Fiction #1s of the 1960s
I’m finding CNN’s 1960s series interesting…although I’m betting they don’t do one on books of the 1960s. 😉
So, I thought I’d do a post on that.
Now, covering all the important books of the 1960s would be too wordy…even for me. 😉
After all, that was the start of the New Wave of science fiction. It was the blossoming of Marvel Comics. It was To Kill a Mockingbird, Slaughterhouse-Five, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Portnoy’s Complaint, Catch 22, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, The Bell Jar, and The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, just to name a few.
In order to put a focus on it, I decided to look at the New York Times #1 fiction bestsellers for the 1960s…which I could do at the
I was also interested in how many of them are available in the USA Kindle store, so I’ll note that as well.
- Hawaii (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) by James Michener
- The Last of the Just (at AmazonSmile) by Andre Schwarz-Bart
- The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone (not available)
- Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger (not available)
- Ship of Fools by Katherine Anne Porter (not available)
- A Shade of Difference (Advise and Consent) (at AmazonSmile) by Allen Drury
- Seven Days in May by Fletcher Knebel (not available)
- Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters by J.D. Salinger (not available)
- The Glass-Blowers (at AmazonSmile by Daphne du Maurier
- The Shoes of the Fisherman (at AmazonSmile) by Morris West
- The Group (at AmazonSmile) by Mary McCarthy
- The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (at AmazonSmile) by John Le Carre
- The Rector of Justin (at AmazonSmile) by Louis Auchincloss
- Herzog (at AmazonSmile) by Saul Bellow
- Valley of the Dolls (at AmazonSmile) by Jacqueline Susann
- The Secret of Santa Vittoria (at AmazonSmile) by Robert Crichton
- The Arrangement (at AmazonSmile) by Elia Kazan
- The Eighth Day (at AmazonSmile) by Thornton Wilder
- The Chosen by Chaim Potok (not available)
- The Confessions of Nat Turner (at AmazonSmile) by William Styron
- Airport (at AmazonSmile) by Arthur Hailey
- Couples (at AmazonSmile) by John Updike
- The Salzburg Connection (at AmazonSmile) by Helen MacInnes
- Portnoy’s Complaint (at AmazonSmile) by Philip Roth
- The Love Machine (at AmazonSmile) by Jacqueline Susann
- The Godfather (at AmazonSmile) by Mario Puzo
There you go!
Well, I’m quite pleased to say that none of the available books had text-to-speech access blocked!
I’m also pleased with how many of the books are available. The prices, by the way, probably run around eight to eleven dollars…more than they were in paperback back then…hm, I’m guessing that’s not terribly out of line with a hardback then, although it may be higher than they were.
I would also say I’ve at heard of most of them, and read some. 🙂
How about you? Any other 1960s favorites you care to share with me and my readers? How many of these have you read? Feel free to comment on this post to answer.
* 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! By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” if I check a link on the original Amazon site. I do buy from AmazonSmile, but I have a lot of stored links I use to check for things.
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