Literature and Millennial Lists Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)


"Three Hubbard Fiction Works Voted in Top 10 of Century's 100 Best Novels." Business Wire Features (21 October 1998): 1062.

Announces the final results of the Modern Library's readers' poll, emphasizing L. Ron Hubbard's novels.

Charles, Ron. "Listening to the Listmakers." Christian Science Monitor (30 July 1998): B3.

Analyzes the statistics of the Modern Library list in comparison to the Radcliffe Publishing Course counterlist, which is reprinted in its entirety.

Diefendorf, Elizabeth, ed. The New York Public Library's Books of the Century. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996, 229 pp.

Features introductory essays and lists of book titles under the headings "Landmarks of Modern Literature," "Nature's Realm," "Protest and Progress," "Colonialism and Its Aftermath," Mind & Spirit," "Popular Culture & Mass Entertainment," "Women Rise," "Economics and Technology," "Utopias and Dystopias," "War, Holocaust, Totalitarianism," "Optimism, Joy, Gentility," and "Favorites of Childhood and Youth."

Gussow, Mel. "Letting the Public in on the Quaint Stories behind the Stories." New York Times (29 November 1998): B12.

Considers the cultural and literary significance of Doubleday's Collector's Editions of classic works, a rival of the Modern Library series.

Irving, John. "It Was 20 Years Ago Today." Los Angeles Times Book Review (19 April 1998): 66.

Reprint of a new introduction to the Modern Library twentieth-anniversary edition of The World According to Garp, recalling Irving's young son's response to the novel and his influence on the final narrative.

Kinsella, Brudget. "The Oprah Effect: How TV's Premier Talk Show Host Puts Books Over the Top." Publishers Weekly 244, No. 3 (20 January 1997): 276-78.

Explains the so-called "Oprah effect" on the fiction publishing industry after the debut of the Book Club segment on the Oprah Winfrey Show, citing Winfrey's reasons for incorporating the literary forum into her show.

Lane, Anthony. "The Top Ten." New Yorker 70, No. 19 (27 June 1994): 79-92.

Comments on the cultural significance of best-sellers lists, while reviewing current entries on the New York Times Book Review tally.

"High on the List of Scams." Los Angeles Times (17 August 1998): B4.

Highlights the publicity "scam" of the Modern Library list.

Streitfeld, David. "A One-Man Literature." Washington Post Book World 28, No. 28 (12 July 1998): 15.

Assesses the career of F. Sionil Jose, a Filipino novelist, whose novel Dusk, the first book of the five-volume "Rosales Saga," was issued as an original paperback in the Modern Library series of classics.

――――――. "That List Again." Washington Post Book World 28, No. 34 (23 August 1998): 15.

Questions the tenth title on the Modern Library readers's poll, And Trail Mix Rained from the Sky, by Philip Travisano. Also speculates on the reason Max Beerbohm's Zuleika Dobson appeared on the board's list, citing a relevant passage.

"'A Scam, But a Good Scam.'" Washington Post (5 August 1998).

Reveals Modern Library's principal motivation to compile its list, explaining the process of ranking the selections.

"Hungry Mind Review's 100 Best 20th-century American Books."

Announces an alternative list of American fiction, short stories, and nonfiction, reflecting "a far more realistic race and gender balance and includes a good number of contemporary books." Among writers that made the cut are Toni Morrison, James Agee, Malcolm X, Gertrude Stein, and Joan Didion.

"100 Great 20th Century Works of Fiction by Women."

Lists unranked results of a canvass of women's online forums and other lists of novels written by women, but also includes several short story collections and Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

On-line listing of Modern Library's fiction and nonfiction top 100 rankings as well as the results of its readers's poll and a link to the Radcliffe Publishing Course list.