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Critics Circle Winners Announced

January 10, 1989

NEW YORK (AP) _ Books about Oscar Wilde and the civil rights struggle were among the winners of the 1988 National Book Critics Circle Awards announced Monday.

″The Middleman,″ by Bharati Mukherjee, published by Grove Press, won in the fiction category.

The non-fiction award went to Taylor Branch for his study of the times of Martin Luther King Jr., ″Parting the Waters: America in the King Years,″ published by Simon & Schuster.

″Oscar Wilde,″ by Richard Ellmann, published by Alfred Knopf, won the biography award.

″The One Day,″ by Donald Hall and published by Tickner & Fields captured the poetry honors.

In criticism, the winner was ″Works and Lives: The Anthropologist as Author,″ by Clifford Geertz, published by the Stanford University Press.

The National Book Critics Circle Citation for Excellence in Reviewing went to William Logan, a free-lance critic and poet who teaches at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

The citations will be presented Jan. 26 at New York University, according to Harriet Blacker, a spokeswoman for the critics’ group.

The critics circle is a group of 485 book critics and book review editors for newspapers around the country, as well as a few magazines, some free- lancers and one radio book reviewer.

The winners were chosen from a list of nominees compiled by the general membership and voting was done by the 24-member board of directors.

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