Presenter of the National Book Awards

National Book Awards - 1965

ARTS AND LETTERS

Winner:

Eleanor Clark , Oysters of Locmariaquer

Finalists:

Eric Bentley - Life of the Drama
Robert Brustein - The Theater of Revolt
Edward Dahlberg - Because I Was Flesh
Ralph Ellison - Shadow and Act
Howard Mumford Jones – O Strange New World: American Culture, the Formative Years

FICTION

Winner:

Saul Bellow, Herzog
> Read His Acceptance Speech
> Appreciations on Best of National Book Awards Fiction Blog

Finalists:

Louis Auchincloss - The Rector of Justin
- “Contenders” Fiction Finalists Exhibition Page >

John Hawkes - Second Skin
- “Contenders” Fiction Finalists Exhibition Page >

Richard Kim - The Martyred
- “Contenders” Fiction Finalists Exhibition Page >

Wallace Markfield - To an Early Grave
- “Contenders” Fiction Finalists Exhibition Page >

Vladimir Nabokov - The Defense
- “Contenders” Fiction Finalists Exhibition Page >

Isaac Bashevis Singer - Short Friday
- “Contenders” Fiction Finalists Exhibition Page >

HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY

Winner:

Louis Fischer , The Life of Lenin

Finalists:

Oscar Lewis - Pedro Martinez: A Mexican Peasant and His Family
R.R. Palmer - The Age Democratic Revolution
Willie Lee Rose - Rehearsal for Reconstruction: The Port Royal Experiment
Ernest Samuels - Henry Adams: The Major Phase
Richard J. Whelan - The Founding Father: The Story of Joseph P. Kennedy

POETRY

Winner:

Theodore Roethke, The Far Field
> NBA Poetry Blog Essay and Archival Material for Roethke

Finalists:

Ben Belitt - The Enemy Joy
John Berryman - 77 Dream Songs
James Dickey - Helmets
Jean Garrigue - Country Without Maps
Galway Kinnell - Flower Herding on Mount Monadnock
Robert Lowell - For the Union Dead
William Meredith - The Wreck of the Thresher

SCIENCE, PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION

Winner:

Norbert Wiener, God and Golem, Inc: A Comment on Certain Points where Cybernetics Impinges on Religion

Finalists:

Walter Ciszek, S.J. - With God in Russia
Theodosius Dobzhansky - Heredity and the Nature of Man
David Hawkins - The Language of Nature
John Courtney Murray, S.J. - The Problem of God
Walter Sullivan - We Are Not Alone