A Century of Best Books — Wilton Library
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A Century of Best Books

THE LANGUAGE OF LITERATURE
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, 1908
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton, 1911
Dubliners by James Joyce, 1914
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway, 1926
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf, 1927
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, 1939
The Stranger by Albert Camus, 1942
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, 1947
Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White, 1952
Collected Poems by William Butler Yeats, 1956
The Palace Walk, Palace of Desire, Sugar Street (Cairo Trilogy) by Naguib Mahfouz, 1957
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss, 1957
Complete Poems of Robert Frost by Robert Frost, 1958
The Elements of Style by Williams Stunk, Jr. and E. B. White, 1959
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard, 1974

THE HISTORICAL RECORD
Abraham Lincoln by Carol Sandberg, 1926
The Story of Civilization by Will and Ariel Durant, 1935
All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren, 1946
Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler, 1947
Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton, 1948
A History of the English Speaking Peoples by Winston Churchill, 1956
Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak, 1957
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, 1958
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William Shirer, 1960
A Distant Mirror by Barbara Tuchman, 1978
Wild Swans by Jung Chang, 1991
Truman by David McCullough, 1992
No Ordinary Time by Doris Kearns Goodwin, 1994

PERSONAL ODYSSEYS
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, 1902
The Call of the Wild by Jack London, 1903
Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe, 1929
Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen, 1937
Long Day’s Journey into Night by Eugene O’Neill, 1940
The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton, 1948
Rabbit, Run by John Updike, 1960
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn, 1962
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle, 1962
The Shipping News by Annie Proulx, 1993

PORTRAITS OF AN ERA
Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann, 1900
Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey, 1918
My Antonia by Willa Cather, 1918
Main Street by Sinclair Lewis, 1920
A Passage to India by E.M. Forster, 1924
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1925
Goodbye to All That by Robert Graves, 1929
The Good Earth by Pearl Buck, 1935
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, 1936
From Here to Eternity by James Jones, 1951
On the Road by Jack Kerouac, 1957
And the Band Played On by Randy Shilts, 1987

GROUNDBREAKERS
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, 1906
Native Son by Richard Wright, 1940
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, 1945
The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer, 1948
1984 by George Orwell, 1949
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, 1955
Lolita by Vladimir Nabakov, 1955
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson, 1962
The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan, 1963
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 1967
The Double Helix by James Watson, 1968
On Death and Dying by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, 1969
Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret by Judy Blume, 1970
Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child, 1973

BEING HUMAN
Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust, 1922-1931
An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser, 1925
Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne, 1926
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, 1929
Man’s Fate by Andre Malraux, 1933
The Trial by Franz Kafka, 1937
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, 1943
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, 1949
The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell, 1949
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, 1952
Letters and Papers from Prison by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 1953
Lord of the Flies by William Golding, 1954
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, 1957
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, 1960
Beloved by Toni Morrison, 1960
Collected Stories by William Trevor, 1992

DELIGHTS AND DIVERSIONS
The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett, 1896
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, 1898
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, 1899
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, 1900
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle, 1902
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter, 1902
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie, 1904
The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy, 1906
Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw, 1914
Renascence and Other Poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay, 1917
The Inimitable Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse, 1924
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, 1935
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, 1937
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, 1947
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, 1950
Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas by Dylan Thomas, 1953
Growing Up by Russell Baker, 1982