20th Century Classics by the Decade: 1950s
I’ve included a variety of genres, from fantasy to humor and realistic fiction, in this list of 1950s children’s chapter books. P.S. I also have a list of 1950s picture books for picture-gouging kids.
Childrens’ books: 1950s
L.M. Boston’s The Children of Green Knowe is one of the best-selling children’s books of all time, and Edward Eager’s Half Magic series is a must-read for everyone. James Thurber’s The Wonderful O is a classic for both adults and children. Pippi Longstocking’s Polly easily outwits a not-so-shrewd wolf. Lina and her friends in Holland wonder why there are no longer any storks in their village.
What type of books were popular in the 1950s?
The 1950s were shaped by a number of books.
- Doris Lessing’s The Grass is Singing (1950)
- J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye (1951)
- Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and The Sea (1951)
- Patricia Highsmith’s The Price of Salt, later published as Carol (1952)
- Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man (1952)
- Mary Norton’s The Borrowers (1952)
What were some of the major themes in the literature of the 1950s?
The overconsumption, loss of individuality, and pressure to conform that characterized the 1950s gave rise to major themes such as rebellion, alienation from others, and the superficiality of modern American society.
Who were some famous 1950s authors and their books?
From 1950 to 2000, the following books shaped America.
- J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye (1951)
- Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man (1952)
- E. B.
- Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 (1953)
- Allen Ginsberg, Howl (1956)
- Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged (1957)
What literary period is the 1950s?
From the overtly counter-cultural works of the 1950s “Beat Generation” to John Updike’s reflective explorations of faith, personal turmoil, and sensuality, the postwar period saw the rise of a whole spectrum of innovative and subversive themes in literature.
Who was the most popular author of the 1950’s?
The year is 1950.
- Henry Morton Robinson’s The Cardinal.
- Frances Parkinson Keyes’ Joy Street.
- Ernest Hemingway’s Across the River and into the Trees.
- John Hersey’s The Wall.
- Kathleen Winsor’s Star Money.
- Daphne du Maurier’s The Parasites.
- Frank Yerby’s Floodtide.
- Gwen Bristow’s Jubilee Trail.
What type of clothing was popular during the 1950s?
Blouses, jeans, and long, narrow skirts were also popular, and the dirndl dress, which was sleeveless or with small puff sleeves and a billowy skirt, became a popular style in the 1950s.
What was the theme of the 1950s?
Many Americans believed the American Dream consisted of owning a home, working a good job, and having a loving family (Material Comfort).
What is the 1950’s known for?
The post-World War II boom, the beginning of the Cold War, and the Civil Rights movement in the United States marked the 1950s, with the nascent civil rights movement and the crusade against communism at home and abroad exposing the country’s underlying divisions.
What came out in the 50s?
The first musical synthesizer was invented by RCA, the black box flight recorder was invented by David Warren, and the transistor radio was invented by Texas Instruments.
What were popular TV shows in the 1950’s and 1960’s?
The Best Classic TV Shows of the 1950s
- The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. View Show. 1952-1966 | ABC.
- Bonanza. View Show. 1959-1973 | NBC.
- Dragnet. View Show. 1952-1970 | NBC.
- Father Knows Best. View Show. 1965-1960 | CBS.
- Gunsmoke. View Show. 1955-1975 | CBS.
What were TVS like in the 1950s?
The 1950s have been dubbed the “Golden Age of Television” by many critics because television sets were expensive and thus the audience was largely affluent. Television programmers were well aware of this, and they knew that serious dramas on Broadway were attracting this demographic.
What were sports like in the 1950s?
In the 1950s, popular sports included badminton and soccer, as well as horse racing, which saw a threefold increase in spectators and prize pools.
Which period of literature came first?
The Old English Period, also known as the Anglo-Saxon Period (450-1066), is the first historical period of English literature.
What are the 7 literary periods?
American Literature Periods
- Colonial and Early National Period (17th century to 1830)
- Romantic Period (1830 to 1870)
- Realism and Naturalism (1870 to 1910)
- Modernist Period (1910 to 1945)
- Contemporary Period (1945 to present)
How did the American workforce change during the 1950s?
For the first time, blue-collar workers were guaranteed an eight-hour workday and a decent wage, and more African Americans and women entered the workforce than ever before.