Presenter of the National Book Awards

National Book Awards - 1970

ARTS AND LETTERS

Winner:

Lillian Hellman, An Unfinished Woman: A Memoir

Finalists:

Richard Howard - Alone with America: Essays on the Art of Poetry in the United States Since 1950
Noel Perrin - Dr. Bowdler's Legacy: A History of Expurgated Books in England and America
John Unterecker – Voyage: A Life of Hart Crane
Gore Vidal - Reflections Upon a Sinking Ship

CHILDREN'S BOOKS

Winner:

Isaac Bashevis Singer, A Day of Pleasure: Stories of a Boy Growing up in Warsaw

Finalists:

Vera and Bill Cleaver - Where the Lilies Bloom
Edna Mitchell Preston - Popcorn and Ma Goodness
William Steig - Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
Edwin Tunis - The Young United States, 1783-1830

FICTION

Winner:

Joyce Carol Oates, Them
> Read her acceptance speech
> Appreciations on Best of National Book Awards Fiction Blog

Finalists:

Leonard Gardner - Fat City
- “Contenders” Fiction Finalists Exhibition Page >

Leonard Michaels - Going Places
- “Contenders” Fiction Finalists Exhibition Page >

Jean Stafford - The Collected Stories of Jean Stafford
- “Contenders” Fiction Finalists Exhibition Page >

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. - Slaughterhouse Five or The Children's Crusade
- “Contenders” Fiction Finalists Exhibition Page >

HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY

WInner:

T. Harry Williams, Huey Long

Finalists:

Dean Acheson - Present at the Creation: My Years in the State Department
Townsend Hoopes - The Limits of Intervention
John Womack, Jr. - Zapata and the Mexican Revolution
Gordon S. Wood - The Creation of the American Republic

PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION

Winner:

Erik H. Erikson, Gandhi's Truth: On the Origins of Militant Nonviolence

Finalists:

Kenneth E. Boulding - Beyond Economics
Loren Eiseley - The Unexpected Universe
Rollo May - Love and Will
Theodore Roszak - The Making of a Counter Culture

POETRY

Winner:

Elizabeth Bishop, The Complete Poems
> NBA Poetry Blog Essay and Archival Material for Bishop

Finalists:

Daniel Berrigan - False Gods, Real Men
Lawrence Ferlinghetti - The Secret Meaning of Things
Robert Lowell - Notebook, 1967-68
Philip Whalen - On Bear's Head

TRANSLATION

Winner:

Ralph Manheim, Celine's Castle to Castle

Finalists:

Denise Levertov - Guillevic’s Selected Poems
Philippe Radley - Berberova’s The Italics Are Mine
Richard Seaver and Helen R. Lane - Breton’s Manifestos of Surrealism
John Upton - Sanchez’s Cumboto