The Quiet American by Graham Greene - A British spy during World War II Greene drew from that experience in all his novels. This thriller spy novel takes place from the time he spent in Saigon from 1951 through 1954 as a reporter for the London Times. Graham Greene
The View from Pompey's Head by Hamilton Basso - A contemporary novel of race and romance when New York attorney returns to his home town in South Carolina. Considered a "Southern" masterpiece, which along with Faulkner's Intruder in the Dust is the precursor to To Kill a Mockingbird. Hamilton Basso
The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit by Sloan Wilson -
Kingsley Amis - That Uncertain Feeling
1955 Tony Awards (theater)
Outstanding Play: The Desperate Hours by Joseph Hayes
Literary News 1955
New York Times Bestseller list 1954
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov - This classic narrative of a gentleman in love with a 12 year old girl was written in English and published in France in 1955. It was not until 1958 that this controversail novel came to America with great success. Lolita
Fiction: A Fable by William Faulkner
Nobel Prize in Literature – Halldór Kiljan Laxness
Non Fiction 1955
The Guinness Book of Records, 1st edition - On a 1951 hunting trip Sir Hugh Beaver director of the Guinness Breweries got into an argument about flying speed of grouse. Such arguments were often topics in British pubs. He hired student twins Norris and Ross McWhirter to compile facts on various things. It unexpectedly sold 70,000 copies in the first run before Christmas. Ever since new additions have been published ready for the Christmas season. Guiness World records.
Birdman of Alcatraz by Thomas E. Gaddis - The biography of murderer Robert Stroud who as a prisoner at Alcatraz prison in the 1930s and 40s became an expert in bird behavior and published the book Stroud's Digest of the Diseases of Birds. Birdman of Alcatraz.
A Night to Remember by Walter Lord - The sinking of the Titanic told by the author through interviews with 63 survivors of that tragic night in 1912 when 1517 passengers lost their lives. Night to remember.
Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin -
The Year That Was
A retro, nostalgic multimedia journey through the years
Fiftes - Ticky Tacky - 1950s
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