1979 National Book Awards

Biography and AutobiographyRobert Kennedy and His Times, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
Children's LiteratureThe Great Gilly Hopkins, Katherine Paterson
Contemporary ThoughtThe Snow Leopard, Peter Matthiessen
FictionGoing After Cacciato, Tim O'Brien
HistoryIntellectual Life in the Colonial South, 1585–1763, Richard Beale Davis
PoetryMirabell: Book of Numbers, James Merrill
TranslationCesar Vallejo's The Complete Posthumous Poetry, Clayton Eshleman and José Rubia Barcia