Established in 1959, this American literary prize annually recognizes distinguished writers of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and young people's literature. The 4 winners, one in each category, receive a cash prize of $10,000 and a bronze sculpture. This prestigious award has been given the likes of Walker Percy, Colum McCann, Lillian Hellman, Bernard Malamud, John Updike and others.
The 1950 National Book Award Poetry judges— meet to decide the Winner of the first National Book Award for Poetry. // Louis Untermeyer, Louise Bogan, Babette Deutsch, W.H. Auden, Horace Gregory, and moderator William Cole
Isaac Bashevis Singer was a leading figure in the Yiddish literary movement and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978. He won two U.S. National Book Awards, one in Children's Literature for his memoir "A Day Of Pleasure: Stories of a Boy Growing Up in Warsaw" and one in Fiction for his collection "A Crown of Feathers and Other Stories."