Here are the books in the National Book Award category. Click on a thumbnail to see first edition points (and photos).

Pub
Year

Title

Author

Publisher

The Man with the Golden Arm

1949


 

The Man with the Golden Arm
FIRST EDITION is stated at the bottom of the copyright page. Boards are  (more...)

Last: Algren
First: Nelson

National Book Award

Doubleday
Original Price: $3.00
Pages: 343

Collected Stories of William Faulkner

1950


 

Collected Stories of William Faulkner
FIRST PRINTING is stated on the copyright page. The title page has blue  (more...)

Last: Faulkner
First: William

National Book Award

Random House
Original Price: $4.75
Pages: 900

From Here to Eternity

1951


 

From Here to Eternity
The first edition was a limited edition with an extra page for the signature.  (more...)

Last: Jones
First: James

National Book Award

Charles Scribner's Sons
Original Price: $4.50
Pages: 861

Invisible Man

1952


 

Invisible Man
FIRST PRINTING is stated on the copyright page. binding is beige and black  (more...)

Last: Ellison
First: Ralph

National Book Award

Random House
Original Price: $3.50
Pages: 439

The Adventures of Augie March

1953


 

The Adventures of Augie March
"Published by The Viking Press in September 1953" is stated on the copyright  (more...)

Last: Bellow
First: Saul

National Book Award

Viking Press
Original Price: $4.50
Pages: 536

A Fable

1954


 

A Fable
The true first edition was a numbered and signed limited edition of 1,000  (more...)

Last: Faulkner
First: William

Pulitzer Prize

National Book Award

Random House
Original Price: $4.75
Pages: 437

Ten North Frederick

1955


 

Ten North Frederick
FIRST PRINTING is stated on the copyright page. (more...)

Last: O'Hara
First: John

National Book Award

Random House
Original Price: $3.95
Pages: 408

The Field of Vision

1956


 

The Field of Vision
"first edition" is stated on the copyright page. Boards are dark gray cloth  (more...)

Last: Morris
First: Wright

National Book Award

Harcourt, Brace and Company
Original Price: $3.50
Pages: 251

The Wapshot Chronicle

1957


 

The Wapshot Chronicle
The true first edition carries FIRST EDITION and B-G (February 1957) on  (more...)

Last: Cheever
First: John

National Book Award

Harper & Brothers
Original Price: $3.50
Pages: 307

The Magic Barrel

1958


 

The Magic Barrel
Co-published with The (JPS) Jewish Publication Society of America. Both  (more...)

Last: Malamud
First: Bernard

National Book Award

Farrar, Straus and Cudahy
Original Price: $3.75
Pages: 214

Goodbye, Columbus

1959


 

Goodbye, Columbus
First Printing is stated on the copyright page and 1959 stated on the title  (more...)

Last: Roth
First: Philip

National Book Award

Houghton Mifflin Company
Original Price: $3.75
Pages: 298

The Waters of Kronos

1960


 

The Waters of Kronos
FIRST EDITION is stated on the copyright page. (more...)

Last: Richter
First: Conrad

National Book Award

Alfred A. Knopf
Original Price: $3.50
Pages: 176

The Moviegoer

1961


 

The Moviegoer
FIRST EDITION is stated on the copyright page. Boards are slate blue with  (more...)

Last: Percy
First: Walker

National Book Award

Alfred A. Knopf
Original Price: $3.95
Pages: 242

Morte D'Urban

1962


 

Morte D'Urban
"First Edition" is stated on the bottom of the copyright page and 1962 is  (more...)

Last: Powers
First: J.F.

National Book Award

Doubleday
Original Price: $4.50
Pages: 336

The Centaur

1963


 

The Centaur
FIRST EDITION is stated on the copyright page with no mention of subsequent  (more...)

Last: Updike
First: John

National Book Award

Alfred A. Knopf
Original Price: $4.00
Pages: 303

Herzog

1964


 

Herzog
"First published in 1964 by The Viking Press, Inc." is stated on the  (more...)

Last: Bellow
First: Saul

National Book Award

Viking
Original Price: $5.75
Pages: 341

The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter (U.S.)

