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100 Most Influential Books of the Century
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Adler, Alfred. Study of Organic Inferiority and Its Physical Compensation: A Contribution to Clinical Medicine. 1917

Adorno, Theodor. Philosophy of Modern Music. 1973

Agee, James. Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. 1941

Baldwin, James. Go Tell It on the Mountain. 1953

Beauvoir, Simone de. The Second Sex. 1949

Beck, Simone, Bertholle, Louise and Child, Julia. Art of French Cooking.

Benedict, Ruth. Patterns of Culture. 1934

Bernays, Edward. The Engineering of Consent. 1955

Boston Women's Health Book Collective. Our Bodies Our Selves; A Book by and for Women. 1973

Buber, Martin. I and Thou. 1923

Burgess, Anthony. A Clockwork Orange. 1962

Camus, Albert. The Stranger. 1946

Carnegie, Dale. How to Win Friends and Influence People. 1936

Carson, Rachael. Silent Spring. 1962

Chekhov, Anton. The Cherry Orchard. 1904

Chomsky, Noam. Syntactic Structures. 1957

Clark, Arthur. 2001: A Space Odyssey. 1960

Comfort, Alex. The Joy of Sex: A Cordon Bleu Guide to Lovemaking. 1972

Conrad, Joseph. The Heart of Darkness. 1902

Denby, Edwin. Looking at Dance. 1949

Dewey, John. The School and the Child: Being Selections from the Educational Essays of John Dewey. 1907

Dobzhansky, Theodosius. Genetics and the Origin of the Species. 1937

Einstein, Albert. Relativity: The Special and General Theory. 1917

Eliot, T.S. Prufrock and Other Observations. 1917

Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. 1925

Frank, Anne. The Diary of Anne Frank. 1947

Frankl, Victor. Man's Search for Meaning: An Introduction to Logotherapy. 1962

Frazer, James G. The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion. 1890-1915

Freud, Sigmund. The Interpretation of Dreams. 1913

Freyre, Gilberto. The Masters and the Slaves: A Study in the Development of Brazilian Civilization. 1933

Friedan, Betty. The Feminine Mystique. 1963

Gandhi, Mohandas K. Satyagraha in South Africa. 1928

Garcia Marquez, Gabriel. One Hundred Years of Solitude. 1967

Ginsberg, Allen. Howl and Other Poems. 1956

Goodall, Jane. In the Shadow of Man. 1971

Gorky, Maksim. Creatures that Once Were Men. 1905

Gray, John. Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus: A Practical Guide for Improving Communication and Getting What You Want in Your Relationship. 1992

Greenberg, Clement. Art and Culture: Critical Essays. 1961

Haley, Alex. Roots: The Saga of an American Family. 1976

Heidegger, Martin. Being and Time. 1962, English Translation

Heisenberg, Werner. Uncertainty Principle. 1927

Heller, Joseph. Catch 22. 1961

Hemingway, Ernest. The Sun Also Rises. 1926

Hesse, Hermann. Steppenwolf. 1927

Hitler, Adolf. Mein Kampf. 1925-26

Ho, Chi Minh. Reflections from Captivity. 1978

James, William. Pragmatism: A New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking. 1907

John XXIII, Pope. Encyclicals of Pope John XXIII. 1965

Joyce, James. Ulysses. 1922

Jung, C.G. Psychology of the Unconscious: A Study of the Transformations and Symbolisms of the Libido, a Contribution to the Evolution of Thought. 1916

Kafka, Franz. The Trial. 1925

Kerouac, Jack. On the Road. 1957

Keynes, John M. The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money. 1936

Kinsey, Alfred C. Sexual Behavior in the Human Male. 1948

Koestler, Arthur. Darkness at Noon. 1940

Kuhn, Thomas. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. 1962

Lawrence, D.H. Lady Chatterley's Lover. 1928

Lessing, Doris. The Golden Notebook. 1962

LÈvi-Strauss, Claude. The Raw and the Cooked. 1969

Lewis, Sinclair. Babbitt. 1922

Lorenz, Konrad. On Aggression. 1966

Malraux, AndrÈ. Man's Fate. 1934

Mann, Thomas. The Magic Mountain. 1924

Mao, Tse-tung. Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung. 1966

Maslow, Abraham. Motivation and Personality. 1954.

