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1950.

A look back at books that captured our attention

THE AWARDS

Nobel Prize for Literature

BERTRAND RUSSELL (UK, 1872-1970)

Russell was honored "in recognition of his varied and significant writings in which he champions humanitarian ideals and freedom of thought." One of the great thinkers of the 20th century, Russell explored social democracy, philosophy, mathematics, rationalism, politics, morality, and pacifism. Start with The Philosophy of Bertrand Russell (1951).

National Book Award (NONFIC)

LIFE OF RALPH WALDO EMERSON

By Ralph Rusk

Rusk's work is still considered one of the best biographies of Emerson, the 19th-century poet, essayist, and transcendentalist known for his short book, Nature (1836). Rusk also coedited (with Eleanor M. Tilton) The Letters of Ralph Waldo Emerson (10 volumes) (19390-95).

National Book Award (FICTION)

THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM

By Nelson Algren

In this tale of urban doom, Frankie Machine, a card shark and heroin addict, operates in a post--World War II ghetto in Chicago. After a stint in jail, he struggles to maintain his spiritual sanity as his life takes a turn for the worse.

Pulitzer Prize (FICTION)

THE WAY WEST

By A. B. Guthrie, Jr.

Guthrie, an author of the American West, introduced three 19th-century frontiersmen--all of them mountain men, trappers, traders, and guides--in The Big Sky (1947). This sequel follows Dick Summers's return to the frontier West as he leads a group of settlers from Missouri to Oregon--and tries to survive.

Pulitzer Prize (HISTORY)

ART AND LIFE IN AMERICA

By Oliver Waterman Larkin

Larkin, an American art historian, chronicles the development of American art in the context of the nation's social milieu. The six books in the series, which was the first work on visual arts to win the Pulitzer, explore different periods, starting with the 17th century.

Newbery Medal

THE DOOR IN THE WALL

By Marguerite De Angeli

Robin, the son of a nobleman in medieval times, is destined for knighthood. When he falls ill, he comes under the care of a monk, who teaches him patience and strength. All too soon, Robin must use these newfound qualities to save the kingdom.

Caldecott Medal

THE SONG OF THE SWALLOWS

By Leo Politi

When the swallows leave San Juan Capistrano for their wintering grounds, Juan dreams that next spring they will nest in his own yard at the old California mission. And next spring, on St. Joseph's Day, they do.

OTHER NOTABLES

I, ROBOT | ISAAC ASIMOV

THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES | RAY BRADBURY

THE CHILD WHO NEVER GREW | PEARL S. BUCK

COLLECTED STORIES | WILLIAM FAULKNER

PARADE'S END | FORD MADOX FORD

KON-TIKI | THOR HEYERDAHL

STRANGERS ON A TRAIN | PATRICIA HIGHSMITH

DIANETICS: THE MODERN SCIENCE OF MENTAL HEALTH | L. RON HUBBARD

SIMPLE SPEAKS HIS MIND (STORIES) | LANGSTON HUGHES

THE TOWN AND THE CITY | JACK KEROUAC

THE GRASS IS SINGING | DORIS LESSING

THE ARABS IN HISTORY | BERNARD LEWIS

THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE | C. S. LEWIS

THE LIBERAL IMAGINATION | LIONEL TRILLING

NY TIMES BESTSELLERS

FICTION for the entire year of 1950

THE SUMMONS | JOHN GRISHAM

EVERYTHING'S EVENTUAL | STEPHEN KING

THE NANNY DIARIES | EMMA MCLAUGHLIN AND NICOLA KRAUS

THE SHELTERS OF STONE | JEAN M. AUEL

THE LOVELY BONES | ALICE SEBOLD

NON-FICTION for the entire year of 1950

THIS I REMEMBER | ELEANOR ROOSEVELT

THE MATURE MIND | HARRY OVERSTREET

WORLDS IN COLLISION | IMMANUEL VELIKOVSKY

ROOSEVELT IN RETROSPECT | JOHN GUNTHER

COURTROOM | QUENTIN REYNOLDS

year in Review

Diplomatic relations are established between nine nations (not including the United States) and the People's Republic of China ... Alger Hiss is convicted of perjury ... Jerusalem becomes the capital of Israel ... India forms a republic ... President Harry s. Truman mandates the development of the hydrogen bomb ... Korean War begins ... Catholic Church deems the evolution "hypothesis" not incompatible with Church teachings ... Peanuts debuts in American newspapers ... Chinese invade Tibet ... A gallon of gas averages 18 cents ... Jackson Pollock paints his Lavender Mist, Number 27, and Autumn Rhythm: Number 30 ... World population reaches 2.52 billion.
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