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50 Worst Books of the 20th Century

Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s “50 Worst Books of the 20th Century” (Non-fiction) Earlier this year, the Modern Library published a list styled The Hundred Best Nonfiction Books of the Twentieth Century. A list of significant books can make a compelling statement about how we are to understand an age. In judging the quality of a book, […]

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1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

Each work of literature listed here is a seminal work key to understanding and appreciating the written word. These works have been handpicked by a team of international critics and literary luminaries, including Derek Attridge (world expert on James Joyce), Cedric Watts (renowned authority on Joseph Conrad and Graham Greene), Laura Marcus (noted Virginia Woolf […]

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100 Classic Books You Must Read Before You Die

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100 Best Non-Fiction Books of the 20th Century

Here is the 100 best books of the 20th century by National Review 2006 edition: The Second World War by Winston Churchill The Gulag Archipelago: 1918-1956 by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell The Road to Serfdom: Fiftieth Anniversary Edition by F. A. Hayek The Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters of George […]

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Harold Bloom’s “The Western Canon”

Literary critic Harold Bloom’s controversial list of the books that shaped Western culture, from his The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages. I have tried to list inexpensive English-language editions whenever possible. Occasionally the edition or translator will not precisely match that specified by Bloom; this seems unavoidable. The Epic of Gilgamesh […]