Program Details

Books of the 1950s: Do They Speak To Us Today?

Margery Marcus
Video Catch-up

Course Description

Songs have the power to transport us back to a decade mirrored in its music. But music was just one part of the pop culture scene in the 1950s. Books of that decade reflected a time that was simultaneously conservative and revolutionary. Marcus examines the literary hits of the Fifties from “The Catcher in the Rye,” whose troubled character captured the hypocrisy of the time to “On the Beach,” which drove home the horror of nuclear warfare. Her lecture includes a discussion of a list of novels which were anthems of the age. Marcus looks at the appeal and staying power (or lack of) of these novels. This lecture includes a colorful PowerPoint and a reading list.

About the Instructor

  • Margery Marcus, Ed.D., retired from Broward County schools after a long and successful career teaching English. Well known for her storytelling ability, her topics run the gamut from book censorship to the British Royal family. She is a frequent presenter at OLLI programs on the campuses of FAU Boca Raton, Jupiter and, Brooklyn College. Her career has been guided by a deep love of learning which began when she read the very first page of "Charlotte’s Web" as a child. Marcus earned a bachelor's degree in English from The College of New Jersey, a master’s degree in education from the University of N.C. at Charlotte and a doctoral degree in education from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale.