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Literary anniversaries

Yes, it's yet another book poll!
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Which of these books first published in 1965 have you read?

Dune, by Frank Herbert
36(12.8%)
The Black Cauldron, by Lloyd Alexander
24(8.5%)
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, by Kurt Vonnegut
9(3.2%)
The Source, by James Michener
3(1.1%)
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, by Philip K. Dick
13(4.6%)
In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote
9(3.2%)
The Painted Bird, by Jerzy Kosiński
2(0.7%)
At Bertram's Hotel, by Agatha Christie
12(4.3%)
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
4(1.4%)
The Man with the Golden Gun, by Ian Fkleming
14(5.0%)
Up the Down Staircase, by Bel Kaufman
2(0.7%)
The Mouse and the Motorcycle, by Beverly Cleary
6(2.1%)
The Magus, by John Fowles
11(3.9%)
The Looking-Glass War, by John le Carré
13(4.6%)
Over Sea, Under Stone, by Susan Cooper
26(9.2%)
The Comedians, by Graham Greene
5(1.8%)
Fox in Socks, by Dr. Seuss
25(8.9%)
A Deadly Shade of Gold, by John D. MacDonald
2(0.7%)
Hotel, by Arthur Hailey
7(2.5%)
Ariel, by Sulvia Plath
9(3.2%)
Closely Observed Trains / Ostře sledované vlaky, by Bohumil Hrabal – 
0(0.0%)
Dagon and Other Macabre Tales, by H.P. Lovecraft
8(2.8%)
The Doorbell Rang, by Rex Stout
2(0.7%)
Cosmicomics, by Italo Calvino
7(2.5%)
Stoner, by John Williams
2(0.7%)
An American Dream, by Norman Mailer
1(0.4%)
The Cyberiad / Cyberiada, by Stanisław Lem
9(3.2%)
Frederica, by Georgette Keyer
10(3.5%)
The British Museum Is Falling Down, by David Lodge
9(3.2%)
Everything that Rises Must Converge, by Flannery O'Connor
2(0.7%)

Which of these books first published in 1915 have you read?

The Metamorphosis / Die Verwandlung, by Franz Kafka
20(17.2%)
Anne of the Island, by L.M. Montgomery
14(12.1%)
Of Human Bondage, by W. Somerset Maugham
7(6.0%)
The Good Soldier, by Ford Madox Ford
6(5.2%)
The Thirty-Nine Steps, by John Buchan
24(20.7%)
The Rainbow, by D.H. Lawrence
9(7.8%)
The Voyage Out, by Virginia Woolf
2(1.7%)
Herland, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
7(6.0%)
The Valley of Fear, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
17(14.7%)
Victory, by Joseph Conrad
3(2.6%)
The Song of the Lark, by Willa Cather
3(2.6%)
The Golem / Der Golem, by Gustav Meyrink
4(3.4%)

Which of these books first published in 1865 have you read?

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll
42(50.0%)
Our Mutual Friend, by Charles Dickens
10(11.9%)
Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates, by Mary Mapes Dodge
9(10.7%)
Can You Forgive Her?, by Anthony Trollope
7(8.3%)
From the Earth to the Moon / De la Terre à la Lune, by Jules Verne
16(19.0%)

And finally, which of these books published in 1815 and 1765 have you read?

Emma, by Jane Austen (published 1815)
28(62.2%)
Tristram Shandy, by Laurence Sterne (vols 7 and 8, of 9, published 1765)
16(35.6%)
The Works of Ossian, "translated" by James McPherson (published 1765)
1(2.2%)

Incidentally, the best-selling book in the USA in 1915 was The Turmoil, by Booth Tarkington, which has been almost completely forgotten. In 1965 it was The Source, which does seem to have had more staying power (it also topped the NYT Best Sellers list from July 1965 until the end of the year). I would like to bring in other countries' best-seller lists for comparison, but can't find any online.

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redfiona99
Jan. 3rd, 2015 01:04 pm (UTC)
I've read more of these than expected but then again, my wasted literary youth was mystery novels. That being said, my Valley of Fear should have an asterisk next to it because I skim read the boring parts.
arioch7
Jan. 4th, 2015 03:08 pm (UTC)
I would agree that for its time the Valley of Fear had considerable boring (attempting to be scene-setting tension-building) parts, but find that it is rather concise compared with many a modern novel!
nwhyte
Jan. 4th, 2015 03:45 pm (UTC)
It's by some way the weakest of the four Sherlock Holmes novels - really milking a franchise that had peaked more than twenty years before!!!
coth
Jan. 3rd, 2015 01:07 pm (UTC)
And actually The Metamorphosis also.

Frederica is by Heyer, not Keyer. And is recommended, btw.
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Jan. 3rd, 2015 02:30 pm (UTC)
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rmc28
Jan. 3rd, 2015 04:49 pm (UTC)
OMG Over Sea Under Stone is 50 years old?

I'd read rather more of your list than I would have expected.
mizkit
Jan. 3rd, 2015 06:06 pm (UTC)
that was my reaction to OSUS being on that list too :)
bibliofile
Jan. 4th, 2015 07:17 am (UTC)
The lack of best-seller lists from outside the US made me go poking around online. Which led me to the somewhat meta List of lists of lists over on Wikipedia, which includes a reference to itself. It is to amuse. Thanks!
arioch7
Jan. 4th, 2015 03:07 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure it's entirely fair to the Christie and Sout to just list them by the title -- I certainly don't recall titles of that kind of thing. And maybe things like the Plath are also a bit misleading ... I certainly read *some* of the poems, though I never read the whole lot (and do not indeed have the book).

Still, an interesting list.
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