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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 (Lioness at Large) 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.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) 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 12: by Zoe's Human (new)

Zoe's Human 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 13: by Paul (new)

Paul Bowes Checked for duplicates: 7 books removed.


message 14: by Paul (new)

Paul Bowes Checked for duplicates: 1 book removed.


message 15: by Greg (new)

Greg 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."


message 16: by Paul (new)

Paul Bowes Checked for duplicates: six books removed.


message 17: by Stephen (new)

Stephen Checked for duplicates: two removed.
Also removed Nine Stories which also appeared in the 1950's list. The original published date for Nine Stories WAS 1948 but that was incorrect. Four of the nine weren't written until the 1950's. I've also corrected the Original Published date on the book.


message 18: by George P. (new)

George P. The link for The Third Man says it was published in 1950, so I think it should be moved to the best of the 50s list.


message 19: by Erin (new)

Erin The Chronicles of Narnia were published in the 1950’s.


message 20: by Heidi (new)

Heidi I checked on Worldcat and Corduroy
was indeed first published in 1968.


message 22: by Heidi (new)

Heidi I hate to say this but it appears
that #94 Mere Christianity by
C.S. Lewis was published in 1952.


message 23: by Heidi (new)

Heidi Actually, I was wrong. I checked
Worldcat and it appears that one
edition was published in 1944.


message 24: by Heidi (new)

Heidi Susanna

Thank you for the work you have
done on this list and on other lists.

Heidi


message 25: by Naomi (last edited Apr 17, 2022 09:14PM) (new)

Naomi Removed The Four Loves (1960)


message 26: by Elaine (new)

Elaine Removed The Martian Chronicles (1950) and Zazie and the Metro (1959).


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