List Of Winners Of The National Book Award
These authors and books have won the annual U.S. National Book Awards, first awarded to four 1935 publications in May 1936. There are four award categories with no change since 1996.
The National Book Foundation currently recognizes a history of purely literary awards that begins in 1950. The pre-war awards and the 1980 to 1983 graphics awards are covered here, following the main list that is organized by award category and year.
Repeat winners and split awards are covered at the bottom of the page.
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