Best Books of 1980

The New York Times Book Review

Here are the New York Times Book Review’s top books of 1980:

Fiction Selection:

TitleAuthor
Falling in PlaceAnn Beattie
Italian FolktalesItalo Calvino
Loon LakeE.L. Doctorow
Man in the HoloceneMax Frisch
The Collected Stories of Eudora WeltyEudora Welty

Nonfiction Selections:

TitleAuthor
Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality: Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Fourteenth CenturyJohn Boswell
Walt Whitman: A LifeJustin Kaplan
China MenMaxine Hong Kingston
The Cost of Good Intentions: New York City and the Liberal ExperimentCharles R. Morris
Nature and Culture: American Landscape and Painting, 1825-1875Barbara Novak
Conrad in the Nineteenth CenturyIan Watt

Pulitzer Prize Winning Books of 1980

Here are the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction books of 1980:

TitleAuthor
Winner: The Executioner’s SongNorman Miller
Finalist: BirdyWilliam Wharton
Finalist: The Ghost WriterPhilip Roth

Here are the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction books of 1980:

TitleAuthor
Winner: Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden BraidDouglas R. Hofstadter
Finalist: The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary ImaginationSandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar
Finalist: The Medusa and the Snail: More Notes of a Biology WatcherLewis Thomas