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The Top Ten Most Influential Travel Books | Travel. 50 Most Influential Books of the Last 50 (or so) Years. In compiling the books on this list, the editors at SuperScholar have tried to provide a window into the culture of the last 50 years. Ideally, if you read every book on this list, you will know how we got to where we are today. Not all the books on this list are “great.” The criterion for inclusion was not greatness but INFLUENCE. All the books on this list have been enormously influential. The books we chose required some hard choices. Because influence tends to be measured in years rather than months, it’s much easier to put older books (published in the 60s and 70s) on such a list than more recent books (published in the last decade).

We also tried to keep a balance between books that everyone buys and hardly anyone reads versus books that, though not widely bought and read, are deeply transformative. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 45. Darren Shan's top 10 books about outsiders for teenagers | Children's books. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess: 'Sometimes outsiders are not misunderstood heroes...' "I have always found books about 'outsiders' the most fascinating. I think each of us, in our own way, is an outsider, as 'normal' is something that we all determine for ourselves.

But it is undeniable that there is a general, perceived normality, and I am constantly drawn to stories about those who exist outside the boundaries of the established norms. To live life on your own terms is both the most liberating and terrifying of state-of-being, and I love seeing how different writers explore this theme. Darren Shan is the bestselling author of the horror series' The Saga of Darren Shan, the Demonata and the Saga of Larten Crepsley. Buy Zom-B City at the Guardian bookshop 1.

Misfits get bullied at a summer camp then set out to try to save a herd of buffalo from execution. 2. Teenagers in the second world war who feel ostracised from their parents and peers get their hands on a German machine gun. Keeping Track of Reading Habits With a ‘Book of Books’ 12 Months of Reading. 28 Books You Should Read If You Want To. Earlier this month Amazon released a list of 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime. It joins Esquire’s 80 Books Every Man Should Read, The Telegraph’s 100 Novels Everyone Should Read, Huffington Post’s more manageable 30 Books You Should Read Before You’re 30, and The Guardian’s ambitious and inflexible 1000 Novels Everyone Must Read.

These lists serve a purpose if you’re Jay Gatsby furnishing a library or if you’ve, say, just arrived from Mars and have no knowledge of Earth books. What they miss is that one of the greatest rewards of a reading life is discovery. In my 10 years working at bookstores, no one ever came in and asked me what they should read before their death — they would ask me what my favorite book was, or if there were any great new books no one was talking about, or they would just want me to leave them alone so they could explore on their own.

I discovered one of my favorite books because the author called our store and charmed the living daylights out of me. Great Books of the Western World. The Great Books (second edition) Great Books of the Western World is a series of books originally published in the United States in 1952 by Encyclopædia Britannica Inc. to present the Great Books in a single package of 54 volumes. The series is now in its second edition and contains 60 volumes. The original editors of the series chose three criteria for inclusion: a book must be relevant to contemporary issues, and not only important in its historical context; it must reward rereading; and it must be a part of "the great conversation about the great ideas," relevant to at least 25 of the 102 great ideas identified by the editors. Books were not chosen on the basis of ethnic or cultural inclusiveness, historical influence, or the editors' agreement with the views expressed.[1] History[edit] After debates about what to include and how to present it, with an eventual budget of $2,000,000, the project was ready.

Sales were initially poor. Volumes[edit] Volume 1 The Great Conversation Volume 2. Harvard Classics. Charles William Eliot, compiler and editor of the Harvard Classics anthology. The Harvard Classics, originally known as Dr. Eliot's Five Foot Shelf, is a 51-volume anthology of classic works from world literature, compiled and edited by Harvard University president Charles W. Eliot and first published in 1909.[1] Eliot had stated in speeches that the elements of a liberal education could be obtained by spending 15 minutes a day reading from a collection of books that could fit on a five-foot shelf. Eliot worked for one year with William A. Contents[edit] The Harvard Classics Shelf of Fiction[edit] The Harvard Classics Shelf of Fiction was selected by Charles W. Enduring success[edit] As Adam Kirsch, writing for Harvard magazine in 2001, notes, "It is surprisingly easy, even today, to find a complete set of the Harvard Classics in good condition.

Similar compendia[edit] References[edit] Further reading and external links[edit] 100 Best Novels ? Modern Library. ULYSSES by James Joyce Written as an homage to Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey, Ulysses follows its hero, Leopold Bloom, through the streets of Dublin. Overflowing with puns, references to classical literature, and stream-of-consciousness writing, this is a complex, multilayered novel about one day in the life of an ordinary man. Initially banned in the United States but overturned by a legal challenge by Random House’s Bennett Cerf, Ulysses was called “a memorable catastrophe” (Virginia Woolf), “a book to which we are all indebted” (T.

S. Eliot), and “the most faithful X-ray ever taken of the ordinary human consciousness” (Edmund Wilson). Click here to read more about ULYSSES THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Set in the Jazz Age, The Great Gatsby tells the story of the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby, his decadent parties, and his love for the alluring Daisy Buchanan. A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN by James Joyce Click here to read more about A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN U.S.A. Lists of Great Book Recommendations from Flashlight Worthy. The Top 10 Banned books of all time - ShortLists. All-Time Top Ten Lists | A List of Books | 623 of the Best Books Ever Written.

