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Fiction 1951


catcher in the ryeThe Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger - The often banned and still controversial novel tells the story of 16 year old Houlden Caufield who spends a few days playing around Central Park New York before he crawls home to tell his parents he flunked out of private school. Holden has little concern for amassing money, he respects women, loves children and sees his surrounding culture as phony. For this the novel ends with Holden writing from a mental institution. J.D Salinger recently passed away so after years of his refusal to give movie rights, it may soon come to film. Jerome David Salinger



the caine mutinyThe Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk - Won the Pulitzer Prize for this story of a WWII naval officer whose use of discipline crosses the line into psychosis. Wouk's naval experience during the war let to many more best selling novels. Captain Queeg and his three marbles were immortalized in the movie version starring Humphrey Bogart.
Herman Wouk


from here to eternityFrom Here to Eternity by James Jones -
Ranking 62 at Modern Library's list of the 100 Best Novels this WWII novel is based upon James Jones war experiences. Long on characterization it depicts the personal trials of an NCO having an affair with a officers wife and an enlisted man's troubles refusing to box for the unit. It went on to become a top movie starring Burt Lancaster and Montgomery Cliff. From Here to Eternity.

issac Asimov 1951Foundation by Isaac Asimov - The first book in Isaac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy which was later expanded to what is now called the Foundation Series. The story of mathematician Hari Seldon, psychohistory, the Mule, and the creation of two encyclopedias containing all human knowledge residing on opposite sides of the Galactic Empire. Asimov's finest work and one of the true classics in Science Fiction. Issac Asimov, Foundation.


The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury

Nikos Kazantzakis - The Last Temptation of Christ

Robert A. Heinlein - The Puppet Masters

James A. Michener - Return to Paradise

Howard Fast - Spartacus

Graham Greene - The End of the Affair

Sholem Asch - Moses
Isaac Asimov - The Stars Like Dust
Gill Hunt - Galactic Storm
Taylor Caldwell - The Balance Wheel
Morley Callaghan - The Loved and the Lost
Truman Capote - The Grass Harp
John Dickson Carr - The Devil in Velvet
Agatha Christie - The Under Dog and Other Stories
Arthur C. Clarke - Prelude to Space
Robertson Davies - Tempest-Tost
August Derleth - The Memoirs of Solar Pons
Owen Dodson - Boy at the Window
Daphne du Maurier - My Cousin Rachel
Per Anders Fogelström - Sommaren med Monika
John Hawkes - The Beetle Leg
James Jones - From Here to Eternity
Louis L'Amour - The Rustlers of the West Fork
C. S. Lewis - Prince Caspian
John Masters - Nightrunners of Bengal
François Mauriac - Le Sagouin
Nancy Mitford - The Blessing
Nicholas Monsarrat - The Cruel Sea
Alberto Moravia - The Conformist (Il conformista)
Anthony Powell - A Question of Upbringing
Ooka Shohei - Fires on the Plain
Vern Schneider - The Teahouse of the August Moon
Cardinal Spellman - The Foundling
John Steinbeck - The Log from the Sea of Cortez
William Styron - Lie Down in Darkness
Elizabeth Taylor - A Game of Hide and Seek
Phoebe Atwood Taylor - Diplomatic Corpse
Josephine Tey - The Daughter of Time
Anne de Tourville - Jabadao
John Wyndham - The Day of the Triffids
Mika Waltari - The Wanderer
Frank Yerby - A Woman Called Fancy
Marguerite Yourcenar - Mémoires d'Hadrien





Literary News 1951


jet magazine 1951

JET magazine is founded by John H. Johnson as an Negro weekly. It was most famous for chronicling the Civil Rights movement. It covered not only politics but African American culture and show business. It was printed in Black and White until 1999. Jet Magazine


Pulitzer for Fiction: The Town by Conrad Richter


Nobel Prize for Literature – Pär Lagerkvist

New York Times Bestseller list 1951


Joy Street by Francis Parkinson Keyes

From Here to Eternity by James Jones

The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk


Non Fiction 1951


rachel carson 1951The Sea Around Us by Rachel Carson - A highly researched and often poetic journey through oceanography, marine biology and the ecosystem of the world's oceans. Serialized by the New York Times and winner of the National Book Award it launched Carson's career. Rachel Carson.

unknown indian 1951
The Autobiography of an Unknown Indian by Nirad C. Chaudhuri -
Written when this controversial Indian author was 50, it relates his intellectual development growing up in Calcutta and his affair with the British. Nirad C. Chaudhuri

The book covers the Russian born writer from his live in an aristorcratic family in St. Petersberg in 1903 and through the Revolution until his emigration to America in 1940. He went on to become controversial most remembered for his novel, Lolita. Vladimir Dmitrievich Nabokov 1951
Speak, Memory By Vladimir Nabokov -
The book covers the Russian born writer from his live in an aristocratic family in St. Petersburg in 1903 and through the Revolution until his emigration to America in 1940. He went on to become controversial most remembered for his novel, Lolita. Vladimir Dmitrievich Nabokov

Thomas B. Costain - The Magnificent Century



1951 Tony Awards (theater)

tennesse williams 1951
Tennessee Williams

Outstanding Play: The Rose Tattoo by Tennessee Williams
Distinguished Performance | Dramatic Play | Male Star: Claude Rains, Darkness at Noon
Distinguished Performance | Dramatic Play | Female Star: Uta Hagen, The Country Girl
Distinguished Featured Performance | Dramatic Play | Male: Eli Wallach, The Rose Tattoo
Distinguished Featured Performance | Dramatic Play | Female: Maureen Stapleton, The Rose Tattoo


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