Book Awards » National Book Critics Circle Award - Criticism

Categories: General Nonfiction, Literary Fiction, Memoir / Autobiography, Biography, Criticism, Poetry, Autobiography / Biography
The National Book Critics Circle, founded in 1974, is a nonprofit organization consisting of more than 600 active book reviewers from all over the country who are interested in honoring quality writing and communicating with one another about common concerns. Each year in March, they present awards to the best books published in English in six categories: Fiction, General Nonfiction, Biography, Autobiography, Poetry, and Criticism. *In 2005 the category Autobiography/Biography was separated into Memoir/Autobiography and Biography.

2014

The Essential Ellen Willis
The Essential Ellen Willis
Author: Ellen Willis
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2013

Distant Reading
Distant Reading
Author: Franco Moretti
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2012

Stranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights
Stranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights
Author: Marina Warner
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2011

Otherwise Known as the Human Condition: Selected Essays and Reviews
Otherwise Known as the Human Condition: Selected Essays and Reviews
Author: Geoff Dyer
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2010

Lyric Poetry and Modern Politics: Russia, Poland, and the West
Lyric Poetry and Modern Politics: Russia, Poland, and the West
Author: Clare Cavanagh
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2009

Notes from No Man's Land: American Essays
Notes from No Man's Land: American Essays
Author: Eula Biss, Eula Biss
  • Currently 4.8/5 Stars.
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2008

Children's Literature: A Reader's History from Aesop to Harry Potter
Children's Literature: A Reader's History from Aesop to Harry Potter
Author: Seth Lerer
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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2007

The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century
The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century
Author: Alex Ross
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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2006

Everything That Rises: A Book of Convergences
Everything That Rises: A Book of Convergences
Author: Lawrence Weschler
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2005

The Undiscovered Country: Poetry in the Age of Tin
The Undiscovered Country: Poetry in the Age of Tin
Author: William Logan
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2004

Where You're At
Where You're At
Author: Patrick Neate
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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2003

River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West
River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West
Author: Rebecca Solnit, Rebecca Solnit
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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2002

Tests of Time : Essays
Tests of Time : Essays
Author: William H. Gass
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2001

The War Against Cliche : Essays and Reviews 1971-2000 (Vintage)
The War Against Cliche : Essays and Reviews 1971-2000 (Vintage)
Author: Martin Amis
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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2000

Quarrel  Quandary : Essays
Quarrel Quandary : Essays
Author: Cynthia Ozick, Cynthia Ozick
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1999

Borges: Selected Non-Fictions : volume 3
Borges: Selected Non-Fictions : volume 3
Author: Jorge Luis Borges
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1998

Visions of Jazz: The First Century
Visions of Jazz: The First Century
Author: Gary Giddins
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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1997

Making Waves : Essays
Making Waves : Essays
Author: Mario Vargas Llosa
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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1996

Finding a Form: Essays
Finding a Form: Essays
Author: William H. Gass
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1995

The Forbidden Best-Sellers of Pre-Revolutionary France
The Forbidden Best-Sellers of Pre-Revolutionary France
Author: Robert Darnton
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1994

The Culture of Bruising: Essays on Prizefighting, Literature, and Modern American Culture
The Culture of Bruising: Essays on Prizefighting, Literature, and Modern American Culture
Author: Gerald Early
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1993

Opera in America : A Cultural History
Opera in America : A Cultural History
Author: John Dizikes
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1992

Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That  Remade America
Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America
Author: Garry Wills
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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1991

Holocaust Testimonies : The Ruins of Memory
Holocaust Testimonies : The Ruins of Memory
Author: Lawrence L. Langer
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1990

Encounters  Reflections: Art in the Historical Present
Encounters Reflections: Art in the Historical Present
Author: Arthur C. Danto
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1989

Not by Fact Alone: Essays on the Writing and Reading of History
Not by Fact Alone: Essays on the Writing and Reading of History
Author: John Clive
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1988

Works and Lives: The Anthropologist As Author
Works and Lives: The Anthropologist As Author
Author: Clifford Geertz
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1987

Dance Writings and Poetry
Dance Writings and Poetry
Author: Edwin Denby
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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1986

Less Than One : Selected Essays
Less Than One : Selected Essays
Author: Joseph Brodsky
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 1


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1985

Habitations of the Word: Essays (Cornell Paperbacks)
Habitations of the Word: Essays (Cornell Paperbacks)
Author: William H. Gass
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1984

Twentieth Century Pleasures: Prose on Poetry
Twentieth Century Pleasures: Prose on Poetry
Author: Robert Hass
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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1983

Hugging the Shore: Essays and Criticism
Hugging the Shore: Essays and Criticism
Author: John Updike
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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1982

The Selected Essays of Gore Vidal
The Selected Essays of Gore Vidal
Author: Gore Vidal
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 1


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1981

Virgil Thomson Reader
Virgil Thomson Reader
Author: Virgil Thomson
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 1


1980

Part of Nature, Part of Us
Part of Nature, Part of Us
Author: Helen Vendler
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1979

The Gnostic Gospels
The Gnostic Gospels
Author: Elaine Pagels
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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1978

Modern Art: Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
Modern Art: Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
Author: Meyer Schapiro
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1977

On Photography
On Photography
Author: Susan Sontag
  • Currently 2.3/5 Stars.
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1976

The Uses of Enchantment : The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales
The Uses of Enchantment : The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales
Author: Bruno Bettelheim
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.
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1975

The Great War and Modern Memory
The Great War and Modern Memory
Author: Paul Fussell
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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