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Books of 1963, 1913, 1863 and 1813

For several Januaries past, I did a poll of books celebrating their 50th, 100th, 150th etc birthdays in that particlar year. I realised that I had forgotten to do it this year, but there is time to put that right. The books below are ranked by the number of people who have rated them on Goodreads, which has flagged up some interesting cultural points which I would not otherwise have been aware of. However I expect that the top book from 1813 will pwn the rest.

Which of these books first published in 1963 have you read?

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
75(6.2%)
The Bell Jar by "Victoria Lucas" (Sylvia Plath)
35(2.9%)
Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
52(4.3%)
Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
26(2.1%)
The Gashlycrumb Tinies: or, After the Outing by Edward Gorey
31(2.6%)
Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss
36(3.0%)
The Spy Who Came In from the Cold by John le Carré
51(4.2%)
The Collector by John Fowles
21(1.7%)
V. by Thomas Pynchon
17(1.4%)
The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan
19(1.6%)
Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol
29(2.4%)
Hopscotch (Rayuela) by Julio Cortázar
1(0.1%)
Planet of the Apes (La Planète des Singes) by Pierre Boulle
23(1.9%)
Stormy, Misty's Foal by Marguerite Henry
18(1.5%)
Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat
13(1.1%)
Quatrains / Ruba'iyat (رباعيات صلاح جاهين) by Salah Jahin
2(0.2%)
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
5(0.4%)
The Clocks by Agatha Christie
24(2.0%)
Around the World in 200 Days ( حول العالم في 200 يوم) by Anis Mansour
0(0.0%)
The Clown ( Ansichten eines Clowns) by Heinrich Theodor Böll
6(0.5%)
On Her Majesty's Secret Service by Ian Fleming
40(3.3%)
Glory Road by Robert A. Heinlein
43(3.6%)
The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea ( 午後の曳航) by Yukio Mishima
7(0.6%)
Way Station by Clifford D. Simak
29(2.4%)
Rascal: A Memoir of a Better Era by Sterling North
4(0.3%)
The Cloister Walk by Kathleen Norris
1(0.1%)
Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil by Hannah Arendt
5(0.4%)
I Am David by Anne Holm
28(2.3%)
The Grifters by Jim Thompson
7(0.6%)
Podkayne of Mars by Robert A. Heinlein
41(3.4%)
Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back by Shel Silverstein
2(0.2%)
The Graduate by Charles Webb
7(0.6%)
Men in the Sun (رجال في الشمس by Ghassan Kanafani
0(0.0%)
Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
26(2.1%)
Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series by Eliot Asinof
4(0.3%)
Joy in the Morning by Betty Smith
7(0.6%)
The Castafiore Emerald by Hergé
35(2.9%)
Ice Station Zebra by Alistair MacLean
29(2.4%)
Time Cat by Lloyd Alexander
11(0.9%)
A Mind To Murder by P.D. James
14(1.2%)
The Moon by Night by Madeleine L'Engle
18(1.5%)
Five Are Together Again by Enid Blyton
31(2.6%)
Marcovaldo (Marcovaldo ovvero Le stagioni in città) by Italo Calvino
3(0.2%)
The Words (Les Mots) by Jean-Paul Sartre
2(0.2%)
Caravans by James A. Michener
4(0.3%)
Asterix and the Goths (Astérix et les Goths) by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo
51(4.2%)
Marat/Sade (Die Verfolgung und Ermordung Jean Paul Marats dargestellt durch die Schauspielgruppe des Hospizes zu Charenton unter Anleitung des Herrn de Sade) by Peter Weiss
9(0.7%)
The Concubine by Norah Lofts
3(0.2%)
False Colours by Georgette Heyer
22(1.8%)
It's Like This, Cat by Emily Cheney Neville
8(0.7%)
Anti-Intellectualism in American Life by Richard Hofstadter
2(0.2%)
Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever
25(2.1%)
Stig of the Dump by Clive King
49(4.0%)
The Yage Letters by William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg
3(0.2%)
The Girls of Slender Means by Muriel Spark
10(0.8%)
The Game-Players of Titan by Philip K. Dick
27(2.2%)
Bride of Pendorric by "Victoria Holt" (Eleanor Hibbert)
8(0.7%)
The Favourite Game by Leonard Cohen
2(0.2%)
The Civil War, Vol. 2: Fredericksburg to Meridian by Shelby Foote
5(0.4%)
The Making of the English Working Class by E.P. Thompson
15(1.2%)
The Man Who Fell To Earth by Walter Tevis
23(1.9%)
The Shoes of the Fisherman by Morris West
8(0.7%)
Puckoon by Spike Milligan
24(2.0%)
Sword at Sunset by Rosemary Sutcliff
34(2.8%)

And which of these books first published in 1913 have you read?

Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter
45(17.2%)
Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence
36(13.7%)
Swann's Way (Du côté de chez Swann) by Marcel Proust
14(5.3%)
O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
12(4.6%)
The Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
22(8.4%)
The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton
7(2.7%)
The Patchwork Girl of Oz by L. Frank Baum
35(13.4%)
Le Grand Meaulnes (The Lost Estate) by Alain-Fournier
9(3.4%)
Totem and Taboo by Sigmund Freud
5(1.9%)
The Return of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs
20(7.6%)
Petersburg ( Петербург) by Andrei Bely
0(0.0%)
The Golden Road by L.M. Montgomery
19(7.3%)
The Book of Lies by Aleister Crowley
5(1.9%)
Laddie: A True Blue Story by Gene Stratton-Porter
6(2.3%)
Alcools by Guillaume Apollinaire
1(0.4%)
The Star Rover by Jack London
9(3.4%)
When William Came by "Saki" (H.H. Monro)
17(6.5%)

Have you read any of these books first published in 1863?

Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne
24(25.0%)
The Water-Babies by Charles Kingsley
54(56.2%)
The Cossacks (Казаки) by Leo Tolstoy
2(2.1%)
Romola by George Eliot
8(8.3%)
Sylvia's Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell
8(8.3%)

And the same for 1813?

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
84(96.6%)
Peter Schlemihl (Peter Schlemihls wundersame Geschichte) by Adalbert von Chamisso
3(3.4%)
On the Fourfold Root of the Principle of Sufficient Reason by Arthur Schopenhauer
0(0.0%)


I'd be very interested to hear recommendations in comments. (I'll start with my own.)
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