The Greatest Books From 1910 to 1919 Written by American Authors

  1. 1 . My Antonia by Willa Cather

    In Willa Cather's own estimation, My Antonia, first published in 1918, was "the best thing I've ever done." An enduring paperback bestseller on Houghton Mifflin's literary list, this hauntingly elo...

  2. 2 . Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

    Tragic story of wasted lives, set against a bleak New England background. A poverty-stricken New England farmer, his ailing wife and a youthful housekeeper are drawn relentlessly into a deep-rooted...

  3. 3 . Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs

    Tarzan of the Apes is a novel written by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the first in a series of books about the title character Tarzan. It was first published in the pulp magazine All-Story Magazine in Oct...

  4. 4 . Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson

    Before Raymond Carver, John Cheever, and Richard Ford, there was Sherwood Anderson, who, with Winesburg, Ohio, charted a new direction in American fiction — evoking with lyrical simplicity quiet mo...

  5. 5 . The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton

    The Custom of the Country is a 1913 novel by Edith Wharton. It tells the story of Undine Spragg, a Midwestern girl who attempts to ascend in New York City society.

  6. 6 . The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington

    The novel and trilogy traces the growth of the United States through the declining fortunes of three generations of the aristocratic Amberson family in a fictional Midwestern town, between the end ...

  7. 7 . Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey

    The classic Zane Grey that established the modern western tradition.

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  8. 8 . Lad: a Dog by Albert Payson Terhune

    Lad: A Dog is a 1919 American novel written by Albert Payson Terhune and published by E. P. Dutton. Composed of twelve short stories first published in magazines, the novel is based on the life of ...

  9. 9 . Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein

    Tender Buttons is a 1914 book by American writer Gertrude Stein consisting of three sections titled "Objects", "Food", and "Rooms". While the short book consists of multiple poems covering the ever...

  10. 10 . Renascence and Other Poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay

    Title poem plus 22 other works: "Interim," "Sorrow," "Ashes of Life," "Three Songs of Shattering," other poems revealing lyric beauty, romanticism. Lists of titles and first lines.

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  11. 11 . Prufrock and Other Observations by T. S. Eliot

  12. 12 . The Scarlet Plague by Jack London

    Jack London's post-apocalyptic vision takes place in 2072, sixty years after an uncontrollable epidemic has depopulated the planet. James Howard Smith, one of the few left alive San Francisco area,...

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  13. 13 . The Warlord of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

    John Carter discovers that a First Born knows the secret of the Temple of the Sun and he and the Holy Hekkador Matai Shang want to rescue the Holy Thern's daughter, who is imprisoned with Dejah Tho...

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  14. 14 . The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

    The Secret Garden is a novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It was initially published in serial format starting in autumn 1910; the book was first published in its entirety in 1911. Its working ti...

  15. 15 . O Pioneers! by Willa Cather

    This powerful early Cather novel, a landmark of American fiction, tells the story of the young Alexandra Bergson, whose dying father leaves her in charge of the family and of the Nebraska lands the...

  16. 16 . His Family by Ernest Poole

    His Family tells the story of a middle class family in New York City in the 1910s. The family's patriarch, widower Roger Gale, struggles to deal with the way his daughters and grandchildren respond...

  17. 17 . Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters

    Spoon River Anthology (1915), by Edgar Lee Masters, is a collection of short free-form poems that collectively narrates the epitaphs of the residents of a fictional small town of Spoon River, named...

  18. 18 . Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man by James Weldon Johnson

    James Weldon Johnson's landmark novel is an emotionally gripping and poignant look into race relations. The protagonist, a half-white, half-black man of very light complexion, known only as an ex-c...

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  19. 19 . The Complete Short Stories of Jack London by Jack London

    John Griffith "Jack" London (born John Griffith Chaney, January 12, 1876 – November 22, 1916) was an American author, journalist, and social activist. He was a pioneer in the then-burgeoning world ...

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