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The New York Public Library recently printed a list of books that the library staff voted the most influential books of the 20th Century.

Economics & Technology
• Thorstein Veblen. The Theory of the Leisure Class: An Economic Study of Institutions, 1899
• Max Weber. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. 1904
• Henry Adams. The Education of Henry Adams. 1907
• John Maynard Keynes. The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money. 1936
• Milton Friedman. A Theory of the Consumption Function, 1957
• John Kenneth Galbraith. The Affluent Society. 1958
• Jane Jacobs. The Death and Life of Great American Cities, 1961
• Helen Leavitt. Superhighway–Super Hoax, 1070
• E.F. Schumacher. Small Is Beautiful. 1973
• Ed Krel. The Whole Internet: User's Guide & Catalog. 1992

Utopia & Dystopias
• H.G Wells. The Time Machine. 1895
• Theodor Herzl. The Jewish State. 1896
• L. Frank Baum. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. 1900
• J. M. Barrie. Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, 1906
• Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Herland. 1915
• Aldous Huxley. Brave New World. 1932
• James Hilton. Lost Horizon. 1933
• B.F. Skinner. Walden Two. 1948
• George Orwell. Nineteen Eighty-Four. 1949
• Ray Bradbury. Fahrenheit 451. 1953
• Anthony Burgess. A Clockwork Orange. 1962
• Margaret Atwood. The Handmaid's Tale. 1985

War, Holocaust, Totalitarianism
• Arnold Toynbee. Armenian Atrocities. The Murder of a Nation. 1915
• John Reed. Ten Days that shook the World . 1919
• Siegfried Sassoon. The War Poems, 1919
• Jaroslav Hasek. The Good soldier Scheik. 1920-23
• Adolf Hitler. Mein Kampf. 1925
• Erich Maria Remarque. All Quiet on the Western Front. 1928
• Anna Akhmatova. Requiem. 1935-40
• Ernest Hemingway. For Whom the Bell Tolls, 1940
• Arthur Koestler. Darkness at Noon, 1041
• John Hersey, Hiroshima. 1946
• Anne Frank. The Diary of a Young Girl. 1947
• Winston Churchill. The Gathering Storm. 1948
• Mao Zedong. Quotations from Chairman Mao, 1966
• Dee Alexander Brown. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, 1970
• Aleksander Solzhenitsyn. The Gulag Archipelago, 1973
• Michael Herr, Dispatches. 1977
• Art Speigelman, Maus. 1986-91

Optimism, Joy, Gentility
• Sarah Orne Jewett. The Country of the Pointed Firs, 1896.
• Helen Keller. The Story of My Life, 1903
• G.K. Chesterton. The Innocence of Father Borwn, 1911
• Juan Ramon Jimenez. Platero and I, 1914
• George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion, 1914
• Emily Post. Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics, and at Home. 1922
• P.G. Wodehouse. The Inimitable Jeeves, 1923
• A.A. Milne. Winnie-the-Pooh, 1926
• Willa Cather, Shadoes on the Rock, 1931
• Irma S. Rombauer. The Joy of Cooking, 1931
• J.R.R Tolkien, The Hobbit, 1937
• Margaret Wise Brown, Goodnight Moon, 1947
• Harper Lee. To Kill a Mockingbird, 1960
• Langston Hughes. The Best of Simple. 1961
• Elizabeth Bishop. The Complete Poems. 1983

Landmarks of Modern Literature
• Anton Chekhov. The Three Sisters. 1901
• Marcel Proust. Rembrance of Things Past. 1913-27
• Gertrude Stein, Tender Buttons, 1914
• Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis. 1915
• Edna St. Vincent Millay. Renascence and Other Poems. 1917
• William Butler Yeats. The Wild Swans at Coole, 1917
• Luigi Pirandello. Six Characters in Search of an Author, 1921
• T.S. Eliot. The Waste Land, 1922
• James Joyce. Ulysses, 1924
• Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain, 1924
• F.Scott Fitzgerald. The Great Gatsby. 1925
• Virginia Woolf. To The Lighthouse. 1927
• Federico Garcia Lorca. Gypsy Ballads. 1928
• Richard Wright. Native Son. 1940
• W.H. Auden. The Age of Anxiety: A Baroque Ecologue. 1947
• Ralph Ellison. Invisible Man. 1952
• Vladimir Nabokov. Lolita. 1955
• Jorge Luis Borges. Fictions, 1944
• Gabriel Garcia Marquez. One Hundred Years of Solitude. 1967
• Toni Morrison. Song of Solomon. 1977

