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The Literary World

Winners of the National Book Award for Nonfiction

This prize has been awarded annually since 1950 by the American Association of Publishers.

  • Frances FitzGerald (born 1940)

    American journalist and historian.

    • 1973 National Book Award winner for Nonfiction, for Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam
  • Lillian Hellman (born 1905, died 1984)

    American playwright.

    • 1970 National Book Award winner for Nonfiction, for An Unfinished Woman
  • Maxine Hong Kingston (born 1940)

    American prose writer.

    • 1981 National Book Award winner for Nonfiction, for China Men
  • Catherine Drinker Bowen (born 1897, died 1973)

    American historian and biographer.

    • 1958 National Book Award winner for Nonfiction, for The Lion and the Throne
  • Aileen Ward
    • 1964 National Book Award winner for Nonfiction, for John Keats: The Making of a Poet
  • Pauline Kael (born 1919)

    American film critic.

    • 1974 National Book Award winner for Nonfiction, for Deeper into the Movies
  • Rachel Louise Carson (born 1907, died 1964)

    American biologist, environmentalist and writer. Her books were among the first to draw attention to human environmental devastation.

    • 1952 National Book Award winner for Nonfiction, for The Sea Around Us
  • Tina Rosenberg

    American writer.

    • 1996 National Book Award for Nonfiction, for The Haunted Land: Facing Europe''s Ghosts After Communism

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