Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
The Paper Chase by John Jay Osborn, Jr.
The same year John Osborn graduated from Harvard Law School, he also had this fictionalized story of the Harvard experience published, which became a best seller. A big year for the young man as it spun off a movie and a television series which we mostly remember because of the actor John Houseman who played the mean old Law Professor pictured here for the cover of the DVD rather than the book. The Paper Chase at Wikipedia
Deliverance By James Dickey
A down river canoe weekend turns sour when the four city boys are sexually attacked by Georgia Hillbillies. After suffering and committing murder the unlikely member must assume the title of hero and bring them out alive. Later made into a top box office movie of the same name. An essay on Deliverance
The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight By Jimmy Breslin
New York City icon, NEWSDAY columnist and friend of Norman Mailer, Breslin wrote a comedy novel making fun of the New York Mafia. Shortly after the book was published a local Mafia don had his boys beat the crap out him in a NY restaurant. With the added publicity, the following year a movie of the same name became the first major role for actor Robert DeNiro which helped him get his part in Godfather II and subsequently to the top of the game. Bio of Jimmy Breslen
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
E. B. White - The Trumpet Of The Swan
Leon Uris - QB VII
Larry Niven - Ringworld
Nina Bawden - The Birds on the Trees
1970 Tony Awards (theater)
Best Dramatic Play: Borstal Boy by Fred McMahon
Nobel Prize for Literature: Alexander Solzhenitsyn
The Pulitzer Prize:
Fiction: Collected Stories by Jean Stafford.
Best Comedy Recording: The Devil Made Me Buy This Dress - Flip Wilson Bio on Flip Wilson
Non Fiction 1970
Ball Four by Jim Bouton
Still in print and considered a classic sports book. It took the form of a diary in the experiences of Pitcher Jim Bouton's with the New York Yankees, Houston Astros and the first and only year of the Seattle Pilots. It shot to the top of the charts for the controversy. Bouton told the unflattering stories of sexism, drugs and alcoholism in the major Leagues using his teammates real names. M
Papillon by Henri Charrière
The book is a memoir of the 14 years (1931 to 1945) that Charrière spent on Devil's Island in French Guiana, wrongly convicted of a murder in his native France. Stories of the characters he met and his many escapes to finally settle in Venezuela where he lived and prospered a free man. The 1973 movie starring Dustin Hoffman and Steve McQueen was a big hit. He later published a sequel in 1973 called Banco. How much of either book was literally true no one really knows. Book review of Papillon
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
A history of the displacement and slaughter of Native American tribes from 1860-1890. This book gained controversy because of its unfavorable view of the United States regarding historic and present Indian Affairs. Though well documented, author Dee Brown admits writing the book from the Indian perspective which was long overdue. Still in print with 2007 movie.
Inside the Third Reich by Albert Speer
An autobiographical memoir by Speer who claimed to be a moderate NAZI. In charge of the infrastructure he had access to the grand leaders and great moments of the Third Reich from 1942 to 1945. He made the notes for the book in Spandau Prison where he served a 20 year sentence for war crimes. The book was controversial because... There is no such thing as a moderate NAZI. Bio on Albert Speer
Future Shock by Alvin Toffler
Toffler does his writing with his partner and wife Heidi Toffler. Together they became the pre eminent Futurists of our world. They define the title of the book as "too much change in too short a period of time" and how we will become disconnected and suffer "shattering stress and disorientation! The Toffler website
Arthur Janov - The Primal Scream
Literary News 1970
The comic strip Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau premiers. It joins the other political comic strips, Pogo by Walt Kelly and Li'l Abner by Al Capp. 2010 will celebrate its 40th anniversary.
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