It’s my 50th post and to commemorate that I’m highlighting 50 books written in 1964. In 1964 revolution was occurring around the world, people were wondering about the bounds of our technology, some of the best scifi writers were looking to the future while greats like C.S. Lewis and J.R.R Tolkien were taking us to the past; all this happened without the benefit of the internet.
1-2. The same year Ian Fleming published the twelfth of his James Bond novels You Only Live Twice, he also published Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Ian Fleming a book about a magical car.
3-4. Celebrities books:
My Autobiography Charlie Chaplin
Gods and Myths of Northern Europe H.R. Ellis Davidson
Shakespeare’s Politics Allan Bloom
Temples, Tombs, & Hieroglyphics Barbara Mertz
The World of the Shining Prince Ivan Morris
9. Looking at the current state in 1964 involves the civil rights movement that happened in America during that time. Why We Can’t Wait by Martin Luther King Jr. brought to light how 1963 was a linchpin year for the civil rights movement.
The Technological Society Jacques Ellul
Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man Marshall McLuhan
The Ambidextrous Universe Martin Gardner
The Machine in the Garden Leo Marx
Nerve Dick Francis
The Italian Girl Iris Murdoch
Herzog Saul Bellow
If Morning Ever Comes Anne Tyler
20-24. Familiar childhood favorites Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl, Harriet the Spy Louise Fitzhugh, and The Giving Tree Shel Siverstein all started in 1964, along with long running series Flat Stanley from Jeff Brown and a book (Thank You Amelia Bedelia) from the Amelia Bedelia series by Peggy Parish.
25-28. A Trip Around the World
Arrow of God Chinua Achebe
Dutchman & The Slave Amiri Baraka
The Collected Works Khalil Gibran
29-30. After the Fame
Yes after his death one someone compiled some of Raymond Chandler’s pre Big Sleep short stories into the collection titled Killer in the Rain. At the same time after a few popular books called The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy J.R.R. Tolkien published Tree and Leaf.
31. A Movable Feast Ernest Hemmingway
If the reader prefers, this book may be regarded as fiction. But there is always the chance that such a book of fiction may throw some light on what has been written as fact.
32-35. Scifi at its Finest
The Wind’s Twelve Quarters Ursula K. Le Guin
The Penultimate Truth Philip K. Dick
Fables for Robots Stanislaw Lem
36-43. Heavy Hitting Thinkers
Man and His Symbols C.G. Jung
The Raw and the Cooked Claude Levi-Strauss
The Words Jean-Paul Sartre
She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist.
What is Called Thinking Martin Heidegger
Elements of Semiology Roland Barthes
A creative writer is one for whom writing is a problem.
Games People Play Eric Berne
What Evolution Is Ernst Mayr
Think on These Things Jiddu Krishnamurti
44-47. Art and Poetry
Life with Picasso Francoise Gilot
Poems C.S. Lewis
The Cantos Ezra Pound
48-50. Read the Book Then See the Movie
The Face of Another Kobo Abe
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Other Pieces James Thurber
Is Paris Burning Larry Collins