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100 Best, 100(+) Years Ago

The perishability of immortality. The 100 Best Novels, as selected in 1898:

Sometime editor of the Illustrated London News, an authority on the Brontës and Napoleon, Clement K. Shorter was in the middle of a flourishing career when this list appeared in the monthly journal called The Bookman. He doesn’t explain what exactly makes a book one of the “best”, only that he has deliberately limited himself to one novel per novelist.

I’ve read a handful of these, but then, I’ve only heard of 20 of them.

Posted in Books, Culture.