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The Literary 100: A Ranking Of The Most Influential Novelists, Playwrights, And Poets Of All Time

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Compiled through consultation with literary scholars, provides a survey of writers who have had a profound impact on literature and the world, examining each writer's life, career, and lasting legacy.
Paperback, 400 pages
Published December 1st 2000 by Checkmark Books (first published October 1st 1999)
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Apr 29, 2010 Mike rated it liked it
Recommends it for: miniature animals of all types
A shortcut to good taste that obviates the need to actually expose one's self to the textual depredations of revered writers. If you wake up one day having the urge to read something 'important' you could do worse than to consult this book: its catologue of 2-4 page sumnations provides an overview of each writer's life and work, and in cases where a writer's output was uneven highlights the good stuff.

Following this series of biographical sketches one after the other was like watching a parade o
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Jun 19, 2016 Garret Rose rated it really liked it
This book just made my reading queue about 300 books longer. I disagreed with some of the picks, but learned a ton about some important thinkers and writers.
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Sep 11, 2016 Shane Malcolm rated it liked it
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This book delighted me upon publication, because here at last was a list-lovers' book for fans of literature. We have so many of these types of books for movie and music fans, but this is a reader's dream come true. These books are always subjective, but the author makes a good case for his choices, and his write-ups are thorough in scope and depth. The relative lack of female authors prevents me from giving four stars, but there is a good section for Honorable Mentions at the end, in which he l ...more
Jul 11, 2009 Jesse rated it really liked it
I bought this soon after making the decision of being a Lit major, and it become the introduction to a good number of the "canonical" writers I'd later come to know more much intimately through study and exposure. Still turn to it occasionally as a reference guide for a brief but eloquent overview of an author's body of work.
May 17, 2009 Kevin rated it really liked it
An well written book with a biographical sketch of major authors in history from Shakespeare, Dante, Dickens, etc. A great resource.
Jul 01, 2013 Sara rated it liked it
Good reference material for teachers or students of a literature course.
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