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15 Classic Books Everyone Should Read In Their Lifetime Part I
Classic Children’s Books By The Decade: 1900s
Some books are flashes in the pan, read for entertainment and then left on a bus seat for the next lucky person to pick up and enjoy, forgotten by most after their season has passed. Others stick around, are read and re-read, are taught and discussed: sometimes due to great artistry, sometimes due to luck, and sometimes because they manage to recognize and capture some element of the culture of the time. Of course, hindsight can also distort the senses; the canon looms and obscures. Though the books on these lists need not be American in origin, I am looking for books that evoke some aspect of American life, actual or intellectual, in each decade—a global lens would require a much longer list. But even at the time of its writing, he knew he was trying to create a new kind of story for the new age he had found himself inhabiting. Folk lore, legends, myths and fairy tales have followed childhood through the ages, for every healthy youngster has a wholesome and instinctive love for stories fantastic, marvelous and manifestly unreal.
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If that were so, these lists might have different books on them. You can find a million of those lists all over the internet. Note on my s List: Of all the decades I will be covering, I found to be the trickiest. Primarily because books that do not stand the test of time are not exactly books I want to recommend. Of course limiting my lists to 10 books also leaves off some worthy books and maybe even your favorites, so be sure to leave a comment and get your favorite title heard.
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However, several fantasy books from this era still enjoyed great success or paved the yellow brick road for future authors. There were even film adaptations , since the turn of the century also saw the first films and feature films. Popular serialised stories were often later released as novels. Selecting books for this era was tough, in part because the line between fantasy, science fiction and other genres was even blurrier than it is now. However, they are still worth mentioning.