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Sarah (Mood Reader) (bookworm1887) | 467 comments Does anyone know any authors who published work between 1936 and 1959?

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Jensownzoo | 125 comments I usually look up the book awards for those years to find something worthwhile published in that period. For example, Gone with the Wind, Grapes of Wrath, and All the King's Men all won Pulitzer's during that time period.

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Slayermel | 54 comments I went under Popular books and used the "popular books by date" lists. Found quite a few that I had in my pile by searching under the dates between 1936-1959, I recommend looking there.

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Greyweather George Orwell:
- Coming Up for Air (1939)
- Animal Farm (1945)
- 1984 (1949)

Mervyn Peake
- Captain Slaughterboard Drops Anchor (1939)
- Shapes and Sounds (1941)
- Rhymes without Reason (1944)
- Titus Groan (1946)
- The Craft of the Lead Pencil (1946)
- Letters from a Lost Uncle (from Polar Regions) (1948)
- Drawings by Mervyn Peake (1949)
- Gormenghast (1950)
- The Glassblowers (1950)
- Mr Pye (1953)
- Figures of Speech (1954)

Jack Kerouac
- On the Road (1957)
- The Dharma Bums (1958)
- The Subterraneans (1958)

Ian Fleming
- Casino Royale (1953)
- Live and Let Die (1954)
- Moonraker (1955)
- Diamonds Are Forever (1956)
- From Russia with Love (1957)
- Dr. No (1958)

Arthur C. Clarke
- Childhood's End (1953)

Richard Matheson
- I Am Legend (1954)

Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote a ton of stuff during that time.

message 5: by Jennifer (last edited Aug 18, 2009 04:06PM) (new)

Jennifer  (jml_417) Sarah wrote: "Does anyone know any authors who published work between 1936 and 1959?"

I used Wikipedia and typed "1936 in Literature" and did that for each year until I found a book I liked. There are a lot choices for this time period...Daphne DuMaurier, Carson McCullers, Pearl S. Buck, Ayn Rand, Ray Bradbury, etc.

Hope this helps.

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Nicole  | 117 comments I'm a list collection, and some where along the line acquired a list of best sellers, here are the ones that fell in that time frame:

Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe, 1958
Peyton Place - Grace Metalious, 1956
The Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkien, 1954
Charlotte's Web - E.B. White, 1952
The Catcher in the Rye - J. D. Salinger, 1951
Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell, 1949
The Diary of Anne Frank - Anne Frank, 1947
The Plague - Albert Camus, 1947
The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, 1943
And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie, 1939

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Cait Poytress (caitertot) | 662 comments Night - Elie Wiesel
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith
Lolita - Nabokov

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Leslie (lesliecs) | 51 comments I'm looking forward to using this opportunity to reread I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith (1948).

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Krista (kacey14) Rex Stout wrote some Nero Wolfe books during those years. I read my first two Nero Wolfe books for the Summer Challenge and really enjoyed them!

Also I believe the following authors also published books during those time frames: (My dad was born in 1940, so I did some research on books published that year for the summer challenge.)

Willa Cather
Raymond Chandler
Georgette Heyer
Walter Van Tilburg Clark who published The Ox-Bow Incident in 1940.

Sarah (Mood Reader) (bookworm1887) | 467 comments Thank you!

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Lori  (batchelorxyz) | 229 comments Louis L'Amour published several during that time as well.

The Sword in the Stone
Anne of Ingleside
Johnny Tremain
Charlotte's Web

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Terri (terrisa-uk) | 233 comments I'm using A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute for this one (published 1950). I think some of his other works were published during this time period.

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Beth | 665 comments Agatha Christie was publishing during that era if you like mysteries.

I plan on using Crooked House for that task.

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Bonnie | 111 comments I'm going to use Rebecca (1938) by Daphne du Maurier for that task. It's supposed to be a really good gothic novel. There was even one or two unauthorized sequels, which says good things to me (people loved it enough they wanted a sequel). Even though I heard the unauthorized sequels were quite bad.

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El Bonnie wrote: "I'm going to use Rebecca (1938) by Daphne du Maurier for that task. It's supposed to be a really good gothic novel. There was even one or two unauthorized sequels, which says good thi..."

I haven't read the sequels, but I loved Rebecca. Hope you like it!

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Abigail | 318 comments I loved Rebecca too!! El, if you liked it, you should try The Thirteenth Tale. Sooooo good!

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Mary Beth (marybethbaker) | 143 comments I plan on reading The Hobbit Or There and Back Again for this task, and I found it on my TBR List easily by clicking on the goodreads My Books link. Then select "Main" in the views menu near the top of the page and click the "Year pub" category to arrange your books by the year published.

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Abigail | 318 comments Oh, El, The Thirteenth Tale is recent, so it very much doesn't work for this task. But it still should go on your TBR pile -- cuz you need another book like a hole in your head, right? ;)

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