Pop Culture: Books that Captured the Zeitgeist

Some books capture poignantly the zeitgeist, the spirit of the times during which they were published.

These novels seize the imagination of the post WWII generation by figuring in changes in the values and norms.


To Kill a Mockingbird


One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Portnoy’s Complaint

On the Road

The Bell Jar

Soul on Ice

The Feminine Mystique


Revolutionary Road

Most of these books have been made into films.