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The New York Public Library's Books of the Century

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This wonderful volume takes readers on a literary tour of an exhilarating collection of over 150 important works by some of the greatest writers of our times. Included are such revolutionary texts as:

Ulysses (1922) James Joyce
Published in Paris and smuugled to the United States piecemeal by thrillseekers and literati alike, the first English editions of Ulysses were burned by the New York Post Office Authorities. Many called the novel modern, the law called it obscene. Marking a legal watershed, as well as a rare instance of judicial literary criticism, Judge John Woolsey lifted the ban on Ulysses in 1933, describing it as "brilliant and dull, intelligible and obscure by turns."

The Souls of Black Folk (1903) W.E.B. Du Bois
Bringing race to the center of the American consciousness, Du Bois deifed the poopular rhetoric of Booker T. Washington, who urged blacks to cheerful acceptance of second-class citizenship. John Edgar Wideman declared, "For the oppressed, Souls is a beacon, a rallying cry."

The Age of Innocence (1920) Edith Wharton
The year American women finally won suffrage, Edith Wharton published this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. In the words of Margaret McDowell, "It would be hard to find a book in which the problems of a group at a certain time are more carefully perceived, their manners and conventions more meticulously documented and criticized...and the conflicts between tradition and change more memorably dramatized."

Lolita (1955) Vladimir Nabokov
Referred to as "Sheer unrestrained pornography," and weathering several threatened and actual lawsuits, Lolita was a best-seller within a month of U.S. poublication. People of all ages went in search of a dirty book, and found, alas, a masterpiece.

Synopsis:

A result of the outcome of a survey presented to the librarians of The New York Public Library on the occasion of its centennial anniversary, this book takes readers on a thought-provoking tour of the last 100 years, through the medium of the printed word. From Ulysses to Mein Kampf, from Hisroshima to Goodnight, Moon, over 150 pivotal works are annotated, each introduced with a brief commentary illuminating the themes and issues the book addresses. 60 illustrations.

Synopsis:

What are the books that helped shape and define the last hundred years? This was the question put to the librarians of The New York Public Library as part of the Library's 100th anniversary celebration. Which books had influenced the course of events for good or ill? Which interpreted new worlds? Or delighted millions of readers? Their answers to these questions formed "Books of the Century," a highly popular exhibit during the Library's centennial celebration (1895 to 1995), highlighting an exhilarating collection of important works by some of the greatest writers of our times.

Now, the companion volume, The New York Public Library's Books of the Century takes readers on a thought-provoking tour of the last hundred years, through the medium of the printed word. Here readers will find over 150 pivotal works organized into topical categories, reflecting themes that have informed the century, among them "Mind and Spirit," "Protest and Progress," "Women Rise," or "Nature's Realm." Each is introduced with a brief commentary illuminating the themes and issues the books in that section address, followed by an annotation for each title offering a brief description and a key to its significance. The range of books is remarkable, embracing Chekhov's Three Sisters and Bram Stoker's Dracula, as well as Galbraith's The Affluent Society and Durkheim's Suicide, or Timothy Leary's The Politics of Ecstasy and W.E.B. Du Bois's The Souls of Black Folk. Readers will find many illuminating juxtapositions. In "Utopias and Dystopias," for instance, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, and Lost Horizon are in the unexpected company of Nineteen Eighty-four, A Clockwork Orange, Brave New World, and The Time Machine. The century's darkest moments are mirrored in "War, Holocaust, Totalitarianism," where we find Koestler's Darkness at Noon, Hersey's Hiroshima, Anne Frank's Diary, and Dee Brown's Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. But the volume ends on a happier note, with "Optimism, Joy, Gentility," and such wonderful works as Helen Keller's The Story of My Life, Shaw's Pygmalion, Margaret Wise Brown's Goodnight Moon, and Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird.

Illustrated throughout with imaginative paper cut-out murals by artist Diana Bryan, The New York Public Library's Books of the Century is a reflection of our times, featuring both the books we love--whether The Cat in the Hat or Ulysses--and books like The Surgeon General's Report or Mein Kampf that, for better or worse, have been an inescapable part of our century.