Nature's Realm
• Maurice Maeterlinck. The Life of the Bee. 1901
• Marie Sklodowska Curie. Treatise on Radioactivity. 1910
• Albert Einstein. The Meaning of Relativity. 1922
• Roger Tory Peterson. A Field Guide to the Birds. 1934
• Aldo Leopold. A Sand County Almanac. 1949.
• Konrad Lorenz. King Solomon's Ring. 1949
• Rachel Carson. Silent Spring. 1962
• Smoking and Health. Known as the Surgeon General's Report, 1964
• James Watson. The Double Helix. 1968.
• Edward O. Wilson. The Diversity of Life. 1992

Protest & Progress
• Jacob Riis. The Battle with the Slum, 1902.
• W.E. B. DuBois. The Souls of Black Folk. 1903.
• Upton Sinclair. The Jungle. 1906
• Jane Addams. Twenty Years of Hull-House. 1910
• Lillian Wald, The House on Henry Street. 1915
• Lincon Steffens. The Autobiography of Lincoln Steffens. 1931.
• John Dos Passos, USA. 1937
• John Steinbeck. The Grapes of Wrath, 1939
• James Agee and Walker Evans. Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, 1941
• Lillian Smith, Strange Fruit. 1944
• Paul Goodman. Growing Up Absurd. 1960
• James Baldwin. The Fire Next Time. 1963
• Malcolm X. The Autobiography of Malcolm X. 1965
• Randy Shilts. And the Band Played On. 1987
• Alex Kotlowitz. There are No Children Here. 1991

Colonialism & Its Aftermath
• Joseph Conrad. Lord Jim, 1900
• Rudyard Kipling. Kim. 1901
• Mohandas Gandhi. Non-Violent Resistence. 1921-40
• E. M. Forster. A Passage to India. 1924
• Albert Camus. The Stranger. 1942
• Edward Steichen. The Family of Man. 1955
• Chinua Achebe. Things Fall Apart. 1958
• Frantz Fanon. The Wretched of the Earth. 1961
• Jean Rhys. Wide Sargasso Sea, 1966
• Tayeb el-Salih. Season of Migration to the North. 1969
• V.S. Naipaul. Guerrillas. 1975
• Buchi Emecheta. The Bride Price. 1976.
• Ryszard Kapuschiniski. The Emperor. 1978
• Rigoberta Menchu. I, Rigoberta Menchu, 1983
• Marguerite Duras. The Lover. 1984

Mind & Spirit
• Emile Durkheim. Suicide. 1897
• Sigmund Freud. The Interpretation of Dreams. 1900
• Havelock Ellis. Studies in the Psychology of Sex, 1901-28
• William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience. 1902
• Kahill Gibran. The Prophet. 1923
• Bertrand Russell. Why I Am Not A Christian. 1927
• Margaret Mead. Coming of Age in Samoa. 1928
• Jean-Paul Sartre. Being and Nothingness. 1943
• Dr. Benjamin Spock. The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care. 1946
• The Holy Bible. Revised Standard Version. 1952
• Paul Tillich. The Courage to Be. 1952
• Ken Kesey. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. 1962
• Timothy Leary. The Politics of Ecstasy. 1968.
• Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. Death and Dying. 1969
• Bruno Bettelheim. The uses of Enchantment 1976

Popular Culture & Mass Entertainment
• Bram Stoker. Dracula. 1897.
• Henry James. The Turn of the Screw 1898
• Arthur Conan Doyle. The Hound of the Baskervilles. 1902.
• Edgar Rice Burroughs. Tarzan of the Apes. 1912
• Zane Grey. Riders of the Purple Sage. 1912
• Agatha Christie. The Mysterious Affair at Styles. 1920.
• Dale Carnegie. How to Win Friends and Influence People. 1936
• Margaret Mitchell. Gone with the Wind. 1936
• Raymond Chandler. The Big Sleep. 1939
• Nathaniel West. The Day of the Locust. 1939
• Grace Metalious. Peyton Place. 1956
• Dr. Seuss. The Cat in the Hat. 1957
• Robert A. Heinlein. Stranger in a Strange Land. 1961
• Joseph Heller. Catch 22. 1961
• Truman Capote. In Cold Blood. 1965
• Jim Bouton. Ball Four. 1970
• Stephen King. Carrie. 1974
• Tom Wolfe. The Bonfire of the Vanities. 1987

Women Rise
• Edith Wharton. The Age of Innocence. 1920
• Carrie Chapman Catt. Woman Suffrage and Politics. 1923
• Margaret Sanger. My Fight for Birth Control. 1931
• Zora Neale Hurston. Dust Tracks on a Road. 1942
• Simone de Beauvoir. The Second Sex. 1949
• Doris Lessing. The Golden Notebook. 1962
• Betty Friedan. The Feminine Mystique. 1963
• Maya Angelou. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. 1969
• Robin Morgan, editor. Sisterhood is Power. 1970
• Susan Brownmiller. Against Our Will. 1975
• Alice Walker. The Color Purple. 1982