The 1970s witnessed a dynamic evolution in literature, reflecting the cultural upheavals and social movements of the era. Writers explored themes of identity, disillusionment, and political activism against the backdrop of Vietnam War aftermath, civil rights struggles, and feminist awakening. Postmodern experimentation flourished, with authors like Thomas Pynchon and Don DeLillo challenging traditional narrative structures. Literary realism persisted, with authors such as Toni Morrison and John Updike capturing the complexities of everyday life. Science fiction and fantasy gained prominence, notably with the rise of Ursula K. Le Guin and Philip K. Dick. Overall, the 1970s marked a period of diverse literary exploration and innovation.

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