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Thursday, June 28, 2012

'Books That Shaped America' from the Library of Congress


'Books That Shaped America' from the Library of Congress

To kick off its new exhibition, "Books That Shaped America," the Library of Congress asked curators and experts to compile a list of books that have influenced us as a nation. The selections come from different centuries and different experiences. They range fromThomas Paine's Common Sense, to Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, to The Autobiography of Malcolm X, to the "Big Book" of Alcoholics Anonymous . The exhibit will be on view from June 25 through Sept. 29 at the Library's Thomas Jefferson Building. Do you agree with the list? Comment at loc.gov/bookfest.
  • 'To Kill a Mockingbird' by Harper Lee has been named one of the 88 'Books that Shaped America.'
    'To Kill a Mockingbird' by Harper Lee has been named one of the 88 'Books that Shaped America.'

'To Kill a Mockingbird' by Harper Lee has been named one of the 88 'Books that Shaped America.'

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Here is their list of 88 books, in the order in which they were published:
1. Benjamin FranklinExperiments and Observations on Electricity (1751)
2. Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard Improved (1758) andThe Way to Wealth
3. Thomas Paine, Common Sense (1776)
4. Noah WebsterA Grammatical Institute of the English Language (1783)
5. The Federalist (1787)
6. A Curious Hieroglyphick Bible (1788)
7. Christopher Colles, A Survey of the Roads of the United States of America (1789)
8. Benjamin Franklin, The Private Life of the Late Benjamin Franklin, LL.D. (1793)
9. Amelia Simmons, American Cookery (1796)
10. New England Primer (1803)
11. Meriwether LewisHistory of the Expedition Under the Command of the Captains Lewis and Clark (1814)
12. Washington IrvingTheLegend of Sleepy Hollow (1820)
13. William Holmes McGuffey, McGuffey's Newly Revised Eclectic Primer (1836)
14. Samuel Goodrich, Peter Parley's Universal History (1837)
15. Frederick DouglassThe Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (1845)
16. Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter (1850)
17. Herman MelvilleMoby-Dick; or, The Whale (1851)
18. Harriet Beecher StoweUncle Tom's Cabin (1852)
19. Henry David ThoreauWalden; or, Life in the Woods (1854)
20. Walt WhitmanLeaves of Grass (1855)
21. Louisa May Alcott, Little Women, or, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy (1868)
22. Horatio Alger Jr., Mark, the Match Boy (1869)
23. Catharine E. Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe, The American Woman's Home(1869)
24. Mark TwainAdventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884)
25. Emily DickinsonPoems (1890)
26. Jacob Riis, How the Other Half Lives (1890)
27. Stephen CraneThe Red Badge of Courage (1895)
28. L. Frank BaumThe Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)
29. Sarah H. Bradford, Harriet, the Moses of Her People (1901)
30. Ida Tarbell, The History of Standard Oil (1904)
31. Jack LondonThe Call of the Wild (1903)
32. W. E. B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk (1903)
33. Upton SinclairThe Jungle (1906)
34. Henry AdamsThe Education of Henry Adams (1907)
35. William JamesPragmatism (1907)
36. Zane GreyRiders of the Purple Sage (1912)
37. Edgar Rice BurroughsTarzan of the Apes (1914)
38. Margaret SangerFamily Limitation (1914)
39. William Carlos WilliamsSpring and All (1923)
40. Robert FrostNew Hampshire (1923)
41. F. Scott FitzgeraldThe Great Gatsby (1925)
42. Langston HughesThe Weary Blues (1925)
43. William FaulknerThe Sound and the Fury (1929)
44. Dashiell HammettRed Harvest (1929)
45. Irma Rombauer, Joy of Cooking (1931)
46. Margaret MitchellGone With the Wind (1936)
47. Dale CarnegieHow to Win Friends and Influence People (1936)
48. Zora Neale HurstonTheir Eyes Were Watching God (1937)
49. Federal Writers' Project, Idaho: A Guide in Word and Pictures (1937)
50. Thornton WilderOur Town: A Play (1938)
51. Alcoholics Anonymous (1939)
52. John SteinbeckThe Grapes of Wrath (1939)
53. Ernest HemingwayFor Whom the Bell Tolls (1940)
54. Richard WrightNative Son (1940)
55. Betty SmithA Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1943)
56. Benjamin A. Botkin, A Treasury of American Folklore (1944)
57. Gwendolyn BrooksA Street in Bronzeville (1945)
58. Benjamin Spock, The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care (1946)
59. Eugene O'NeillThe Iceman Cometh (1946)
60. Margaret Wise BrownGoodnight Moon (1947)
61. Tennessee WilliamsA Streetcar Named Desire (1947)
62. Alfred C. Kinsey, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948)
63. J. D. SalingerThe Catcher in the Rye (1951)
64. Ralph EllisonInvisible Man (1952)
65. E. B. WhiteCharlotte's Web (1952)
66. Ray BradburyFahrenheit 451 (1953)
67. Allen GinsbergHowl (1956)
68. Ayn RandAtlas Shrugged (1957)
69. Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat (1957)
70. Jack KerouacOn the Road (1957)
71. Harper LeeTo Kill a Mockingbird (1960)
72. Joseph HellerCatch-22 (1961)
73. Robert E. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land (1961)
74. Jack Ezra Keats, The Snowy Day (1962)
75. Maurice SendakWhere the Wild Things Are (1963)
76. James BaldwinThe Fire Next Time (1963)
77. Betty FriedanThe Feminine Mystique (1963)
78. Malcolm X and Alex HaleyThe Autobiography of Malcolm X (1965)
79. Ralph NaderUnsafe at Any Speed (1965)
80. Rachel CarsonSilent Spring (1962)
81. Truman CapoteIn Cold Blood (1966)
82. James D. WatsonThe Double Helix (1968)
83. Dee BrownBury My Heart at Wounded Knee (1970)
84. Boston Women's Health Book Collective, Our Bodies, Ourselves (1971)
85. Carl SaganCosmos (1980)
86. Toni MorrisonBeloved (1987)
87. Randy ShiltsAnd the Band Played On (1987)
88. César Chávez, The Words of César Chávez (2002)

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