18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Monday, February 9, 1914: Finished reading two books today. Retired later than my usual hour.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Which books 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.
Ten books on the list that I recognized the title or author are listed below:
1. The Dubliners by James Joyce
2. Dracula’s Guest and Other Weird Stories by Bram Stoker
3. The Beasts of Tarzan (Tarzan #3) by Edgar Rice Burroughs (magazine serial)
4. Through the Brazilian Wilderness by Theodore Roosevelt
5. The Adventures of Peter Cottontail by Thornton W. Burgess
6. Dr. Montessori’s Own Handbook by Marie Montessori
7. Tom Swift and his Photo Telephone or the Picture that Saved a Fortune (Tom Swift #17) by Victor Appleton
8. Selected Prose of Oscar Wilde by Oscar Wilde
9. The Mystery of the Kingdom of God by Albert Schweitzer
10. The Social History of Smoking by George Latimer Apperson
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