Annal: 1981 National Book Award for Biography

Results of the National Book Award in the year 1981.

Book:Samuel Beckett

Samuel Beckett: A Biography

Deirdre Bair

Samuel Beckett has become the standard work on the enigmatic, controversial, and Nobel Prize-winning creator of such contributions to 20th-century theater as Waiting for Godot and Endgame.

Book:Walt Whitman: A Life

Walt Whitman: A Life

Justin Kaplan

Whitman’s genius, passions, poetry, and androgynous sensibility entwined to create an exuberant life amid the turbulent American mid-nineteenth century. In vivid detail, Kaplan examines the mysterious selves of the enigmatic man who celebrated the freedom and dignity of the individual and sang the praises of democracy and the brotherhood of man.

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