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Fiction 1962


Ken Kesey 1962


One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest


Ken Kesey's first novel set in an Oregon asylum is a an attack on mindless authority.






James Clavell 1962


King Rat 


James Clavell's literary debut of a wheeler dealer in a WWII Japanese prison camp.









Something Wicked This Way Comes 1962



Something Wicked This Way Comes


Ray Bradbury's story of two adolescent boys caught up in a dark carnival that comes to town. Puts Bradbury on the map.





Isaac Asimov, editor - The Hugo Winners
J. G. Ballard - The Drowned World
William Barrett - Lilies of the Field
John Braine - Life at the Top
Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler - Fail-Safe
Anthony Burgess - A Clockwork Orange
William S. Burroughs - The Ticket That Exploded
Taylor Caldwell - A Prologue To Love
Len Deighton - The IPCRESS File
August Derleth - The Trail of Cthulhu
August Derleth, editor - Dark Mind, Dark Heart
Philip K. Dick - The Man in the High Castle
Allen Drury - A Shade of Difference
William Faulkner - The Reivers
Ian Fleming - The Spy Who Loved Me
Aldous Huxley - Island
James Jones - The Thin Red Line
John le Carré - A Murder of Quality
Madeleine L'Engle - A Wrinkle in Time
Anne Morrow Lindbergh - Dearly Beloved
H.P. Lovecraft - Dreams and Fancies
Alistair MacLean - The Satan Bug
Eloise McGraw - The Golden Goblet
Vladimir Nabokov - Pale Fire
Flannery O'Connor - Wise Blood
Anthony Powell - The Kindly Ones
Katherine Anne Porter - Ship of Fools
Mary Renault - The Bull from the Sea
Isaac Bashevis Singer - The Slave
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn - One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
Mary Stewart - The Moon-Spinners
Kurt Vonnegut - Mother Night
Irving Wallace - The Prize
Elie Wiesel - Day
David Wilkerson - The Cross and the Switchblade
Herman Wouk - Youngblood Hawke


More on each new book of 1962 at Wikipedia





Non Fiction 1962


Silent SpringSilent Spring 1962


Rachel Carson's book began the environmental movement. It explained the impact of chemicals and pesticides on the environment, specifically her Everglades study on how DDT thinned the shells of bird and reptile eggs killing the embryos.




Milton Friedman 1962Capitalism and Freedom


Milton Friedman's conservative counterpunch to the liberal Keynesian economics of the time. Freidman advocated the move of public education to private school vouchers, no licensing of doctors or hospitals, the elimination of all tariffs with the general theme that money represents what is good in the world while government represents what is bad.



Helen Gurley Brown 1962

Sex and the Single Girl


Helen Gurley Brown set the stage for the feminism to come by encouraging women to pursue a single life, a career, financial independence and accepting how they look.



1962 Tony Awards (theater)


A Man For All Seasons 1962

Paul Scofield


Outstanding Play - A Man For All Seasons by Robert Bolt

Actor Dramatic - Paul Scofield, A Man for All Seasons

Actress Dramatic  - Margaret Leighton, Night of the Iguanas

Actor Dramatic Supporting - Walter Matthau, A Shot in the Dark

Actress Dramatic Supporting - Elizabeth Ashley, Take Her, She's Mine

Outstanding Dramatic Director - Noel Willman, A Man for All Seasons


Comedy 1962


Elaine May & Mike Nichols 1962



Grammy Awards for Comedy  1962
Elaine May & Mike Nichols for An Evening with Mike Nichols and Elaine May





Vaughn Meader  1962

Vaughn Meader who could mimic JFK became a hit with the album The First Family. His fame was short lived as JFK's assassination the next year ended his career.

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The idea behind this project is to present the Sixties in an interesting manner with as much audio and visual content as we could manage without slowing things down too much.


Unlike most Sixties websites that are a hodgepodge of decade wide information, we approached this project year by year. WIth each year of the Sixties including categories in history, television, movies, music, sports, books, comedy, technology and toys.

Beyond the nostalgia and retro feel for those who lived through the time, it is also designed to attract the younger crowd.


We have enjoyed some success in that endeavor as this webiste has become quite popular with teachers who use Sixties Pizzazz to get their Middle and High school students interested in our historic and cultural past by assigning projects and papers to this and our other PIZZAZZ websites.


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