- Hardcover: 960 pages
- Publisher: Universe; Revised, Updated edition (March 23, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0789320398
- ISBN-13: 978-0789320391
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 2.7 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Dr. Peter Boxall is a lecturer in English Literature at the University of Sussex. He has published widely on twentieth- and twenty-first-century fiction and drama.
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I'll keep this handy now, so when I want to know what to read next, I'll never have to make a crazy guess at the library or here on Amazon. I need a much larger bookshelf... While there have been changes through the years, I see it more as a way to find new authors. Then if I like something, I can continue on with their work. If I hate a book enough, I don't feel compelled to read all of the listed books by that author. Other things to note are that some books are the beginnings of a series - so really it offers more than 1001 if I go on to read the series. It also gives me a goal and a varied experience in some regards. While there are a decent number of women, I do wish it wasn't so eurocentric. Despite all that, add this to the other list books I own, and I'll always have thousands of books left to read. Now I just need a longer life.
My only disappointment is that I thought that the editors should have been a little more selective about the choice of authors and perhaps excluding more duplicates from the same author. It is frustrating to see multiple books (some authors even have more than two) from Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Dostoyevsky--readers are likely to have heard of these writers, and the selections listed should be the most important of his or her work. Now, as a reader, should I enjoy whatever I read by Dickens or Dostoyevsky then maybe I will go read more (by default reading the others listed) and if I do not, then I will probably move on to the next author. If this even that type of book to someone.
If not a type of book to discover more books to read, then a great coffee table book. Either way, I found the selections to be limiting. Really, in the world of literature, 1001 is a very small number.
Still, I enjoy having the book on my shelf. I have tabs in the pages of "books read" in one color (red) and books I want to read in another color. If I am interested in reading a particular book type or era, I go to this volume; they are organized by publication date--not by authors name; in the end I think this is an interesting and logical choice. Complete table of contents and indexes in case you are looking for something in particular.