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Those were the days: books in the 1940s


Man, I hate to sound like a broken record, but there was a lot of great stuff to read in olden times. Look at this list of the best books of the 1940s. Just look at it.

From Orwell’s 1984 at the top to Faulkner’s Spotted Horses at No. 97, the decade was full of memorable, lasting books that put our 21st century oeuvre to shame. They had Albert Camus, Arthur Miller, Evelyn Waugh, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, C.S. Lewis (I’m just going down the list here), Robert Penn Warren, Steinbeck, Carson McCullers, Graham Greene, Richard Wright, and on and on and on.

We have… Franzen?

Honestly, wha’ happened?!

Yesterday Road, 99 cents. Go!

9 comments on “Those were the days: books in the 1940s

  1. paulettemotzko
    June 17, 2014

    Reblogged this on Writer's Work Lab.

    • Kevin Brennan
      June 17, 2014

      Thanks so much, Paulette!

      • paulettemotzko
        June 17, 2014

        You are welcome Kevin. 🙂
        Any of my writings you would like to share, feel free.

  2. Pamela Beckford
    June 17, 2014

    I don’t really think books were better – I think we just had fewer. The explosion of books (due mostly to self publishing) has made it more difficult to wade through them all to find some really great ones.

    • Kevin Brennan
      June 17, 2014

      I always wonder which books of the last ten or twenty years will be talked about seventy years from now. Sadly, we won’t be around to find out!

  3. ericjbaker
    June 17, 2014

    Is it too predictable to make a “What about Stephenie Meyer?” joke?

  4. donaldbakerauthor
    June 17, 2014

    I have read some acceptably good books released in the last 20 or so years. But will they be talked about in 50 years? I doubt it.

    • Kevin Brennan
      June 17, 2014

      Right on. I think today’s great books get lost in the tsunami of new books, and nothing really has legs anymore. Is that any way to run a culture?!

  5. John W. Howell
    June 17, 2014

    Kevin, I think you should get busy and write one. Then some blogger sixty years from now will wonder where all the Brennan’s are.

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