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message 1: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Couldn't add "The Second Sex", "Winslow Boy" by Terrence Rattigan, "The Idea of History" by R.G. Collingwood. Goodreads thinks they weren't published in the 40s.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Changed the dates on Second Sex and Winslow Boy to 1940s.


message 3: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Thanks.

Screwtape Letters is on the list twice.


message 5: by Reese (new)

Reese Although LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT was "a work of
the forties," it wasn't published until 1956.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Removed:

Long Day's Journey into Night (1956), by Eugene O'Neill


Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) Removed: The Postman Always Rings Twice, Double Indemnity, Mildred Pierce, and Selected Stories. "The Postman Always Rings Twice" is from 1934. The Everyman's Library compilation listed was only published in 2003.


message 8: by Chris (new)

Chris Johnson No fucking Native Son? Richard Wright? list is garbage.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Why don't you vote for them, then? This is a collective list, not one set in stone.


message 10: by Chris (new)

Chris Johnson sorry for my language up there. I just feel people sleep on books that are pure literature for one's that are more entertainment driven. lol.


message 11: by Myles (new)

Myles Don Quixote? Really? Is there an exception for translations?


message 12: by Myles (new)

Myles Removed Ship of Fools (1962), if I think of it in a week or so, I'll delete Don Quixote too unless there's a compelling argument for a translation counting.


Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) Myles wrote: "Don Quixote? Really? Is there an exception for translations?"

I deleted it. To the best of my knowledge, there is NO exception for translations -- and even if there were, it couldn't possibly have applied to the edition listed, which was the one translated by Thomas Shelton; the book's very first translator, who lived in the early 17th century (and was thus a contemporary of the author and, incidentally of course, Shakespeare).


message 14: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Ruedin The following were removed because the original publication date is out of the range specified for this list:
Stamboul Train
The Flowers of Evil
The Master and Margarita
Snow Country
Mere Christianity

Check for duplicates run – 1 found and removed.


message 15: by Paul (new)

Paul Bowes Checked for duplicates: 7 books removed.


message 16: by Paul (new)

Paul Bowes Checked for duplicates: 1 book removed.


message 17: by Greg (new)

Greg Z Paul wrote: "Checked for duplicates: 1 book removed."
Paul, thanks for your hard work. There are so many lists on goodreads that are relatively meaningless, based only on "flavor of the month."


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