Mead, Margaret. Coming of Age in Samoa: A Psychological Study of Primitive Youth for Western Civilization. 1928

Merton, Thomas. Seven Story Mountain. 1948

Mills, C. Wright. The Power Elite. 1956

Morgan, Thomas Hunt. A Critique of the Theory of Evolution. 1916

Montessori, Maria. The Montessori Method. 1912

Nabokov, Vladimir V. Lolita. 1955

Orwell, George. Nineteen Eighty-Four, A Novel. 1949

Pavlov, I. Conditioned Reflexes: An Investigation of the Psychological Activity of the Cerebral Cortex. 1927

Piaget, Jean. Judgement and Reasoning in the Child. 1924

Pirandello, Luigi. Six Characters in Search of an Author. 1921

Proust, Marcel. Remembrance of Things Past. 1913

Rand, Ayn. Atlas Shrugged. 1957

Reed, John. Ten Days That Shook the World. 1919

Reich, Wilhelm. Function of the Orgasm: Sex-economic Problems of Biological Energy. 1973

Remarque, Erich Maria. All Quiet on the Western Front. 1928

Riis, Jacob. How the Other Half Lives.

Sagan, Carl. Intelligent Life in the Universe. 1963

Salinger, J.D. Catcher in the Rye. 1951

Sanger, Mary. Happiness in Marriage. 1926

Sartre, Jean-Paul. Being and Nothingness: An Essay on Phenomenological Ontology. 1943

Sinclair, Upton. The Jungle. 1906

Skinner, B.F. Beyond Freedom and Dignity. 1971

Solzhenitsyn, Aleksander. The Gulag Archipelago. 1974-78

Spengler, Oswald. Decline of the West. 1918-22

Spock, Benjamin. The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care. 1946

Steinbeck, John. The Grapes of Wrath. 1939

Surgeon General's Office. Smoking and Health: A Report of the Surgeon General. 1979

Tarbell, Ida. The History of the Standard Oil Company. 1904

Von Neumann, John. Theory of Games and Economic Behavior. 1944

W., Bill. AA Big Book. 1939

Watson, James D. The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA. 1969

Watson, John. Behaviorism. 1925

Wiener, Norbert. Cybernetics. 1948

Woolf, Virginia. A Room of One's Own. 1929

Wright, Richard. Native Son. 1940

 

Books that Didn't Quite Make It

Albee, Edward. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. 1962

Angelou, Maya. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. 1970

Baum, L. Frank. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. 1900

Beckett, Samuel. Waiting for Godot. 1952

Boas, Franz. The Mind of Primitive Man.

Brown, Claude. Manchild in the Promised Land.

Brecht, Berthold. Mother Courage and her Children.

Brown, Dee. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. 1970

Buck, Pearl. Good Earth. 1931

C‚pek, Karel. R.U.R.. 1920

Capote, Truman. In Cold Blood.

Celine, Louis-Ferdinand. Journey to the End of Night.

Chomsky, Noam. Problems of Knowledge and Freedom. 1971

Christie, Agatha. Murder of Roger Ackroyd.

cummings, e.e. Enormous Room.

Eco, Umberto. A Theory of Semiotics. 1976

Empson, William. Seven Types of Ambiguity.

Fossey, Dian. Gorillas in the Mist.

Gibbs, W. Elementary Principles in Statistical Mechanics.

Hall, Radclyffe. Well of Loneliness. 1928

Hammett, Dashiell. Maltese Falcon.

James, William. The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature. 1902

James, Henry. The Golden Bowl. 1904

Keller, Helen. The Story of My Life.

Keynes, John M. The Economic Consequences of the Peace. 1919

Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. 1960

Lukas, J.A. Common Ground.

Metalious, G. Peyton Place. 1956

Milne, A.A. Winnie-the-Pooh. 1926

Nin, Anais. The Diary of Anais Nin. 1966

O. Henry. Four Million.

Peale, Norman V. Power of Positive Thinking.

Plath, Sylvia. Ariel. 1965

Potter, Beatrix. Tale of Peter Rabbit.

Rilke, Rainer M. Sonnets to Orpheus.

Ruben, David. Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Sex but were Afraid to Ask. 1969

Shilts, Randy. And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic. 1987

Skinner, B.F. Science and Human Behavior. 1953

Stein, Gertrude. Making of Americans.

Teilhard de Chardin, Pierre. Phenomenon of Man.

Tuchman, Barbara. Guns of August. 1962

Tzara, Trista. Seven Dada Manifestos and Lamisteries.

Von Braun, Werner. The Mars Project. 1953

Vonnegut, Kurt. Slaughterhouse Five.

Walker, Alice. The Color Purple. 1982

X, Malcolm. The Autobiography of Malcolm X. 1965

Yeats, W.B. Wild Swans at Coole.

Zangvill, Israel. The Melting Pot. 1909

Compiled by Dawn Cook, General Library, Adult Reader and Information Services, Boston Public Library, May 2000