1965


 

The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter (U.S.)
There is some debate over whether the true first edition was the American or  (more...)

Last: Porter
First: Katherine Anne

Pulitzer Prize

National Book Award

Harcourt, Brace & World
Original Price: $5.95
Pages: 495

The Fixer

1966


 

The Fixer
"First printing, 1966" is stated on the copyright page. The page edges on  (more...)

Last: Malamud
First: Bernard

Pulitzer Prize

National Book Award

Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux
Original Price: $5.75
Pages: 335

The Eighth Day

1967


 

The Eighth Day
"First Edition" is stated on the copyright page. Boards are light blue cloth  (more...)

Last: Wilder
First: Thornton

National Book Award

Harper and Row
Original Price: $6.95
Pages: 435

Steps

1968


 

Steps
FIRST PRINTING is stated on the copyright page. Boards are beige with maroon  (more...)

Last: Kosinski
First: Jerzy

National Book Award

Random House
Original Price: $4.95
Pages: 148

Them

1969


 

Them
First Edition or First Printing is NOT stated on the copyright page, but  (more...)

Last: Oates
First: Joyce Carol

National Book Award

Vanguard Press
Original Price: $6.95
Pages: 508

Mr. Sammler's Planet

1970


 

Mr. Sammler's Planet
First published in 1970 by The Viking Press, Inc. is stated on the copyright  (more...)

Last: Bellow
First: Saul

National Book Award

Viking
Original Price: $6.95
Pages: 313

The Complete Stories

1971


 

The Complete Stories
"First printing, 1971" is stated on the copyright page with no references to  (more...)

Last: O'Connor
First: Flannery

National Book Award

Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Original Price: $10.00
Pages: 555

Chimera

1972


 

Chimera
The true first edition was a special signed edition limited to 300 copies  (more...)

Last: Barth
First: John

National Book Award

Random House
Original Price: $6.95
Pages: 308

Augustus

1972


 

Augustus
"First published in 1972 by The Viking Press, Inc." is stated on the  (more...)

Last: Williams
First: John

National Book Award

Viking
Original Price: $7.95
Pages: 305

Gravity's Rainbow

1973


 

Gravity's Rainbow
Copyright page states "First published in 1973 in a hardbound and paperbound  (more...)

Last: Pynchon
First: Thomas

National Book Award

Viking
Original Price: $15.00
Pages: 760

A Crown of Feathers

1973


 

A Crown of Feathers
"First printing, 1973" is stated on the copyright page with no other  (more...)

Last: Singer
First: Isaac Bashevis

National Book Award

Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Original Price: $8.95
Pages: 342

Dog Soldiers

1974


 

Dog Soldiers
FIRST PRINTING is stated on the copyright page. Dust jacket carries a price  (more...)

Last: Stone
First: Robert

National Book Award

Houghton Mifflin Company
Original Price: $8.95
Pages: 342

The Hair of Harold Roux

1974


 

The Hair of Harold Roux
FIRST EDITION is stated both on the top of the copyright page, and on the  (more...)

Last: Williams
First: Thomas

National Book Award

Random House
Original Price: $7.95
Pages: 373

J R

1975


 

J R
FIRST EDITION is stated on the copyright page with no references to  (more...)

Last: Gaddis
First: William

National Book Award

Alfred A. Knopf
Original Price: $15.00
Pages: 726

The Spectator Bird

1976


 

The Spectator Bird
The first edition was published by The Franklin Library as a limited first  (more...)

Last: Stegner
First: Wallace

National Book Award

Franklin Library
Pages: 267

Blood Tie

1977


 

Blood Tie
Copyright page has full number line "S 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1". Back of dust  (more...)

Last: Settle
First: Mary Lee

National Book Award

Houghton Mifflin
Original Price: $10.95
Pages: 386

The Stories of John Cheever

1978


 

The Stories of John Cheever
"First Edition" is stated on copyright page. (more...)

Last: Cheever
First: John

Pulitzer Prize

National Book Award

Alfred A. Knopf
Original Price: $15.00
Pages: 693

The World According to Garp

1978


 

The World According to Garp
FIRST EDITION is stated below the number line 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 on the  (more...)