CCLaP 100 reviews and answers Is It a Classic? The 100 Most Influential Books Ever Written (book) The 100 Most Influential Books Ever Written: The History of Thought from Ancient Times to Today (1998) is a book of intellectual history written by Martin Seymour-Smith, a British poet, critic, and biographer.[1] The list included the books such as, Upanishads, Hebrew Bible, I Ching, Kabbalah, Candide, The World as Will and Idea, among others. See also[edit] References[edit] Jump up ^ Seymour-Smith, Martin (1998).

The 100 most influential books ever written : the history of thought from ancient times to today. Secaucus, N.J.: Carol Publ. Group. External links[edit] The list. Books That Shaped America - National Book Festival. The Library of Congress, the world’s largest repository of knowledge and information, began a multiyear “Celebration of the Book” with an exhibition on “Books That Shaped America.” The initial books in the exhibition are displayed below. “This list is a starting point,” said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. “It is not a register of the ‘best’ American books – although many of them fit that description.

Rather, the list is intended to spark a national conversation on books written by Americans that have influenced our lives, whether they appear on this initial list or not.” We hope you will view the list, discuss it with your friends and family, and most importantly, choose to read and discuss some of the books on this list, reflecting America’s unique and extraordinary literary heritage, which the Library of Congress makes available to the world. Visit the online exhibition Show entries Search: Showing 1 to 88 of 88 entries Top. Full list: Library of Congress' 88 'Books That Shaped America' WASHINGTON--The Library of Congress is celebrating "Books that Shaped America" with a list of 88 titles and an exhibit in Washington. The library released its picks of the most influential books Friday. Librarian of Congress James Billington says the titles aren't meant as "best" books.

Instead, he says the library wants to spark a conversation about books that influenced the nation. The list begins with Benjamin Franklin's "Experiments and Observations on Electricity" from 1751. The library wants the public to nominate other titles at Full list, from the Library of Congress -- Benjamin Franklin, "Experiments and Observations on Electricity" (1751). -- Benjamin Franklin, "Poor Richard Improved" (1758) and "The Way to Wealth.

" -- Thomas Paine, "Common Sense" (1776). -- Noah Webster, "A Grammatical Institute of the English Language" (1783). -- "The Federalist" (1787). -- "A Curious Hieroglyphick Bible" (1788). -- Amelia Simmons, "American Cookery" (1796). -- L. -- F. The mother of all reading lists: Some other suggestions for your beach reading. Top 10 Best Novels of the Last 20 Years. Books The ten novels on this list all substantiate the belief that books are the most elastic, introspective, human and entertaining form of media that exist.

Not movies, not music, not art, not the theatre. A famous author once said that novels are the best way for two human beings to connect with each other. I believe this, and I believe that people who do not find pleasure in words have never had the opportunity to read one of the great novels. The first introductions students often have to literature are stale century-old books that do not translate well to this new modern era. Frankly they are boring, and a lot of kids drift into the living room and turn on the television and stay glued for the rest of their lives. Music for Torching by A.M. First Sentence: ”It is after midnight on one of those Friday nights when the guests have all gone home and the host and hostess are left in their drunkenness to try and put things right again.” As the only woman on the list, A. Fight Club The Road. Emerging Writers Network: Novella Month - Guest Post by Kyle Minor.

10 Great Fictional Books Out of Copyright. MFA Reading List from Queens College. The Official MFA Reading List One of our commitments as an MFA program in Creative Writing and Translation is to immerse ourselves in various literary traditions and to encourage students to see themselves as members of a community of writers practicing a range of different styles, techniques, and writerly strategies.

In the interest of placing student work in dialogue with the work of – in particular – 20th century writers, mostly working in English, mostly in the U.S., we have compiled a list of texts which we expect our students to read in time for their Orals Examination at the end of their four semesters of course work. The reading list is separated into Fiction, Poetry, Drama, Non-Fiction and Translation. You should make a list of thirty texts: fifteen from your genre of focus, five from another genre, five from the criticism list and five outside texts not on the list of your own choosing.

Fiction Short Stories Novels Criticisms Poetry Poetry Criticism and Theory of Poetry T.S. Drama Plays. Literary losers - / syllabi. May 11 2009 Mark Sarvas Cover of Vladimir Nabokov's Pnin(Bard, 1969) Long before reviewers tyrannically demanded sympathetic and likable protagonists, literature was reliably populated by leading men of a less bland stripe. It’s hard for me to understand why someone would want to spend their reading hours in the company of the virtuous, the accomplished, and the capable, when failure is so much more interesting—and, sadly, altogether more common.

