Presenter of the National Book Awards

National Book Awards - 1971

ARTS AND LETTERS

Winners:

Francis Steegmuller, Cocteau: A Biography

Finalists:

Harold Bloom - Yeats
Robert Coles - Erik H. Erikson
Nancy Milford - Zelda
Lewis Mumford - The Myth of the Machine: The Pentagon of Power
Kenneth Rexroth - The Alternative Society

CHILDREN'S BOOKS

Winner:

Lloyd Alexander, The Marvelous Misadventures of Sebastian

Finalists:

 

Vera and Bill Cleaver - Grover
Paula Fox - Blowfish Live in the Sea
Arnold Lobel - Frog and Toad Are Friends
E.B. White - The Trumpet of the Swan

FICTION

Winner:

Saul Bellow, Mr. Sammler's Planet
> Appreciations on Best of National Book Awards Fiction Blog

Finalists:

James Dickey - Deliverance
- “Contenders” Fiction Finalists Exhibition Page >

Shirley Hazzard - The Bay of Noon
- “Contenders” Fiction Finalists Exhibition Page >

John Updike – Bech: A Book
- “Contenders” Fiction Finalists Exhibition Page >

Eudora Welty - Losing Battles
- “Contenders” Fiction Finalists Exhibition Page >

HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY

Winner:

James MacGregor Burns, Roosevelt: The Soldier of Freedom

Finalists:

David Donald - Charles Sumner and the Rights of Man
Andy Logan - Against the Evidence: The Becker-Rosenthal Affair
Dumas Malone - Jefferson the President: First Term, 1801-1805
C.L. Sulzberger - The Last of the Giants

POETRY

Winner:

Mona Van Duyn, To See, To Take
> Read her acceptance speech
> NBA Poetry Blog Essay and Archival Material for Van Duyn

Finalists:

Gregory Corso - Elegiac Feelings American
W.S. Merwin - The Carrier of Ladders
Mark Strand - Darker
May Swenson - Iconographs

THE SCIENCES

Winner:

Raymond Phineas Sterns, Science in the British Colonies of America

Finalists:

Gustav Eckstein - The Body Has a Head
Victor C. Ferkiss - Technological Man
Ian L. McHarg - Design with Nature
Theodore Rosebury - Life of Man

TRANSLATION

Winners:

Frank Jones, Brecht's Saint Joan of the Stockyards

Edward G. Seidensticker, Yasunari Kawabata's The Sound of The Mountain

Finalists:

Joseph Barnes – Platanov’s The Fierce and Beautiful World
Richard Howard – Jean Cocteau’s Autobiography, Professional Secrets
Norman Shapiro – Feydeau’s Four Farces