NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY'S BOOKS OF THE CENTURY

 

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This extensive list appears in The New York Public Library Desk Reference, Third Edition, 1998. Works are listed by categories that comprise Landmarks of Modern Literature; Nature's Realm; Protest and Progress; Colonialism and Its Aftermath; Mind and Spirit; Popular Cuture and Mass Entertainment; Women Rise; Economics and Technology; Utopias and Dystopias; War, Holocaust, Totalitarianism; Optimism, Joy, Gentility; Favorites of Childhood and Youth. Within each category, works are listed in order of the date of publication.

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    LANDMARKS OF MODERN LITERATURE
            1901    Anton Chekhov                     The Three Sisters. 1901
            1913-   Marcel Proust                       Remembrance of Things Past (1913-27)
            1914    Gertrude Stein                       Tenders Buttons: Objects Food Rooms
            1915    Franz Kafka                          The Metamorphosis
            1917    Edna St. Vincent Millay         Renascence and Other Poems
            1917    William Butler Yeats              The Wild Swans at Coole
            1921    Luigi Pirandello                     Six Characters in Search of an Author
            1922    T.S. Eliot                              The Waste Land
            1922    James Joyce                          Ulysses
            1924    Thomas Mann                       The Magic Mountain
            1925    F. Scott Fitzgerald                 The Great Gatsby
            1927    Virginia Woolf                       To the Lighthouse
            1928    Federico Garcia Lorca          Gypsy Ballads
            1940    Richard wright                       Native Son
            1946    William Faulkner                   The Portable Faulkner
            1947    W.H. Auden                         The Age of Anxiety: A Baroque Eclogue
            1952    Samuel Beckett                     Waiting for Godot: A Tragicomedy in Two Acts
            1952    Ralph Ellison                        Invisible Man. 1952
            1955    Vladimir Nabokov                Lolita
            1956    Jorge Luis Borges                 Fictions (2nd augmented edition)
            1957    Jack Kerouac                       On the Road
            1967    Gabriel Garcia Marquez       One Hundred Years of Solitude
            1969    Philip Roth                            Portnoy's Complaint
            1977    Toni Morrison                       Song of Solomon

NATURE'S REALM
            1901    Maurice Maeterlinck             The Life of the Bee
            1910    Marie Sklodowska Curie      Treatise on Radioactivity
            1922    Albert Einstein                      The Meaning of Relativity
            1934    Roger Tory Peterson             A Field Guide to the Birds
            1949    Aldo Leopold                       A Sand County Almanac
            1949    Konrad Z. Lorenz                 King Solomon's Ring: New Light on Animal Ways
            1962    Rachel Carson                       Silent Spring
            1964    "Surgeon General's Report"   Smoking and Health
            1968    James Watson                       The Double Helix: A personal Account of the
                                                                          Discovery of the Structure of DNA
            1992    Edward O. Wilson                The Diversity of Life

PROTEST AND PROGRESS
            1902    Jacob Riis                            The Battle with the Slum
            1903    W.E.B. Du Bois                   The Souls of Black Folk
            1906    Upton Sinclair                      The Jungle
            1910    Jane Addams                        Twenty Years at Hull-House
            1915    Lilian Wald                           The House on Henry Street
            1931    Lincoln Steffens                    The Autobiography of Lincoln Steffens
            1937    John Dos Passos                   U.S.A.
            1939    John Steinbeck                      The Grapes of Wrath
            1941    James Agee, Walker Evans   Let Us Now Praise Famous Men
            1944    Lilian Smith                           Strange Fruit
            1960    Paul Goodman                      Growing Up Absurd
            1963    James Baldwin                      The Fire Next Time
            1965    Malcolm X                           The Autobiography of Malcolm X
            1987    Randy Shilts                         And the Band Played On
            1991    Alex Kotlowitz                     There Are No Children Here

