Two top books get a rematch

January 22, 1998

Don DeLillo, author of the epic-length novel "Underworld," will have a second chance to compete against "Cold Mountain" author Charles Frazier, who snatched the National Book Award out from under him.

Both are now nominated in the fiction category for the National Book Critics Circle Award, along with Philip Roth ("American Pastoral") and two non-U.S. writers, Andrei Makine ("Dreams of My Russian Summers") and Penelope Fitzgerald ("The Blue Flower").

The general nonfiction nominees were Jon Krakauer's "Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster," James L. Kugel's "The Bible As It Was," Anne Fadiman's "The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down," Steven Pinker's "How the Mind Works" and Pauline Maier's "American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence."

Poetry: Brenda Hillman, Mark Jarman, Charles Wright, Frank Bidart and Sonia Sanchez.

Biography and autobiography: Doris Lessing's "Walking in the Shade: Volume Two of My Autobiography," J.M. Coetzee's "Boyhood: Scenes From Pastoral Life," Hermione Lee's "Virginia Woolf," James Tobin's "Ernie Pyle's War: American Eyewitness to World War II" and Joseph Ellis for "American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson."

Pub Date: 1/22/98

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