The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway - Written in Cuba it was the last major work produced by Hemingway. The story of of a luckless old fisherman who quietly wins a great battle with a great Marlin in the Gulf Stream, returning with only the satisfaction of the memory. Hemingway won the 1953 Nobel Prize in Literature mainly for this small simple novel. Old Man in the Sea.
East of Eden by John Steinbeck - The author calls this big novel of a troubled family in turn of the 20th Century Salinas, California his Magnum Opus saying it "everything in it I have been able to learn". The title embodies the Biblical theme of good and evil. East of Eden.
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison - This classic novel was the only published work in the author's lifetime. The nameless narrator is an invisible stereotype (a black man) who at first battles society but comes to accept his inconspicuous existence as an advantage. Or at least a less stressful mode of survival. Ralph Ellison
Charlotte's Web by E. B. White - This is the best selling children's novel of all time. The story of a spider named Charlotte's who saves her pig of a friend Wilber from the farmer's dinner table. Illustrations by Garth Williams. Charlotte's Web.
Isaac Asimov -
The Currents of Space
1952 Tony Awards (theater)
Outstanding Play: The Fourposter by Jan de Hartog
Mad Magazine debuts founded by Harvey Kurtzman and William Gaines in 1952. It was launched as a comic book and did not become the cultural king of parody and satire "magazine" with the familiar face of Alfred E Newman until 1955. Mad.
Literary News 1952
Pulitzer Prize 1952:
Nobel Prize for Literature – François Mauriac
New York Times Bestseller list 1951
My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier (Doubleday)
The Silver Chalice by Thomas Costain (Doubleday)
East of Eden by John Steinbeck (Viking)
Non Fiction 1952
The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale – Thinking A controversial undocumented work this New York preacher promoting anti-Catholism and Republican politics. The book touting religious faith as the key to self improvement became not only the layout for the Self Help genre and motivational speakers, but also the Bible of many pyramid sales teams like Tupperware for example. Norman Vincent Peale.
The Devils of Loudun by Aldous Huxley – Called a non-fiction novel, this book chronicles the demonic possession, religious fanaticism, sexual repression, and mass hysteria in 17th century France. I mostly follows the story of priest Urbain Grandier and a convent of nuns. Other than Brave New World (1932) his most respected work. The Devils Of Loudun.
Roland Bainton – The Reformation of the Sixteenth Century
The Year That Was
A retro, nostalgic multimedia journey through the years
Fiftes - Ticky Tacky - 1950s
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