Books Honored by the National Book Foundation

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The mission of the National Book Foundation is to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of great writing in America. National Book Awards are given five categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People’s Literature.

The first African-American writer to win a National Book Award was Ralph Ellison for Invisible Man.

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One Book Honored by the National Book Foundation in 1962

Finalist - Nonfiction

Nobody Knows My Name
by James Baldwin

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    List Price: $14.00
    Format: Paperback, 256 pages
    Classification: Fiction
    ISBN13: 9780679744733
    Imprint: Vintage Books
    Publisher: Penguin Random House
    Parent Company: Bertelsmann
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    Book Description: 
    Told with Baldwin’s characteristically unflinching honesty, this collection of illuminating, deeply felt essays examines topics ranging from race relations in the United States to the role of the writer in society, and offers personal accounts of Richard Wright, Norman Mailer and other writers.




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