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Fiction 1979


sofie's choice 1979


Sophie's Choice br William Styron -
Critically acclaimed novel about the unbearable choice a Holocaust survive has to make to save either her son or her daughter and how that decision affected the rest of her life. Sofie's Choice the novel.






The Right Stuff 1979


The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe - The highly researched story of the pilots of rocket-powered aircraft in the space race with the Soviet Union from the end of WWII through the NASA astronauts of the Mercury project. The Right Stuff





executioners song 1979The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer - A novelization of the life, crimes, trial and Utah execution of Gary Gilmore who became popular as the first person executed since the Supreme Court re-instated capital punishment in 1976. He also gained notoriety for his refusal to appeal and asking to be executed by a firing squad. in Utah. It won the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for 1980. Executioners Song review.


Smiley's people 1979


Smiley's People by John le Carré - The third and final novel of the "Karla Trilogy" brings master-spy George Smiley out of retirement. A Russian General living in London leads Smiley to the final confrontation with arch enemy, KARLA. Smiley's People review.



V. S. Naipaul - A Bend in the River

V.C. Andrews - Flowers in the Attic
Jeffrey Archer - Kane and Abel
Barbara Taylor Bradford - A Woman of Substance
Raymond Briggs - Fungus the Bogeyman
Octavia Butler - Kindred
Orson Scott Card - A Planet Called Treason
Angela Carter - The Bloody Chamber
Thomas Flanagan -Year of the French
John Fowles - The Tree
Arthur Hailey - Overload
Douglas Hill - Galactic Warlord
Sian James - A Small Country
Philippe Jullian - Montmartre
Stephen King - The Dead Zone
Russell Kirk - The Princess of All Lands
Milan Kundera - The Book of Laughter and Forgetting
Morgan Llywelyn - Lion of Ireland: The Legend of Brian Boru
Robert Ludlum - The Matarese Circle
Dambudzo Marechera - The House of Hunger
Jerry Pournelle - Janissaries
Harold Robbins - Memories of Another Day
Philip Roth - The Ghost Writer
Mary Stewart - The Last Enchantment
Peter Straub - Ghost Story
Jack Vance - The Face
Kurt Vonnegut - Jailbird
Elizabeth Walter - In the Mist and Other Uncanny Encounters
Kit Williams - Masquerade
Raymond Williams - The Fight for Manod
Christopher Wood - James Bond and Moonraker


1979 Tony Awards (theater)


elephant man 1979


Best Broadway Play: The Elephant Man by Bernard Pomerance
Outstanding Performance Actor Broadway Play: Tom Conti, Whose Life is it Anyway?
Outstanding Performance Actress Broadway Play: Carole Shelly, The Elephant Man.
Outstanding Performance Featured Actor Broadway Play: Michael Gough, Bedroom Farce
Outstanding Performance Featured Actress Broadway Play: Joan Hickson, Bedroom Farce
Outstanding Direction Broadway Play: Jack Hofsiss, The Elephant Man

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Comedy 1979

robin williams 1979

Best Comedy Recording: Reality . . .What a Concept - Robin Williams - The first album in his career garnered from material recorded doing comedy clubs on the East and West Coasts. Memorable line - I wonder what chairs think about all day. "Oops, here comes another asshole." Robin Williams Reality What a concept album.


Literary News 1979


Nobel Prize for Literature: Odysseus Elytis

1979 Nobel Prize for Literature: Odysseus Elytis


The Pulitzer Prize:


john cheever 1979

Fiction: The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever
Drama: Buried Child by Sam Shepard
History: The Dred Scott Case by Don E. Fehrenbacher
Biography or Autobiography: Days of Sorrow and Pain: Leo Baeck and the Berlin Jews by Leonard Baker
Poetry:Now and Then by Robert Penn Warren
General Nonfiction: On Human Nature by Edward O. Wilson

All 1979 Pulitzer Prizes

Non Fiction 1979


margaret trudeau 1979

Beyond Reason by Margaret Trudeau -
The Autobiography of Canadian First Lady. She left her husband Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau in 1977 to become a celebrity hanging out at Studio 54 in New York and a "friend" of Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger. Margaret Trudeau




White House years 1979


White House Years by Henry Kissinger -
The first of a three-volume trilogy it covers the period from his job as National Security Advisor to Richard M. Nixon in 1969 and ends with the Paris Peace Accords in 1973 for which he received the Nobel Peace Prize. Henry Kissinger.





book of failures 1979

The Book of Heroic Failures by Stephen Pile - A celebration of human inadequacy by the self proclaimed chairman of the Not Terribly Good club. Though a sensation in Great Briton it was a flop in the states blamed upon numerous editing mistakes. The Book of Failures.




Sandra Gilbert & Susan Gubar - The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination

Jean-François Lyotard - The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge

Clark Ashton Smith - The Black Book of Clark Ashton Smith

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