Ernest Hemingway      The Old Man and the Sea      Mad Magazine      William Gaines      East of Eden      John Steinbeck      Ralph Ellison      Invisible Man      Charlotte's Web      E. B. White      Norman Vincent Peale      The Power of Positive Thinking      The Devils of Loudun      Aldous Huxley      Jose Ferrer

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Fiction 1952


Ernest Hemingway 1952The 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 if eden 1952


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 1952Invisible 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

charlottes web 1952


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
Isaac Asimov - Foundation and Empire
Pearl S. Buck - The Hidden Flower
Italo Calvino - La Formica Argentina
John Carr - The Nine Wrong Answers
Behind the Crimson Blind by Carter Dickson
Agatha Christie - Mrs McGinty's Dead
Agatha Christie - They Do It with Mirrors
A Daughter's a Daughter
Brian Cleeve - The Far Hills
Thomas B. Costain - The Silver Chalice
A. J. Cronin - Adventures in Two Worlds
August Derleth - Three Problems for Solar Pons
David F. Dodge - To Catch a Thief
Paul Gallico - The Small Miracle
Han Suyin - A Many-splendoured Thing
Robert A. Heinlein - The Rolling Stones
Patricia Highsmith - The Price of Salt
Frances Parkinson Keyes - Steamboat Gothic
David H. Keller - Tales from Underwood
Arthur Koestler - Arrow in the Blue
Doris Lessing - Martha Quest
C. S. Lewis - The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Bernard Malamud - The Natural
Harry Mulisch - Archibald Strohalm
C. L. Moore - Judgment Night
R. K. Narayan - The Financial Expert
Vin Packer - Spring Fire
Anthony Powell - A Buyer's Market
Barbara Pym - Excellent Women
Ellery Queen - The King is Dead
Charles Shaw - Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison
Howard Spring - The Houses in Between
Rex Stout - Triple Jeopardy
Rex Stout - Prisoner's Base
Edith Templeton - The Island of Desire
Agnes Sligh Turnbull - The Gown of Glory
Amos Tutuola - The Palm-Wine Drinkard
Evelyn Waugh - Men at Arms
Hillary Waugh - Last Seen Wearing ...
Angus Wilson - Hemlock and After
Frank Yerby - The Saracen Blade



1952 Tony Awards (theater)


jose ferrer 1952
Actor director Jose Ferrer


Outstanding Play: The Fourposter by Jan de Hartog
Distinguished Dramatic Actor:
Jose Ferrer, The Shrike
Distinguished Dramatic Actress:
Julie Harris, I Am a Camera
Distinguished Supporting or Featured Dramatic Actor:
John Cromwell, Point of No Return
Distinguished Supporting or Featured Dramatic Actress:
Marian Winters, I Am a Camera
Outstanding Director: J
ose Ferrer, The Shrike, The Fourposter & Stalag 17


Comedy 1952

mad magazine 1952


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:

Fiction: The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk
Drama: The Shrike by Joseph Kramm


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


norman vincent peale 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.

devils of loudun 1952The 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

Dorothy Day – The Long Loneliness

Gwen Raverat – Period Piece

P.R. Reid – The Colditz Story

Immanuel Velikovsky – Ages in Chaos

J. M. Wallace-Hadrill – The Barbarian West, 400–1000

Raymond Williams – Drama from Ibsen to Eliot



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