Presenter of the National Book Awards

National Book Awards - 1959

FICTION

Winner:

Bernard Malamud, The Magic Barrel
> Appreciations on Best of National Book Awards Fiction Blog

Finalists:

J.P. Donleavy - The Ginger Man
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William Humphrey - Home from the Hill
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Vladimir Nabokov - Lolita
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John O'Hara - From the Terrace
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J.R. Salamanca - The Lost Country
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Anya Seton - The Winthrop Woman
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Robert Travers - Anatomy of a Murder
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NONFICTION

Winner:

J. Christopher Herold, Mistress to an Age: A Life of Madame De Stael

Finalists:

Hannah Arendt - The Human Condition
Lester Atwell - Private
Daniel J. Boorstin - The Americans
Anne Braden - The Wall Between
Charles Ferguson - Naked to Mine Enemies
Shelby Foote - The Civil War, Vol. I
John Kenneth Galbraith - The Affluent Society
Harry Golden - Only in America
George F. Kennan - Russia, the Atom and the West
Louis Kronenberger - Marlborough's Duchess
Flora Lewis - A Case History of Hope
Edgar Snow - Journey to the Beginnings

POETRY

Winner:

Theodore Roethke, Words for the Wind
> Read the acceptance speech by Daniel G. Hoffman
> NBA Poetry Blog Essay and Archival Material for Roethke

Finalists:

John Ciardi - I Marry You
e.e. cummings - Poems
Archibald MacLeish - J.B.
Howard Nemerov - Mirrors and Windows
Theodore Roethke - Collected Poems
Karl Shapiro - Poems for a Jew
May Swenson - A Cage of Spines
William Carlos Williams - Paterson, Book IV