Golden anniversary: books published in 1964

Golden anniversary: books published in 1964

For some of you, prepare to feel old. 😉

Can you believe that 1964 was fifty years ago? Well, yes, I’m sure some of you can. 🙂

I thought I’d take a quick look at some books published in 1964. While 1964 is a particularly great year for TV, as I mentioned in

Ends in 4: geeky anniversaries in 2014

in my The Measured Circle blog, there are also books that should bring back fond memories.

Oh, and in case you are curious, under current copyright laws, books first published in the USA in 1964, which followed all the rules (proper copyright notice, renewals when possible), will fall into the public domain in the United States on January 1, 2060…so in 46 years, you should be able to read them for free. 😉

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (at AmazonSmile: support a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)
by Ian Fleming
4.6 out of 5 stars, 149 customer reviews
$5.38 at time of writing

While Ian Fleming was still writing about James Bond (You Only Live Twice was also published this year), this kids’ book about a flying car was a hit…and would have been, even without the big screen adaptation.

The Deep Blue Good-by: A Travis McGee Novel (at AmazonSmile)
by John D. McDonald
4.4 stars, 135 reviews
$9.99 at time of writing

This one launched the Travis McGee series, although the story goes that the publisher wanted three novels ready to go before publishing the first one…so three were published in 1964.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (at AmazonSmile)
by Roald Dahl
4.6 stars, 679 reviews
$5.42 at time of writing

What a year it was to be a kid…and a reader!

Arrow of God (at AmazonSmile)
by Chinua Achebe
4.3 stars, 23 reviews
$9.99 at time of writing

It’s the second book of the “African Trilogy”, following After Things Fell Apart.

Games People Play (at AmazonSmile)
by Eric Berne
3.9 stars, 41 reviews
$5.38 at time of writing

Oh, yes, this had a big impact when it was released! It’s pop psychology.

The Giving Tree (at AmazonSmile)
by Shel Silverstein
4.3 stars, 1,100 reviews
$10.67 at time of writing (note: this is a pre-order, with the Kindle version to be published February 18)

I still think of Shel Silverstein first as a sort of counter culture musician, but people have loved this book for five decades. Note: this is one of the cases where I believe to text-to-speech access wasn’t blocked, but is unavailable because the text is part of the images.

Herzog (at AmazonSmile)
by Saul Bellow
3.7 stars, 95 reviews
$7.99 at time of writing

A great example of a mid 1960s novel…complex, cynical, and comedic.

The Book of Three (The Chronicles of Prydain) (at AmazonSmile)
by Lloyd Alexander
4.6 stars, 329 reviews
$4.73 at time of writing

The first of the Prydain novels…

Little Big Man (at AmazonSmile)
by Thomas Berger
4.6 stars, 64 reviews
$9.99 at time of writing

In a sense, deconstructing the Western, it became a movie starring Dustin Hoffman and Faye Dunaway.

Last Exit to Brooklyn (at AmazonSmile)
by Hubert Selby
4.1 stars, 96 reviews
$9.99 at time of writing

Harsh? Absolutely. There was, of course, a definite dark side to the 1960s, and popular culture didn’t shy away from it. This book was involved in an obscenity trial in the UK.

There you are…ten books which have stood the test of time, half a century on.

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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

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4 Responses to “Golden anniversary: books published in 1964”

  1. Brian Says:

    Heads up!

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  2. Zebras Says:

    1964 definitely makes Zebras feel old. But as i said to my husband it was a special year. Have to think hard about 50th bday present.

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