#TBT: 1955

Popular Books Published in 1955

Beezus and Ramona / Beverly Cleary

Beezus worries because there are times when she doesn’t like her little sister Ramona, until their mother and Aunt Beatrice tell Beezus what they were like while growing up. (J FIC CLEARY / J PBK CLEARY)


The Quiet American / Graham Greene

This novel is a study of New World hope and innocence set in an Old World of violence. The scene is Saigon in the violent years when the French were desperately trying to hold their footing in the Far East. The principal characters are a skeptical British journalist, his attractive Vietnamese mistress, and an eager young American sent out by Washington on a mysterious mission. (FIC GREENE)

The Talented Mr. Ripley / Patricia Highsmith

In order to convince his son to come home, Herbert Greenleaf, a rich shipbuilder, sends Tom Ripley to Italy, but is unaware of his son’s friend’s criminal activities. (FIC HIGHSMITH)


Harold and the Purple Crayon / Crockett Johnson

Harold goes for an adventurous walk in the moonlight with his purple crayon. (E JOHNSON)



The Magician’s Nephew / C.S. Lewis

When Digory and Polly try to return the wicked witch Jadis to her own world, the magic gets mixed up and they all land in Narnia where they witness Aslan blessing the animals with human speech. (J FIC LEWIS / J PBK LEWIS)


Gift from the Sea / Anne Morrow Lindbergh

A woman’s reflections on life, its stages, and its states, comparing them with the natural treasures of life in the sea. (170.82 LIN)


Lolita / Vladimir Nabokov

A novel that studies the moral disintegration of a man whose obsessive desire to possess his step-daughter destroys the lives of those around him. (FIC NABOKOV)


The Return of the King / J.R.R. Tolkien

In the concluding volume of the trilogy, Frodo and Sam make a terrible journey to the heart of the Land of the Shadow in a final reckoning with the power of Sauron. (FIC TOLKIEN)



Did you know? Disneyland opened on July 17, 1955.

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