Graham Greene      Hamilton Basso      Lolita      Vladimir Nabokov      William Faulkner      The Guinness Book of Records      Birdman of Alcatraz      Robert Stroud      The Desperate Hours      Walter Lord      A Night to Remember

1955 Fifties

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Fiction 1955


the quiet american 1955

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




View from Ponpey;s Head 1955The 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
Isaac Asimov - The End of Eternity
Leigh Brackett - The Long Tomorrow
Ray Bradbury - The October Country
John Dickson Carr - Captain Cut-Throat
Agatha Christie - Hickory Dickory Dock
Arthur C. Clarke - Earthlight
Thomas B. Costain - The Tontine
Gertrude Crampton - Scuffy the Tugboat
Patrick Dennis - Auntie Mame
J. P. Donleavy - The Ginger Man
Ian Fleming - Moonraker
Franquin - La corne de rhinocéros
William Gaddis - The Recognitions
William Golding - The Inheritors
Robert A. Heinlein - Tunnel in the Sky
Frank Herbert - The Dragon in the Sea
Georgette Heyer - Bath Tangle
Patricia Highsmith - The Talented Mr. Ripley
Aldous Huxley - The Genius and the Goddess
MacKinlay Kantor - Andersonville
C. S. Lewis - The Magician's Nephew
Alistair Maclean - HMS Ulysses
Gabriel García Márquez - The Shipwrecked Sailor
Brian Moore -The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne
Flannery O'Connor - Good Country People
Marco Denevi - Rosaura a las 10
John O'Hara - Ten North Frederick
Anthony Powell - The Acceptance World
Barbara Pym - Less than Angels
Robert Ruark - Something of Value
Juan Rulfo - Pedro Paramo
Françoise Sagan - Bonjour Tristesse
Isaac Bashevis Singer - Satan in Goray
Thomas Sterling - The Evil of the Day
Rex Stout - Before Midnight
Morton Thompson - Not As a Stranger
J. R. R. Tolkien - The Lord of the Rings : The Return of the King
Patrick White - The Tree of Man
Leonard Wibberley - The Mouse That Roared
Herman Wouk - Marjorie Morningstar
John Wyndham - The Chrysalids


1955 Tony Awards (theater)


desperate hours 1955


Outstanding Play: The Desperate Hours by Joseph Hayes
Outstanding Dramatic Actor: Alfred Lunt, Quadrille
Outstanding Dramatic Actress: Nancy Kelly, The Bad Seed
Outstanding Supporting or Featured Dramatic Actor: Francis L Sullivan, Witness for the Prosecution
Outstanding Supporting or Featured Dramatic Actress: Patricia Jessel, Witness for the Prosecution
Outstanding Director: Robert Montgomery, The Desperate Hours


Literary News 1955


New York Times Bestseller list 1954

The View from Pompey's Head by Hamilton Basso
Sincerely, Willis Wayde by John P. Marquand
Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan
Something of Value by Robert Ruark
Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis
Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk



lolita 1955



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






william faulkner 1955
William Faulkner



Fiction: A Fable by William Faulkner
Drama: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams

Nobel Prize in Literature – Halldór Kiljan Laxness


Non Fiction 1955


guiness book of records 1955The 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 1955



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.



Night to Remember 1955




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 -
Walter Lippmann - Essays in the Public Philosophy
Herbert Marcuse - Eros and Civilization
RAND - A Million Random Digits with 100,000 Normal Deviates
Meher Baba - God Speaks
Robert Graves - The Greek Myths



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