The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman Laurence Sterne, 1759 46. The Swimming Pool Library Alan Hollinghurst, 1988 42. But Austerlitz, which is basically about Sebald wandering around Europe, doesn't do it as a gimmick. Middle Earth, as he called his extraordinarily detailed imaginary world, was the setting for hugely successful novels including The Hobbit — intended primarily for children — and the rather darker three-volume epic The Lord of the Rings, which has been voted by Amazon readers as their favourite book of the millennium. Bynum seems incapable of writing a sentence that doesn't have something fresh or funny or true going on in it. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time does all three. While Robinson's novela long, elegiac, wisdom-bleeding letter from a much older father to a much younger son that's also a meditation on just about every question of God and humanitysure ain't easy, it socks you in the face and then hands you some ice to cool the bruise.
George Orwell Best known for his books 1984 and Animal Farm, George Orwell is widely regarded as one of the best authors of the 20th century. The play is particularly incisive in its commentary on the volatility of certain words and talking points, rendering them unsafe in any conversation. The thing that is exceptional about this book, aside from its intelligence and its language, is the quality of its theological reflection. Its most famous scholar was J. Dig in quick: This is your chance to right some wrongs and hit the new musts you missed the first time around. And you are certainly not the pine-scented air.
The Waves Virginia Woolf, 1931 15. Her story of learning to communicate despite these immense barriers is legendary. The stories in I Sailed with Magellan are technically amazing, but always to emotional purpose. And it falls to Sebald to uncover those ruins. The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? Take Me Out by Richard Greenberg Best of all is a sequence when Rothko and his helpmate prime a blank canvas by creating a base, plum-coloured layer. Tolkien is arguably one of the greatest fantasy writers of all time.
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner James Hogg, 1824 93. The Mayor of Casterbridge Thomas Hardy, 1886 73. Tragically, Owen lost his life just a week before the end of the war, and most of his poems were published after his death. While some people got stuck in the 20th century for their recommendations, I was able to compile quite a list to share with my students. This is more than a simple coming of age drama. The Heart of the Matter Graham Greene, 1948 71. Jude the Obscure Thomas Hardy, 1895 22.
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Simon Stephens There are plays that entertain, plays that illuminate, and plays that bring us to an exalted new place. Ruined by Lynn Nottage Nottage's focus is very precise: she deals with a bar-cum-brothel in a small Congolese mining town on the edge of the rainforest. Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe, 1719 26. They all died young, but between them, these remarkable sisters wrote some of the most famous novels in English literature, including Jane Eyre by Charlotte, Wuthering Heights by Emily and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne. Plus: murder, banking, spanking, andseriously, this will work on you, as anyone from the former Colonies has long insistedthe awesome draw of cricket.
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The novel was successful at the time of its publication, but it achieved a new following decades later with the release of a long television adaptation starring Jeremy Irons. Georgia O'Keeffe, one of the most prominent artists of the 20th century, is known for her groundbreaking modernist art, most especially her flower paintings, New York cityscapes, landscapes and paintings of northern New Mexico. Stretching back over a thousand years, the British is vast and shows no signs of coming to a halt. There but for the Ali Smith, 2011 98. She shared this passion with her husband, Diego Rivera, also a prominent Mexican painter. Wilfred Owen The horrors of the inspired a new generation of poets to write some of the most well-known lines in English poetry, and among the most famous was Wilfred Owen.