Last: Irving
First: John

National Book Award

Dutton
Original Price: $10.95
Pages: 437

Sophie's Choice

1979


 

Sophie's Choice
There are two limited editions vying for true first status. The true first  (more...)

Last: Styron
First: William

National Book Award

Franklin Library
Pages: 624

Plains Song

1980


 

Plains Song
FIRST EDITION is stated on the copyright page along with full number line 80  (more...)

Last: Morris
First: Wright

National Book Award

Harper and Row
Original Price: $9.95
Pages: 229

Rabbit is Rich

1981


 

Rabbit is Rich
FIRST EDITION is stated on the copyright page. 1981 is listed on the title  (more...)

Last: Updike
First: John

Pulitzer Prize

National Book Award

Alfred A. Knopf
Original Price: $13.95
Pages: 467

The Color Purple

1982


 

The Color Purple
First edition states "First Edition" and the letter code "BCDE" on copyright  (more...)

Last: Walker
First: Alice

Pulitzer Prize

National Book Award

Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
Original Price: $11.95
Pages: 245

Victory Over Japan

1984


 

Victory Over Japan
FIRST EDITION is stated on copyright page with no references to subsequent  (more...)

Last: Gilchrist
First: Ellen

National Book Award

Little, Brown and Company
Original Price: $15.95
Pages: 277

White Noise

1985


 

White Noise
"First published in 1985 by Viking Penguin Inc." is stated on the copyright  (more...)

Last: DeLillo
First: Don

National Book Award

Viking Penguin
Original Price: $16.95
Pages: 326

World's Fair

1985


 

World's Fair
First Edition is stated on the copyright page below Random House number line  (more...)

Last: Doctorow
First: E.L.

National Book Award

Random House
Original Price: $17.95
Pages: 288

Paco's Story

1986


 

Paco's Story
"First edition, 1986" is stated on the copyright page. Boards are orange  (more...)

Last: Heinemann
First: Larry

National Book Award

Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Original Price: $15.95
Pages: 210

Paris Trout

1988


 

Paris Trout
First Edition is stated on the copyright page under the Random House number  (more...)

Last: Dexter
First: Pete

National Book Award

Random House
Original Price: $17.95
Pages: 306

Spartina

1989


 

Spartina
First Edition is stated on the copyright page. Quarter bound with teal paper  (more...)

Last: Casey
First: John

National Book Award

Alfred A. Knopf
Original Price: $18.95
Pages: 375

Middle Passage

1990


 

Middle Passage
Copyright page has full number line "10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1". Back of dust  (more...)

Last: Johnson
First: Charles

National Book Award

Atheneum
Original Price: $17.95
Pages: 209

Mating

1991


 

Mating
FIRST EDITION is stated on the copyright page with no references to  (more...)

Last: Rush
First: Norman

National Book Award

Alfred A. Knopf
Original Price: $23.00
Pages: 477

All the Pretty Horses

1992


 

All the Pretty Horses
First Edition is stated on the copyright page. The dust jacket carries a  (more...)

Last: McCarthy
First: Cormac

National Book Award

Alfred A. Knopf
Original Price: $21.00
Pages: 302

The Shipping News

1993


 

The Shipping News
Copyright page has number line "10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1". (more...)

Last: Proulx
First: Annie

Pulitzer Prize

National Book Award

Charles Scribner's Sons
Original Price: $20.00
Pages: 337

A Frolic of His Own

1994


 

A Frolic of His Own
The copyright page has full number line "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2". (more...)

Last: Gaddis
First: William

National Book Award

Poseidon Press
Original Price: $25.00
Pages: 586

Sabbath's Theatre

1995


 

Sabbath's Theatre
Copyright page has number line "MP 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1". Dust jacket has  (more...)

Last: Roth
First: Philip

National Book Award

Houghton Mifflin Company
Original Price: $24.95
Pages: 451

Ship Fever and Other Stories

1996


 

Ship Fever and Other Stories
FIRST EDITION is stated on the copyright page near the top, and full number  (more...)

Last: Barrett
First: Andrea

National Book Award

Norton & Company, Inc.
Original Price: $21.00
Pages: 254

Cold Mountain

1997


 

Cold Mountain
"FIRST EDITION" is stated on the center of the copyright page with full  (more...)

