Fictional Americans Abroad in Europe in the 1950s: A Reading List
Both written and set in the 1950s. Join me as I channel Nancy Pearl with the first in a series of incredibly specific reading lists.
- •The Talented Mr Ripley, Patricia Highsmith, 1955"A psychological thriller that follows an American as he becomes an amoral con man in 1950s Italy."
- •Giovanni's Room, James Baldwin, 1956"The book focuses on the events in the life of an American man living in Paris and his feelings and frustrations with his relationships with other men in his life, particularly an Italian bartender named Giovanni whom he meets at a Parisian gay bar."
- •The Dud Avocado, Elaine Dundy, 1958The Dud Avocado "follows the romantic and comedic adventures of a young American who heads overseas to conquer Paris in the late 1950s."
- •Around the World with Auntie Mame, Patrick Dennis, 1958"Narrator "Patrick" is seventeen, and has left his private prep school. His Auntie Mame takes him with her on an extended tour of Europe, which becomes a round-the-world tour before his enrollment in college."