Chronological List

Year Book Author
1948 Tales of the South Pacific James Michener
1949 Guard of Honor James Cozzens
1950 The Way West A.B. Guthrie, Jr.
1951 The Town Conrad Richter
1952 The Caine Mutiny Herman Wouk
1953 The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway
1954 No award given
1955 A Fable William Faulkner
1956 Andersonville MacKinlay Kantor
1957 No award given
1958 A Death in the Family James Agee
1959 The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters Robert Lewis Taylor
1960 Advise and Consent Allen Drury
1961 To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
1962 The Edge of Sadness Edwin O’Connor
1963 The Reivers William Faulkner
1964 No award given
1965 The Keepers of the House Shirley Ann Grau
1966 The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter Katherine Anne Porter
1967 The Fixer Bernard Malamud
1968 The Confessions of Nat Turner William Styron
1969 House Made of Dawn Scott Momaday
1970 The Collected Stories of Jean Stafford Jean Stafford
1971 No award given
1972 Angle of Repose Wallace Stegner
1973 The Optimist’s Daughter Eudora Welty
1974 No award given
1975 The Killer Angels Michael Shaara
1976 Humboldt’s Gift Saul Bellow
1977 No award given
1978 Elbow Room James Alan McPherson
1979 The Stories of John Cheever John Cheever
1980 The Executioner’s Song Norman Mailer
1981 A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole
1982 Rabbit Is Rich John Updike
1983 The Color Purple Alice Walker
1984 Ironweed William Kennedy
1985 Foreign Affairs Alison Lurie
1986 Lonesome Dove Larry McMurty
1987 A Summons to Memphis Peter Taylor
1988 Beloved Toni Morrison
1989 Breathing Lessons Anne Tyler
1990 The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love Oscar Hijuelos
1991 Rabbit At Rest John Updike
1992 A Thousand Acres Jane Smiley
1993 A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain Robert Olen Butler
1994 The Shipping News Annie Proulx
1995 The Stone Diaries Carol Shields
1996 Independence Day Richard Ford
1997 Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer Steven Milhauser
1998 American Pastoral Philip Roth
1999 The Hours Michael Cunningham
2000 Interpreter of Maladies Jhumpa Lahiri
2001 The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Michael Chabon
2002 Empire Falls Richard Russo
2003 Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides
2004 The Known World Edward P. Jones
2005 Gilead Marilynne Robinson
2006 March Geraldine Brooks
2007 The Road Cormac McCarthy
2008 The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Diaz
2009 Olive Kitteridge Elizabeth Strout
2010 The Tinkers Paul Harding
2011 A Visit from the Goon Squad Jennifer Egan
2012 No award given
2013 The Orphan Master’s Son Adam Johnson
2014 The Goldfinch Donna Tartt
2015 All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr
2016 The Sympathizer Viet Thanh Nguyen

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