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Historical books poll

Which of these books first published in 1959 have you read?

The Elements of Style, by William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White
0(0.0%)
Naked Lunch, by William S. Burroughs
0(0.0%)
A Separate Peace, by John Knowles
0(0.0%)
Starship Troopers, by Robert A. Heinlein
1(0.9%)
The Sirens of Titan, by Kurt Vonnegut
3(2.6%)
A Canticle for Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller
1(0.9%)
Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters, by J.D. Salinger
0(0.0%)
Die Blechtrommel/The Tin Drum, by Günter Grass
1(0.9%)
My Side of the Mountain, by Jean Craighead George
0(0.0%)
Alas, Babylon, by Pat Frank
0(0.0%)
A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry
2(1.7%)
Hawaii, by James A. Michener
0(0.0%)
Goodbye, Columbus, by Philip Roth
0(0.0%)
Cat Among the Pigeons, by Agatha Christie
1(0.9%)
Henderson the Rain King, by Saul Bellow
0(0.0%)
Cider With Rosie, by Laurie Lee
0(0.0%)
The Haunting of Hill House, by Shirley Jackson
0(0.0%)
Time Out of Joint, by Philip K. Dick
0(0.0%)
Titus Alone, by Mervyn Peake
1(0.9%)
The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag , by Robert A. Heinlein
0(0.0%)
The Menace From Earth, by Robert A. Heinlein
0(0.0%)
The Longest Day, by Cornelius Ryan
0(0.0%)
Las Armas Secretas, by Julio Cortazár
0(0.0%)
Dorsai!, by Gordon R. Dickson
0(0.0%)
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, by Alan Sillitoe
0(0.0%)
Goldfinger, by Ian Fleming
0(0.0%)
The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, by Mordecai Richler
0(0.0%)

And which of these books first published in 1909 have you read?

Anne of Avonlea, by Lucy Maud Montgomery
5(5.2%)
A Girl of the Limberlost, by Gene Stratton-Porter
1(1.0%)
The Road to Oz, by L. Frank Baum
10(10.3%)
Martin Eden, by Jack London
0(0.0%)
Three Lives, by Gertrude Stein
0(0.0%)
La porte étroite/Strait Is the Gate, by André Gide
2(2.1%)
The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies, by Beatrix Potter
15(15.5%)
Tono-Bungay, by H.G. Wells
0(0.0%)
The Ball and the Cross, by G.K. Chesterton
1(1.0%)
The Tale of Ginger and Pickles, by Beatrix Potter
0(0.0%)

So which of these books first published in 1859 have you read?

A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens
9(9.2%)
On the Origin of Species, by Charles Darwin
2(2.0%)
The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins
5(5.1%)
The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, as translated by Edward Fitzgerald
2(2.0%)
On Liberty, by John Stuart Mill
3(3.1%)
Adam Bede, by George Eliot
0(0.0%)
Обломов/ Oblomov , by Ivan Goncharov
0(0.0%)
Idylls of the King, by Alfred Tennyson
0(0.0%)
Семейное счастье/Family Happiness, by Leo Tolstoy
0(0.0%)
Дворянское гнездо/ Home of the Gentry, by Ivan Turgenev
0(0.0%)

And finally, which of these books published in 1809, 1759, 1609 and 1509 have you read?

Elective Affinities (1809), by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
0(0.0%)
A History of New-York from the Beginning of the World to the End of the Dutch Dynasty, by Diedrich Knickerbocker (1809), by Washington Irving
0(0.0%)
Candide (1759), by Voltaire
18(22.0%)
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (vols 1 (1759), by Laurence Sterne
3(3.7%)
The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia (1759), by Samuel Johnson
0(0.0%)
Pericles, Prince of Tyre (1609), by William Shakespeare
0(0.0%)
Troilus and Cressida (1609), by William Shakespeare
11(13.4%)
In Praise of Folly (1509), by Erasmus
1(1.2%)

Was 1859 a particularly good year?

Yes
41(48.8%)
No
37(44.0%)
Other which I will explain in comments
6(7.1%)


(Lists from a combination of Wikipedia and LibraryThing, with fairly arbitrary cutoff points which meant I missed off The Manchurian Candidate etc. Interpret the word "read" to your own satisfaction.)
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