Today, we call them antiheroes (it’s more polite), but to me, they will always be literature’s losers—tormented, feckless, sometimes lovable, sometimes not, but almost always heartbreaking. Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis Trapped in an unwanted relationship, unable to get his work published, and clinging tenuously to his academic career, poor, embittered Jim Dixon can’t seem to catch a break. The Quiet American by Graham Greene Seize the Day by Saul Bellow Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John Le Carré. Claude lévi-strauss - / syllabi.

Nov 6 2009 Bret McCabe When French anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss passed away October 30, a few weeks shy of his 101st birthday, he left behind a towering body of work that dramatically impacted his field and influenced the wave of French thought that hit American universities in the 1970s, from Michel Foucault to Jacques Lacan. Lévi-Strauss, though, originally studied philosophy, and it wasn't until traveling and living in Brazil in the late 1930s that he began to focus on ethnographic and ethnological research.

Tristes Tropiques Lévi-Strauss loved music, recognizing it as a human language capable of crossing cultural lines more easily and readily than actual spoken tongues, and this 1955 book is one of his most accessible and symphonic. Structural Anthropology Lévi-Strauss spent a good part of World War II in New York, where he met a few of the founders of American anthropology, such as Franz Boas and Alfred Kroeber, and attended lectures by linguist Roman Jakobson. Totemism. The Best Science Fiction Books (According to Reddit) - StumbleUpon. Recently, someone asked Reddit for a list of the best science fiction books of all time. Being a fan of sci-fi, and wanting to expand my own reading list, I thought it would be helpful to tally the results and preserve them here for future reference.

I've also included selected quotes from the comments, as well as my own notes on the books I've already read. PS: All book images in this post are copyright Amazon, and were retrieved using my Big Book Search Engine. So, without further ado, here are the Greatest Sci-Fi Books of All Time, ordered by upvote count: Dune Frank Herbert - 1965 "There's a reason it's the global top selling science fiction book of all time.

" - NibblyPig If you have a chance, track down the excellent full cast audiobook (unabridged!) The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams - 1979 "I really love the cool combination of humor, philosophy, and sheer nuttiness of the entire series. " - Scarbrow Ender's Game Orson Scott Card - 1985 Foundation Trilogy Isaac Asimov - 1942. Seven SF novels for radicals, utopians, and dreamers | There Is No Alternative. So what is SF? Partially a hazy roadmap, partially a utopian dream, and very often a mirror of present conditions, the genre resists settled categorisation just as it resists elevation to the hallowed heights of literary fiction. Where to start? 1) Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars series. The three books, Red Mars, Green Mars and Blue Mars articulate a vision of a future well informed not only by possible technological progress but by history, sociology, and politics.

Poetic and evocative, they are well worth a read by anyone wishing to give texture to their dreams of space. 2) Ken MacLeod’s Fall Revolution Series, particularly The Star Fraction, The Stone Canal and The Cassini Division. Optimistic on technological progress, realistic on real world geopolitics, realpolitik, and on “with how little care the world is run.” 3) Iain M. The Culture novels are best described as a cross between an anarcho-syndicalist post-scarcity utopia, and a liberal utopia and mirror of the Now. 4) Ursula K. 10 Science Fiction Novels You Pretend to Have Read (And Why You Should Actually Read Them) If you die in the game, you die in REAL LIFE - books mmorpg sciencefiction. Futurology Reading List - Fiction & Non-Fiction : Futurology. The stars of modern SF pick the best science fiction. 17 of the Most Literary Science Fiction Novels. John Cartan - 20 Strange and Wonderful Books.

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The 2012 Warlord Loop Reading List. The 25 best reads on the web this year. Podcast: Daniel Mendelsohn on the Books That Changed His Life. Brian Eno’s Reading List: 20 Essential Books for Sustaining Civilization. 15 Books by Women to Read Now (or Very Soon): A Reading List. Stephen King's 10 favorite books - ‘The Golden Argosy,’ edited by Van H. Cartmell and Charles Grayson. The Greatest Books of All Time, As Voted by 125 Famous Authors.

Reading List: Artists’ Selections from the MoMA Library Collection. Summer Reading: Books by teachers about teaching. Raerth comments on Reddit's Favourite Books. Does r/trees like to read? : trees. What Terry Pratchett book should I read first? - terrypratchett books fiction. 18 (Free) Books Ernest Hemingway Wished He Could Read Again for the First Time. What books can help me read a landscape? - landscape cityscape urbangeography. Lone Star Statements. Beyond Poe: canonical short stories - shortstories literature writing.

Innovative Book Designs - books innovation content. The best food books of the decade. Sheila Heti's top 10 books that began as speech. Microhistories of the Mundane: 10 Books About Everyday Stuff. Books I read in 2012 — next big thing syndrome. A Year in Reading: Matt Dojny. 2012: A Year in Books | The Chicago Blog. Online "Best of 2012" Book Lists. Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Online Book Lists. 100 Best Novels as listed in 1898. The 50 Books Everyone Needs to Read, 1963-2013. The AskHistorians Master Book List : AskHistorians. AskHistorians Master Book List II : AskHistorians. History of Earth: (The 10 Books You Absolutely Must Read to Understand the )

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