Presenter of the National Book Awards

National Book Awards - 1976

ARTS AND LETTERS

Winner:

Paul Fussell, The Great War and Modern Memory
> Read His Acceptance Speech

Finalists:

Lincoln Kirstein - Njinsky Dancing
Lawrence L. Langer - The Holocaust and the Literary Imagination
Robert Rosenblum - Modern Painting and the Northern Romantic Tradition
Patricia Meyer Spacks - The Female Imagination
Leo Steinberg - Michelangelo's Last Paintings

CHILDREN'S LITERATURE

Winner:

Walter D. Edmonds, Bert Breen's Barn

Finalists:

Eleanor Cameron - To the Green Mountains
Norma Faber - As I Was Crossing Boston Common
Isabelle Holland - Of Love and Death and Other Journeys
David McCord - The Star in the Pail
Nicolasa Mohr - El Bronx Remembered
Brenda Wilkinson - Ludell

CONTEMPORARY AFFAIRS

Winner:

Michael J. Arlen, Passage to Ararat

Finalists:

Richard J. Barnet & Ronald E. Muller - Global Reach
Peter L. Berger - Pyramids of Sacrifice
John Kenneth Galbraith - Money
Eugene W. Smith & Aileen M. Smith - Minamata
Tim Wicker - A Time to Die

FICTION

Winner:

William Gaddis, JR
> Appreciations on Best of National Book Awards Fiction Blog

Finalists:

Saul Bellow - Humboldt's Gift
- “Contenders” Fiction Finalists Exhibition Page >

Hortense Calisher - The Collected Stories of Hortense Calisher
- “Contenders” Fiction Finalists Exhibition Page >

Johanna Kaplan - Other People's Lives
- “Contenders” Fiction Finalists Exhibition Page >

Vladimir Nabokov - Tyrants Destroyed and Other Stories
- “Contenders” Fiction Finalists Exhibition Page >

Larry Woiwode - Beyond the Bedroom Wall
- “Contenders” Fiction Finalists Exhibition Page >

HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY

Winner:

David Brion Davis, The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Revolution, 1770-1823

Finalists:

Paul Horgan - Lamy of Santa Fe
R.W.B. Lewis - Edith Wharton
Charles S. Maier - Recasting Bourgeois Europe
Edmund S. Morgan - American Slavery American Freedom
Richard Pipes - Russia Under the Old Regime
Frank R. Rossiter - Charles Ives and His America
Martin J. Sherwin - A World Destroyed

POETRY

Winner:

John Ashbery, Self-portrait in a Convex Mirror
> Read His Acceptance Speech
> NBA Poetry Blog Essay and Archival Material for Ashbery

Finalists:

Richard Hugo - What Thou Lovest Well, Remains American
P.J. Laska - D.C. Images
John N. Morris - The Life Beside This One
Leonard Nathan - Returning Your Call
George Oppen - Collected Poems
Carolyn M. Rodgers - How I Got Ovah
Shirley Williams - The Peacock Poems