Moving between the ridiculous and the sublime, often within the same poem, this collection is a perfect introduction to the reckless humanity of Young's poetry. However, his writing was not quite. A Legacy Sybille Bedford, 1956 85. God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza Even if Reza's moral is mechanically delivered, there's something theatrically bracing about the sight of grown-ups throwing off their civilized constraints. The classic does a great job of depicting adolescence and loss of innocence despite its somewhat controversial content. But with the amazing contemporary literature out there today, it's possible that future classics will be both praised and widely read.
The points were added up to produce the final list. But friends from the Underground bribed a guard, who allowed her to escape into the woods, where her friends found her. Do you have a favourite British writer whom you think should be on this list? Harper Lee Harper Lee is famous for the only book she ever wrote, To Kill a Mockingbird. He was born in 1903 and attended Oxford University, where his experiences were for many of the Oxford scenes for which Brideshead Revisited is so famous. Add your recommendations in the comments.
Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell, 1949 11. And you are certainly not the pine-scented air. Although 2004 —a far-reaching book by , one of the more ambitious novelists to emerge during this period—contained chapters that future eras ravaged by malign technology and climactic and nuclear devastation, it devoted more space to scenes set in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Fashion designer Coco Chanel revolutionized fashion for women with her emphasis on comfort and lack of uncomfortable underpinnings. Rowling Bringing this list right up to date, we end with J. Not to mention that his incredible writing ability has inspired many, George Orwell is one of the most influential authors of the 20th century. David Copperfield Charles Dickens, 1850 7.
It's long been in vogue to blur the lines between fiction and non-, between novel and memoir, and W. She shared information she received from members of the German military with the French government. It takes us a very long distance in just an hour and 40 minutes. But she is equally famous or infamous for her political activism during the civil rights era and the Vietnam War. And Roald Dahl too is deserving of this honour. The 21st century As the 21st century got under way, history remained the outstanding concern of English.
. Indecent by Paula Vogel It seems appropriate to use a German expression — gesamtkunstwerk — for Indecent. A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess, 1962 67. Megan Abbott — The End of Everything 2011 Diana Abu-Jaber — Crescent 2003 , Origin 2007 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie — Purple Hibiscus 2003 , Half a Yellow Sun 2006 Isabel Allende — Portrait in Sepia 2000 , Ines of My Soul 2006 Julia Alvarez — Before We Were Free 2002 , Saving the World 2006 Margaret Atwood — The Blind Assassin 2000 , Oryx and Crake 2003 , The Year of the Flood 2009 Anita Rau Badami — Can You Hear the Nightbird Call? One author i think that must be included in this list is roald dahl. The Coast of Utopia by Tom Stoppard Utopia is like a stage version of a nineteenth-century novel, leisurely, historically sweeping, idealistic, overloaded with characters who talk by the paragraph rather than in grunts and expletives.
Every one of his hundreds of tales long and short hinges on the singular miracle of his voiceas sprung and uncanny as Donald Barthelme's, yet as rooted in the urban vernacular as Bernard Malamud'sand from there takes nothing besides that voice for granted, promising constant surprise. Lucky Jim Kingsley Amis, 1954 47. In 1937 she began her longtime goal of flying around the world. Spend a few hours with these damaged, defiant, uncomfortably familiar men yep, including Vikings and watch as Tower unravels and stitches up their lives. Sandra Day O'Connor was the first woman to serve on the bench of the U.
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë, 1847 6. Scott Fitzgerald is one of the most influential authors of the 20th century. Hempel Chronicles 2008 , by Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, is a deftly constructed novel masquerading as a collection of linked stories; you don't even realize it's a love story until you read the last chapter. While some people got stuck in the 20th century for their recommendations, I was able to compile quite a list to share with my students. Scott Fitzgerald pictured above Most famous as the author of The Great Gatsby, F.
Small Island Andrea Levy, 2004 75. But what emerges is something rare in modern drama: a totally convincing portrait of the artist as a working visionary. National Championships, in 1950, and made the same landmark appearance at Wimbledon in 1951. Old Filth Jane Gardam, 2004 70. They all died young, but between them, these remarkable sisters wrote some of the most famous novels in English literature, including Jane Eyre by Charlotte, Wuthering Heights by Emily and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne.
George Eliot While Jane Austen published anonymously to ensure her work would be taken seriously, Mary Ann Evans used a male pen name to ensure the same, with the result that we know her by the somewhat unfeminine name of George Eliot. As an adult, she was an activist who worked to support those with disabilities and for women's suffrage. Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen, 1811 65. Dig in quick: This is your chance to right some wrongs and hit the new musts you missed the first time around. Emma Jane Austen, 1815 18.
Dixon's surely a candidate for the most prolific short-story writer of all time. The Death of the Heart Elizabeth Bowen, 1938 87. Helen Keller, born in 1880, lost her sight and hearing in 1882. Then we asked a bunch of those authors to pick an overlooked bookstories, poetry, memoirfrom that same period of time. The End of the Affair Graham Greene, 1951 30. This is a superb piece of commercial writing.