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THE WORLD'S 100 GREATEST BOOKS

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The World's 100 Greatest Books. The collection consists of 70 novels and epic poems from writers from Homer to Harper Lee, 15 plays from Aeschylus to Arthur Miller, eight philosophical works from Aristotle to John Dewey, and seven titles dealing with science and civilization from Plato to Oswald Spengler. Each presentation is composed of a quick look at the writer's life, a brief consideration of how the book fits into the writer's oeuvre, some historical context, a lengthy plot summary, and some critical commentary at the end. The amount of time devoted to each portion varies from book to book, with many presentations consisting almost entirely of plot summaries. The titles examined present few surprises, with the most daring selection being Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon. The 20th century is seemingly lacking in great works since there are no titles by such luminaries as William Faulkner, James Joyce, Thomas Mann, Willa Cather, Virginia Woolf, Samuel Beckett, Tennessee Williams, Vladimir Nabokov, or Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Five plays by Shakespeare are included but not King Lear, while The Sun Also Rises is not among the three selections from Ernest Hemingway. The timidity indicated by the selections is also evident in the presentations, as when the listener is told that while Voltaire's Candide might seem "boring and intellectual," its satire is actually as funny as television programs such as Saturday Night Live. Hyperbole abounds, as in the Iliad and the Odyssey being called the greatest works of literature and Charles Dickens being named the greatest English writer. Other quibbles include the editors' dismissal of the notion that the governess in Henry James's The Turn of the Screw may be sexually repressed, while no effort is made to place Herman Melville's Moby Dick in the context of the development of American literature.

BOOKS LIST:

001 The Iliad - Homer
002 The Odyssey - Homer
003 The Aeneid - Virgil
004 Beowulf - Unknown
005 The Divine Comedy - Dante Alighieri
006 The Travels of Marco Polo - Marco Polo
007 The Canterbury Tales - Geoffrey Chaucer
008 Don Quixote - Cervantes
009 Paradise Lost - John Milton
010 The Pilgrim's Progress - John Bunyan
011 Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe
012 Moll Flanders - Daniel Defoe
013 Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift
014 Tom Jones - Henry Fielding
015 Candide - Voltaire
016 The Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Samuel Taylor Coleridge
017 The Tragedy of Faust - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
018 The Lady of the Lake - Sir Walter Scott
019 Ivanhoe - Sir Walter Scott
020 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
021 Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
022 The Red and the Black - Stendahl
023 The Last of the Mohicans - James Fenimore Cooper
024 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
025 Carmen - Prosper Merimee
026 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
027 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
028 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
029 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
030 A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
031 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
032 The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne
033 Camille - Alexandre Dumas
034 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
035 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
036 Idyls of the King - Alfred Lord Tennyson
037 Silas Marner - George Eliot
038 Middlemarch - George Eliot
039 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
040 Fathers and Sons - Ivan Turgenev
041 Crime and Punishment - Feodor Dostoyevsky
042 The Brothers Karamazov - Feodor Dostoyevsky
043 Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
044 Far From the Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
045 The Adventures of Ton Sawyer - Mark Twain
046 The Prince and the Pauper - Mark Twain
047 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
048 A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court - Mark Twain
049 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
050 War and Peace - Leo Tolstory
051 The Return of the Native - Thomas Hardy
052 Toss of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
053 The Portrait of a Lady - Henry James
054 The Turn of the Screw - Henry James
055 Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
056 The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
057 The Time Machine - H. G. Wells
058 Dracula - Bram Stoker
059 The Way of All Flesh - Samuel Butler
060 Call of the Wild - Jack London
061 Babbitt - Sinclair Lewis
062 An American Tragedy - Theodore Dreiser
063 The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
064 A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemingway
065 For Whom the Bell Tolls - Ernest Hemingway
066 The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
067 The Maltese Falcon - Dashiell Hammett
068 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
069 The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
070 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
071 The Republic - Plato
072 The Prince - Machiavelli
073 The Social Contract - Jean-Jacques Rousseau
074 The Wealth of Nations - Adam Smith
075 The Origin of Species - Charles Darwin
076 Das Kapital - Karl Marx
077 The Decline of the West - Oswald Spengler
078 Prometheus Bound - Aeschylus
079 Oedipus Rex - Sophocles
080 The Taming of the Shrew - William Shakespeare
081 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
082 Othello - William Shakespeare
083 Macbeth - William Shakespeare
084 The Tempest - William Shakespeare
085 Tartuffe - Moliere
086 Peer Gynt - Henrik Ibsen
087 A Doll's House - Henrik Ibsen
088 The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde
089 Cyrano de Bergerac - Edmond Rostand
090 The Cherry Orchard - Anton Chekhov
091 Our Town - Thornton Wilder
092 Death of a Salesman - Arthur Miller
093 The Nicomachean Ethics - Aristotle
094 Meditations - Rene Descartes
095 The Critique of Pure Reason - Immanuel Kant
096 The World as Will and Idea - Arthur Schopenhauer
097 Nature - Ralph Waldo Emerson
098 Self-Reliance - Ralph Waldo Emerson
099 Walden - Henry David Thoreau
100 How We Think - John Dewey

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