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Fiction 1975

 

humboldts gift 1975Humboldt's Gift by Saul Bellow - A narration of the ups and downs in the literary life of a great Jewish American poet in which the narrator sneaks up on the reader to become the real story. The book won the Pulitzer Price for Fiction in 1976 and partly due to the acclaim of the book, Saul Bellow also won the Nobel Prize for Literature that same year. New York Times Review of Humboldt's Gift

 

shogun 1975Shogun by James Clavell - In 1600 English Captain John Blackthorne arrives in feudal Japan. The story has a lick of truth to it from the exploits of British adventurer William Adams. Blackthorne befriends Shogun Toranaga who uses him in his quest for power. Weighing in at 1200 pages this novel flows with intrigue. In 1980 Shogun was made into a very popular 12 hour television mini series starring Richard Chamberlain and Toshirô Mifune. All readers Book review of Shogun

 

salems lot 1975

Salem's Lot by Stephen King -
In this his second novel we find Count Dracula and company come back to 1975 New England. It twice becomes a made for TV movie and so begins the career or the most prolific American author. Salem's Lot at All Readers

 

ragtime 1975Ragtime by E. L. Doctorow - Ragtime and The Book of Daniel are perhaps the most well known of his novels. It is a historical slice of New York in the 10 years leading up to World War I. The plot mixes three fictional families with historical figures of the time including J.P. Morgan, Henry Ford, Booker T. Washington, Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Theodore Dreiser and Emiliano Zapata. Time Magazine 100 best novels



Thomas Harris - Black Sunday
Edward Abbey - The Monkey Wrench Gang
Martin Amis - Dead Babies
Thomas Berger - Sneaky People
Timothy L. Bottoms - Mr. Schutzer
Malcolm Bradbury - The History Man
Morley Callaghan - A Fine and Private Place
Agatha Christie - Curtain
Susan Cooper - The Grey King
Michael Crichton - The Great Train Robbery
A. J. Cronin - The Minstrel Boy
Robertson Davies - World of Wonders
August Derleth - Harrigan's File
William Gaddis - J R
Arthur Hailey - The Moneychangers
Georgette Heyer - My Lord John
Jack Higgins - The Eagle Has Landed
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala - Heat and Dust
J. Sheridan LeFanu - The Purcell Papers
David Lodge - Changing Places
Robert Ludlum - The Road to Gandolfo
John D. MacDonald - The Dreadful Lemon Sky
Gabriel García Márquez - The Autumn of the Patriarch
Bharati Mukherjee - Wife
Gary Myers - The House of the Worm
Tim O'Brien - Northern Lights
Gerald W. Page, editor - Nameless Places
Robert B. Parker - Mortal Stakes
Elizabeth Peters - Crocodile on the Sandbank
Anthony Powell - Hearing Secret Harmonies
James Purdy - In A Shallow Grave
Judith Rossner - Looking for Mister Goodbar
Nawal El Saadawi - Woman at Point Zero
Paul Scott - A Division of the Spoils
Anya Seton - Smouldering Fires
Tom Sharpe - Blott on the Landscape
Rex Stout - A Family Affair
Glendon Swarthout - The Shootist
Joseph Wambaugh - The Choirboys

 

 

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Comedy 1975

richard pryor 1975


Best Comedy Recording: Is It Something I Said?, Richard Pryor. About Richard Pryor



Literary News 1975

 

Montale 1975

Italian Poet Eugenio Montale

 

Nobel Prize for Literature:Eugenio Montale

1975 Nobel Prize for Literature: Eugenio Montale

 

The Pulitzer Prize:

Fiction: The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
Drama: Seascape by Edward Albee
History: Jefferson and His Time, Vols. I-V by Dumas Malone
Biography or Autobiography: The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert Caro
Poetry: Turtle Island by Gary Snyder
General Nonfiction: Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard

All 1975 Pulitzer Prizes

Non Fiction 1975


jacob bronoswski 1975

The Ascent of Man by Jacob Bronowski - The book is a transcript of the award winning 13 part BBC film of the same name. The Polish/Jewish professor passed away at the age of 66 as the book hit the shelves. The Ascent of man entire youtube video

 

 

Paul Fussell 1975

 

 

The Great War and Modern Memory by Paul Fussell - This book which is a compilation of mostly WWI literary tales was critically acclaimed including winner of the National Book Award for Arts and Letters and the National Book Critics Circle Award. More on Paul Fussell

 

 

 

Philip Agee - Inside the Company: CIA Diary
Kingsley Amis - Rudyard Kipling and His World
Philip Roth - Reading Myself and Others


1975 Tony Awards (theater)

 

equus 1975

 

Best Broadway Play: Equus by Peter Shaffer
Best Actor Broadway Play: John Kani, Sizwe is Dead. Winston Ntshona, The Island
Best Actress Broadway Play: Ellen Burstyn, Same Time Next 1975
Best Supporting Actor Broadway Play: Frank Langella, Seascape
Best Supporting Actress Broadway Play: Rita Moreno, The Ritz
Best Director Broadway Play: John Dexter, Equus

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