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.

2002 Winners & Finalists

Fiction Winner

  • Ian McEwan, Atonement (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday)

Fiction Finalists

  • Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
  • Aleksandar Hemon, Nowhere Man (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday)
  • William Kennedy, Roscoe (Viking)
  • Edith Templeton, The Darts of Cupid: And Other Stories (Pantheon)

General Nonfiction Winner

  • Samantha Power, A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide (Basic Books)

General Nonfiction Finalists

  • Chris Hedges, War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (PublicAffairs)
  • William Langewiesche, American Ground: Unbuilding the World Trade Center (North Point Press/FSG)
  • Richard Rodriguez, Brown: The Last Discovery of America (Viking)
  • Gaby Wood, Edison’s Eve: A Magical History of the Quest for Mechanical Life (Knopf)

Biography/Autobiography Winner

  • Janet Browne, Charles Darwin: The Power of Place (Knopf)

Biography/Autobiography Finalists

  • Robert A. Caro, Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson (Knopf)
  • Elizabeth Gilbert, The Last American Man (Viking)
  • Edmund S. Morgan, Benjamin Franklin (Yale University Press)
  • Mark Zwonitzer with Charles Hirshberg, Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone? The Carter Family and Their Legacy in American Music (Simon & Schuster)

Poetry Winner

  • B.H. Fairchild, Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest (Norton)

Poetry Finalists

  • Major Jackson, Leaving Saturn (University of Georgia Press)
  • Harryette Mullen, Sleeping With the Dictionary (University of California Press)
  • Sharon Olds, The Unswept Room (Knopf)
  • Adam Zagajewski, Without End: New and Selected Poems (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

Criticism Winner

  • William H. Gass, Tests of Time (Knopf)

Criticism Finalists

  • Philip Ball, Bright Earth: Art and the Invention of Color (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
  • Julia Blackburn, Old Man Goya (Pantheon)
  • Christopher Ricks, Reviewery (Handsel Books/Other Press)
  • Charles Rosen, Piano Notes: The World of the Pianist (Free Press)

Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing Winner

  • Maureen N. McLane

Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

  • Richard Howard