Friday, December 29, 2017

Year in Review: Non-Victorian Classics

Twentieth-Century Classics

  1. We. Yevgeny Zamyatin. Translated by Clarence Brown. 1924/1993. 225 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  2. A Canticle for Leibowitz. Walter M. Miller Jr. 1959. 335 pages. [Source: Bought]
  3. Out of the Silent Planet. C.S. Lewis. 1938. 224 pages. [Source: Bought]  
  4. Hiroshima. John Hersey. 1946/1989. 152 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  5. Twelve Angry Men. Reginald Rose. 1954/2006. 79 pages. [Source: Library]
  6. Murder in the Cathedral. T.S. Eliot. 1930. 88 pages. [Source: Library]  
  7. The Skin of Our Teeth. Thornton Wilder. 1942. 176 pages. [Source: Library] 
  8. The Dream Keeper and Other Poems. Langston Hughes. 1996. 96 pages. [Source: Library]  
  9. Kolyma Tales. Varlam Shalamov. Translated by John Glad. 1978/1994. 508 pages. [Source: Library]
  10. Champagne for One. Rex Stout. 1958. 205 pages. [Source: Bought]  
  11. Prisoner's Base. (Nero Wolfe #21) Rex Stout. 1952. 209 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  12. Dawn's Early Light. Elswyth Thane. 1934/2017. Chicago Review Press. 336 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  13. 1984. George Orwell. 1949. 268 pages. [Source: Bought]
  14. It Can't Happen Here. Sinclair Lewis. 1935. 400 pages. [Source: Library]
  15.  Verdict of Twelve. Raymond Postgate. 1940/2017. 208 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  16. Catch-22. Joseph Heller. 1961. 453 pages. [Source: Library]
  17. The Circular Staircase. Mary Roberts Rinehart. 1908. 197 pages. [Source: Bought]
  18. The Case of the Fiery Fingers. Erle Stanley Gardner. 1951. 192 pages. [Source: Bought]
  19. The Case of the Lucky Loser. Erle Stanley Gardner. 1957. 192 pages. [Source: Bought]
  20. The Case of the Gilded Lily. (Perry Mason #50) Erle Stanley Gardner. 1956. 188 pages. [Source: Bought]
  21. The Case of the Daring Decoy. (Perry Mason #54) Erle Stanley Gardner. 1957. 198 pages. [Source: Bought]  
Christian Classics
  1. The Pilgrim's Progress. John Bunyan. 1678. 301 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  2. Your Sins and Mine. Taylor Caldwell. 1955/2017. Open Road Media. 105 pages. [Source: Review copy]   
  3. No One Hears But Him. Taylor Caldwell. 1966/2017. Open Road Media. 212 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Children's Classics
  1. The Apple and the Arrow. Mary and Conrad Buff. 1951/2001. HMH. 80 pages. [Source: Bought]  
  2. Carry On, Mr. Bowditch. Jean Lee Latham. 1955. 251 pages. [Source: Bought]
  3. Schoolhouse in the Woods. Rebecca Caudill. Illustrated by Decie Merwin. 1949. 129 pages. [Source: Library] 
  4. Up and Down the River (Fairchild Family #3). Rebecca Caudill. Illustrated by Deci Merwin. 1951/2009. 143 pages. [Source: Library]  
  5. Schoolroom in the Parlor (Fairchild Family #4) Rebecca Caudill. Illustrated by Decie Merwin. 1959. 145 pages. [Source: Library]
  6. Bobbs Merril Third Reader. Edited by Clara Belle Baker and Edna Dean Baker. 1924/30/39. 293 pages. [Source: Bought]
  7. Trumpet of the Swan. E.B. White. Illustrated by Fred Marcellino. 1970. 272 pages. [Source: Library] 
  8. The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia #6) C.S. Lewis. 1955. 221 pages. [Source: Bought]  
  9. The Horse and His Boy. (Chronicles of Narnia #5) C.S. Lewis. 1954. 224 pages. [Source: Library] 
  10. The Last Battle. C.S. Lewis. 1956. 224 pages. [Source: Library]  
  11. Too Big. Ingri d'Aulaire and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire. 1945/2008. NYR Children's Collection. 40 pages. [Source: Library] 
  12. Sideways Stories from Wayside School. Louis Sachar. 1978. 144 pages. [Source: Library] 
  13. The Sneetches and Other Stories. Dr. Seuss. 1961. Random House. 65 pages. [Source: Library]  
  14. Mandy. Julie Andrews Edwards. 1971. 320 pages. [Source: Bought]

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