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An objective analysis resulting in a list of the most recognized novels published in the English language from 1918 - 1990, a starting-point for readers to approach a well-read status.
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck 1
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck illustrates the dignity and spirit of man in desperate
circumstances. It follows the fictional Joad family on their journey from Oklahoma's “dust bowl” of the 1930's to the “promised land” of California. The Joads, like hundreds of thousands of farmers and sharecroppers in Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and other states, were driven off the land during the “dust bowl” and Depression. The novel was controversial when it was published, banned in certain places in the United States.
Despite controversy, The Grapes of Wrath won the 1940 Pulitzer Prize and was the cornerstone of
Steinbeck's 1962 Nobel Prize. Translated into nearly every language of the world, The Grapes of Wrath is an accepted masterpiece of world literature. The novel is considered one of the most enduring works of fiction by an American author. In the past 50 years, the novel has sold more than 14 million copies and it still sells 100,000 paperback copies a year.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 2
Harper Lee's classic novel of a lawyer in the Deep South defending a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the eyes of Atticus's children, Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with rich humor and unanswering honesty the irrationality of adult attitudes toward race and class in the Deep South of the 1930's.
One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has earned many distinctions since its original publication in 1960. It won the Pulitzer Prize, has been translated into more than forty
languages and has sold more than thirty million copies worldwide. Most recently, librarians across the country gave the book the highest of honors by voting it the best novel of the twentieth century.
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell 3
Atlanta native Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 novel, Gone With the Wind, occupies an important place in American literature. After breaking publishing records with one million copies sold within six months, the novel was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, has been translated into over forty languages, and remains one of the best-selling novels of all time.
With its detailed atmosphere of a vanished age, its compelling characters, its forceful narrative, its
description of human survival, and its portrayal of the persistence of romantic dreams, Gone With the
Wind continues to entertain and sometimes exasperate readers. As well as being a novel of epic
proportions, it is valuable as a historical document, though one that should be carefully read. A depiction of life and conflict in the nineteenth-century South, the novel also documents twentiethcentury emotions about the region’s past and memories of a way of life that many considered gone with the wind.
The following are the sources of the information presented above:
1 Grapes of Wrath.The National Steinbeck Center.
(1990) : Internet.
2 To Kill a Mockingbird.HarperCollins Publishers.
(2010) : Internet.
3 About Gone With the Wind.Margaret Mitchell.
(2010) : Internet.