The Century in Books

I have seen the A Century in Books idea float around on several books, and they all seem to have been inspired by Stuck in a Book. The idea is to select 100 books, each published in a different year of a 100-year time period, so that you end up with 100 books that cover 100 years.

I picked the twentieth century and decided not to set myself a time limit. However, to make it a little more challenging, I will restrict myself by choosing as much as possible from books I already own. I will go by the date the book was originally published, not the edition I have. Do I dare hope that this will make a little dent into my TBR pile?

1900     Sister Carrie, Theodore Dreiser
1901     Man and Superman, George Bernhard Shaw
1902     The Story of My Life, Helen Keller
1903     The Call of the Wild, Jack London
1904     The Diary of Adam and Eve, Mark Twain
1905     The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton
1906     The Confusions of Young Törless, Robert Musil
1907     The Willows, Algernon Blackwood
1908     The Man Who Was Thursday, G. K. Chesterton
1909     The Wanderer, Knut Hamsun
1910     Wildfire, Zane Grey
1911
1912
1913
1914
1915     Of Human Bondage, W. Somerset Maugham
1916
1917
1918     Man of Straw, Heinrich Mann
1919     Winesburg, Ohio, Sherwood Anderson
1920     The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton
1921
1922     Jacob’s Room, Virginia Woolf
1923     The Ladies of Lyndon, Margaret Kennedy
1924     The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Agatha Christie
1925     Manhattan Transfer, John Dos Passos
1926     My Mortal Enemy, Willa Cather
1927
1928     Lady Chatterley’s Lover, D. H. Lawrence
1929     All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque
1930     Not So Quiet …, Helen Zenna Smith
1931
1932
1933     Lost Horizon, James Hilton
1934
1935     The House in Paris, Elizabeth Bowen
1936     Absolom, Absolom, William Faulkner
1937     After Midnight, Irmgard Keun
1938
1939     Good Morning, Midnight, Jean Rhys
1940     Casanova in Bolzano, Sándor Márai
1941
1942     Go Down, Moses, William Faulkner
1943     A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith
1944     Transit, Anna Segher
1945     Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
1946     Cry, The Beloved Country, Alan Paton
1947     Every Man Dies Alone, Hans Fallada
1948
1949     On Overgrown Paths, Knut Hamsun
1950     The Ballad of the Sad Café, Carson McCullers
1951     The End of the Affair, Graham Greene
1952     Thousand Cranes, Yasunari Kawabata
1953     Go Tell It on the Mountain, James Baldwin
1954     Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead, Barbara Comyns
1955     The Quiet American, Graham Greene
1956
1957     Angel, Elizabeth Taylor
1958
1959     The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson
1960     The Country Girls, Edna O’Brien
1961
1962
1963
1964
1965
1966     In True Blood, Truman Capote
1967     House Made of Dawn, N. Scott Momaday
1968     True Grit, Charles Portis
1969
1970
1971     Malina, Ingeborg Bachmann
1972
1973
1974
1975
1976
1977
1978
1979
1980     Housekeeping, Marilynne Robinson
1981
1982     A Pale View of Hills, Kazuo Ishiguro
1983     Kassandra, Christa Wolf
1984
1985
1986     The Assignment, Friedrich Duerrenmatt
1987
1988     The Bean Trees, Barbara Kingsolver
1989
1990
1991     A Love Made Out of Nothing, Barbara Honigmann
1992
1993
1994     Zombie, Joyce Carol Oates
1995     Fatima and the Dream Thief, Rafik Schami
1996     Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood
1997     The Ventriloquist’s Tale, Pauline Melville
1998     Everybody Was So Young, Amanda Vaill
1999     The Leper’s Companions, Julia Blackburn
2000

 

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