New York Public Library's Books of the Century

New York Public Library's Books of the Century

by Elizabeth Diefendorf, Diana Bryan
     
 

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Based on the results of a survey of the New York Public Library's staff on the occasion of the institution's 100th anniversary, Books of the Century is a broad and erudite survey of the greatest literature produced in the 20th century. A great place to start building a library.See more details below

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Based on the results of a survey of the New York Public Library's staff on the occasion of the institution's 100th anniversary, Books of the Century is a broad and erudite survey of the greatest literature produced in the 20th century. A great place to start building a library.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Last May, to celebrate its centennial, the New York Public Library exhibited works selected from titles recommended by its librarians. Diefendorf, the curator of the exhibit, has put together this list of classics that have had deep or enduring influence, whether for good or not, or attracted millions of readers. This work collects the approximately 175 exhibition titles into 11 categories, such as Landmarks of Modern Literature and Favorites of Childhood and Youth, and briefly describes each work, noting its significance. It is illustrated with the cutouts designed by Diana Bryant for the original exhibit. The range of books is wide and diverse, moving from Jean-Paul Sartre's Being and Nothingness to Benjamin Spock's Common Sense Book of Baby Care, the Surgeon General's Report on Smoking, Winnie-the-Pooh, a Family of Man photographic exhibition, and quotations from Chairman Mao. There is, unfortunately, no alphabetical list of titles through which a reader could easily locate the presence or description (and page number) of a particular work. Still, this is a welcome follow-up to the exhibit and will intrigue those who love books. Particularly of interest to public libraries, book clubs, and others who collect "great books" lists.-Nancy Patterson Shires, East Carolina Univ., Greenville, N.C.
Booknews
A celebration of the NYPL's centenary. The books were selected by public service and research librarians and the crisp one-page descriptions of these pivotal works were written by staff. A pretty little book (5"x8"); it tries to hide its glued binding in foot- and headbands. Deserves far better than this cheap construction. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760774687
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
07/22/2005
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.58(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

About the Editor:
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.

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