by Jessica Doyle
The 1960s witnessed the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the eruption of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones and the invention of the mini-skirt. The decade was politically and culturally explosive and its literature is no different. Harper Leeís To Kill A Mockingbird made its controversial debut in 1960, setting the tone for the decadeís book scene. The 1960s produced contentious classics like One Flew Over the Cuckooís Nest by Ken Kesey (1962) and A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (1962), titles that have appeared on countless banned book lists alongside Leeís only novel. Catch-22 (1961), Slaughterhouse-Five(1969) and The Bell Jar (1963) are no strangers to banned-book lists either, making the 1960s a very controversial decade for books, indeed.
But the literature of the '60s wasnít entirely dark and twisted. Beloved childrenís author Roald Dahl published hits James and the Giant Peach (1961) and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964). Maurice Sendak wrote and illustrated Where the Wild Things Are, a story book still read at bedtime, and Dr. Suess delighted children with Green Eggs and Ham (1960) and One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish (1960).
From forgotten titles to old favorites, we've gone back in time and gathered the most collectible, sensational first editions from one of the most fascinating decades in history.