#TBT: 1953 & 1954

Popular Books Published in 1953 & 1954


Go Tell It On the Mountain / James Baldwin

While his family struggles with guilt, bitterness, and spiritual issues, John Grimes experiences a religious conversion in the Temple of the Fire Baptised. (FIC BALDWIN)


Fahrenheit 451 / Ray Bradbury

A totalitarian regime has ordered all books to be destroyed, but one of the book burners, Guy Montag, suddenly realizes their merit. (PBK / FIC BRADBURY)


Casino Royale / Ian Fleming

In his first mission, James Bond (Agent 007) must neutralize a Russian agent known as “Le Chiffre” by ruining him at the baccarat table, thus forcing his “retirement.” However, a beautiful female agent leads him to disaster–and an unexpected savior. (FIC / PBK FLEMING)


The Silver Chair / C.S. Lewis

Two English school children share hair-raising adventures as they go on a search and rescue mission for the missing Prince Rilian, who is held captive in the underground kingdom of the Emerald Witch. (J FIC / J PBK LEWIS)


The Crucible / Arthur Miller

As a wave of anti-communist investigations swept across American society during the 1950s, Miller exposed the horror of such witch-hunts by retelling the story of the infamous Salem witch trials in Massachusetts in 1692. (812.52 MIL)


Nine Stories / J.D. Salinger

“DeDaumier-Smith’s Blue Period,” “Teddy,” and “A Perfect Day for Bananafish” are among the nine works in a collection of Salinger’s perceptive and realistic short stories. (FIC SALINGER)


Lord of the Flies / William Golding

The classic study of human nature which depicts the degeneration of a group of schoolboys marooned on a desert island. (FIC GOLDING)


I Am Legend / Richard Matheson

A lone human survivor in a world that is overrun by vampires, Robert Neville leads a desperate life in which he must barricade himself in his home every night and hunt down the starving undead by day. (FIC MATHESON)


Horton Hears a Who! / Dr. Seuss

A city of Whos on a speck of dust are threatened with destruction until the smallest Who of all helps convince Horton’s friends that Whos really exist. (E SEUSS)


The Fellowship of the Ring / J.R.R. Tolkien

Frodo the hobbit and his companions set out to deliver the One Ring of Power to the dark land of Mordor in order to destroy the ring in the forge of its creation. (FIC / PBK TOLKIEN)


Did you know? The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II was on June 2, 1953. 

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