The Sixties, refers to the “cultural decade” to describe the evolution of the counterculture and revolution in social norms about clothing, music, drugs, dress, sexuality, formalities, and schooling. There were wars, football games, new discoveries, significant events in music and man went to moon.
With all this happening there were many writers who were writing books, in solitude. Without caring much of what was happening in the world, they were creating a world of their own, and for us readers.
A list of books from “The Sixties”, many of the titles are still well read today.
To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee, 1960
To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and is one of the well read books today.
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, 1961
Catch 22 has been so adopted by popular culture that it has become its own phrase in common literature. A phrase meaning a no-win scenario, either because of contradictions or difficulties within a situation.
One who flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey, 1962
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is metaphor. is about non-conformity. But it is also about the horrors of the mental health system circa the late ‘50s & early ‘60s.
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, 1963
Sylvia Plath’s shocking, realistic, and intensely emotional novel about a woman falling into the grip of insanity.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, 1964
The title itself is reminder of the sweet childhood memory. This book is about a starving boy who wins a tour of the world’s most fantastic chocolate factory from the world’s most eccentric chocolatier.
Dune by Frank Hebert, 1965
The story explores the complex, multi-layered interactions of politics, religion, ecology, technology & human emotion. Dune is frequently cited as the world’s best-selling sf novel.
Wide Saragasso Sea by Jean Rhys, 1966
In Wide Sargasso Sea, Rhys brilliantly and imaginatively constructs the girlhood and marriage of Antoinette Bertha Cosway, the mysterious madwoman in Jane Eyre.
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 1967
One of the 20th century’s enduring works, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a widely beloved and acclaimed novel known throughout the world, and the ultimate achievement of a Nobel Prize winning career.
Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut, 1968
Slaughterhouse-Five is one of the world’s great anti-war books.
The Godfather by Mario Puzzo, 1969
A searing novel of the Mafia underworld, The Godfather introduced readers to the first family of American crime fiction, the Corleones. With its themes of the seduction of power, the pitfalls of greed, and family allegiance, it resonated with millions of readers across the world and became the definitive novel of the virile, violent subculture that remains steeped in intrigue, in controversy, and in our collective consciousness.
What are your favorite book(s) from the Sixties?