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If you had to list your favorite top ten books of all time, could you do it? it’s hard to create a list like that. I recently stumbled upon this Web site that lists famous authors and their favorite books. It’s called The Top Ten. A companion site to a book of the same name,…

Top Ten Books

If you had to list your favorite top ten books of all time, could you do it? it’s hard to create a list like that. I recently stumbled upon this Web site that lists famous authors and their favorite books. It’s called The Top Ten.

A companion site to a book of the same name, The Top Ten includes 125 British and American authors and their picks for the greatest works of fiction. Check it out, find your favorite author and see what they recommend. According to the site, here are the top ten works of all time. Would they make your list?

Top Ten List for Top Ten Works of All-Time

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust
The Stories of Anton Chekhov by Anton Chekhov
Middlemarch by George Eliot

Posted by Joel on January 23 2011 • Books

Lost Libraries

imageHave you ever wondered what happens to famous authors’ libraries after they die? This article in the Boston Globe was published a few months ago, but I just recently found it. Here are the opening lines, written by Craig Fehrman.

“A few weeks ago, Annecy Liddell was flipping through a used copy of Don DeLillo’s ”White Noise” when she saw that the previous owner had written his name inside the cover: David Markson. Liddell bought the novel anyway and, when she got home, looked the name up on Wikipedia.

“Markson, she discovered, was an important novelist himself--an experimental writer with a cult following in the literary world. David Foster Wallace considered Markson’s ”Wittgenstein’s Mistress”--a novel that had been rejected by 54 publishers--”pretty much the high point of experimental fiction in this country.” When it turned out that Markson had written notes throughout Liddell’s copy of ”White Noise,” she posted a Facebook update about her find. ”i wanted to call him up and tell him his notes are funny, but then i realized he DIED A MONTH AGO. bummer.”

Posted by Joel on January 09 2011 • Books