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20th Century Fiction

This is the latest post in a series that will, in effect, create a library of classics that are available as free ebooks.

Most recent post: [ Science ] 1st post in this series: [ Classics of Ancient History ]

This week we focus on 20th Century Fiction. We have selected the following books as recommended reading.

We are encouraging our readers to mix up their reading habits, and read (or re-read) classics in addition to new books, such as the ones we review here in the ERB.

Broadly speaking, a classic is any book that is not a new book, or in other words that is worth reading five, ten or even one hundred years after its initial publication. ERB Editor Chris Smith has an article on The Huffington Post website arguing for reading a mix of classics and new books in 2013.


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[easyazon-link asin=”B004UJ80NG” locale=”us”]Main Street: A Novel[/easyazon-link]  
By Sinclair Lewis
 
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(via Project Gutenberg)Carol Milford is a liberal, free-spirited young woman, reared in the metropolis of Saint Paul, Minnesota. She marries Will Kennicott, a doctor, who is a small-town boy at heart.When they marry, Will convinces her to live in his home-town of Gopher Prairie, Minnesota (a town modeled on Sauk Centre, Minnesota, the author’s birthplace). Carol is appalled at the backwardness of Gopher Prairie. But her disdain for the town’s physical ugliness and smug conservatism compels her to reform it.  (Wikipedia)
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[easyazon-link asin=”B0084AYM0M” locale=”us”]The Jungle: A Novel[/easyazon-link]
 
By Upton Sinclair
 
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(via Project Gutenberg)The Jungle is a 1906 book written by the American journalist and novelist Upton Sinclair (1878–1968). Sinclair wrote the novel to portray the lives of immigrants in the United States in Chicago and similar industrialized cities. Many readers were most concerned with his exposure of health violations and unsanitary practices in the American meatpacking industry during the early 20th century, based on an investigation he did for a socialist newspaper.

The book depicts working class poverty, the absence of social programs, harsh and unpleasant living and working conditions, and a hopelessness among many workers. These elements are contrasted with the deeply rooted corruption of people in power. A review by the writer Jack London called it, “the Uncle Tom’s Cabin of wage slavery.”
(Wikipedia)

 

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