18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Wednesday, September 10, 1913: Didn’t feel the best the morning. Commenced reading a book.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
What book was Grandma reading?
Goodreads lists two hundred books published in 1913 that are still in widely read. They probably were not the most popular books at the time, but rather they are the books that have endured –and whose message apparently continues to resonate a hundred years later.
Fifteen books on the list that I recognized the title or author are listed below:
1. O Pioneers by Willa Cather
2. Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence
3. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton
4. Theodore Roosevelt: An Autobiography by Theodore Roosevelt
5. The Tale of Pigling Bland by Beatrix Potter
6. The Bobbsey Twins’ Mystery at School (Bobbsey Twins #4) by Laure Lee Hope
7. Chance by Joseph Conrad
8. Desert Gold by Zane Grey
9. The Adventure of the Dying Detective by Arthur Conan Doyle
10. The Inland Voyage and Travels with a Donkey by Robert Louis Stevenson
11. The Story of My Boyhood and Youth by John Muir
12. Little Wars by H. G. Wells
13. The Night Born by Jack London
14. The War Correspondence of Leon Trotsky: The Balkan Wars 1912-1913 by Leon Trotsky
15. La Follette’s Autobiography: A Personal Narrative of Political Experiences by Robert M. La Follette
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