Wednesday, June 27, 2012

books that shaped america

Library of Congress: Books that Shaped America
The Library of Congress, the world’s largest repository of knowledge and information, began a multiyear “Celebration of the Book” with an exhibition on “Books That Shaped America.” The initial books in the exhibition are displayed below.“This list is a starting point,” said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. “It is not a register of the ‘best’ American books – although many of them fit that description. Rather, the list is intended to spark a national conversation on books written by Americans that have influenced our lives, whether they appear on this initial list or not.”
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain 1884
  • Alcoholics Anonymous anonymous 1939
  • American Cookery Amelia Simmons 1796
  • The American Woman’s Home Catharine E. Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe 1869
  • And the Band Played On Randy Shilts 1987
  • Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand 1957
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X Malcolm X and Alex Haley 1965
  • Beloved Toni Morrison 1987
  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee Dee Brown 1970
  • The Call of the Wild Jack London 1903
  • The Cat in the Hat Dr. Seuss 1957
  • Catch-22 Joseph Heller 1961
  • The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger 1951
  • Charlotte’s Web E.B. White 1952
  • Common Sense Thomas Paine 1776
  • The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care Benjamin Spock 1946
  • Cosmos Carl Sagan 1980
  • A Curious Hieroglyphick Bible anonymous 1788
  • The Double Helix James D. Watson 1968
  • The Education of Henry Adams Henry Adams 1907
  • Experiments and Observations on Electricity Benjamin Franklin 1751
  • Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury 1953
  • Family Limitation Margaret Sanger 1914
  • The Federalist anonymous 1787
  • The Feminine Mystique Betty Friedan 1963
  • The Fire Next Time James Baldwin 1963
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls Ernest Hemingway 1940
  • Gone With the Wind Margaret Mitchell 1936
  • Goodnight Moon Margaret Wise Brown 1947
  • A Grammatical Institute of the English Language Noah Webster 1783
  • The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck 1939
  • The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald 1925
  • Harriet, the Moses of Her People Sarah H. Bradford 1901
  • The History of Standard Oil Ida Tarbell 1904
  • History of the Expedition Under the Command of the Captains Lewis and Clark Meriwether Lewis 1814
  • How the Other Half Lives Jacob Riis 1890
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People Dale Carnegie 1936
  • Howl Allen Ginsberg 1956
  • The Iceman Cometh Eugene O’Neill 1946
  • Idaho: A Guide in Word and Pictures Federal Writers’ Project 1937
  • In Cold Blood Truman Capote 1966
  • Invisible Man Ralph Ellison 1952
  • Joy of Cooking Irma Rombauer 1931
  • The Jungle Upton Sinclair 1906
  • Leaves of Grass Walt Whitman 1855
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Washington Irving 1820
  • Little Women, or Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy Louisa May Alcott 1868
  • Mark, the Match Boy Horatio Alger Jr. 1869
  • McGuffey’s Newly Revised Eclectic Primer William Holmes McGuffey 1836
  • Moby-Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville 1851
  • The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Frederick Douglass 1845
  • Native Son Richard Wright 1940
  • New England Primer anonymous 1803
  • New Hampshire Robert Frost 1923
  • On the Road Jack Kerouac 1957
  • Our Bodies, Ourselves Boston Women’s Health Book Collective 1971
  • Our Town: A Play Thornton Wilder 1938
  • Peter Parley’s Universal History Samuel Goodrich 1837
  • Poems Emily Dickinson 1890
  • Poor Richard Improved and The Way to Wealth Benjamin Franklin 1758
  • Pragmatism William James 1907
  • The Private Life of the Late Benjamin Franklin, LL.D. Benjamin Franklin 1793
  • The Red Badge of Courage Stephen Crane 1895
  • Red Harvest Dashiell Hammett 1929
  • Riders of the Purple Sage Zane Grey 1912
  • The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne 1850
  • Sexual Behavior in the Human Male Alfred C. Kinsey 1948
  • Silent Spring Rachel Carson 1962
  • The Snowy Day Ezra Jack Keats 1962
  • The Souls of Black Folk W.E.B. Du Bois 1903
  • The Sound and the Fury William Faulkner 1929
  • Spring and All William Carlos Williams 1923
  • Stranger in a Strange Land Robert E. Heinlein 1961
  • A Street in Bronzeville Gwendolyn Brooks 1945
  • A Streetcar Named Desire Tennessee Williams 1947
  • A Survey of the Roads of the United States of America Christopher Colles 1789
  • Tarzan of the Apes Edgar Rice Burroughs 1914
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston 1937
  • To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee 1960
  • A Treasury of American Folklore Benjamin A. Botkin 1944
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Betty Smith 1943
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe 1852
  • Unsafe at Any Speed Ralph Nader 1965
  • Walden; or Life in the Woods Henry David Thoreau 1854
  • The Weary Blues Langston Hughes 1925
  • Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak 1963
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz L. Frank Baum 1900
  • The Words of Cesar Chavez Cesar Chavez 2002

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