1982 National Book Awards

Updated September 9, 2022 | Infoplease Staff
HardcoverMornings on Horseback, David McCullough
PaperbackWalter Lippmann and the American Century, Ronald Steel
Children's Books, Fiction
HardcoverWestmark, Lloyd Alexander
PaperbackWords by Heart, Ouida Sebestyen
Children's Books, Nonfiction
HardcoverA Penguin Year, Susan Bonners
Children's Books, Picture Books
HardcoverOutside Over There, Maurice Sendak
PaperbackNoah's Ark, Peter Spier
HardcoverRabbit Is Rich, John Updike
PaperbackSo Long, See You Tomorrow, William Maxwell
First NovelDale Loves Sophie to Death, Robb Forman Dew
General Nonfiction
HardcoverThe Soul of a New Machine, Tracy Kidder
PaperbackNaming Names, Victor S. Navasky
HardcoverPeople of the Sacred Mountain: A History of the Northern Cheyenne Chiefs and Warrior Societies, 1830–1879, Father Peter John Powell
PaperbackThe Generation of 1914, Robert Wohl
PoetryLife Supports: New and Collected Poems, William Bronk
HardcoverLucy: The Beginnings of Humankind, Donald C. Johanson and Maitland A. Edey
PaperbackTaking the Quantum Leap: The New Physics for Nonscientists, Fred Alan Wolf
TranslationHiguchi Ichiyo's In the Shade of Spring Leaves, Robert Lyons Danly
The Ten Thousand Leaves: A Translation of the Man'Yoshu, Japan's Premier Anthology of Classical Poetry, Ian Hideo Levy

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