COLONIALISM AND ITS AFTERMATH
            1900    Joseph Conrad                      Lord Jim
            1901    Rudyard Kipling                    Kim
            1921-   Mohandas Gandhi                 Non-Violent Resistance (1921-40)
            1924    E.M. Forster                         A Passage to India
            1942    Albert Camus                        The Stranger
            1945    United Nations                      United Nations Charter
            1948    Alan Paton                            Cry, the Beloved Country
            1955    Edward Steichen                   The Family of Man: The Photographic Exhibition
                                                                            Created by Edward Steichen for The Museum
                                                                            of Modern Art
            1958    Chinua Achebe                      Things Fall Apart
            1961    Franz Fanon                          The Wretched of the Earth
            1966    Jean Rhys                              Wide Sargasso Sea
            1969    Tayeb el-Salih                       Season of Migration to the North
            1975    V.S. Naipaul                          Guerillas
            1976    Buchi Emecheta                     The Bride Price
            1978    Ryszard Kapuscinski             The Emperor
            1983    Rigoberta Menchu                 I, Rigoberta Menchu
            1984    Margaret Duras                     The Lover

MIND AND SPIRIT
            1897    Emile Durkheim                    Suicide: A Study in Sociology
            1900    Sigmund Freud                      The Interpretation of Dreams
            1901-   Havelock Ellis                      Studies in the Psychology of Sex (1901-28)
            1902    William James                       The Varieties of Religious Experience: A
                                                                             Study in Human Nature
            1923    Kahlil Gibran                        The Prophet
            1927    Bertrand Russell                    Why I Am Not aChristian
            1928    Margaret Mead                     Coming of Age in Samoa
            1943    Jean-Paul Sartre                    Being and Nothingness
            1946    Benjamin Spock                    The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child
                                                                             Care
            1952    The Holy Bible                      Revised Standard Version
            1952    Paul Tillich                            The Courage to Be
            1962    Ken Kesey                           One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
            1968    Timothy Leary                      The Politics of Ecstacy
            1969    Elisabeth Kubler-Ross          On Death and Dying
            1976    Bruno Bettelheim                   The Use of Enchantment

POPULAR CULTURE AND MASS ENTERTAINMENT
            1897    Bram Stoker                          Dracula
            1898    Henry James                          The Turn of the Screw
            1902    Arthur Conan Doyle               The Hound of the Baskervilles
            1912    Edgar Rice Burroughs            Tarzan of the Apes
            1912    Zane Grey                              Riders of the Purple Sage
            1920    Agatha Christie                       The Mysterious Affair at Styles
            1936    Dale Carnegie                         How to Win Friends and Influence People
            1939    Raymond Chandler                 The Big Sleep
            1939    Nathanael West                      The Day of the Locust
            1956    Grace Metalious                      Peyton Place
            1957    Dr. Seuss                                The Cat in the Hat
            1961    Robert A. Heinlein                  Stranger in a Strange Land
            1965    Truman Capote                       In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple
                                                                             Murder and Its Consequences
            1970    Jim Bouton                            Ball Four: My Life and Hard Time Throwing
                                                                             the Knuckleball in the Big Leagues
            1974    Stephen King                         Carrie
            1987    Tom Wolfe                            The Bonfire of the Vanities

WOMEN RISE
            1920    Edith Wharton                       The Age of Innocence
            1923    Carrie Chapman Catt, Nettie Woman Suffrage and Politics: The Inner Story
                        Rogers Ahuler                               of the Suffrage Movement
            1931    Margaret Sanger                    My Fight for Birth Control
            1942    Zora Neale Hurston               Dust Tracks on a Road
            1949    Simone de Beauvoir              The Second Sex
            1962    Doris Lessing                        The Golden Notebook
            1963    Betty Friedan                         The Feminine Mystique
            1969    Maya Angelou                        I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
            1970    Robin Morgan, editor             Sisterhood is Powerful: An Anthology of
                                                                            Writings from the Women's Liberation
                                                                            Movement
            1975    Susan Brownmiller                Against Our Will: Men, Woman and Rape
            1982    Alice Walker                         The Color Purple

