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1Cecrow
Bearbeitet: Okt. 9, 2013, 7:49am

Mar 5 2012: Naturally this group requires a topic devoted to moans and groans about what didn't get included. I'm surprised To Kill a Mockingbird and Uncle Tom's Cabin aren't present.

Edited Oct 2013: Now that I've read Uncle Tom's Cabin, its absence doesn't surprise anymore. Historically significant yes, but well written - no.

2Cecrow
Bearbeitet: Mrz. 9, 2012, 8:19am

Others I've thought of are Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front for Modern Fiction, and Laurence Sterne's Tristram Shandy for Classics. In fact I was sure Sterne was on the list when I bought my copy ... guess I'll be reading it anyway!

Obviously the list is focused on novels, because the absence of Shakespeare is striking. I suppose The Iliad made the list because of its alternative prose form.

3Cecrow
Mrz. 13, 2012, 7:51am

Under the Volcano has been brought to my attention and looks as though it could have been worthy. Of course there will be several titles on the 1001 list that didn't make the 501 list which will suggest themselves.

4Cecrow
Bearbeitet: Apr. 19, 2012, 1:28pm

Finished reading The Call of the Wild and reflected again on Jack London's absence from the list in fiction; he only appears in the Travel section for The Cruise of the Snark, a fairly low profile work but at least it gets his name onto the 501. CotW isn't universally praised, criticized for being episodic, but it wouldn't have looked out of place under Children's Lit.

5Cecrow
Jul. 5, 2012, 1:49pm

The Decameron was somehow excluded, which seems like an oversight, Chaucer is there but not the work he drew inspiration from.

6Cecrow
Mrz. 28, 2013, 4:58pm

The Little Engine that Could I think could deserve mention in the child's section.

7Cecrow
Bearbeitet: Okt. 9, 2013, 7:47am

I was feeling fairly confident in making a case for The Forever War belonging on this list in the science fiction section. After all, it won a Hugo and a Nebula, a rare combination. Then I read the ending and thought "Oh. That's why not."

8Cecrow
Okt. 30, 2013, 11:33am

I was sure Watership Down was on the list, maybe under children's literature, but no such luck. That one was deserving.

9Cecrow
Bearbeitet: Jun. 24, 2014, 8:20am

I've not read Ford Madox Ford, but perhaps something like his Parade's End should have made the list.

EDIT: However, his The Good Soldier did, so he's covered; never mind.

10Cecrow
Jun. 24, 2014, 8:19am

Nothing by Thomas Pynchon; took me a while to notice, I confuse him with Kurt Vonnegut for some reason.

11Cecrow
Bearbeitet: Mrz. 4, 2016, 9:42am

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
The Prince by Machiavelli

Edit: actually with regards to Machiavelli, there's a whole non-fiction category not being covered that might be called "Essays and Treatises". There's no Adam Smith, no Sun Tzu, Darwin's On the Origin of Species didn't make it, etc.

12Cecrow
Bearbeitet: Mrz. 4, 2016, 9:43am

Nothing by Sinclair Lewis (e.g. Babbitt, Arrowsmith, It Can't Happen Here).

Nothing by Anthony Powell (e.g. Dance to the Music of Time)

13Cecrow
Mrz. 22, 2016, 10:49am

The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan didn't make it into the Thrillers.

14Cecrow
Bearbeitet: Mrz. 2, 2017, 7:18am

If you've any North America association, Dee Brown's Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is feeling like essential must-read history to me. It's the best (so far) native American perspective on how the west was "won".

15Cecrow
Bearbeitet: Apr. 10, 2017, 9:05am

Joyce Carol Oates is frequently cited as an noteworthy author, but didn't make the 501 list.

16Cecrow
Apr. 12, 2017, 2:17pm

E.L. Doctorow, renowned for works like Ragtime, isn't on the list either.

17Cecrow
Jun. 7, 2017, 8:15am

Even now I can be surprised by a false assumption about what's on the list. I was sure The Velveteen Rabbit was there under children's literature, but, missing.