Last: Frazier
First: Charles

National Book Award

Atlantic Monthly Press
Original Price: $24
Pages: 356

Charming Billy

1998


 

Charming Billy
First edition, 1998 is stated on the copyright page. (more...)

Last: McDermott
First: Alice

National Book Award

Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Original Price: $22.00

Waiting

1999


 

Waiting
First Edition is stated on the copyright page above number line "2 4 6 8 9 7  (more...)

Last: Jin
First: Ha

National Book Award

Pantheon
Original Price: $24.00
Pages: 308

In America

2000


 

In America
The first edition was a limited signed edition published by the Franklin  (more...)

Last: Sontag
First: Susan

National Book Award

Franklin Library
Pages: 387

The Corrections

2001


 

The Corrections
First Edition, 2001 is stated on the copyright page. Erratum slip to reverse  (more...)

Last: Franzen
First: Jonathan

National Book Award

Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Original Price: $26.00
Pages: 568

Three Junes

2002


 

Three Junes
First Edition is stated above 2 4 6 8 9 7 5 3 1 number line on the copyright  (more...)

Last: Glass
First: Julia

National Book Award

Pantheon
Original Price: $25.00
Pages: 353

The Great Fire

2003


 

The Great Fire
First edition, 2003 is stated near the top of the copyright page, and number  (more...)

Last: Hazzard
First: Shirley

National Book Award

Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Original Price: $24.00
Pages: 278

The News from Paraguay

2004


 

The News from Paraguay
FIRST EDITION is stated on the copyright page with line numbers "04 05 06 07  (more...)

Last: Tuck
First: Lily

National Book Award

Harper Collins
Original Price: $23.95
Pages: 248

Europe Central

2005


 

Europe Central
"First published in 2005 by Viking Penguin," and full number line "10 9 8 7 6  (more...)

Last: Vollmann
First: William

National Book Award

Viking
Original Price: $39.95
Pages: 811

The Echo Maker

2006


 

The Echo Maker
First edition, 2006 is stated in the middle of the copyright page. Full  (more...)

Last: Powers
First: Richard

National Book Award

Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Original Price: $25.00
Pages: 451

Tree of Smoke

2007


 

Tree of Smoke
"First edition, 2007" is stated at the top of the copyright page, and full  (more...)

Last: Johnson
First: Denis

National Book Award

Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Original Price: $27.00
Pages: 614

Shadow Country

2008


 

Shadow Country
Copyright page has full number line "2 4 6 8 9 7 5 3 1". Binding is gray  (more...)

Last: Matthiessen
First: Peter

National Book Award

Modern Library
Original Price: $40.00
Pages: 892

Let the Great World Spin

2009


 

Let the Great World Spin
FIRST EDITION is stated on the copyright page below full number line "9 8 7 6  (more...)

Last: McCann
First: Colum

National Book Award

Random House
Original Price: $25.00
Pages: 349

Lord of Misrule

2010


 

Lord of Misrule
Copyright page has number line "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2" with "2010 2011 2012".  (more...)

Last: Gordon
First: Jaimy

National Book Award

McPherson & Company
Original Price: $25.00
Pages: 294

Salvage the Bones

2011


 

Salvage the Bones
First U.S. edition 2011 is stated above full number line 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2  (more...)

Last: Ward
First: Jesmyn

National Book Award

Bloomsbury
Original Price: $24.00
Pages: 259

The Round House

2012


 

The Round House
FIRST EDITION is stated on copyright page with full number line on bottom -  (more...)

Last: Erdrich
First: Louise

National Book Award

Harper Collins
Original Price: $27.99
Pages: 321

The Good Lord Bird

2013


 

The Good Lord Bird
Full number line 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2 should be found on the copyright page,  (more...)

Last: McBride
First: James

National Book Award

Riverhead Books
Original Price: $27.95
Pages: 417

Redeployment

2014


 

Redeployment
"First published by The Penguin Press" is stated near the top of the  (more...)

Last: Klay
First: Phil

National Book Award

Penguin Press
Original Price: $26.95
Pages: 291


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