Presenter of the National Book Awards

National Book Awards - 1979

BIOGRAPHY AND AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Winner:

Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. , Robert Kennedy and His Times

Finalists:

Donald Hall - Remembering Poets
William Manchester - American Caesar: Douglas Macarthur
William M. Murphy - Prodigal Father: The Life of John Butler Yeats
Phyllis Rose - Woman of Letters: A Life of Virginia Woolf

CHILDREN'S LITERATURE

Winner:

Katherine Paterson, The Great Gilly Hopkins

Finalists:

Lloyd Alexander - The First Two Lives of Lukas-Kasha
Vera Cleaver - Queen of Hearts
Sid Fleischman - Humbug Mountain
Paula Fox - The Little Swinehead and Other Tales

CONTEMPORARY THOUGHT

Winner:

Peter Matthiessen, The Snow Leopard

Finalists:

Kenneth E. Boulding - Stable Peace
Ivan Doig - This House of Sky: Landscapes of the Western Wind
Alfred Kazin - New York Jew
Meyer Schapiro - Modern Art

FICTION

Winners:

Tim O'Brien, Going After Cacciato
> Appreciations on Best of National Book Awards Fiction Blog

Finalists:

John Cheever - The Stories of John Cheever
- “Contenders” Fiction Finalists Exhibition Page >

John Irving - The World According to Garp
- “Contenders” Fiction Finalists Exhibition Page >

Diane Johnson - Lying Low
- “Contenders” Fiction Finalists Exhibition Page >

David Plante - The Family
- “Contenders” Fiction Finalists Exhibition Page >

HISTORY

Winner:

Richard Beale Davis, Intellectual Life in the Colonial South, 1585-1763

Finalists:

Reinhard Bendix - Kings or People
Gordon A. Craig - Germany, 1866-1945
John H. White, Jr. - The American Railroad Passenger Car
Garry Wills - Inventing America

POETRY

Winner:

James Merrill, Mirabell: Books of Number
> NBA Poetry Blog Essay and Archival Material for Merrill

Finalists:

Robert Hayden - American Journal
Sandra McPherson - The Year of Our Birth
Philip Schultz - Like Wings
May Swenson - New & Selected Things Taking Place

TRANSLATION

Winner:

Clayton Eshleman & Jose Rubin Barcia, Cesar Vallejo's The Complete Posthumous Poetry

Finalists:

Jonathan Chaves - Yuan Hung-Tao’s Pilgrim of the Clouds
June Guicharnaud - Pierre-Jakes Helias’s The Horse of Pride
Richard Howard - Barthes’s A Lover's Discourse
Reynolds Price - A Palpable God: Thirty Stories Translated from The Bible