The Greatest Books: The Best Books From to - 1 to 50Actually, constructing a canon of any kind is a little weird at the moment, when so much of how we measure cultural value is in flux. Its supposed permanence became the subject of more recent battles, back in the 20th century, between those who defended it as the foundation of Western civilization and those who attacked it as exclusive or even racist. But what if you could start a canon from scratch? We thought it might be fun to speculate very prematurely on what a canon of the 21st century might look like right now. We asked each of them to name several books that belong among the most important works of fiction, memoir, poetry, and essays since and tallied the results.
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There are certain books that feel almost inherently "classic. Catcher in the Rye. Moby freaking Dick. But do you ever wonder what the world thought when these books first hit shelves? Who was the initial voice that pointed to their covers and said, "You - you're special"? We regard " classics books " with a level of veneration that is not afforded to so many other works. We teach "classics" to our children.
Advanced Placement AP. But actually, there are three specific reasons why you need to read novels, poems, and plays in preparation for the AP Lit Test. If you read primarily modern works, for example, you may stumble through analyzing a Shakespeare sonnet. Perhaps the most critical piece in reading to prepare for the AP Lit test, however, is for the student choice free-response question. Does your school report your GPA as weighted or unweighted? What would your GPA be, considered on a 4.
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What's with the ads? I'm looking to find three modern novels that will engage my rising 10th grade son. He generally likes books with lots action and adventure. Any suggestions? When you say modern, what is your time frame? The 20th century? The last 10 years?
Our Souls at Night The final novel from the acclaimed American author, about an elderly man and woman who come together to tackle their loneliness. A low-key, melancholy yet beautifully tender read about making the most of life. Available now in paperback and ebook, this novel was adapted into a film starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda. Toni Morrison's Sula is an essential book in the formation of black feminist literary criticism, tackling themes of womanhood, race, slavery and love. Find out more. Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart is one of the first African novels to receive global critical acclaim. Find out More.