What are the best books of the 1900s?

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    #1White Fang

    White Fang

    White Fang by Jack London is published in 2001 by Wisehouse Classics. It is the story of a half-dog, half-wolf lone survivor who takes a journey North with no idea of what awaits him.

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    Sandra Ellis
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "the book for the dog lovers. The story is attractive and the characters and the name of the book's eponymous character, a wild wolf dog. First serialized in Outing magazine, it was published in 1906. The story takes place in Yukon Territory, the price are awesome easily affordable."
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    #2The Phantom of the Opera

    The Phantom of the Opera
    The Phantom of the Opera is a gothic novel by the French writer Gaston Leroux. It tells the story of the deformed Erik, who haunts the Paris Garnier opera house, who then falls in love with the soprano singer Christine Daaé.
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    John Chen
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I'm on a mission to read all of the best books from the 1900s. A loft goal, I know. This one was on the list, so I gave it a whirl. I was not disappointed. Great story."
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    #3Pavilion of Women

    Pavilion of Women

    Pavilion of Women is a novel by the Nobel Prize-winning author, Pearl S. Buck. It tells the story of Madame Wu, who retired from the marriage bed, found a concubine for her husband, and took control of her own life.

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    Katherine Schmidt
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "I just read Pavilion of Women after a friend recommended it to me. Am I ever glad I took her advice. This is a very well written and touching book. I got lost in the lives of the characters and the Chinese culture from long ago. If you are looking for a touching and endearing book, I urge you to pick this up, after you do you won’t be able to put it down!"
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    #4Anne of Green Gables

    Anne of Green Gables

    Anne of Green Gables is about two old siblings who are still unmarried. They are too old to handle their farm so they decide to adopt a girl that shocked the whole town. The girl has imaginary friends and will encounter problems growing up.

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    Kathleen Ruiz
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Anne of Green Gables is one of the best--if not the best--books of the 1900s. This classic story can be true for any generation or background and will continue to be a great read for years to come!"
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    #5The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

    The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays
    Albert Camus wrote The Myth of Sisyphus becoming one of the most influential philosophical works of the 20th Century. Under the influence of Don Juan and Kafka's works, this book is a meditation on suicide and living or not living. 


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    Dennis Rios
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays is a book about essays in relation to how people feel depression, hopelessness and despair. It's a philosophical book that really explores the mind of people, especially those on the verge of suicide and is an interesting read. This book was published in 1991."
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    #6The Tale of Peter Rabbit

    The Tale of Peter Rabbit

    The Tale of Peter Rabbit is the original classic by Beatrix Potter, first published by Frederick Warne in 1902. The most popular and well-loved tale of the author, it's the story of a very mischievous rabbit and the trouble he encounters.

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    Marilyn Hawkins
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Books from the last century are rather varied. Peter Rabbit is a classic that children enjoy to this day."
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    #7Mere Christianity

    Mere Christianity

    Mere Christianity by C.S Lewis is a theological book that tackles the pure essence of faith and the Christian doctrine. This novel is inspired by a series of radio talks between 1941 to 1944 by BBC. 

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    #8The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is the first book in the Oz series written by L. Frank Baum which tells the story of Dorothy and her dog named Toto after they find themselves stranded in the fantastical Land of Oz. 

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    #9A Little Princess

    A Little Princess

    A Little Princess is a classic young adult novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett which centers on little girl Sara who's father spends too much to fulfill her wishes but something horrible happens leaving her to deal with horrible circumstances. 

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    Joseph Collins
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I think this seems to be a very good book to read. It definitely has a lot of pages in it, and I also think that it'll definitely be a good enough book to keep a reader interested in it for a good long while. "
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    #10The Tale of Tom Kitten

    The Tale of Tom Kitten

    First published in 1907, The Tale of Tom Kitten is a children's book written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter. It aims to teach children about the proper way to behave in other people's company by telling the story of three rowdy kittens.

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    Edward Weber
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "The Tale of Tom Kitten is definitely more of a children's book, but that doesn't make it a great book of the 90's. It's a great book perfect for any parent, otherwise you should move on."
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    #11Man's Search for Meaning

    Man's Search for Meaning

    Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival.Man's Search for Meaning is among the ten most influential books in America.

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    Sean Bradley
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "am very spiritual"
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    #12The Scarlet Pimpernel

    The Scarlet Pimpernel

    The Scarlet Pimpernel is the first book in the historical series The Scarlet Pimpernel written by Emmuska Orczy which centers on a man who defies the French revolutionaries to rescue innocent people from famine. 

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    Parakram Rangan
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Pretty entertaining and exciting historical fiction. It takes place in a fascinating period in time and features many engaging and entertaining characters, as well as a good plot. This is book one in a seven part series that will surely keep me engaged throughout. "
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    #13The House of Mirth

    The House of Mirth

    The House of Mirth is a classic fiction book written by Edith Wharton with an introduction by Nina Bawden. With over 300 pages, this book is published in 2006 by Virago.

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    #14The Gift of the Magi

    The Gift of the Magi

    The Gift of the Magi is a classic romance fiction book written by O. Henry. This Christmas-themed novel is first published in 1905. 

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    Jane Santos
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "A classic American Short Story. I enjoyed it in High School, but over the years forgot about it, stumbled across an illustrated edition and just had to have it. The sentimental-ness of this book is a strong as Christmas. "
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    #15A Room With a View

    A Room With a View

    A Room With a View tells the story of Lucy Honeychurch, a young English middle-class girl who meets two gentlemen in her vacation in Florence, Italy. Lucy is torn between conforming to the social norms and following her heart's desire.

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    Liu Cao
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Good book that takes place in the early 1900's. It follows a young woman from England to Italy and deals with her romances and other topics."
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    #16The Call of the Wild

    The Call of the Wild

    The Call of the Wild is Jack London’s famous short novel published in 1903. London explores the laws of civilization and wilderness and the pull of instinct through the eyes of Buck, a half Saint Bernard, half Scottish shepherd. 

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    Stephanie Barnett
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "It's quite a good book and I recommend it if you are into older classics from the 1900s. How Jack London managed to write a book through the eyes of a dog so well is quite amazing. I don't think anyone has done anything like that as well him."
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    #17The Gravedigger's Daughter

    The Gravedigger's Daughter

    The Gravedigger's Daughter is a standalone historical fiction novel written by Joyce Carol Oates which centers on Rebecca whose family moved to America just before the World War II started.

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    Jacob Coleman
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "The Gravedigger's Daughter, to me, felt fragmented. It follows a gravedigger's daughter in the 1930s. It's not a book from the 1900s, but of the 1900s, yes, it stays true to its plot time. For the time period, it's accurate."

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Best What are the best books of the 1900s
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1White FangBooks 45 Paid
2The Phantom of the OperaBooks 42 Paid
3Pavilion of WomenBooks 41 Paid
4Anne of Green GablesBooks 39 Paid
5The Myth of Sisyphus and Other EssaysBooks 37 Paid
6The Tale of Peter RabbitBooks 35 Paid
7Mere ChristianityBooks 34 Paid
8The Wonderful Wizard of OzBooks 32 Paid
9A Little PrincessBooks 32 Paid
10The Tale of Tom KittenBooks 31 Paid
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