wounds
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Robert Penn Warren - Band of Angels
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Eudora Welty - The Bride of the Innisfallen
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Herman Wouk - Marjorie Morningstar
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NONFICTION

Winner:

Herbert Kubly, An American in Italy

Finalists:

Gay Wilson Allen - The Solitary Singer
Alan Barth - Government by Investigation
Rachel Carson - The Edge of the Sea
Clifford Dowdey - The Land They Fought For
John Gunther - Inside Africa
Richard Hofstadter - The Age of Reform
Murray Kempton - Part of Our Time
Anne Morrow Lindbergh - Gift from the Sea
Milton Mayer - They Thought They Were Free
Allan Temko - Notre Dame of Paris
Harry S. Truman - Year of Decisions
Edmund Wilson - The Scrolls from the Dead Sea

POETRY

Winner:

W.H. Auden, The Shield of Achilles
> Read the acceptance speech
> NBA Poetry Blog Essay and Archival Material for Auden

Finalists:

Elizabeth Bishop - Poems, North and South
John Ciardi - As If
Isabella Gardner - Birthdays from the Ocean
Donald Hall - Exiles and Marriages
Randall Jarrell - Selected Poems
Adrienne Rich - The Diamond Cutters
William Carlos Williams - Journey to Love