Nominees not announced in 1954.
(Nominees Not Announced)
Conrad Aiken (1889-1973) was born in Savannah, GA.
In 1901, Aiken’s father murdered his mother and then killed himself. Aiken, who was eleven years old at the time, heard the gunshots and discovered their bodies.
Makes available all the published verse written by him since 1953, in addition to the full body of his poetry written up to that time.
When first published in 1953, Bruce Catton, our foremost Civil War historian was awarded both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for excellence in nonfiction. This final volume of The Army of the Potomac trilogy relates the final year of the Civil War.
Augie comes on stage with one of literature’s most famous opening lines. “I am an American, Chicago born, and go at things as I have taught myself, free-style, and will make the record in my own way: first to knock, first admitted.” It’s the “Call me Ishmael” of mid-20th-century American fiction. (For the record, Bellow was born in Canada.) Or it would be if Ishmael had been more like Tom Jones with a philosophical disposition. With this teeming book Bellow returned a Dickensian richness to the American novel. As he makes his way to a full brimming consciousness of himself, Augie careens through numberless occupations and countless mentors and exemplars, all the while enchanting us with the slapdash American music of his voice.
The Adventures of Augie March was Saul Bellow’s first National Book Award win, but there were more to come. To this day, he is the only writer to have won the National Book Award three times, and to have been nominated for it six times.