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For discerning bibliophiles and readers who enjoy unforgettable classic literature, 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die is a trove of reviews covering a century of memorable writing. Each work of literature featured here is a seminal work key to understanding and appreciating the written word.The featured 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 ...
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Overview

For discerning bibliophiles and readers who enjoy unforgettable classic literature, 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die is a trove of reviews covering a century of memorable writing. Each work of literature featured here is a seminal work key to understanding and appreciating the written word.The featured 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 expert), and David Mariott (poet and expert on African-American literature), among some twenty others.Addictive, browsable, knowledgeable—1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die will be a boon companion for anyone who loves good writing and an inspiration for anyone who is just beginning to discover a love of books. Each entry is accompanied by an authoritative yet opinionated critical essay describing the importance and influence of the work in question. Also included are publishing history and career details about the authors, as well as reproductions of period dust jackets and book designs.
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Many reference works are highly enjoyable to browse, and some are downright addictive! Case in point: these two delightful compilations of all the awesome albums to hear and books to read before departing Planet Earth. Organized chronologically (Albums are sorted by decade and Books by century), the two volumes devote a page-long entry to each album and/or book summarizing what makes it exceptional. Quibbles naturally abound, but the point here is not to agree but to simply have fun leafing through the glossy pages. You need not order these for your library, but you probably wouldn't mind keeping them for yourself. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789313706
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 3/7/2006
  • Series: The 1001 Series
  • Pages: 960
  • Product dimensions: 6.78 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 2.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Peter Boxall is a lecturer in English Literature at the University of Sussex. He has published widely on twentieth and twenty-first century fiction and drama.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2006

    Disappointing

    The selections here are rather arbitrary and slanted toward modern literature. My gripe is that there are many books listed for a few choice authors (for example Thomas Pynchon (5 books), Paul Auster (9 books) Ian McEwan (10 books), J.M. Coetzee (11 books) Graham Greene (9 books), while other excellent (and unique) authors are not even mentioned, notably C.S. Lewis, and where is John Crowley? At least Jim Crace gets a nod with one book. The best sections are the pre 1900's -- good for books you might not have heard of.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2009

    756 and counting...

    By sticking with the ridiculous amount, 1,001, I could just picture the editors throwing in books by authors they obviously have a bias towards (Margaret Atwood - 6 books and only one Willa Cather!!) many of which didn't deserve a mention. As with the 1,001 gardens to visit before one dies, the eyes glaze over, the heart slows and it all becomes a sea of sameness. I slogged through this tome three times and maybe gleaned a list of 25 books that I'd never heard of or wanted to try and read again because I couldn't seem to manage them back in college (Middlemarch comes to mind). It is definitely entertaining as one sits back and ponders the effect a certain novel may have had in shocking the literary establishment whether it was in 1850 or 1985 and now seems dull and drab. If the number had been 101 books, ah, then we'd have something to sink our teeth into. Then the list would have had that meaningful, judgmental, focused, best of the best type attitude. This way the editors can run and hide behind their hundreds of books, hundreds of which don't deserve to be in here.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2006

    Just OK...

    This book is divided into sections by century and provides a brief essay on each book. It is nicely illustrated with photos and drawings of the authors, book covers and the time period however it pays way too much attention to the post-1950's for my taste. Other reviews I have read complain that it almost complete ignores literature outside of the Western tradition. Still it provides an interesting list of books to consider, some of which are diamonds in the rough I never would have discovered on my own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2009

    Love2Read

    The first thing I did was go through the titles and check which ones I had read already leaving many, many for me to read in the future. Belonging to a book club, this will be an invaluable tool when looking for a book to recommend. Like other ....things you must do in your life, this is fun, a good place to start and easy to use.

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