Augustus (novel)

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First edition
Author John Williams
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Viking Press
Publication date
Media type Print
Pages 305
ISBN 0-670-14112-7
OCLC 513805
LC Class PZ3.W6744 Au PS3545.I5286

Augustus is an epistolary novel by John Williams published by Viking Press in 1972. It tells the story of Augustus, emperor of Rome, from his youth through old age.[1]

Williams and Augustus shared the 1973 U.S. National Book Award for Fiction with John Barth and Chimera, the first time the award was split.[2][3][a]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The National Book Foundation essay on Williams and Augustus includes Harold Augenbraum's discussion of the split award. The New York Times story title refers to the fact that awards in two categories were split, but this was also the first split of the Fiction award, as Augenbraum notes. The Awards occasionally honored two books by one author, which did not split the cash or duplicate the trophy.


  1. ^ "Augustus; A portrait shaded toward the Stoic by John Williams", John Leo, The New York Times, April 8, 1973.
  2. ^ "National Book Awards – 1973". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-03-30.
    (With essay by Harold Augenbraum from the Awards 60-year anniversary blog. Also with acceptance speech by John Barth and another essay by Augenbraum.)
  3. ^ "2 Book Awards Split for First Time", Eric Pace, The New York Times, April 11, 1973.
Preceded by
The Complete Stories
Flannery O'Connor
National Book Award for Fiction
John Barth
Succeeded by
Gravity's Rainbow
Thomas Pynchon
Succeeded by
A Crown of Feathers and Other Stories
Isaac Bashevis Singer