January 1st, 2016

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Literary anniversaries

A poll about books which are celebrating their anniversaries this year. Recommendations (including from me) in the comments.

Which of these books first published in 1966 have you read?

Truman Capote – In Cold Blood
15(4.3%)
Daniel Keyes – Flowers for Algernon
50(14.3%)
Robert A. Heinlein - The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
42(12.0%)
Thomas Pynchon - The Crying of Lot 49
16(4.6%)
Tom Stoppard - Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
37(10.6%)
Jean Rhys - Wide Sargasso Sea
20(5.7%)
Hunter S. Thompson - Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga
11(3.2%)
Jacqueline Susann - Valley of the Dolls
10(2.9%)
Lloyd Alexander - The Castle of Llyr
34(9.7%)
James Clavell - Tai-Pan
9(2.6%)
Roald Dahl - The Magic Finger
19(5.4%)
Lilian Jackson Braun - The Cat Who Could Read Backwards
6(1.7%)
Isaac Asimov - Fantastic Voyage
30(8.6%)
Michel Foucault - The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences
1(0.3%)
Robert A. Heinlein - The Past Through Tomorrow
19(5.4%)
Agatha Christie - Third Girl
16(4.6%)
Peter F. Drucker - The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done
1(0.3%)
Margret Rey - Curious George Goes to the Hospital
10(2.9%)
Alan W. Watts - The Book on the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are
2(0.6%)
Shūsaku Endō – Silence
1(0.3%)

Which of these books first published in 1916 have you read?

Albert Einstein - Relativity: The Special and the General Theory
6(3.9%)
Blanche Fisher Wright - The Real Mother Goose
2(1.3%)
Robert Frost - The Road Not Taken and Other Poems
17(11.0%)
Mark Twain - The Mysterious Stranger
7(4.5%)
Dorothy Canfield Fisher - Understood Betsy
8(5.2%)
L. Frank Baum - Rinkitink in Oz
19(12.3%)
Ferdinand de Saussure - Course in General Linguistics
3(1.9%)
John Buchan - Greenmantle
14(9.0%)
Edgar Rice Burroughs - The Son of Tarzan
15(9.7%)
Edgar Rice Burroughs - Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar
12(7.7%)
Rabindranath Tagore - The Home and the World
0(0.0%)
John Dewey- Democracy and Education
0(0.0%)
Roy J. Cook - One Hundred and One Famous Poems
1(0.6%)
Vladimir Ilich Lenin - Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism
2(1.3%)
Henri Barbusse - Under Fire
1(0.6%)
Carl Sandburg - Chicago Poems
3(1.9%)
Saki - The Best of Saki
23(14.8%)
Edgar Rice Burroughs - The Lost Continent
10(6.5%)
P.G. Wodehouse - Uneasy Money
11(7.1%)
György Lukács - The Theory of the Novel
1(0.6%)

Which of these books first published in 1866 have you read?

Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Crime and Punishment
23(47.9%)
Wilkie Collins - Armadale
7(14.6%)
Victor Hugo - Toilers of the Sea
0(0.0%)
Alphonse Daudet - Letters From My Windmill
3(6.2%)
George Eliot - Felix Holt, the Radical
5(10.4%)
Mrs Oliphant - Miss Marjoribanks
3(6.2%)
Louisa May Alcott - Behind a Mask, or A Woman's Power
3(6.2%)
Emmanuel Rhoides - Pope Joan
0(0.0%)
Paul Verlaine - Poèmes saturniens
2(4.2%)
Henrik Ibsen – Brand
2(4.2%)

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

Benjamin Constant – Adolphe (1866)
2(11.8%)
Walter Scott - Old Mortality (1866)
2(11.8%)
Oliver Goldsmith - The Vicar of Wakeflied (1766)
5(29.4%)
Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle - The Blazing-World (1666)
8(47.1%)


As with the previous year, the best-selling book of 1916 was a forgotten work by Booth Tarkington, in this case Seventeen. The best-selling book of 1966 was Valley of the Dolls.