While we celebrate what has entered the public domain in the United States, we should also note what hasn't yet passed into the public domain. According the Center for the Study of the Public Domain at Duke Law School, prior to the U.S. Copyright Law being changed in 1978, works passed into the public domain after 56 years. Therefore works published in 1954 would be entering the public domain today, if the law had not been changed. Those works include:
- The first two volumes of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of Rings trilogy: The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers
- Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot (his own translation/adaptation of the original version in French, En attendant Godot, published in 1952)
- Kingsley Amis' Lucky Jim
- Aldous Huxley's The Doors of Perception
- Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!
- Pauline Réage's Histoire d'O
- Fredric Wertham’s Seduction of the Innocent, subtitled “The influence of comic books on today's youth"
- Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
- Mac Hyman’s No Time for Sergeants
- Alan Le May’s The Searchers
- C.S. Lewis’ The Horse and His Boy, the fifth volume of The Chronicles of Narnia
- Alice B. Toklas’ The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook
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