Awards & Winners

1979 National Book Award

Check winners and nominations of 1979 National Book Award. Check awards winners of 1979 National Book Awards Ceremony. (Click on the Award name to show winners and nominees)

1979 National Book Awards Ceremony

National Book Award for Fiction

Tim O'Brien

Honored for : Going After Cacciato

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Nominee Nominated Work
Tim O'Brien Going After Cacciato
John Cheever The Stories of John Cheever
John Irving The World According to Garp
Diane Johnson Lying low
David Plante The Family
National Book Award for Biography and Autobiography

Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

Honored for : Robert Kennedy and His Times

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Nominee Nominated Work
Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. Robert Kennedy and His Times
Donald Hall Remembering Poets: Reminiscences and Opinions
William Manchester American Caesar, Douglas MacArthur, 1880-1964
William M. Murphy Prodigal Father: The Life of John Butler Yeats
Phyllis Rose Woman of Letters: A Life of Virginia Woolf
National Book Award for Contemporary Thought

Peter Matthiessen

Honored for : The Snow Leopard

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Nominee Nominated Work
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
Peter Matthiessen The Snow Leopard
National Book Award for History

Richard Beale Davis

Honored for : Intellectual Life in the Colonial South, 1585-1763

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Nominee Nominated Work
Richard Beale Davis Intellectual Life in the Colonial South, 1585-1763
Reinhard Bendix Kings or People: Power and the Mandate to Rule
Gordon Alexander Craig Germany, 1866-1945
John H. White The American Railroad Passenger Car
Garry Wills Inventing America: Jefferson's Declaration of Independence
National Book Award for Poetry

James Merrill

Honored for : Mirabell: Books of Number

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Nominee Nominated Work
James Merrill Mirabell: Books of Number
Robert Hayden American journal
Sandra McPherson The year of our birth
Philip Schultz Like wings
May Swenson New & selected things taking place
National Book Award for Children's Books

Katherine Paterson

Honored for : The Great Gilly Hopkins

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Nominee Nominated Work
Katherine Paterson The Great Gilly Hopkins
Lloyd Alexander The First Two Lives of Lukas-Kasha
Vera Cleaver Queen of Hearts
Sid Fleischman Humbug Mountain
Paula Fox The Little Swineherd and Other Tales
National Book Award for Translation

Clayton Eshleman, José Rubia Barcia

Honored for : The Complete Posthumous Poetry

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Nominee Nominated Work
Jonathan Chaves Pilgrim of the clouds
Clayton Eshleman The Complete Posthumous Poetry
José Rubia Barcia The Complete Posthumous Poetry
June Guicharnaud The Horse of Pride
Richard Howard A Lover's Discourse: Fragments
Reynolds Price A Palpable God