The Wall by John Hersey - The fictionalized story of Jewish resistance in the Warsaw Ghetto. though John Hershey is most remembered for his 1946 book Hiroshima. A mix of fact and fiction soon to be called "the New Journalism" which follows six families through the first atomic bomb blast. It is said to be the greatest piece of journalism of the 20th Century. John Hershey.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis - This is the first and most well known in the series The Chronicles of Narnia. A loose allegory of the fight against fascism in WWII. Though considered one of the greatest fantasy books of all time, it is often criticized as a too obvious for of Christian indoctrination of children. An issue his Christian friend and fellow fantasy writer J. R. Tolkein did a much better job of avoiding in his series The Lord of the Rings. C.S Lewis Biography.
I, Robot by Isaac Asimov - A series of short stories tied together by a narrator. Many of the stories were expanded into tv scripts and movies. We also forever learned the 3 Laws of Robotics:
Marguerite de Angeli - The Door in the Wall
New York Times Bestseller list 1950
Across the River and Into the Trees by Ernest Hemingway
The Parasites by Daphne du Maurier
Literary News 1950
Charlie Brown meets Snoopy
World War II veteran Charles Schulz after a few years of drawing Li'l Folks renames the comic strip "Peanuts" which goes on to become the longest running and most syndicated of all time. The Charles Schulz Museum
Pulitzer Prize Fiction: The Way West by A. B. Guthrie, Jr.
Nobel Prize in Literature: Earl (Bertrand Arthur William) Russell
Kon-Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl - In 1947 this Norwegian explorer sails a reed raft from South America to the Polynesian islands to prove his theory that Polynesia could have been peopled by South Americans rather than the prevailing belief they came from Southern Asia. The book with photos of the trip became a best seller. The Voyage of the Kon Tiki.
Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther by Roland Bainton - Still in print this million seller is still said to be the most easily readable biography of Martin Luther and his part in the 16th century Reformation. Rather short and nicely illustratived it has often been used as a text book. Review of Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther
The Story of Art by E. H. Gombrich
This was the first by playwright William Inge penned when he was a teacher at Washington University in St. Louis. The story of a woman aging through a loveless marriage with a bitter alcoholic husband. The missing dog "Sheba" is not found. Starring Sidney Blackmer and Shirly Booth who reprised her role in the 1952 movie with Burt Lancaster. Come Back Little Sheba
Outstanding Play: The Cocktail Party by T S Eliot
The Year That Was
A retro, nostalgic multimedia journey through the years
Fiftes - Ticky Tacky - 1950s
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