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Fiction 1971


The Exorcist 1971

The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty


One of the most popular horror novels of all time about a real exorcism that took place in New York in 1949. The movie later eclipsed the success of the book. The real story of the exorcism behind the book and movie.






day of the jackal 1971


The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth


Acclaimed spy thriller about a fictional 1963 assassination attempt on French President Charles De Gaulle. Noted for its realistic historic flavor, its suspense, the plot and the relentless bad guy. Day of the Jackel book review





rabbit redux 1971Rabbit Redux by John Updike


From the critically acclaimed "Rabbit Series" which contain four books, each released 10 years after the one before beginning with Rabbit Run in 1960. Updike is a master in capturing the culture of the time. In this the second novel we find high school basketball star Rabbit divorced with custody of his teenage boy as they live through counterculture of the late Sixties. Rabbit Redux review NYTS



rosenbergs 1971 book of daniel The Book of Daniel by E. L. Doctorow


Fictionalized account of the Julias and Ethyl Rosenberg trial and subsequent execution. Told with flashbacks to the 40s and 50s by their oldest son Daniel, who is involved in Sixties political activism. Doctorow's radicalism kept this work of art from the success it deserved. Book of Daniel Review


tom Tryon 1971The Other by Tom Tryon

A horror novel by one time actor turned writer (also the Harvest Home series). The novel centers upon a child's mummified finger which draws the question as to which of the twin boys is alive and which is dead. Answer: The other one. Tryon is perhaps most remembered as the monster in the 1958 horror film I married a Monster From Outer Space . Tom Tryon fan site.



E. LUrsula K. Le Guin - The Lathe of Heaven

Herman Wouk - The Winds of War

Denys Val Baker - The Face in the Mirror
Richard Brautigan - Revenge of the Lawn
Albert Camus - A Happy Death (La Mort heureuse)
Brian Cleeve - Cry of Morning
Gwen Davis - Touching
Walter de la Mare - Eight Tales
Dick Francis - Bonecrack
Ernest J. Gaines - The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
George Garrett - Death of the Fox
John Gardner - Grendel
William Golding - The Scorpion God
Arthur Hailey - Wheels
Anna Kavan - A Scarcity of Love
Jerzy Kosinski - Being There
John le Carré - The Naive and Sentimental Lover
Stanislaw Lem - Dzienniki gwiazdowe
Brian Lumley - The Caller of the Black
John D. MacDonald - A Tan and Sandy Silence
Antonine Maillet - La Sagouine
Ruth Manning-Sanders - A Choice of Magic
James A. Michener - The Drifters
Nicholas Mosley - Natalie Natalia
Alice Munro - Lives of Girls and Women
V. S. Naipaul - In a Free State
William F. Nolan - Space for Hire
Rosamunde Pilcher - The End of Summer
Anthony Powell - Books Do Furnish a Room
Terry Pratchett - The Carpet People
John Rawls - A Theory of Justice
Joao Ubaldo Ribeiro - Sergeant Getulio
Mordecai Richler - St. Urbain's Horseman
Harold Robbins - The Betsy
Hubert Selby Jr. - The Room
Wallace Stegner - Angle of Repose
Irving Stone - The Passions of the Mind
Gay Talese - Honor Thy Father

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Comedy 1971


lily tomlin 1971

Best Comedy Recording: This Is a Recording - Lily Tomlin More on Album and Lily Tomlin at TVacres.

Non Fiction 1971


happy hooker 1971The Happy Hooker: My Own Story by Xaviera Hollander


Open sexual prose describing Ms Hollander's work as a high end prostitute and madam in New York from 1968 to 1971. After the book was published she was arrested and left America to her home country Holland where she has lived happily as a Dutch citizen ever since. The Happy Hooker Website




don juan 1971

A Separate Reality: Further Conversations with Don Juan by Carlos Castenada


The second book in the trilogy brought him the most attention. The nature of the writing in promoting the use of Peyote, a hallucinogenic drug, caused much controversy as to if these tripping Indian witch doctors existed at all. A reclusive with a small cult following everything about him has been strange and mysterious. The Carlos Castenada point of view



nonscience 1971Nonscience by Brian J. Ford


I mostly include this book which makes fun of too wordy experts(today we call it psychobabble) for the fun of the complete title: Nonscience and the Pseudotrans mogrificationalific Egocentrified Reorientational Proclivities Inherently Intracorporated In Expertistical Cerebrointellectualised Redeploymentation with Special Reference to Quasi-Notional Fashionistic Normativity, The Indoctrinationalistic Methodological Modalities and Scalar Socio-Economic Promulgationary Improvementalisationalism Predelineated Positotaxically Toward Individualistified Mass-Acceptance Gratificationalistic Securipermanentalisationary Professionism, or How To Rule The World. The Brian J. Ford Website



a guide to middle earth 1971



A Guide to Middle Earth by Robert Foster


An encyclopedic reference book of J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth. It was limited to 2000 numbered editions. In 1978 the author doubled the size of it under the new name The Complete Guide to Middle-earth. About the book at wiki





Robert Coles - Migrants, Sharecroppers, Mountaineers, vol 2 of Children of Crisis – Pulitzer Prize, 1973

B. F. Skinner – Beyond Freedom and Dignity

Pierre Berton – The Last Spike
The South Goes North, vol 3 of Children of Crisis – Pulitzer Prize, 1973
Roger Manvell and Heinrich Fraenkel – Hess: A Biography
Alison Plowden - Young Elizabeth


Literary News 1971


Nobel Prize for Literature: Pablo Neruda

1971 Nobel Prize for Literature: Pablo Neruda


The Pulitzer Prize:

Fiction: none
Drama: The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds by Paul Zindel
History: Roosevelt: The Soldier Of Freedom by James MacGregor Burns
Biography or Autobiography: Robert Frost: The Years of Triumph, 1915 -1938 by Lawrance Thompson
Poetry: The Carrier of Ladders by William S. Merwin
General Nonfiction: The Rising Sun by John Toland

All 1971 Pulitzer Prizes


1971 Tony Awards (theater)


Best Play: Sleuth by Anthony Shaffer
Best Actor Play: Brian Bedford, The School for Wives
Best Actress Play: Maureen Stapleton, Gingerbread Lady
Best Supporting Actor Play: Paul Sand, Story Theater
Best Supporting Actress Play: Rae Allen, And Little Miss Reardon Drinks a Little
Best Director Dramatic Play: Peter Brook, A Midsummer Night's Dream

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