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With rave reviews including Graham Green, Kurt Vonnegut enters mainstream popularity with this parody on family, society and Ice Nine.
This controversial John le Carré mystery became the antithesis of Ian Flemming's James Bond series. Rather that a perfect spy working for a perfect system, le Carré equalizes the horror of East and West in the Cold War game. It is said to be the greatest spy novel ever written.
Following his success in 1960 with Hawaii, James A. Michener has another best seller chronicling the history of Afghanistan.
The first novel by English author John Fowles delving into love, sex and society through the story of a loser kidnapping and imprisoning a girl.
Pierre Boulle - Planet of the Apes
Charles M. Schulz - Happiness Is a Warm Puppy
Richard McKenna - The Sand Pebbles
Ian Fleming - On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Mary McCarthy - The Group
J. G. Ballard -The Four-Dimensional Nightmare
Walter Tevis - The Man Who Fell to Earth
Morris West - The Shoes of the Fisherman
Alistair MacLean - Ice Station Zebra
1963 Tony Awards (theater)
Play - Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Supporting or Featured Actress— Sandy Dennis, A Thousand Clowns
Literary News 1963
Aldous Huxley, most famous for his 1932 novel Brave New World and counterculture icon to such as The Beatles and The Doors. In 1955 he wrote of his LSD experiences in The Doors of Perception. On his death bed he asked his wife Laura Archera to inject him with LSD. She gave him two injections a few hours apart and he died pleasantly late in the afternoon of November 22nd. So this story never made it very far.
First United States printing of John Cleland's 1749 novel, Fanny Hill (Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure). The book is banned for obscenity, triggering a court case by its publisher.
Pulitzer prize for fiction awarded to William Faulkner for his book The Reivers
Pulitzer prize for non fiction awarded to Barbara W. Tuchman for her book The Guns of August
Non Fiction 1963
The Feminine Mystique
This book defined Betty Friedan as the founder of the feminist revolution. A harsh voice to the role of women as homemakers represented by June Cleaver. Friedan went on to co-found the U.S. National Organization for Women (NOW) in 1966 and the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws (NARAL) in 1969.
Letter from Birmingham Jail.
Martin Luther King, Jr wrote this letter from the city jail in Birmingham, Alabama as a response to the white Alabama clergy who said the battle against racial segregation should be fought in the courts not in the streets. The letter is the call to peaceful demonstrations to end Apartheid in the South. Quotable's:
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
"Justice too long delayed is justice denied."
Autobiography: Some Notes on a Nonentity
H.P. Lovecraft (1890- 1937)
Though not recognized in his own time, horror writer H.P. Lovecraft was rediscovered in the early 1960's. A reclusive New England bachelor, sexist and racist who wrote horror in the Victorian styling of Edgar Allan Poe. He is most remembered for his Cthulhu Mythos of powerful evil Gods beyond human comprehension. He greatly influenced such writers as Stephen King and Clive Baker and rock bands Blue Oyster Cult, Black Sabbath, and Metallica.
Thomas B. Costain - William the Conqueror.
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