1962 was a very good year for literature. We've already profiled Ken Kesey and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
Other outstanding works include Madeline L'Engle's timeless (pun intended) classic juvenile science fiction story A Wrinkle in Time. I read that one as an eleven-year-old, one of the first true science fiction books I ever read. Needless to say I've read many more since.
Another fiction work from 1962 was Shirley Jackson's We Have Always Lived in the Castle. A dark and unconventional story, it too was has stood teh test of time and was recently on a best 1000 books of all time list. I read that one at twelve and have recently re-read it. Thoroughly enjoying it both times.
Finally, in the realm of nonfiction icons, stands Rachel Carson's Silent Spring. Also first published in 1962 and just as relevant today as it was 50 years ago. Just look at the environmental disasters in China in the name of industry and profit.
I encourage anyone to read these classic pieces and share their insights with friends and neighbors.