Best Books of the 16th Century

The best books published during the 16th century (January 1st, 1501 through December 31st 1600).

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Most Rated Book By Year

Best Books By Century:
21st, 20th,
19th, 18th, 17th, 16th, 15th,14th, 13th, 12th, 11th, 10th,
9th, 8th, 7th, 6th, 5th, 4th

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80,000 to 99,999 - 100,000 to 199,999 - 200,000 to 499,999 - 500,000 to 999,999
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173 books · 495 voters · list created June 23rd, 2008 by deleted user.
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message 1: by Martha (new)

Martha what about Hamlet?


message 2: by Martha (new)

Martha What about The Prince?


message 3: by [deleted user] (new)

Martha wrote: "what about Hamlet?"

Hamlet was written in 1601.


message 4: by Emily (new)

Emily Hamlet was performed in 1601, but not actually published until 1603.


message 5: by Emily (new)

Emily Julia wrote: "Martha wrote: "what about Hamlet?"

Hamlet was written in 1601. "


But not published until 1603...


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Emily wrote: "Julia wrote: "Martha wrote: "what about Hamlet?"

Hamlet was written in 1601. "

But not published until 1603..."


Well, I think the larger point is, it was in any event not first published (or even, at least most likely, performed) during the 16th century, and is therefore, quite properly, included in the list for books from the 17th century -- not THIS one.


message 7: by Annelies (new)

Annelies Marlowe's Doctor Faustus was first performed in the 16th century, but first published in 1604 according to my sources. I noticed it is both the 16th and 17th century list. Where do we stand on the dates of writing/performing/publishing?


message 8: by Paul (new)

Paul Bowes Removed numerous duplicates of Wu Cheng'-en's 'Monkey'; and one duplicate of Foxe's 'Book of Martyrs'.


message 9: by Raluca (new)

Raluca Lupei Martha wrote: "What about The Prince?"

I don't know when it was added but it's there now!


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