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1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

(Book - 2010 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die


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Random House, Inc.
A newly revised and updated guide to the world’s best literature—all at your fingertips. For discerning bibliophiles and readers who enjoy unforgettable classic literature, 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die is a trove of reviews covering a century of memorable writing. Each work of literature featured here is a seminal work key to understanding and appreciating the written word. Addictive, browsable, knowledgeable—1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die is a boon companion for anyone who loves good writing and an inspiration for anyone who is just beginning to discover a love of books. Each entry is accompanied by an authoritative yet opinionated critical essay describing the importance and influence of the work in question. Also included are publishing history and career details about the authors, as well as reproductions of period dust jackets and book designs.

Baker & Taylor
Offers reviews covering centuries of writing, with each entry accompanied by an essay describing the importance and influence of the work in question.

Statement of Responsibility: general editor, Peter Boxall
Title: 1001 books you must read before you die
Publisher: New York :, Universe Pub.,, 2010
Edition: Rev. and updated ed
Characteristics: 960 p. :,ill. (some col.) ;,22 cm.
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  • Liber_vermis rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Unlike other titles in this series, "1001 Books" offers very few duds and many hidden gems. The 1001 books are organized by year of publication in century chapters. Most of the books, all novels, are given a half page outline including remarks about the author. More prominent authors and books receive a lavish 1-2 page presentation with cover and author photographs. Many French, German, Russian and other 'foreign' writers are included but information on English translations has not been provided. Title, author and general word indexes are provided.

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