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Timelines: 50 Books That Defined an Era

Relive each decade of the 20th century through literature. The Guardian challenged a panel of editors, academics and booksellers to choose works which best defined the book's era. The books they chose are detailed below.
1900s: 1-4
1910s: 5-8
1920s: 9-15
1930s: 16-20
1940s: 21-24
1950s: 25-30
1960s: 31-36
1970s: 37-39
1980s: 40-45
1990s: 46-50
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1
Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad)
Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad)
2
The Hound of the Baskervilles (Arthur Conan Doyle)
The Hound of the Baskervilles (Arthur Conan Doyle)
3
Interpreting Dreams (Sigmund Freud)
Interpreting Dreams (Sigmund Freud)
4
Kim (Rudyard Kipling)
Kim (Rudyard Kipling)
5
Howard's End (E. M. Forster)
Howard's End (E. M. Forster)
6
The Good Soldier (Ford Madox Ford)
The Good Soldier (Ford Madox Ford)
7
Penguin Book of First World War Poetry (Penguin)
Penguin Book of First World War Poetry (Penguin)
8
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (Robert Tressell)
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (Robert Tressell)
9
Lady Chatterley's Lover (D. H. Lawrence)
Lady Chatterley's Lover (D. H. Lawrence)
10
Relativity: The Special and the General Theory by Albert Einstein
Relativity: The Special and the General Theory by Albert Einstein
11
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
12
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Agatha Christie)
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Agatha Christie)
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13
The Sun Also Rises (Ernest Hemingway)
The Sun Also Rises (Ernest Hemingway)
14
The Wasteland (T.S. Eliot)
The Wasteland (T.S. Eliot)
15
To the Lighthouse (Virginia Woolf)
To the Lighthouse (Virginia Woolf)
16
Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
17
Brighton Rock (Graham Greene)
Brighton Rock (Graham Greene)
18
Right Ho, Jeeves (P. G. Wodehouse)
Right Ho, Jeeves (P. G. Wodehouse)
19
The Big Sleep (Raymond Chandler)
The Big Sleep (Raymond Chandler)
20
The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
21
1984 (George Orwell)
1984 (George Orwell)
22
The Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank)
The Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank)
23
The Naked and the Dead (Norman Mailer)
The Naked and the Dead (Norman Mailer)
24
The Outsider (Albert Camus)
The Outsider (Albert Camus)
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25
From Russia With Love (Ian Fleming)
From Russia With Love (Ian Fleming)
26
Look Back in Anger (John Osborne)
Look Back in Anger (John Osborne)
27
The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
28
The Day of the Triffids (John Wyndham)
The Day of the Triffids (John Wyndham)
29
Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe)
Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe)
30
Waiting for Godot (Samuel Beckett)
Waiting for Godot (Samuel Beckett)
31
Ariel (Sylvia Plath)
Ariel (Sylvia Plath)
32
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
33
Portnoy's Complaint (Philip Roth)
Portnoy's Complaint (Philip Roth)
34
Revolutionary Road (Richard Yates)
Revolutionary Road (Richard Yates)
35
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (John Le Carré)
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (John Le Carré)
36
Valley of the Dolls (Jacqueline Susann)
Valley of the Dolls (Jacqueline Susann)
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37
Carrie (Stephen King)
Carrie (Stephen King)
38
The Female Eunuch (Germaine Greer)
The Female Eunuch (Germaine Greer)
39
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Robert Pirsig)
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Robert Pirsig)
40
A Brief History of Time (Stephen Hawking)
A Brief History of Time (Stephen Hawking)
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