The list author says: "In many cases important books are awarded literary prizes and obtain more readership. Possibly some of the readership comes from Hollywood and so significant literary prize winners have more often become movies than obscure literary works."
"McMurtry is a splendid author. His telling of this story helps define life in the early days of Texas and the cattelmen. Along with "Roots" one of the most watched and loved TV mini-series ever. Robert Duval gave a terrific performance."
""The Grapes Of Wrath" is studied by students everywhere. Steinbeck's character development and feel for a time in history that stays forever in the reader's memory. The picture is also a one of a kind. Henry Fonda gave what may be his greatest performance."
"Not only a great book for adults. Her writing is so universal that it could be considered for children also. Pulitzer Prize winner. Who could forget Jody Baxter, the son of the farmer Penny Paxter. Jody is right up there with Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn as great child characters in literature."
"Grisham is a master at creating suspense. The reader is able to see themselves in a situation that could happen. Tom Cruise did one of his better acting jobs in this film and Gene Hackman was splendid."
"A unique view of War, from the point of view of an ambulance driver. Excellent novel by Ernest Hemingway, one of the best. The movie, what can I say, Gary Cooper, a legend. He died too soon at age 60 but left a legacy that is hard to imagine."
"It's hard to think of a book that had such suspense and drama. When they describe a page turner in novels, this book should be the prime example. The movie has become a legend. Jodi Foster did a splendid job and Anthony Hopkins did one of the finest acting jobs I have ever seen."