Newsweek Top 10 Meta List

NEWSWEEK's Top 100 Books list is different from many other lists. It's a list of lists, a meta-list. So they didn't put together an "entirely white, predominately male, and somewhat doddering" group of literary types with an average age of 69—which is how the late historian Arthur Schlesinger described the panel of judges for the Modern Library list of the 20th century's best 100 novels.

The other nine, mostly compiled over the past two decades, were taken as a representative but diverse sample. They range from volumes selected for Oprah Winfrey's television book club to a reading list for St. John's College, the well-regarded school in Santa Fe, N.M., and Annapolis, Md., whose curriculum is based on reading the great books of the Western canon, to a list of the 110 books selected by Britain's Daily Telegraphto make up "the perfect library." 

Here's the full list  http://www.newsweek.com/id/204478

War And Peace Cover Image
By Leo Tolstoy, Pat Conroy (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780451530547
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Published: Signet Classics - June 5th, 2007

Set against the sweeping panoply of Napoleons invasion of Russia, War and Peace is often considered the greatest novel ever written. This complete and unabridged edition features a new Introduction by Pat Conroy. Revised reissue.


1984 Cover Image
By George Orwell, Erich Fromm (Afterword by)
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ISBN: 9780451524935
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Published: Signet Book -

Satire on the possible horrors of a totalitarian regime in England in 1984.

George Orwell's prophetic, nightmarish vision of "Negative Utopia" is timelier than ever-and its warnings more powerful. 


Ulysses Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679722762
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Published: Vintage Books USA - June 16th, 1990

Written over a seven-year period, from 1914 to 1921, this book has survived bowdlerization, legal action and controversy.

This revised volume follows the complete unabridged text as corrected in 1961. Contains the original foreword by the author and the historic court ruling to remove the federal ban. It also contains page references to the first American edition of 1934.


Lolita Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679723165
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Published: Vintage Books USA - March 13th, 1989

Awe and exhiliration--along with heartbreak and mordant wit--abound in Lolita, Nabokov's most famous and controversial novel, which tells the story of the aging Humbert Humbert's obsessive, devouring, and doomed passion for the nymphet Dolores Haze. Lolita is also the story of a hypercivilized European colliding with the cheerful barbarism of postwar America. Most of all, it is a meditation on love--love as outrage and hallucination, madness and transformation.


The Sound and the Fury Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393964813
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - December 17th, 1993

The text of this Norton Critical Edition is that of the corrected edition scrupulously prepared by Noel Polk, whose textual note precedes the text. David Minter’s annotations are designed to assist the reader with obscure words and allusions. "Backgrounds" begins with the appendix Faulkner wrote in 1945 and sometimes referred to as another telling of The Sound and the Fury and includes a selection of Faulkner’s letters, excerpts from two Faulkner interviews, a memoir by Faulknerís friend Ben Wasson, and both versions of Faulkner's 1933 introduction to the novel. "Cultural and Historical Contexts" presents four different perspectives on the place of the American South in history. Taken together, these works—by C. Vann Woodward, Richard H. King, Carolyn Porter, and Robert Penn Warren—provide the reader with valuable contexts for understanding the novel. "Criticism" includes seventeen essays on The Sound and the Fury that collectively trace changes in the way we have viewed this novel over the last four decades. The critics are Jean-Paul Sartre, Irving Howe, Ralph Ellison, Olga W. Vickery, Cleanth Brooks, Michael Millgate, John T. Irwin, Myra Jehlen, Donald M. Kartiganer, David Minter, Warwick Wadlington, John T. Matthews, Thadious M. Davis, Wesley Morris and Barbara Alverson Morris, Minrose C. Gwin, André Bleikasten, and Philip M. Weinstein. A revised Selected Bibliography is also included. .


Invisible Man Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679732761
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Published: Vintage - March 14th, 1995

Invisible Man is a milestone in American literature, a book that has continued to engage readers since its appearance in 1952. A first novel by an unknown writer, it remained on the bestseller list for sixteen weeks, won the National Book Award for fiction, and established Ralph Ellison as one of the key writers of the century. The nameless narrator of the novel describes growing up in a black community in the South, attending a Negro college from which he is expelled, moving to New York and becoming the chief spokesman of the Harlem branch of the Brotherhood, and retreating amid violence and confusion to the basement lair of the Invisible Man he imagines himself to be. The book is a passionate and witty tour de force of style, strongly influenced by T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land, Joyce, and Dostoevsky.


To the Lighthouse Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780156907392
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Published: Harvest Books - December 27th, 1989

A landmark of modern fiction, Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse explores the subjective reality of everyday life in the Hebrides for the Ramsay family.


The Iliad and the Odyssey Cover Image
By Homer
$37.00
ISBN: 9780147712554
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Published: Penguin Books - November 1st, 1999

This beautiful gift set of Robert Fagles' award-winning translations of Homer brings the energy of contemporary language to these enduring heroic epics.


The Annotated Pride and Prejudice Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307278104
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Published: Anchor - March 13th, 2007

Few have failed to be charmed by the witty and independent spirit of Elizabeth Bennet. Her early determination to dislike Mr. Darcy is a prejudice only matched by the folly of his arrogant pride. Their first impressions give way to true feelings in a comedy profoundly concerned with happiness and how it might be achieved.

A sheer delight for Jane Austen fans, this is the first-ever annotated edition of one of the most beloved novels in the world. Maps, illustrations & a chronology of events. 


Pride and Prejudice Cover Image
By Jane Austen, Vivien Jones (Introduction by), Tony Tanner (Introduction by)
$9.00
ISBN: 9780141439518
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Published: Penguin Books - December 31st, 2002

Few have failed to be charmed by the witty and independent spirit of Elizabeth Bennet. Her early determination to dislike Mr. Darcy is a prejudice only matched by the folly of his arrogant pride. Their first impressions give way to true feelings in a comedy profoundly concerned with happiness and how it might be achieved.


Inferno: A New Verse Translation Cover Image
By Dante Alighieri, Michael Palma (Translator)
$24.95
ISBN: 9780393323870
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 1st, 2003

Bellows Falls author and translator Michael Palma recreates Dante's masterpiece in all its dimensions, without emphasizing some aspects over others, rendering Inferno into contemporary American English while maintaining Dante's original triple rhyme scheme.


The Divine Comedy: The Inferno, the Purgatorio, the Paradiso Cover Image
By Dante Alighieri, John Ciardi (Translator)
$21.00
ISBN: 9780451208637
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Published: Berkley Books - May 27th, 2003

For the first time, John Ciardi's translations of Dante's three soaring canticles have been gathered together in a single volume.


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