“How Architecture Works: A Humanist’s Toolkit,” by Witold Rybczynski.
“This Land that I Love: Irving Berlin, Woody Guthrie, and the Story of Two American Anthems,” by John Shaw.
“Inside the Dream Palace: The Life and Times of New York’s Legendary Chelsea Hotel,” by Sherill Tippins.
“Fosse,” by Sam Wasson.
Teachout’s biography of Duke Ellington was also longlisted for the National Book Awards in nonfiction.
This year’s judges are Grace Cavalieri, Candace Katz and Wayne Karlin.
The Marfield Prize recognizes excellence in arts writing for a general audience. Books published during 2013 in the United States were eligible for consideration.
The winner will be announced at the Arts Club of Washington on April 26.