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.

1982 Winners & Finalists

Fiction Winner

  • Stanley Elkin, George Mills (Dutton)

Fiction Finalists

  • Cynthia Ozick, Levitation: Five Fictions (Knopf)
  • Anne Tyler, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant (Knopf)
  • Alice Walker, The Color Purple (HBJ)
  • Bobbie Ann Mason, Shiloh and Other Stories (Harper & Row)

General Nonfiction Winner

  • Robert A. Caro, The Path to Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson (Knopf)

General Nonfiction Finalists

  • George F. Kennan, The Nuclear Delusion: Soviet-American Relations in the Atomic Age, (Pantheon)
  • Jonathan Schell, The Fate of the Earth (Knopf)
  • Daniel Lawrence O’Keefe, Stolen Lightning (Continuum)
  • Kate Simon, Bronx Primitive: Portraits in a Childhood (Viking)

Poetry Winner

  • Katha Pollitt, Antarctic Traveller (Knopf)

Poetry Finalists

  • Jack Gilbert, Monoliths: Poems, 1962 and 1982 (Knopf)
  • Brad Leithauser, Hundreds of Fireflies (Knopf)
  • Phyllis Janowitz, Visiting Rites (Princeton University Press)
  • W.S. Merwin, Finding the Islands (North Point)

Criticism Winner

  • Gore Vidal, The Second American Revolution and Other Essays, 1976-82 (Random)

Criticism Finalists

  • Arlene Croce, Going to the Dance (Knopf)
  • Marshall Berman, All That Is Solid Melts Into Air: The Experience of Modernity (Simon & Schuster)
  • Harold Bloom, Agon: Towards a Theory of Revisionism (Oxford)
  • Nina Auerbach, Woman and the Demon (Harvard University Press)

Ivan Sandrof/Board Award Winner

  • Leslie A. Marchand, for his 12-volume edition of Byron’s Letters and Journals

Ivan Sandrof/Board Award Finalists

  • American Library Association
  • George F. Kennan
  • The Library of America
  • Malcolm Cowley