The National Book Critics Circle, a group of 300 critics and editors in the United States, announced nominations Monday for ts prestigious sixth annual awards.
Fiction: "Look Lake," by E. L. Doctorow; "Morgan's Passing." by Anne Tyler; "The Transit of Venus," by Shirley Hazzard; "The Second Coming," by Walker Percy; and "So Long, See You Tomorrow," by William Maxwell. General nonfiction: "Alice James: A Biography," by Jean Strouse; "Christianity, Social Tolerance and Homesexuality," by John Boswell; "Walt Whitman: A Life," by Justin Kaplan; and "Walter Lipp mann and the American Century," by Ronald Steel. Poetry: "BEing Here: Poetry 1977-1980," by Robert Penn Warren; "The Morning of the Poem," by James Schuyler; "A Part of Speech, by Joseph Brodsky; "Scripts for the Pageant," by James Merrill; and "Sunrise," by Frederick Seidel. Criticism: "Abroad: British Literary Travelling Between the Wars," by Paul Fussell; "Henry ADams," by R. P. Blackmur: "Lectures on Literature," by Vladimir Nabokov; and "Nature and Culture: American Landscape and Painting 1825-1875," by Barbara Novak.