#TBT: 1951-1952

Popular Books Published Between 1951 and 1952


Foundation / Isaac Asimov

A band of psychologists, under the leadership of psychohistorian Hari Seldon, plant a colony to encourage art, science, and technology in the declining Galactic Empire and to preserve the accumulated knowledge of humankind. (FIC ASIMOV)


Prince Caspian / C.S. Lewis

Four children help Prince Caspian and his army of Talking Beasts to free Narnia from evil. Includes map. (J FIC / J PBK LEWIS)


The Catcher in the Rye / J.D. Salinger

After leaving prep school Holden Caulfield spends three days on his own in New York City. (FIC / TEEN FIC SALINGER)



Invisible Man / Ralph Ellison

An African-American man’s search for success and the American dream leads him out of college to Harlem and a growing sense of personal rejection and social invisibility. (FIC ELLISON)


The Old Man and the Sea / Ernest Hemingway

Santiago is a Cuban fisherman who encounters a giant marlin in the Gulf Stream and the battle for his catch becomes one of survival against a band of marauding sharks. (FIC HEMINGWAY)


The Borrowers / Mary Norton

Miniataure people who lived in an old country house by borrowing things from the humans are forced to emigrate from their home under the clock. (J FIC / J PBK NORTON)


The Power of Positive Thinking / Norman Vincent Peale

Peale’s work describes how to achieve a permanent and optimistic attitude through unending positive conscious thought, usually through affirmations or visualizations. Peale writes that such techniques will give the reader a higher satisfaction and quality of life. (248.4 PEA)


East of Eden / John Steinbeck

California’s fertile Salinas Valley is home to two families whose destinies and fruitfully, and fatally, intertwined. Over generations, between the beginning of the twentieth century and the end of the First World War, the Trasks and the Hamiltons will helplessly replay the fall of Adam and Eve and the murderous rivalry of Cain and Abel. (FIC STEINBECK)

Player Piano / Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut’s first novel spins the chilling tale of engineer Paul Proteus, who must find a way to live in a world dominated by a supercomputer and run completely by machines. Paul’s rebellion is vintage Vonnegut: wildly funny, deadly serious, and terrifyingly close to reality. (FIC VONNEGUT)


Charlotte’s Web / E.B. White

The story of Wilbur, the pig, smallest of the litter, who is raised by the farmer’s daughter, and who finds a friend in Charlotte, the spider. (J FIC / J PBK WHITE)


Did you know? Les Paul started selling his classic electric guitar in 1952.

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