National Book Critics Circle AwardBiography/Autobiography

Given by National Book Critics Circle

Other Names: John Leonard Award, National Book Critics Circle Award finalist
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The National Book Critics Circle, founded in 1974, is a non-profit organization consisting of more than 900 active book reviewers who are interested in honoring quality writing and communicating with show more one another about common concerns... The centerpiece of NBCC activities is the annual awards for the best book in six categories: autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

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Finalists
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Stages:
All, Winner (268), Finalist (1,264)
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Years:
All, 2004 (1), 2003 (1), 2002 (5), 2001 (5), 2000 (5), 1999 (5), 1998 (5), 1997 (4), 1996 (5), 1995 (5), 1994 (5), 1993 (4), 1992 (6), 1991 (4), 1990 (4), 1989 (5), 1988 (5), 1987 (5), 1986 (4), 1985 (5), 1984 (5), 1983 (5), 1976 (1)
Announced:
January 25: Finalist2023 Recent

Winner 21

Finalist 99

WorkYear
de Kooning: An American Master by Mark Stevens2004
Khrushchev: The Man and His Era by William Taubman2003
Charles Darwin: A Biography: Volume 2: The Power of Place by Janet Browne2002
Master of the Senate by Robert A. Caro2002
The Last American Man by Elizabeth Gilbert2002
Benjamin Franklin by Edmund S. Morgan2002
Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone? The Carter Family and Their Legacy in American Music by Mark Zwonitzer2002
Boswell's Presumptuous Task: The Making of the Life of Dr. Johnson by Adam Sisman2001
Borrowed Finery by Paula Fox2001
Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Farina and Richard Farina by David Hajdu2001
Milking the Moon: A Southerner's Story of Life on This Planet by Eugene Walter2001
The Scarlet Professor: Newton Arvin: A Literary Life Shattered by Scandal by Barry Werth2001
Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan by Herbert P. Bix2000
The Monk in the Garden: The Lost and Found Genius of Gregor Mendel, the Father of Genetics by Robin Marantz Henig2000
I Will Bear Witness: A Diary of the Nazi Years 1933-1941 by Victor Klemperer2000
The Chief: the Life of William Randolph Hearst by David Nasaw2000
Marcel Proust: A Life by Jean-Yves Tadié2000
The Hairstons: An American Family in Black and White by Henry Wiencek1999
Coleridge: Darker Reflections, 1804-1834 by Richard Holmes1999
Morgan: American Financier by Jean Strouse1999
Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman1999
The Trust: The Private and Powerful Family Behind the New York Times by Susan E. Tifft1999
A Beautiful Mind: The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash by Sylvia Nasar1998
Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. by Ron Chernow1998
Rocket Boys by Jr. Homer H. Hickam1998
King of the World: Muhammad Ali and the Rise of an American Hero by David Remnick1998
Everybody Was So Young: Gerald and Sara Murphy: A Lost Generation Love Story by Amanda Vaill1998
Ernie Pyle's War: America's Eyewitness to World War II by James Tobin1997
American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson by Joseph J. Ellis1997
Virginia Woolf by Hermione Lee1997
Walking in the Shade: Volume Two of My Autobiography, 1949–1962 by Doris Lessing1997
Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt1996
Pearl S. Buck: A Cultural Biography by Peter Conn1996
Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn by David Hajdu1996
The Last Happy Occasion by Alan Shapiro1996
Charles Ives: A Life with Music by Jan Swafford1996
Savage Art: A Biography of Jim Thompson by Robert Polito1995
Moving Violations by John Hockenberry1995
Emerson: The Mind on Fire by Robert D. Richardson Jr.1995
The Liars' Club: A Memoir by Mary Karr1995
Walt Whitman's America: A Cultural Biography by David S. Reynolds1995
Shot in the Heart by Mikal Gilmore1994
Toulouse-Lautrec: A Life (Phoenix Giants) by Julia Frey1994
Winchell: Gossip, Power, and the Culture of Celebrity by Neal Gabler1994
D.H. Lawrence: The Story of a Marriage by Brenda Maddox1994
Naturalist by Edward O. Wilson1994
