About the lists
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This website was compiled by
The Books of the Century
This website compiles, by year, four different lists of books published during the twentieth century:
Not every list is available for every year. Click here to learn more
about the lists and for some caveats about using them. Otherwise,
simply follow the links to the left to delve in. Happy hunting!
- The top ten bestsellers in fiction, as recorded by Publishers Weekly.
- The top ten bestsellers in nonfiction, also as recorded by Publishers Weekly.
- The main selections of the Book-of-the-Month Club, which was founded in 1926.
- Critically acclaimed and historically significant books, as
identified by consulting various critics' and historians' lists of
"Come hither, you pleasant, you witty, you clever books."
- Friedrich Nietzsche