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List:  New York Public Library's Books of the Century


The Handmaid's Tale (1986) - Margaret Atwood (1939-)  (Grade:C+)

Fahrenheit 451 (1953) - Ray Bradbury (08/22/1920 -06/05/2012)  (Grade:A-)

A Clockwork Orange (1962) - Anthony Burgess (2/25.1917 -11/22/1993)  (Grade:A)

Silent Spring (1962) - Rachel Carson (1907-1964)  (Grade:F)

The Diary of a Young Girl : The Definitive Edition (1947) - Anne Frank (1929-1945)  (Grade:A)

Catch-22 (1961) - Joseph Heller (05/01/1923 -12/12/1999)  (Grade:A)

Lost Horizon (1933) - James Hilton (1900 -1954)  (Grade:A)

The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961) - Jane Jacobs (05/14/1916-04/26/2006)  (Grade:A-)

The Varieties of Religious Experience (1902) - William James (1842 -1910)  (Grade:F)

Ulysses (1922) - James Joyce (2/02/1882 -1/13/1941)  (Grade:F)

The Metamorphosis; and other stories (1915) - Franz Kafka (07/03/1883 -06/03/1924)  (Grade:C+)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1962) - Ken Kesey (1935-)  (Grade:A+)

Kim (1901) - Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)  (Grade:A)

To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) - Harper Lee (1926-)  (Grade:A+)

1984 (1949) - George Orwell (06/25/1903 -1/21/1949)  (Grade:A+)

The Catcher in the Rye (1951) - J. D. Salinger (1/01/1919 -1/27/2010)  (Grade:A+)

The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956 : An Experiment in Literary Investigation (Volume I) (1973) - Aleksandr Isaevich Solzhenitsyn (12/11/1918 -8/03/2008)  (Grade:A+)

The Lord of the Rings [The Hobbit (1937), The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King] (1948) - J.R.R. Tolkien (01/03/1892 -09/02/1973)  (Grade:A+)

Night (1958) - Elie Wiesel (1928-)  (Grade:A)

The Autobiography of Malcolm X (1965) - Malcolm X (5/19/1925 -2/21/1965)  (Grade:A+)

Things Fall Apart (1958) - Chinua Achebe (1930-)  (Grade:A+)

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969) - Maya Angelou (1928-)  (Grade:B)

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) - L. Frank Baum (1856 -1919)  (Grade:A+)

Waiting for Godot (1948) - Samuel Beckett (4/13/1906 -12/22/1989)  (Grade:F)

Ficciones (1944) - Jorge Luis Borges (8/24/1899 -6/14/1986)  (Grade:B)

Tarzan of the Apes (1912) - Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950)  (Grade:A+)

The Stranger (1946) - Albert Camus (11/07/1913 -1/04/1960)  (Grade:C+)

The Big Sleep (1939) - Raymond Chandler (7/23/1888 -3/26/1959)  (Grade:A+)

Lord Jim (1900) - Joseph Conrad (12/03/1857 -8/03/1924)  (Grade:B)

The USA Trilogy: (The 42nd Parallel, 1930; Nineteen Nineteen, 1932; The Big Money, 1936) () - John Dos Passos (1896 -1970)  (Grade:C)

The Lover (1984) - Marguerite Duras (1914-1996)  (Grade:F)

Invisible Man (1952) - Ralph Ellison (3/01/1913 -4/16/1994)  (Grade:C)

The Great Gatsby (1925) - F. Scott Fitzgerald (9/24/1896 -12/21/1940)  (Grade:B)

A Passage to India (1924) - E.M. Forster (1879-1970)  (Grade:B)

The Affluent Society (1958) - John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-)  (Grade:F)

Riders of the Purple Sage (1912) - Zane Grey (1872-1939)  (Grade:A)

Hiroshima (1946) - John Hersey (6/17/1914 -3/24/1993)  (Grade:B)

Brave New World (1932) - Aldous Huxley (1894 -1963)  (Grade:A)

The Golden Bowl, or actually,The Turn of the Screw (in lieu of The Golden Bowl) () - Henry James (4/15/1843 -2/28/1916)  (Grade:B)

The Country of the Pointed Firs (1896) - Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909)  (Grade:B)

On the Road (1957) - Jack Kerouac (3/12/1922 -10/21/1969)  (Grade:F)

The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money (1936) - John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946)  (Grade:F)

Darkness at Noon (1941) - Arthur Koestler (1905-1983)  (Grade:A+)

The Golden Notebook (1962) - Doris Lessing (-)  (Grade:F)

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950) - C.S. Lewis (11/29/1898 -11/22/1963)  (Grade:A+)

One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) - Gabriel García Márquez (1928-)  (Grade:F)

Lolita (1955) - Vladimir Nabokov (4/22/1899 -7/02/1977)  (Grade:A)

Six Characters in Search of an Author (1921) - Luigi Pirandello (1867 -1936)  (Grade:C+)

All Quiet on the Western Front (1928) - Erich Maria Remarque (1898-1970)  (Grade:C)

Wide Sargasso Sea (1966) - Jean Rhys (1890-1979)  (Grade:F-)

Portnoy's Complaint (1969) - Phillip Roth (3/19/1933 -5/22/2018)  (Grade:F)

The Grapes of Wrath (1939) - John Steinbeck (2/27/1902 -12/20/1968)  (Grade:A-)

The Color Purple (1982) - Alice Walker (1944 -)  (Grade:B+)

The Day of the Locust (1939) - Nathanael West (1902-1940)  (Grade:C-)

The Age of Innocence (1920) - Edith Wharton (1/24/1862 -8/11/1937)  (Grade:A)

To the Lighthouse (1927) - Virginia Woolf (1/25/1882 -3/28/1941)  (Grade:F)

Native Son (1940) - Richard Wright (9/04/1908 -11/28/1960)  (Grade:C+)