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The National Book Award winners for fiction

This award was established in 1950 to honor American books of the highest literary achievement. It is currently awarded annually in two categories: fiction and non fiction. Separate judging panels determine the winners in each category. Winning authors receive $10,000. In 1980, the name was changed to The American Book Award. After increasing controversy over categories, selections and judging, the original name was reverted to in 1987 and in 1989 the National Book Foundation was created to administer the awards. (Awards are given at the end of the year for that year's publications.) Saul Bellow's three awards are the most for any one author. John Cheever, William Faulkner, William Gaddis, Bernard Malamud, Wright Morris, Philip Roth and John Updike have each won twice.

2013  James McBride The Good Lord Bird
2012  Louise Erdrich The Round House
2011  Jesmyn Ward Salvage the Bones
2010  Jaime Gordon Lord of Misrule
2009  Peter Matthiessen Let the Great World Spin
2008  Peter Matthiessen Shadow Country
2007  Dennis Johnson Tree of Smoke
2006  Richard Powers The Echo Maker
2005  William T. Vollmann Europe Central
2004  Lily Tuck The News From Paraguay
2003  Shirley Hazzard The Great Fire
2002  Julia Glass Three Junes
2001  Jonathan Franzen The Corrections
2000  Susan Sontag In America
1999  Ha Jin Waiting
1998  Alice McDermott Charming Billy
1997  Charles Frazier Cold Mountain
1996  Andrea Barrett Ship Fever and Other Stories
1995  Philip Roth Sabbath's Theater
1994  William Gaddis A Frolic of His Own
1993  E. Annie Proulx The Shipping News
1992  Cormac McCarthy All the Pretty Horses
1991  Norman Rush Mating
1990  Charles Johnson Middle Passage
1989  John Casey Spartina
1988  Pete Dexter Paris Trout
1987  Larry Heinemann Paco's Story
1986  E.L. Doctorow World's Fair
1985  Don Delillo White Noise
   Bob Shacochis Easy in the Islands: Stories * (First Novel)
1984  Ellen Gilchrist Victory Over Japan
   Harriet Doerr Stones for Ibarra * (First Novel)
1983  Alice Walker The Color Purple
   Gloria Naylor The Women of Brewster Place * (First Novel)
   Eudora Welty The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty ** (Paperback)
1982  John Updike Rabbit is Rich
   Robb Forman Dew Dale Loves Sophie to Death * (First Novel)
   William Maxwell So Long, See You Tomorrow ** (Paperback)
1981  Wright Morris Plains Song for Female Voices
   Ann Arensberg Sister Wolf * (First Novel)
   John Cheever The Stories of John Cheever ** (Paperback)
1980  William Styron Sophie's Choice
   William Wharton Birdy * (First Novel)
   John Irving The World According to Garp ** (Paperback)
1979  Tim O'Brien Going After Cacciato
1978  Mary Lee Settle Blood Tie
1977  Wallace Stegner The Spectator Bird
1976  William Gaddis J R
1975  Robert Stone Dog Soldiers *** (Tie)
   Thomas Williams The Hair of Harold Roux *** (Tie)
1974  Thomas Pynchon Gravity's Rainbow *** (Tie)
   Isaac Bashevis Singer A Crown of Feathers and Other Stories *** (Tie)
1973  John Barth Chimera *** (Tie)
   John Edward Williams Augustus *** (Tie)
1972  Flannery O'Connor The Complete Stories (award posthumously)
1971  Saul Bellow Mr. Sammler's Planet
1970  Joyce Carol Oates Them
1969  Jerzy Kosinski Steps
1968  Thornton Wilder The Eighth Day
1967  Bernard Malamud The Fixer
1966  Katherine Anne Porter The Collected Stories
1965  Saul Bellow Herzog
1964  John Updike The Centaur
1963  J.F. Powers Morte D'Urban
1962  Walker Percy The Moviegoer
1961  Conrad Richter The Waters of Kronos
1960  Philip Roth Goodbye, Columbus
1959  Bernard Malamud The Magic Barrel
1958  John Cheever The Wapshot Chronicle
1957  Wright Morris Field of Vision
1956  John O'Hara Ten North Frederick
1955  William Faulkner A Fable
1954  Saul Bellow The Adventures of Augie March
1953  Ralph Ellison Invisible Man
1952  James Jones From Here to Eternity
1951  William Faulkner The Collected Stories of William Faulkner
1950  Nelson Algren The Man With the Golden Arm

* From 1980-85, awards were also given for best first novel by an author
** From 1980-83, separate awards were given for fiction in paperback form
*** In 1973, 1974 and 1975 two books tied for the award each year

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