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Boston Public Library 100 Most Influential Books of the Century

July 18, 2008

Adler, Alfred. Study of Organic Inferiority and Its Physical Compensation: A Contribution to Clinical Medicine. 1917
Adorno, Theodor. Philosophy of Modern Music. 1973
Agee, James. Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. 1941
Baldwin, James. Go Tell It on the Mountain. 1953
Beauvoir, Simone de. The Second Sex. 1949
Beck, Simone, Bertholle, Louise and Child, Julia. Art of French Cooking.
Benedict, Ruth. Patterns of Culture. 1934
Bernays, Edward. The Engineering of Consent. 1955
Boston Women’s Health Book Collective. Our Bodies Our Selves; A Book by and for Women. 1973
Buber, Martin. I and Thou. 1923
Burgess, Anthony. A Clockwork Orange. 1962
Camus, Albert. The Stranger. 1946
Carnegie, Dale. How to Win Friends and Influence People. 1936
Carson, Rachael. Silent Spring. 1962
Chekhov, Anton. The Cherry Orchard. 1904
Chomsky, Noam. Syntactic Structures. 1957
Clark, Arthur. 2001: A Space Odyssey. 1960
Comfort, Alex. The Joy of Sex: A Cordon Bleu Guide to Lovemaking. 1972
Conrad, Joseph. The Heart of Darkness. 1902
Denby, Edwin. Looking at Dance. 1949
Dewey, John. The School and the Child: Being Selections from the Educational Essays of John Dewey. 1907
Dobzhansky, Theodosius. Genetics and the Origin of the Species. 1937
Einstein, Albert. Relativity: The Special and General Theory. 1917
Eliot, T.S. Prufrock and Other Observations. 1917
Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. 1925
Frank, Anne. The Diary of Anne Frank. 1947
Frankl, Victor. Man’s Search for Meaning: An Introduction to Logotherapy. 1962
Frazer, James G. The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion. 1890-1915
Freud, Sigmund. The Interpretation of Dreams. 1913
Freyre, Gilberto. The Masters and the Slaves: A Study in the Development of Brazilian Civilization. 1933
Friedan, Betty. The Feminine Mystique. 1963
Gandhi, Mohandas K. Satyagraha in South Africa. 1928
Garcia Marquez, Gabriel. One Hundred Years of Solitude. 1967
Ginsberg, Allen. Howl and Other Poems. 1956
Goodall, Jane. In the Shadow of Man. 1971
Gorky, Maksim. Creatures that Once Were Men. 1905
Gray, John. Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus: A Practical Guide for Improving Communication and Getting What You Want in Your Relationship. 1992
Greenberg, Clement. Art and Culture: Critical Essays. 1961
Haley, Alex. Roots: The Saga of an American Family. 1976
Heidegger, Martin. Being and Time. 1962, English Translation
Heisenberg, Werner. Uncertainty Principle. 1927
Heller, Joseph. Catch 22. 1961
Hemingway, Ernest. The Sun Also Rises. 1926
Hesse, Hermann. Steppenwolf. 1927
Hitler, Adolf. Mein Kampf. 1925-26
Ho, Chi Minh. Reflections from Captivity. 1978
James, William. Pragmatism: A New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking. 1907
John XXIII, Pope. Encyclicals of Pope John XXIII. 1965
Joyce, James. Ulysses. 1922
Jung, C.G. Psychology of the Unconscious: A Study of the Transformations and Symbolisms of the Libido, a Contribution to the Evolution of Thought. 1916
Kafka, Franz. The Trial. 1925
Kerouac, Jack. On the Road. 1957
Keynes, John M. The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money. 1936
Kinsey, Alfred C. Sexual Behavior in the Human Male. 1948
Koestler, Arthur. Darkness at Noon. 1940
Kuhn, Thomas. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. 1962
Lawrence, D.H. Lady Chatterley’s Lover. 1928
Lessing, Doris. The Golden Notebook. 1962
LÈvi-Strauss, Claude. The Raw and the Cooked. 1969
Lewis, Sinclair. Babbitt. 1922
Lorenz, Konrad. On Aggression. 1966
Malraux, AndrÈ. Man’s Fate. 1934
Mann, Thomas. The Magic Mountain. 1924
Mao, Tse-tung. Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung. 1966
Maslow, Abraham. Motivation and Personality. 1954.
Mead, Margaret. Coming of Age in Samoa: A Psychological Study of Primitive Youth for Western Civilization. 1928
Merton, Thomas. Seven Story Mountain. 1948
Mills, C. Wright. The Power Elite. 1956
Morgan, Thomas Hunt. A Critique of the Theory of Evolution. 1916
Montessori, Maria. The Montessori Method. 1912
Nabokov, Vladimir V. Lolita. 1955
Orwell, George. Nineteen Eighty-Four, A Novel. 1949
Pavlov, I. Conditioned Reflexes: An Investigation of the Psychological Activity of the Cerebral Cortex. 1927
Piaget, Jean. Judgement and Reasoning in the Child. 1924
Pirandello, Luigi. Six Characters in Search of an Author. 1921
Proust, Marcel. Remembrance of Things Past. 1913
Rand, Ayn. Atlas Shrugged. 1957
Reed, John. Ten Days That Shook the World. 1919
Reich, Wilhelm. Function of the Orgasm: Sex-economic Problems of Biological Energy. 1973
Remarque, Rainer Maria. All Quiet on the Western Front. 1928
Riis, Jacob. How the Other Half Lives.
Sagan, Carl. Intelligent Life in the Universe. 1963
Salinger, J.D. Catcher in the Rye. 1951

