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Literary anniversaries

This is a fun little exercise - seeing which books were published 50 years ago, 100 years ago, 150 years ago and so on. I've imposed arbitrary cut-offs based on LibraryThing ownership, which means that, for instance, we lose Brian Aldiss' The Primal Urge and Harry Harrison's The Stainless Steel Rat, but it's a diverse enough array as it is.

Which of these books first published in 1961 have you read?

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
64(13.6%)
Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
21(4.4%)
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
78(16.5%)
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
60(12.7%)
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
68(14.4%)
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
11(2.3%)
Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut
18(3.8%)
Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
5(1.1%)
Solaris by Stanisław Lem
33(7.0%)
The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck
4(0.8%)
The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
1(0.2%)
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
35(7.4%)
The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone (best-selling novel of the year in the USA)
10(2.1%)
Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
10(2.1%)
A House for Mr.Biswas by V.S. Naipaul (1427)
8(1.7%)
El coronel no tiene quien le escriba/ No One Writes to the Colonel by Gabriel García Márquez
10(2.1%)
Les Damnés de la Terre / The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon
3(0.6%)
Thunderball by Ian Fleming
30(6.4%)
Katz und Maus / Cat and Mouse by Günter Grass
3(0.6%)

Which of these books first published in 1911 have you read?

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
77(31.2%)
Peter Pan (originally Peter and Wendy) by J. M. Barrie
68(27.5%)
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
22(8.9%)
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
19(7.7%)
The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce
38(15.4%)
Under Western Eyes by Joseph Conrad
4(1.6%)
Zuleika Dobson by Max Beerbohm
9(3.6%)
The Story Girl by Lucy Maud Montgomery
10(4.0%)

Which of these books first published in 1861 have you read?

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
58(42.6%)
Silas Marner by George Eliot
43(31.6%)
Отцы и дети / Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev
8(5.9%)
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Ann Jacobs
7(5.1%)
Orley Farm by Anthony Trollope
8(5.9%)
The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade
5(3.7%)
East Lynne by Mrs. Henry Wood
7(5.1%)

Which of these books first published in earlier years have you read?

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (1811)
68(58.6%)
Michael Kohlhaas by Heinrich von Kleist  (1811)
0(0.0%)
Undine by Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué (1811)
6(5.2%)
Julie, ou, La nouvelle Héloïse / Julie or the new Eloise by Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1761)
8(6.9%)
The King James Bible (1611)
34(29.3%)

I invite further discussion and recommendations (or dis-recommendations) in comments.
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