"For 100 years, the librarians of The New York Public Library have shared our passion for books with a diverse and literate public," said curator and editor Elizabeth Diefendorf. "That experience has given us a unique perspective in making our choices for the books of the century. We hoped that visitors to the exhibition, and now the readers of this book, will be drawn into our choices and reflect on what their own selections would be."

About the Author

Elizabeth Diefendorf, the curator for the Library's exhibition, "The Books of the Century," is the Frederick Phineas and Sandra Priest Rose Chief Librarian of the General Research Division, Center for the Humanities.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195117905
Editor:
Diefendorf, Elizabeth
Author:
Bryan, Diana
Editor:
Diefendorf, Elizabeth
Author:
null, Diana
Author:
null, Elizabeth
Author:
Diefendorf, Elizabeth
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Subject:
Civilization, Modern
Subject:
Bibliographies & Indexes
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century
Subject:
Books & Reading
Subject:
Literature, English
Subject:
Literature/English | American Literature | 20th C
Subject:
Reference-Bibliography and Library Science
Series Volume:
129
Publication Date:
19971031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
15 line illus.
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
7.3 x 5 x 0.6 in 0.5 lb

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"Synopsis" by , A result of the outcome of a survey presented to the librarians of The New York Public Library on the occasion of its centennial anniversary, this book takes readers on a thought-provoking tour of the last 100 years, through the medium of the printed word. From Ulysses to Mein Kampf, from Hisroshima to Goodnight, Moon, over 150 pivotal works are annotated, each introduced with a brief commentary illuminating the themes and issues the book addresses. 60 illustrations.

"Synopsis" by , What are the books that helped shape and define the last hundred years? This was the question put to the librarians of The New York Public Library as part of the Library's 100th anniversary celebration. Which books had influenced the course of events for good or ill? Which interpreted new worlds? Or delighted millions of readers? Their answers to these questions formed "Books of the Century," a highly popular exhibit during the Library's centennial celebration (1895 to 1995), highlighting an exhilarating collection of important works by some of the greatest writers of our times.

Now, the companion volume, The New York Public Library's Books of the Century takes readers on a thought-provoking tour of the last hundred years, through the medium of the printed word. Here readers will find over 150 pivotal works organized into topical categories, reflecting themes that have informed the century, among them "Mind and Spirit," "Protest and Progress," "Women Rise," or "Nature's Realm." Each is introduced with a brief commentary illuminating the themes and issues the books in that section address, followed by an annotation for each title offering a brief description and a key to its significance. The range of books is remarkable, embracing Chekhov's Three Sisters and Bram Stoker's Dracula, as well as Galbraith's The Affluent Society and Durkheim's Suicide, or Timothy Leary's The Politics of Ecstasy and W.E.B. Du Bois's The Souls of Black Folk. Readers will find many illuminating juxtapositions. In "Utopias and Dystopias," for instance, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, and Lost Horizon are in the unexpected company of Nineteen Eighty-four, A Clockwork Orange, Brave New World, and The Time Machine. The century's darkest moments are mirrored in "War, Holocaust, Totalitarianism," where we find Koestler's Darkness at Noon, Hersey's Hiroshima, Anne Frank's Diary, and Dee Brown's Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. But the volume ends on a happier note, with "Optimism, Joy, Gentility," and such wonderful works as Helen Keller's The Story of My Life, Shaw's Pygmalion, Margaret Wise Brown's Goodnight Moon, and Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird.

Illustrated throughout with imaginative paper cut-out murals by artist Diana Bryan, The New York Public Library's Books of the Century is a reflection of our times, featuring both the books we love--whether The Cat in the Hat or Ulysses--and books like The Surgeon General's Report or Mein Kampf that, for better or worse, have been an inescapable part of our century.

"For 100 years, the librarians of The New York Public Library have shared our passion for books with a diverse and literate public," said curator and editor Elizabeth Diefendorf. "That experience has given us a unique perspective in making our choices for the books of the century. We hoped that visitors to the exhibition, and now the readers of this book, will be drawn into our choices and reflect on what their own selections would be."

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