National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography/Autobiography

awarded since 1983 until 2004.

 

2003 selection

Khrushchev: The Man and His Era

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 2004, National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography/Autobiography 2003

by William Taubman

Shortlisted for the National Books Critics Circle Award: "The book is a gift, as fascinating as it is important."—Robert Legvold, Foreign Affairs The definitive biography of the mercurial Soviet leader who...


2002 selection

Charles Darwin: The Power of Place

National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography/Autobiography 2002

by Janet Browne

In 1858 Charles Darwin was forty-nine years old, a gentleman scientist living quietly at Down House in the Kent countryside, respected by fellow biologists and well liked among his wide and distinguished circle...


2000 selection

Hirohito And The Making Of Modern Japan

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 2001, National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography/Autobiography 2000

by Herbert P. Bix

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

In this groundbreaking biography of the Japanese emperor Hirohito, Herbert P. Bix offers the first complete, unvarnished look at the enigmatic leader whose sixty-three-year reign...


1998 selection

A Beautiful Mind

National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography/Autobiography 1998

by Sylvia Nasar

In this powerful and dramatic biography Sylvia Nasar vividly recreates the life of a mathematical genius whose career was cut short by schizophrenia and who, after three decades of devastating mental illness,...


1996 selection

Angela's Ashes

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 1997, Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography 1996, National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography/Autobiography 1996

by Frank McCourt

A Pulitzer Prize–winning, #1 New York Times bestseller, Angela’s Ashes is Frank McCourt’s masterful memoir of his childhood in Ireland.

“When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive...


1994 selection

Shot in the Heart

National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography/Autobiography 1994, Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography 1994

by Mikal Gilmore

Gary Gilmore, the infamous murderer immortalized by Norman Mailer in The Executioner's Song, campaigned for his own death and was executed by firing squad in 1977. Writer Mikal Gilmore is his younger brother....


1993 selection

Genet: A Biography

National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography/Autobiography 1993

by Edmund White

In this revelatory biography of Jean Genet, we have the first full-scale life of one of the great -- and controversial -- figures of twentieth-century literature. Edmund White shows us the writer in all his...


1990 selection

Means of Ascent: The Years of Lyndon Johnson II

The Years of Lyndon Johnson #2

National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography/Autobiography 1990

by Robert A. Caro

Robert A. Caro's life of Lyndon Johnson, which began with the greatly acclaimed The Path to Power, also winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, continues -- one of the richest, most intensive and most...


1989 selection

A First Class Temperament: The Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt, 1905-1928

National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography/Autobiography 1989

by Geoffrey C. Ward

In this classic of American biography, based upon thousands of original documents, many never previously published, the prize-winning historian Geoffrey C. Ward tells the dramatic story of Franklin Roosevelt’s...


1988 selection

Oscar Wilde

National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography/Autobiography 1988

by Richard Ellmann

The biography sensitive to the tragic pattern of the story of a great subject: Oscar Wilde - psychologically and sexually complicated, enormously quotable, central to a alluring cultural world and someone whose...


1983 selection

Minor Characters: A Beat Memoir

National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography/Autobiography 1983

by Joyce Johnson

Jack Kerouac. Allen Ginsberg. William S. Burroughs. LeRoi Jones. Theirs are the names primarily associated with the Beat Generation. But what about Joyce Johnson (nee Glassman), Edie Parker, Elise Cowen, Diane...