Books Honored by the National Book Awards

National Book Award Medals

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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2 Books Honored by the National Book Awards in 1991

Winner - Nonfiction

Freedom: Volume I: Freedom In The Making Of Western Culture
by Orlando Patterson

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    List Price: $24.00
    Format: Paperback, 512 pages
    Classification: Nonfiction
    ISBN13: 9780465025329
    Imprint: Basic Books
    Publisher: Perseus Books
    Parent Company: Hachette Livre
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    Book Description: 
    This magisterial work traces the history of our most cherished value. Patterson links the birth of freedom in primitive societies with the institution of slavery, and traces the evolution of three forms of freedom in the West from antiquity through the Middle Ages.

    Finalist - Poetry

    The Homeplace: Poems
    by Marilyn Nelson

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      List Price: $16.95
      Format: Paperback, 64 pages
      Classification: Poetry
      ISBN13: 9780807116418
      Imprint: Louisiana State University Press
      Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
      Parent Company: Louisiana State University
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      Book Description: 
      A fine softcover copy. Inscribed by the poet. Tight binding. Clean, unmarked pages. Not ex-library. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Poetry; Signed by Author. ’ 0807116416. ISBN/EAN: 9780807116418. Inventory No: 012322.


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