Mockingbird and More: The Literary Class of 1960

Shelf RenewalSo, Harper Lee’s having kind of a big week, right? But she only wrote two books. And, they’re probably not on the shelf right now. Why not remind readers of the other works with remarkable staying power that were published or produced that year ? What a time to promote the Wayback List!  (Mockingbird/Green Eggs and Ham mashup, anyone?)


The Ballad of Peckham Rye, by Muriel Spark

A Burnt-Out Case, by Graham Greene

Butcher’s Crossing, by John Edward Williams

A Canticle for Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller

The Caretaker, by Harold Pinter

Casanova’s Chinese Restaurant, by Anthony Powell

Clea (The Alexandria Quartet), by Lawrence Durrell

The Colossus and Other Poems, by Sylvia PlathMockingbird cover (1)

The Country Girls, by Edna O’Brien

Critique of Dialectical Reason, by Jean-Paul Sartre

The Death of Bessie Smith, by Edward Albee

Dr. Futurity, by Philip K. Dick

For Your Eyes Only, by Ian Fleming

Green Eggs and Ham, by Dr. Seuss

The High Crusade, by Poul Anderson

The I Hate to Cook Book, by Peg Bracken

In High Places, by Arthur Hailey

Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O’Dell

Kiss Kiss, by Roald Dahl

Light in my Darkness, by Helen Keller

Night, by Elie Wiesel

Period of Adjustment, by Tennessee Williams

Rabbit, Run, by John Updike

Rhinocéros, by Eugène Ionesco

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, by William L. Shirer

Set This House on Fire, by William Styron

The Sot-Weed Factor, by John Barth

Too Many Clients, by Rex Stout

The Violent Bear It Away, by Flannery O’Connor

Waiting in the Wings, by Noël Coward

Welcome to Hard Times, by E.L. Doctorow



About the Author:

Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

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