WLT's 40 Most Important Books, 1927-2001

Given by World Literature Today

40 Works 278,756 Books 4,461 Reviews ½ 4.0
In celebration of its 75th anniversary, World Literature Today at the University of Oklahoma has selected a list of the 40 most important books of the last 75 years. It includes works by writers from show more 29 countries. show less
Years:
All, 1987 (1), 1978 (1), 1974 (1), 1972 (1), 1968 (1), 1967 (1), 1966 (1), 1964 (1), 1962 (4), 1961 (2), 1959 (1), 1958 (2), 1957 (1), 1956 (2), 1953 (1), 1952 (4), 1950 (1), 1948 (1), 1945 (1), 1944 (1), 1943 (1), 1942 (1), 1941 (1), 1935 (1), 1934 (1), 1933 (1), 1931 (1), 1929 (1), 1928 (2), 1927 (1)
WorkYear
Red Sorghum by Mo Yan
1987
Bells in Winter by Czesław Miłosz
1978
The Conservationist by Nadine Gordimer
1974
Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
1972
House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday
1968
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
1967
Collected shorter poems, 1927-1957 by W. H. Auden
1966
A Personal Matter by Kenzaburō Ōe
1964
The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
1962
Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov
1962
In Diamond Square by Mercè Rodoreda
1962
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
1962
A House for Mr Biswas by V. S. Naipaul
1961
The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa
1961
The Tin Drum by Günter Grass
1959
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
1958
The Guide by R. K. Narayan
1958
Voss by Patrick White
1957
The Cairo Trilogy: Palace Walk, Palace of Desire, Sugar Street by Naguib Mahfouz
1956
The Devil to Pay in the Backlands by João Guimarães Rosa
1956
The Lost Steps by Alejo Carpentier
1953
Waiting for Godot: A Tragicomedy in Two Acts by Samuel Beckett
1952
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
1952
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
1952
In Country Sleep by Dylan Thomas
1952
The Labyrinth of Solitude by Octavio Paz
1950
Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata
1948
Only Yesterday by S. Y. Agnon
1945
Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges
1944
Four Quartets by T. S. Eliot
1943
The Stranger by Albert Camus
1942
Mother Courage and Her Children by Bertolt Brecht
1941
Requiem by Anna Akhmatova
1935
Independent People by Halldór Laxness
1934
Residence on Earth by Pablo Neruda
1933
Στροφή by Γιῶργος Σεφέρης
1931
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
1929
Gypsy Ballads by Federico García Lorca
1928
The Tower by W. B. Yeats
1928
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
1927

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