Presenter of the National Book Awards

National Book Awards - 1961

FICTION

Winner:

Conrad Richter , The Waters of Kronos
> Appreciations on Best of National Book Awards Fiction Blog

Finalists:

Louis Auchincloss - The House of Five Talents
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Kay Boyle - Generation Without Farewell
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John Hersey - The Child Buyer
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John Knowles - A Separate Peace
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Harper Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird
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Wright Morris - Ceremony in Lone Tree
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Flannery O'Connor - The Violent Bear It Away
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Elizabeth Spencer - The Light in the Piazza and Other Italian Tales
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Francis Steegmuller - The Christening Party
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John Updike - Rabbit, Run
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Mildred Walker - The Body of a Young Man
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NONFICTION

Winner:

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

Finalists:

Isaac Asimov - The Intelligent Man's Guide to Science
Peter Blake - The Master Builders
George Dangerfield - Chancellor Robert R. Livingston
David Donald - Charles Sumner and the Coming of the Civil War
William O. Douglas - My Wilderness
Loren Eiseley - Firmament of Time
John Graves - Goodbye to a River
T.S. Mathews - Name and Address
Elizabeth Nowell - Thomas Wolfe
Harlan B. Phillips - Felix Frankfurter Reminisces
Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. - The Politics of Upheaval

POETRY

Winner:

Randall Jarrell, The Woman at the Washington Zoo


> Read His Acceptance Speech
> NBA Poetry Blog Essay and Archival Material for Jarrell

Finalists:

W.H. Auden - Homage to Clio
J.V. Cunninghan - The Exclusions of Rhyme
Robert Duncan - The Opening of the Field
Richard Eberhart - Collected Poems
Donald Justice - The Summer Anniversaries
Howard Nemerov - New and Selected Poems
John Frederick Nims - Knowledge of the Evening
Anne Sexton - To Bedlam and Part Way Back
George Starbuck - Bone Thoughts
Eleanor Ross Taylor - Wilderness of Ladies
Theodore Weiss - Outlanders
Yvor Winters - Collected Poems