ECONOMICS AND TECHNOLOGY
            1899    Thorstein Veblen                   The Theory of the Leisure Class: An
                                                                            Economic Study of Institutions
            1904    Max Weber                           The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of
                                                                           Capitalism
            1907    Henry Adams                        The Education of Henry Adams
            1936    John Maynard Keynes           The General Theory of Employment, Interest
                                                                            and Money
            1944    Friedrich A. von Hayek          The Road to Serfdom
            1957    Milton Friedman                    A Theory of the Consumption Function
            1958    John Kenneth Galbraith          The Affluent Society
            1961    Jane Jacobs                            The Death and Life of Great American Cities
            1970    Helen Leavitt                          Superhighway-Superhoax
            1973    E.F. Schumacher                    Small Is Beautiful: A Study of Economics
                                                                            as if People Mattered
            1992    Ed Krol                                  The Whole Internet: Users Guide and Catalog

UTOPIAS AND DYSTOPIAS
            1895    H. G. Wells                            The Time Machine
            1896    Theodor Herzl                        The Jewish State
            1900    L. Frank Baum                       The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
            1906    J. M. Barrie                            Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens
            1915    Charlotte Perkins Gilman        Herland
            1932    Aldous Huxley                        Brave New World
            1933    James Hilton                           Lost Horizon
            1948    B. F. Skinner                          Walden Two
            1949    George Orwell                        Nineteen Eighty-Four
            1953    Ray Bradbury                          Fahrenheit 451
            1957    Ayn Rand                                Atlas Shrugged
            1962    Anthony Burgess                     A Clockwork Orange
            1985    Margaret Atwood                   The Handmaid's Tale

WAR, HOLOCAUST, TOTALITARIANISM
            1915    Arnold Toynbee                     Armenian Atrocities: The Murder of a Nation
            1919    John Reed                              Ten Days That Shook the World
            1919    Siegfried Sassoon                  The War Poems
            1920-  Jaroslav Hasek                       The Good Soldier Schweik (1920-23)
            1925-  Adolf Hitler                            Mein Kampf (1925-26)
            1928    Erich Maria Remarque           All Quiet on the Western Front
            1935-  Anna Akhmatova                     Requiem (1935-40)
            1940    Ernest Hemingway                 For Whom the Bell Tolls
            1941    Arthur Koestler                      Darkness at Noon
            1946    John Hersey                           Hiroshima
            1947    Anne Frank                            The Diary of a Young Girl
            1948    Winston Churchill                  The Gathering Storm
            1958    Elie Wiesel                            Night
            1966    Mao Zedong                         Quotations from Chairman Mao
            1970    Dee Alexander Brown           Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian
                                                                             History of the American West
            1973-   Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn      The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: An
                                                                            Experiment in Literary Investigation (1973-75)
            1977    Michael Herr                         Dispatches
            1986-   Art Spiegelman                     Maus: A Survivor's Tale (2 vols. 1986-91)

OPTIMISM, JOY, GENTILITY
            1896    Sarah Orne Jewett                 The Country of the Pointed Firs
            1903    Helen Keller                          The Story of My Life
            1911    G. K. Chesterton                   The Innocence of Father Brown
            1914    Juan Ramon Jimenez              Platero and I: An Andalusian Elegy
            1922    Emily Post                             Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics,
                                                                           and at Home
            1923    P. G. Wodehouse                  The Inimitable Jeeves
            1926    A. A. Milne                           Winnie-the-Pooh
            1931    Willa Cather                          Shadows on the Rock
            1931    Irma S. Rombauer                 The Joy of Cooking: A Compilation of
                                                                            Reliable Recipes with a Casual Culinary Chat
            1937    J. R. R. Tolkien                     The Hobbit
            1947    Margaret Wise Brown           Goodnight Moon
            1960    Harper Lee                            To Kill a Mockingbird
            1961    Langston Hughes                    The Best of Simple
            1983    Elizabeth Bishop                     The Complete Poems, 1927-1979

FAVORITES OF CHILDHOOD AND YOUTH
            1901    Beatrix Potter                         The Tale of Peter Rabbit
            1943    Betty Smith                             A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
            1950    C. S. Lewis                            The Lion, the Witch and the Wadrobe
            1951    J. D. Salinger                          The Catcher in the Rye
            1952    E. B. White                            Charlotte's Web
            1962    Ezra Jack Keats                     The Snowy Day
            1963    Maurice Sendak                     Where the Wild Things Are
            1985    Patricia Mac Lachlan              Sarah, Plain and Tall
 
 

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