Burr by Gore Vidal – This is the first of seven sequential novels by Vidal called the Narratives of Empire series. It exonerates Aaron Burr who as Vice President killed George Washington's little ladies' man Alexander Hamilton in a duel on a New Jersey Beach. Not until the end do we find that Hamilton's accusation against Burr needed dueling. Send email to find out what Hamilton said.
The Princess Bride by William Goldman – Screenwriter William Goldman narrates this fairytale supposedly written by the S. Morenstern. Who Goldman made up. It takes place in a fantasy renaissance starring Buttercup as the beautiful princess and Westley as the prince out for her hand. It's a complicated and funny tale made into a movie by Rob Reiner.A review of The Princess Bride.
Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. –This short book is mix of science fiction, social comment and line art by the author that could very well be the funniest book ever written. What it is about is hard to answer. Perhaps it's about two crazy old white men - Dwane Hoover and Kilgore Trout - in a sane world. Or two sane white men in a very crazy world. Or some of each! Breakfast of Champions review.
Once Is Not Enough by Jacqueline Susann –Famous for her mega best seller The Valley of the Dolls Susann had a recurrence of breast cancer and hurried to finish the book before she went into a coma and died in 1974. More on Once is Not Enough
Sula by Toni Morrison –
Evening in Byzantium by Irwin Shaw
Martin Amis – The Rachel Papers
Ernest Becker – The Denial of Death
John Brunner - The Stone That Never Came Down
Ramsey Campbell - Demons by Daylight
Jerome Charyn – Tar Baby
Basil Copper – From Evil's Pillow
Michael Ende – Momo
Paul E. Erdman – The Billion Dollar Sure Thing
Leon Forrest – There Is A Tree More Ancient Than Eden
Graham Greene - The Honorary Consul
James Jones – A Touch of Danger
Anna Kavan – Who Are You?
Brian Killick – The Heralds
Dean R. Koontz – Demon Seed
Jerzy Kosinski – The Devil Tree
Robert Ludlum – The Matlock Paper
John D. MacDonald - The Turquoise Lament
Cormac McCarthy – Child of God
Ruth Manning-Sanders – A Book of Ogres and Trolls
Robert Marasco – Burnt Offerings
Iris Murdoch – The Black Prince
Robert B. Parker – The Godwulf Manuscript
Anthony Powell –Temporary Kings
Rex Stout - Please Pass the Guilt
Hunter S. Thompson – Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72
Patrick White – The Eye of the Storm
Rudy Wiebe – Temptations of Big Bear
This their 3rd album won a Grammy for Best Comedy Recording: Los Cochinos - Cheech and Chong. By making vinyl records played on FM radio and endless concert tours Cheech Marion and Tommy Chong took their drug humor to the top of the charts without playing the television media game. Basketball Jones had Beatle George Harrison on guitar with Carole King and Michelle Phillips as singers. Cheech and Chong Biography
Non Fiction 1973
If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Send Me Home by Tim O'Brien – An autobiographical account of Tim O'Brien's 1969-1970 tour of duty in the Vietnam War. It was the most acclaimed Vietnam War book thus far. Near the end of the book as O'Brien leaves combat he comes across news of something called that My Lai Massacre. If I Die In A Combat Zone
Small Is Beautiful by E. F. Schumacher
The Court-Martial of Daniel Boone by Allan W. Eckert
John Pearson - James Bond: The Authorized Biography of 007 Antonia Fraser - Cromwell, our Chief of Men
Literary News 1973
Nobel Prize for Literature:Patrick White
Patrick White was the first Australian to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature and "introduced a new continent into literature." A gay man who spent time in England and America as well as Australia, he wrote poetry, novels, plays and screenplays from 1932 until his death in 1990. 1974 Nobel Prize for Literature: Patrick White
The Pulitzer Prize:
Fiction: The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty
Drama: That Championship Season by Jason Miller
History: People of Paradox: An Inquiry Concerning the Origins of American Civilization by Michael Kammen
Biography or Autobiography: Luce and His Empire by W. A. Swanberg
Poetry: Up Country by Maxine Kumin
General Nonfiction: Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam by Frances Fitzgerald
Children of Crisis, Vols. II and III by Robert Coles
Writer Jason Miller won not only a Tony but the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in this play about a star basketball team reuniting with their dying coach. It has been done and redone on broadway and in the movies numerous times. It concerns the players finally waking up to what a foul bigoted racist creep their old coach was and is. That Championship Season at enotes
Best Play: That Championship Season by Jason Miller
Best Actor Play: Alan Bates Butley
Best Actress Play: Julie Harris, The Last of Mrs Lincoln
Best Supporting Actor Play: John Lithgow, The Changing Room
Best Supporting Actress Play: Leora Dana, The Last of Mrs Lincoln
Best Director Play: A J Antoon, That Championship Season
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Beyond the nostalgia and retro feel for those who lived through the time, it is also designed to attract the younger crowd.
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