Sanger, Mary. Happiness in Marriage. 1926
Sartre, Jean-Paul. Being and Nothingness: An Essay on Phenomenological Ontology. 1943
Sinclair, Upton. The Jungle. 1906
Skinner, B.F. Beyond Freedom and Dignity. 1971
Solzhenitsyn, Aleksander. The Gulag Archipelago. 1974-78
Spengler, Oswald. Decline of the West. 1918-22
Spock, Benjamin. The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care. 1946
Steinbeck, John. The Grapes of Wrath. 1939
Surgeon General’s Office. Smoking and Health: A Report of the Surgeon General. 1979
Tarbell, Ida. The History of the Standard Oil Company. 1904
Von Neumann, John. Theory of Games and Economic Behavior. 1944
W., Bill. AA Big Book. 1939
Watson, James D. The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA. 1969
Watson, John. Behaviorism. 1925
Wiener, Norbert. Cybernetics. 1948
Woolf, Virginia. A Room of One’s Own. 1929
Wright, Richard. Native Son. 1940

Books that Didn’t Quite Make It
Albee, Edward. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. 1962
Angelou, Maya. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. 1970
Baum, L. Frank. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. 1900
Beckett, Samuel. Waiting for Godot. 1952
Boas, Franz. The Mind of Primitive Man.
Brown, Claude. Manchild in the Promised Land.
Brecht, Berthold. Mother Courage and her Children.
Brown, Dee. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. 1970
Buck, Pearl. Good Earth. 1931
C‚pek, Karel. R.U.R.. 1920
Capote, Truman. In Cold Blood.
Celine, Louis-Ferdinand. Journey to the End of Night.
Chomsky, Noam. Problems of Knowledge and Freedom. 1971
Christie, Agatha. Murder of Roger Ackroyd.
cummings, e.e. Enormous Room.
Eco, Umberto. A Theory of Semiotics. 1976
Empson, William. Seven Types of Ambiguity.
Fossey, Dian. Gorillas in the Mist.
Gibbs, W. Elementary Principles in Statistical Mechanics.
Hall, Radclyffe. Well of Loneliness. 1928
Hammett, Dashiell. Maltese Falcon.
James, William. The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature. 1902
James, Henry. The Golden Bowl. 1904
Keller, Helen. The Story of My Life.
Keynes, John M. The Economic Consequences of the Peace. 1919
Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. 1960
Lukas, J.A. Common Ground.
Metalious, G. Peyton Place. 1956
Milne, A.A. Winnie-the-Pooh. 1926
Nin, Anais. The Diary of Anais Nin. 1966
O. Henry. Four Million.
Peale, Norman V. Power of Positive Thinking.
Plath, Sylvia. Ariel. 1965
Potter, Beatrix. Tale of Peter Rabbit.
Rilke, Rainer M. Sonnets to Orpheus.
Ruben, David. Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Sex but were Afraid to Ask. 1969
Shilts, Randy. And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic. 1987
Skinner, B.F. Science and Human Behavior. 1953
Stein, Gertrude. Making of Americans.
Teilhard de Chardin, Pierre. Phenomenon of Man.
Tuchman, Barbara. Guns of August. 1962
Tzara, Trista. Seven Dada Manifestos and Lamisteries.
Von Braun, Werner. The Mars Project. 1953
Vonnegut, Kurt. Slaughterhouse Five.
Walker, Alice. The Color Purple. 1982
X, Malcolm. The Autobiography of Malcolm X. 1965
Yeats, W.B. Wild Swans at Coole. Zangvill, Israel. The Melting Pot. 1909

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