Awards & Winners

1953 National Book Award

Check winners and nominations of 1953 National Book Award. Check awards winners of 1953 National Book Awards Ceremony. (Click on the Award name to show winners and nominees)

1953 National Book Awards Ceremony

National Book Award for Fiction

Ralph Ellison

Honored for : Invisible Man

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Nominee Nominated Work
Ralph Ellison Invisible Man
Isabel Bolton Many mansions
H. L. Davis Winds of Morning
Thomas Gallagher The Gathering Darkness
Ernest Hemingway The Old Man and the Sea
Carl Jonas Jefferson Selleck
Peter Martin The Landsmen
May Sarton A Shower of Summer Days
Jean Stafford Catherine Wheel
John Steinbeck East of Eden
William Carlos Williams The Build-Up
National Book Award for Nonfiction

Bernard DeVoto

Honored for : The Course of Empire

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Nominee Nominated Work
Bernard DeVoto The Course of Empire
Herbert Agar A Declaration of Faith
Conrad Aiken Ushant
Frederick Lewis Allen The big change
Robert Brittain Let There Be Bread
Van Wyck Brooks The confident years
Whittaker Chambers Witness
Eleanor Clark Rome and a villa
William O. Douglas Beyond the high Himalayas
Douglas S. Freeman George Washington, Vol. V
Eric F. Goldman Rendezvous with Destiny
Learned Hand The Spirit of Liberty
Irving Howe William Faulkner
Herbert J. Muller The Uses of the Past
F. S. C. Northrop The taming of the nations
Katherine Anne Porter The Days Before
James G. Randall Midstream: Lincoln the President
Benjamin Platt Thomas Abraham Lincoln
Dixon Wecter Sam Clemens of Hannibal
Kenneth P. Williams Lincoln finds a general: a military study of the Civil War
Edmund Wilson The Shores of Light: A Literary Chronicle of the Twenties and Thirties
National Book Award for Poetry

Archibald MacLeish

Honored for : Collected Poems, 1917-1952

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Nominee Nominated Work
Archibald MacLeish Collected Poems, 1917-1952
Stanley Burnshaw Early and Late Testament
Thomas Hornsby Ferril New and selected poems
Robert Hillyer The Suburb by the Sea
Ernest Kroll Cape Horn and Other Poems
W. S. Merwin A Mask for Janus
Byron Herbert Reece A song of joy, and other poems
Naomi Replansky Ring Song
Kenneth Rexroth The dragon and the unicorn
Jesse Stuart Kentucky is My Land
Ridgely Torrence Poems
Peter Viereck The First Morning