The Boys in the Band by Mart Crowley
The Boys in the Band
by Mart Crowley

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.

First Editions from the 1960s

Big Sur by Jack Kerouac
Big Sur
by Jack Kerouac
(1962)
Cover Her Face by P.D. James
Cover Her Face
by P.D. James
(1962)
Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
Franny and Zooey
by J.D. Salinger
(1961)
A House for Mr. Biswas by V.S. Naipaul
A House for Mr. Biswas
by V.S. Naipaul
(1961)
Dead Cert by Dick Francis
Dead Cert
by Dick Francis
(1962)
The Gift by Vladimir Nabokov
The Gift
by Vladimir Nabokov
(1963)
Hellís Angels by Hunter S. Thompson
Hellís Angels
by Hunter S. Thompson
(1962)
Catís Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Catís Cradle
by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
(1963)
The Butterfly Plague by Timothy Findley
The Butterfly Plague
by Timothy Findley
(1969)
The Diary of a Mad Housewife by Sue Kaufman
The Diary of a Mad Housewife
by Sue Kaufman
(1967)
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Flowers for Algernon
by Daniel Keyes
(1966)
Setting Free the Bears by John Irving
Setting Free the Bears
by John Irving
(1968)
The Godfather by Mario Puzo
The Godfather
by Mario Puzo
(1969)
Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin
Wizard of Earthsea
by Ursula Le Guin
(1968)
Way Station by Clifford Simak
Way Station
by Clifford Simak
(1963)
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
Something Wicked This Way Comes
by Ray Bradbury
(1962)
Death of a Naturalist by Seamus Heaney
Death of a Naturalist
by Seamus Heaney
(1966)
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter Miller
Canticle for Leibowitz
by Walter Miller
(1960)
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Phillip K. Dick
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
by Phillip K. Dick
(1968)
A Murder of Quality by John le Carre
A Murder of Quality
by John le Carre
(1963)
Self Portrait by Man Ray
Self Portrait
by Man Ray
(1963)
Flowers for Hitler by Leonard Cohen
Flowers for Hitler
by Leonard Cohen
(1964)
Alley Jaggers by Paul West
Alley Jaggers
by Paul West
(1966)
A Right to Die by Rex Stout
A Right to Die
by Rex Stout
(1964)
The Collector by John Fowles
The Collector
by John Fowles
(1963)

What would you call the best book published in 1960s?


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