Who has won the most major book awards?
January 18, 2014 1:14 PM   Subscribe

Who has the highest combined total of Pulitzers/National Book Awards/National Book Critics Circle Awards? Caro?
posted by jtothes to Media & Arts (3 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Robert Caro has two Pulitzers, one National Book Award, and two National Book Critics Circle Awards (total of 5 awards), but he's not #1 since John Updike has two Pulitzers, two National Book Awards, and three National Book Critics Circle Awards (total of 7 awards).

I think that's the most although I didn't research this completely because I got tired. If someone wants to search for someone with more than Updike, I used the lists from Wikipedia: Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Awards.
posted by bcwinters at 1:42 PM on January 18, 2014

Marilynne Robinson is low, but I believe has a 2:3 ratio of awards:eligible books.
posted by Going To Maine at 4:12 PM on January 18, 2014

philip roth has done a decent job at getting awards

Two of Roth's works have won the National Book Award for Fiction; four others were finalists. Two have won National Book Critics Circle awards; again, another five were finalists. He has also won three PEN/Faulkner Awards (Operation Shylock, The Human Stain, and Everyman) and a Pulitzer Prize for his 1997 novel, American Pastoral.[20] In 2001, The Human Stain was awarded the United Kingdom's WH Smith Literary Award for the best book of the year. In 2002, he was awarded the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters[29] Literary critic Harold Bloom has named him as one of the four major American novelists still at work, along with Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo, and Cormac McCarthy.[30] His 2004 novel The Plot Against America won the Sidewise Award for Alternate History in 2005 as well as the Society of American Historians’ James Fenimore Cooper Prize. Roth was also awarded the United Kingdom's WH Smith Literary Award for the best book of the year, an award Roth has received twice.[31] He was honored in his hometown in October 2005 when then-mayor Sharpe James presided over the unveiling of a street sign in Roth's name on the corner of Summit and Keer Avenues where Roth lived for much of his childhood, a setting prominent in The Plot Against America. A plaque on the house where the Roths lived was also unveiled. In May 2006, he was given the PEN/Nabokov Award, and in 2007 he was awarded the PEN/Faulkner award for Everyman, making him the award's only three-time winner. In April 2007, he was chosen as the recipient of the first PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction.[32]
posted by Postroad at 7:59 PM on January 18, 2014

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