The National Book Critics Circle Award

Each year, the National Book Critics Circle presents awards for the finest books published in English in six categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Biography, Autobiography, Poetry, and Criticism.

1976 Winners & Finalists

Fiction Winner

  • John Gardner, October Light (Knopf)

Fiction Finalists

  • Renata Adler, Speedboat (Random)
  • Vladimir Nabokov, Details of a Sunset and Other Stories (McGraw-Hill)
  • Cynthia Ozick, Bloodshed and Three Novellas (Knopf)
  • Richard Yates, The Easter Parade (Delacorte)

General Nonfiction Winner

  • Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts (Knopf)

General Nonfiction Finalists

  • George Dangerfield, The Damnable Question: A Study in Anglo-Irish Relations (Atlantic-Little, Brown)
  • Alex Haley, Roots (Doubleday)
  • Irving Howe with Kenneth Libo, World of Our Fathers (Harcourt, Brace and Jovanovich)
  • Richard Kluger, Simple Justice: The History of Brown v. Board of Education and Black America’s Struggle for Equality (Knopf)

Poetry Winner

  • Elizabeth Bishop, Geography III (Farrar, Straus and Giroux).

Poetry Finalists

  • Philip Levine, The Names of the Lost (Atheneum)
  • Muriel Rukeyser, The Gates (McGraw-Hill)
  • Louis Simpson, Searching for the Ox (Morrow)
  • Richard Wilbur, The Mind-Reader (Harcourt)

Criticism Winner

  • Bruno Bettelheim, The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales (Knopf)

Criticism Finalists

  • Ada Louise Huxtable, Kicked a Building Lately? (Quadrangle)
  • Steven Marcus, Representations: Essays on Literature and Society (Random)
  • Charles Rosen, Arnold Schoenberg (Viking)
  • E.B. White, ed. by Dorothy Lobrano Guth, Letters of E.B. White (Harper & Row)