What book genre was most popular in the 1950s and 1960s?

Question by Misfit Maddy: What book genre was most popular in the 1950s and 1960s?
That’s all I need to know. Horror, thriller, romance, comedy, fantasy, sci-fi, smut, which genre? Please! I have imaginary cookies!

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Answer by pj m

I’ve read that westerns and horror were some of the most popular. Adventure, SciFi, and drama were the runner ups.


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  1. Kevin k says:

    Science Fiction really took off in the 40′s and continued to grow stronger up until the 1970′s; but non-fiction really had the edge. The Kinsey Report, Dr. Spock’s guide to raising children and books explaining the latest developments in the space race and radiation were gobbled up by anyone fearing the worst. To get a real feel for how big non-fiction was, add the discovery of The Dead Sea Scrolls & memoirs of many notable figures and you get the picture.

    Stienbeck was still big, and Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird,” J.D. Sallinger’s “Catcher In The Rye” and the controversal “Peyton Place” showed that modern fiction still held an edge over the science fiction crowd.

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