Monday, February 23, 2009

List-o-Phile Monday

This week’s list is the last part of the books REMOVED from the 1,001 Books You must Read Before You Die 2008 edition. These are books that made the ’06 edition but were taken off in ’08 to make room for the new books. This will wrap up our dealings with the 1,001 Books list.

Now we’re getting to the meat – the meat of the ’06 edition which has just been chopped off. Now, I’m not one to say that every work by Charles Dickens, or Jane Austen, deserves to be on any particular list. However, when works by those authors are removed from a list to make room for novels that frankly aren’t as good as the works that were removed, that’s when I start to get unhappy about things. I’ve said this before…it’s so much that I have beef with what was added, because honestly I haven’t read many of them, it’s what they left on the list that irks me. When you are sitting down with the ’06 list, and think, I have to cut something…what should I cut? and you decide to cut A Christmas Carol, in favor of, say, Interview with a Vampire, there is something wrong with you. I’m sorry, but there is. Seriously…if someone asked you, “Could you recommend some books I should make sure I read before you die?" and you have the choice to recommend A Christmas Carol or Interview with a Vampire, who the fuck would pick Interview with a Vampire?

I have two more gripes: if one of your intents in updating the list is to include more women, why would you remove Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper? Why would you remove the ONLY Charlotte Perkins Gilman on this friggin list? And to top it off, they removed Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury. And Brothers Karamazov. And A Tale of Two Cities. And Pilgrim's Progress. I could go on and on here. To quote Shawn’s oft-used phrase: “Dumb shits.”

The first 100 books removed
The second 100 books removed

As always, list is in reverse chronological order and red (or a link) indicates that I've read it.
  1. Hebdomeros – Giorgio de Chirico
  2. Red Harvest – Dashiell Hammett
  3. The Last September – Elizabeth Bowen
  4. Harriet Hume – Rebecca West
  5. The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner
  6. The Childermass – Wyndham Lewis
  7. Quartet – Jean Rhys
  8. The Plumed Serpent – D.H. Lawrence
  9. Manhattan Transfer – John Dos Passos
  10. Billy Budd, Foretopman – Herman Melville
  11. Cane – Jean Toomer
  12. Antic Hay – Aldous Huxley
  13. The Garden Party – Katherine Mansfield
  14. Jacob’s Room – Virginia Woolf
  15. The Glimpses of the Moon – Edith Wharton
  16. The Last Days of Humanity – Karl Kraus
  17. Aaron’s Rod – D.H. Lawrence
  18. The Fox – D.H. Lawrence
  19. Night and Day – Virginia Woolf
  20. The Shadow Line – Joseph Conrad
  21. Summer – Edith Wharton
  22. Bunner Sisters – Edith Wharton
  23. The Voyage Out – Virginia Woolf
  24. Rosshalde – Herman Hesse
  25. Three Lives – Gertrude Stein
  26. Martin Eden – Jack London
  27. Tono-Bungay – H.G. Wells
  28. The Iron Heel – Jack London
  29. Where Angels Fear to Tread – E.M. Forster
  30. The Golden Bowl – Henry James
  31. Lord Jim – Joseph Conrad
  32. The Turn of the Screw – Henry James
  33. The Invisible Man – H.G. Wells
  34. The Real Charlotte – Somerville and Ross
  35. The Yellow Wallpaper – Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  36. Born in Exile – George Gissing
  37. The Master of Ballantrae – Robert Louis Stevenson
  38. Fortunata and Jacinta – Benito Pérez Galdés
  39. The Woodlanders – Thomas Hardy
  40. She – H. Rider Haggard
  41. The Mayor of Casterbridge – Thomas Hardy
  42. Kidnapped – Robert Louis Stevenson
  43. The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  44. Return of the Native – Thomas Hardy
  45. Virgin Soil – Ivan Turgenev
  46. Daniel Deronda – George Eliot
  47. The Hand of Ethelberta – Thomas Hardy
  48. The Temptation of Saint Anthony – Gustave Flaubert
  49. He Knew He Was Right – Anthony Trollope
  50. Our Mutual Friend – Charles Dickens
  51. On the Eve – Ivan Turgenev
  52. Castle Richmond – Anthony Trollope
  53. The Marble Faun – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  54. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  55. Hard Times – Charles Dickens
  56. Villette – Charlotte Brontë
  57. The Blithedale Romance – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  58. Shirley – Charlotte Brontë
  59. Mary Barton – Elizabeth Gaskell
  60. Agnes Grey – Anne Brontë
  61. La Reine Margot – Alexandre Dumas
  62. The Purloined Letter – Edgar Allan Poe
  63. Martin Chuzzlewit – Charles Dickens
  64. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
  65. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby – Charles Dickens
  66. The Albigenses – Charles Robert Maturin
  67. The Monastery – Sir Walter Scott
  68. Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen
  69. Persuasion – Jane Austen
  70. Ormond – Maria Edgeworth
  71. The Absentee – Maria Edgeworth
  72. Cecilia – Fanny Burney
  73. Amelia – Henry Fielding
  74. Roderick Random – Tobias George Smollett
  75. Roxana – Daniel Defoe
  76. A Tale of a Tub – Jonathan Swift
  77. The Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan
  78. Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit – John Lyly
  79. Aithiopika – Heliodorus
  80. Chaireas and Kallirhoe – Chariton
  81. Metamorphoses – Ovid
  82. Aesop’s Fables – Aesopus

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