Sixties Pizzazz
The Sixties in Pictures, Videos, Sounds and Music

Harper Lee      John Updike      Kill a Mockingbird     Truman Capote      D H Lawrence     Lady Chatterley's Lover     Henry Miller     Albert Camus     Barry Goldwater     Rabbit, Run     Hawaii     James Michener     William Shirer     Dr. Seuss     Helen Keller     Jean-Paul Sartre      Anne Bancroft     Sidney Poitier     Shelly Berman     Miracle Worker     Patty Duke     Jonathan Winters     Lillian Hellman     Jason Robarts     Maureen Stapleton

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Fiction 1960


to kill a mockingbird 1960To Kill a Mockingbird


34 year old Alabama novelist Harper Lee won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel decrying racism. Ms. Lee took the subject of criminal justice for Black Americans from William Faulkner's Intruder in the Dust, mixed it with Mark Twain's use of seeing race from a child's point of view in Huckleberry Finn, and with the help of her cousin and best friend, Truman Capote, wrote one of the great books of the 20th Century. Harper Lee bio.


rabbit run 1960


Rabbit, Run


John Updike with his first book in the Rabbit series chronicling the small life of Harry Angstrom known by his nickname "Rabbit" which he gained as a high school basketball star. The series captures the tedium of middle class life in this acclaimed best seller. John Updike



james michener 1960Hawaii


James Michener finds his template for his long list of historical novels which follow. Spanning often thousands of years, he picks a few periods and connects them by family and region. His story telling and impeccable research finds more people learning history from his books than from any other source.  James Michener   


Green Eggs and Ham 1960

Green Eggs and Ham


Dr. Seuss whose real name is Theodor Seuss Geisel, wrote the 3rd Best Selling children's book of all time using only 50 words. Dr. Seuss

speaker 1960





Irving Wallace - The Chapman Report

Henry Farrell - What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

Ian Fleming - For Your Eyes Only
Chinua Achebe - No Longer at Ease
Kingsley Amis - Take a Girl Like You
Lynne Reid Banks - The L-Shaped Room
Hamilton Basso - The Light Infantry Ball
Morley Callaghan - The Many Colored Coat
Carlo Coccioli - The White Stone
Lawrence Durrell - CleaI
Alan Garner - The Weirdstone of Brisingamen
Nancy Mitford - Don't Tell Alfred
Edna O'Brien - The Country Girls
Flannery O'Connor - The Violent Bear It Away
Scott O'Dell - Island of the Blue Dolphins
Wilder Penfield - The Torch
Anthony Powell - Casanova's Chinese Restaurant
Nevil Shute - Trustee from the Toolroom
Keith Waterhouse - Billy Liar
Raymond Williams - Border Country


More on each new book of 1960 at Wikipedia


Comedy 1960


Shelly Berman 1960




Shelly Berman wins Grammy for best Comedy Album. Shelly Berman





jonathan winters 1960



Jonathan Winters' first album creates controversy as it covers some of his experiences in a mental institution. Jonathan Winters

Literary News 1960


Lady Chatterleys lover 1960

D H Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover (1928) was banned until 1960 when Penguin Books was acquitted of publishing an obscene book in both Britain and the US. It sold 2 million copies in that one year in just England alone. The governments of both England and America losing  this case put an end to the censorship of literature. D H Lawrence

Henry Miller, the grandfather of the beat generationcompletes his controversial The Rosy Crucifixion trilogy, Sexus, Plexus, and Nexus. Henry Miller

Albert Camus, French existentialist novelist and philosopher, who hated riding in automobiles, died at 46 in one when his nephew talked him into a road trip to Paris and hit a tree. A train ticket to Paris was found in Camus' pocket. Albert Camus Nobel Prize


Pulitzer Prize for fiction awarded to Advise and Consent by Allen Drury. Pulitzer Prize for 1960

Non Fiction 1960

barry goldwater 1960

Conscience of a Conservative


Barry Goldwater defines American Conservatism in this prequel to running for President in 1964 and losing by one of the greatest margins in American History. Barry Goldwater


Rise and Fall of the Third Reich 1960

Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

 William Shirer who became famous for broadcasting from Berlin at the outset of WWII made this 1000 page book his life's work. William Shirer

helen Keller 1972

Light in my Darkness

Helen Keller who was blind, deaf and dumb and wrote a book about her life. Helen Keller.

Resistance, Rebellion, Death by Albert Camus
Critique of Dialectical Reason by Jean-Paul Sartre


1960 Tony Awards (theater)


Play - A Raisin in the Sun
Actor - Melvyn Douglas, The Best Man
Actress - Anne Bancroft, The Miracle Worker
Supporting Actor - Roddy McDowall, The Fighting Cock Supporting Actress - Anne Revere, Toys in the Attic
Director - Arthur Penn, The Miracle Worker


A Raisin in the Sun 1960
A Raisin in the Sun

First play on Broadway written and directed by African Americans. Staring Sidney Poitier. A Raisin in the Sun


The Miracle Worker 1960

The Miracle Worker The story of Helen Keller portrayed by Patty Duke, with Anne Bancroft. The Miracle Worker

Toys in the Attic

Lillian Hellman's play of a frivolous man doted upon by his wife and sisters, comes into money, and to the sorrow of the women around him, grows up and moves on. Arthur Penn directs Jason Robarts, Maureen Stapleton and Anne Revere. Lillian Hellman

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