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One Hundred Best Books: With Commentary and an Essay on Books and Reading

3.55  ·  Rating Details ·  47 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
This is an EXACT reproduction of a book published before 1923. This IS NOT an OCR'd book with strange characters, introduced typographical errors, and jumbled words. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We be ...more
Paperback, 82 pages
Published March 9th 2010 by Nabu Press (first published January 1st 1922)
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Mar 27, 2017 Richard rated it it was amazing
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This book consists of a list of 100 books and also a long introduction to the list and to reading in general. The introduction - a real "joy of reading" - is fabulous, but the best thing is the actual list itself. I went through the list and read all 100 of them (my thoughts are captured under the "Powys 100" shelf of my Goodreads library), a project that took me about a year and a half.

The books can be divided into groups: the usual classics: Homer, Dante, Rabelais, Shakespeare, Milton, Balzac,
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May 25, 2015 Shashank Singh rated it it was amazing
I’ve been meaning to read Powys' novels for a few years now. I like looking through the lists on goodreads, and I also enjoy writers sharing their passion for particular books. So when I saw Powys had written a list with commentary of his favorite writers, it seemed a perfect way to get into his work and maybe be introduced to other writers I might enjoy.

Occasionally someone asks me why I read so much or more specifically “why are you reading that book? [Pointing to offending book]”. I am usual
Oct 13, 2012 Philip rated it liked it
In his One Hundred Best Books, John Cowper Powys confidently selects a reading list for all humanity. Written in 1916 by a man already in his forties, it offers a selection that can be labelled as distinctly pre-war, pre-First World War, that is. Given that the author was the product of an English public school - that means private, by the way, if you are not English - and then Cambridge University, one would expect the list to be dominated by the classics, ancient and modern. And, indeed it is, ...more
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This book was published almost a hundred years ago. It is of limited usefulness as many of the judgments of the author have not stood the test of time. He heaps praise upon Gilbert Cannan's Round the Corner, but I ask myself why have I not heard of this book before? Vincent O'Sullivan and Oliver Onions are two more forgotten writers (contemporaries of Powys) which Mr. Powys admires. The further back in time we go, the more reliable are Mr. Powys' judgments.

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Powys was born in Shirley, Derbyshire, where his father was vicar. His mother was descended from the poet William Cowper, hence his middle name. His two younger brothers, Llewelyn Powys and Theodore Francis Powys, also became well-known writers. Other brothers and sisters also became prominent in the arts. John studied at Sherborne School and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and became a teacher ...more
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