British public vote "1984" the definitive book of the 20th century

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British public vote "1984" the definitive book of the 20th century

Jun 07 2007

British survey finds Orwell's 1984 the definitive book of the 20th century. The public voted online at the Guardian newspaper's website, choosing from a list of 50 era-defining books selected by a professional panel. Orwell's novel came top garnering 22% of the vote.

The 10 books which the public felt best defined the 20th century, in order of publication, were:

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell
The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding

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