1984

05 June 2020 | By George Orwell | Filed in: modern classics.

Among the seminal texts of the 20th century, Nineteen Eighty Four is a rare work that grows haunting as its futuristic purgatory becomes real Published in 1949, the book offers political satirist George Orwell s nightmarish vision of a totalitarian, bureaucratic world and one poor stiff s

Animal Farm

05 June 2020 | By George Orwell | Filed in: modern classics.

Librarian s note There is an Alternate Cover Edition for this edition of this book here n nA farm is taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals With flaming idealism and stirring slogans, they set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality Thus the stage is set for one of th

The Catcher in the Rye

05 June 2020 | By J.D. Salinger | Filed in: modern classics.

The hero narrator of The Catcher in the Rye is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days The boy h

The Great Gatsby

05 June 2020 | By F. Scott Fitzgerald | Filed in: modern classics.

Alternate Cover Edition ISBN 0743273567 ISBN13 9780743273565 n nThe Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers The story is of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby

Lord of the Flies

05 June 2020 | By William Golding | Filed in: modern classics.

At the dawn of the next world war, a plane crashes on an uncharted island, stranding a group of schoolboys At first, with no adult supervision, their freedom is something to celebrate this far from civilization the boys can do anything they want Anything They attempt to forge their own society,

Fahrenheit 451

05 June 2020 | By Ray Bradbury | Filed in: modern classics.

Guy Montag is a fireman In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden n nMontag never questions t

The Handmaid's Tale

05 June 2020 | By Margaret Atwood | Filed in: modern classics.

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes h

Of Mice and Men

05 June 2020 | By John Steinbeck | Filed in: modern classics.

The compelling story of two outsiders striving to find their place in an unforgiving world n nDrifters in search of work, George and his simple minded friend Lennie have nothing in the world except each other and a dream a dream that one day they will have some land of their own Eventually they

The Bell Jar

05 June 2020 | By Sylvia Plath | Filed in: modern classics.

Sylvia Plath s shocking, realistic, and intensely emotional novel about a woman falling into the grip of insanity n nEsther Greenwood is brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under maybe for the last time In her acclaimed and enduring masterwork, Sylvia Plath b

Brave New World

05 June 2020 | By Aldous Huxley | Filed in: modern classics.

Brave New World is a dystopian novel by English author Aldous Huxley, written in 1931 and published in 1932 Largely set in a futuristic World State, inhabited by genetically modified citizens and an intelligence based social hierarchy, the novel anticipates huge scientific advancements in reproduct

Lolita

05 June 2020 | By Vladimir Nabokov | Filed in: modern classics.

Humbert Humbert scholar, aesthete and romantic has fallen completely and utterly in love with Lolita Haze, his landlady s gum snapping, silky skinned twelve year old daughter Reluctantly agreeing to marry Mrs Haze just to be close to Lolita, Humbert suffers greatly in the pursuit of romance bu

Slaughterhouse-Five

05 June 2020 | By Kurt Vonnegut Jr. | Filed in: modern classics.

Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time, Slaughterhouse Five, an American classic, is one of the world s great antiwar books Centering on the infamous firebombing of Dresden, Billy Pilgrim s odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured lives

Catch-22 (Catch-22, #1)

05 June 2020 | By Joseph Heller | Filed in: modern classics.

The novel is set during World War II, from 1942 to 1944 It mainly follows the life of Captain John Yossarian, a U.S Army Air Forces B 25 bombardier Most of the events in the book occur while the fictional 256th Squadron is based on the island of Pianosa, in the Mediterranean Sea, west of Italy T

A Clockwork Orange

05 June 2020 | By Anthony Burgess | Filed in: modern classics.

In Anthony Burgess s influential nightmare vision of the future, criminals take over after dark Teen gang leader Alex narrates in fantastically inventive slang that echoes the violent intensity of youth rebelling against society Dazzling and transgressive, A Clockwork Orange is a frightening fable

Notes on Camp

05 June 2020 | By Susan Sontag | Filed in: modern classics.

The ultimate Camp statement it s good because it s awful n nThese two classic essays were the first works of criticism to break down the boundaries between high and low culture, and made Susan Sontag a literary sensation n nPenguin Modern fifty new books celebrating the pioneering spirit of th

Fame

05 June 2020 | By Andy Warhol | Filed in: modern classics.

Good b.o means good box office You can smell it from a mile away n nThe legendary sixties New York pop artist Andy Warhol s hilarious and insightful vignettes and aphorisms on the topics of love, fame and beauty n nPenguin Modern fifty new books celebrating the pioneering spirit of the iconic Pen

Till September Petronella

05 June 2020 | By Jean Rhys | Filed in: modern classics.

I knew he was imagining a really lovely girl all curves, curls, heart and hidden claws n nIn stories that span the course of a lifetime from childhood in the Caribbean to adolescent modelling in Paris and from lonely adulthood to old age and beyond here are women adrift, at sea, down but not quite

Fight Club 2 #3

05 June 2020 | By Chuck Palahniuk | Filed in: modern classics.

Tyler s been around a lot longer than anyone realized To gain admittance to the current generation of Project Mayhem, Marla is than happy to provide Sebastian with plenty of bruises, and thus, the search for their son begins n n One of IGN and io9 s Most Anticipated Comics of 2015 n n