French Lessons: A Memoir by Alice Kaplan1993
W. E. B. Du Bois, 1868-1919: Biography of a Race by David Levering Lewis1993
A Different Person: A Memoir by James Ingram Merrill1993
The Passion of Michel Foucault by Jim Miller1993
Writing Dangerously: Mary McCarthy And Her World by Carol Brightman1992
The Rascal King: The Life and Times of James Michael Curley, 1874-1958 by Jack Beatty1992
Looking For The Light: The Hidden Life and Art of Marion Post Wolcott by Paul Hendrickson1992
Kissinger: A Biography by Walter Isaacson1992
The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan by Robert Kanigel1992
The Diversity of Life by Edward O. Wilson1992
Patrimonio. Una historia verdadera by Philip Roth1991
The Journals of John Cheever by John Cheever1991
Anne Sexton: A Biography by Diane Middlebrook1991
Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began by Art Spiegelman1991
Strong Drink, Strong Language by John Espey1990
The Five of Hearts: An Intimate Portrait of Henry Adams and His Friends, 1880-1918 by Patricia O'Toole1990
A Hole in the World: An American Boyhood by Richard Rhodes1990
Righteous Pilgrim: The Life and Times of Harold L. Ickes, 1874-1952 by T. H. Watkins1990
A First-Class Temperament: The Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt by Geoffrey C. Ward1989
Glenn Gould: A Life and Variations by Otto Friedrich1989
God Gave Us This Country: Tekamthi and the First American Civil War by Bil Gilbert1989
Richard Milhous Nixon: The Rise of an American Politician by Roger Morris1989
This Boy's Life by Tobias Wolff1989
Oscar Wilde by Richard Ellmann1988
The Selected Correspondence of Kenneth Burke and Malcolm Cowley, 1915-1981 by Kenneth Burke1988
The Letters of T. S. Eliot; Volume 1: 1898-1922 by T. S. Eliot1988
Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir by Paul Monette1988
Three scientists and their gods by Robert Wright1988
Chaucer: His Life, His Works, His World by Donald R. Howard1987
An American Childhood by Annie Dillard1987
Timebends: A Life by Arthur Miller1987
Don't Tread on Me: The Selected Letters of S. J. Perelman by S. J. Perelman1987
Private Domain: An Autobiography by Paul Taylor1987
The Life of Langston Hughes. Volume 1, 1902–1941, I, Too, Sing America by Arnold Rampersad1986
Tombee: Portrait of a cotton planter by Theodore Rosengarten1986
Velazquez: Painter and Courtier by Jonathan Brown1986
Dostoevsky: the stir of liberation 1860-1865 by Joseph Frank1986
Henry James: A Life by Leon Edel1985
Brigham Young: American Moses by Leonard J. Arrington1985
Louise Bogan: A Portrait by Elizabeth Frank1985
Wisconsin Death Trip by Michael Lesy1985
Giacometti: A Biography by James Lord1985
Dostoevsky: the years of ordeal 1850-1859 by Joseph Frank1984
Home Before Dark by Susan Cheever1984
Josephine Herbst by Elinor Langer1984
One Writer's Beginnings by Eudora Welty1984
Walt Whitman: The Making of the Poet by Paul Zweig1984
Minor Characters: A Beat Memoir by Joyce Johnson1983
Eleni by Nicholas Gage1983
Thomas Carlyle: A Biography by Fred Kaplan1983
Black Apollo of Science: The Life of Ernest Everett Just by Kenneth R. Manning1983
The Roots of Treason: Ezra Pound and the Secret of St. Elizabeths by E. Fuller Torrey1983
Letters of E. B. White by E. B. White1976

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The National Book Critics Circle, founded in 1974, is a non-profit organization consisting of more than 900 active book reviewers who are interested in honoring quality writing and communicating with one another about common concerns... The centerpiece of NBCC activities is the annual awards for the best book in six categories: autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

Website

Finalists

(English, Member-written)
The National Book Critics Circle, founded in 1974, is a non-profit organization consisting of more than 900 active book reviewers who are interested in honoring quality writing and communicating with one another about common concerns... The centerpiece of NBCC activities is the annual awards for the best book in six categories: autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

Website

Winners

(English, Member-written)

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