16 April

The Telegraph's list is closer to the Globe and Mail's in its decent coverage of Western literature, but also compares to the Guardian's in its inclusion of modern popular favorites. Some of those recent best sellers do not belong on a "great books" lists. Indeed, this list shows clearly the unfortunate side of publications getting into the business of collectively constructing lists of books: as with lists of music albums, an excess of recent entries distract from "all-time" coverage purportedly offered by the lists. 

The Telegraph's 110 entries include several series, thus the expanded total number of books. Arranged into categories as seen here, the introduction and the annotations for each entry are available at the link below.

At this point in the project, two difficulties in numbering the items bear some consideration. First, if a literary work deemed to be a novella (or, more rarely, a novelette)--that is, it has been published as a book itself--was originally published in a periodical, it is numbered. Such is the case with Kafka's Metamorphosis. The same rule applies if it was originally published as part of a short-story collection, such as John Updike's Rabbit Remembered. However, that work has not been published as a monograph, so it is not numbered, as seen below. Of course, a short-story collection can be numbered if it consists entirely, or almost entirely, of previously-unpublished stories; either way, this list only includes Rabbit Remembered, not the collection, Licks of Love, in which it was published.

Second, most books in a series of novels are numbered separately; the exceptions so far have been The Lord of the Rings, which apparently was published as three works for financial reasons. The others are His Dark Materials and The Book of the New Sun; the latter usually is referred to as a tetralogy of novels, which have been published as a single work, and also are said to form a series with another novel and an essay collection, while the former is often discussed as a single work. The Chronicles of Narnia, on the other hand, though several of the novels were written simultaneously, and it is often sold as a boxed set, is more often discussed as a series of works; more important for this project, the first novel of the series (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) is often included in "great books" lists as a distinct work--or, as we've seen in one peculiar case, alongside the series as a whole.

CLASSICS
The Iliad and The Odyssey
Homer


The Barchester Chronicles
Anthony Trollope


Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen

Gulliver's Travels
Jonathan Swift


Jane Eyre
Charlotte Bront

War and Peace
Tolstoy

David Copperfield
Charles Dickens

Vanity Fair
William Makepeace Thackeray

Madame Bovary
Gustave Flaubert

Middlemarch
George Eliot


POETRY
Sonnets
Shakespeare


Divine Comedy
Dante


Canterbury Tales 
Chaucer

The Prelude
William Wordsworth


Odes
John Keats


The Waste Land
T S Eliot


Paradise Lost
John Milton


Songs of Innocence and Experience
William Blake


Collected Poems
W B Yeats


Collected Poems
Ted Hughes


LITERARY FICTION

The Portrait of a Lady
Henry James

À la Recherche du Temps Perd

Proust

Ulysses

James Joyce

For Whom the Bell Tolls

Ernest Hemingway

Sword of Honour trilogy
Evelyn Waugh


The Ballad of Peckham RyeMuriel Spark


Rabbit series
John Updike


One Hundred Years of SolitudeGabriel García Márquez


Beloved

Toni Morrison

The Human Stain

Philip Roth

ROMANTIC FICTION

Rebecca
Daphne du Maurier

Le Morte d'Arthur
Thomas Malory


Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Choderlos de Laclos


I, Claudius

Robert Graves

Alexander Trilogy
Mary Renault


Master and Commander

Patrick O'Brian

Gone With the Wind

Margaret Mitchell

Dr Zhivago

Boris Pasternak

Tess of the d'Urbervilles
Thomas Hardy


The Plantagenet Saga
Jean Plaidy


CHILDREN'S BOOKS 

Swallows and Amazons
Arthur Ransome

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

C S Lewis

The Lord of the Rings
J R R Tolkien


His Dark Materials

Philip Pullman

Babar

Jean de Brunhoff

The Railway Children

E Nesbit

Winnie-the-Pooh
A A Milne


Harry Potter

J K Rowling

The Wind in the Willows

Kenneth Grahame

Treasure Island
Robert Louis Stevenson


SCI-FI

Frankenstein
Mary Shelley


Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

Jules Verne

The Time Machine

H.G. Wells

Brave New World

Aldous Huxley

1984

George Orwell

The Day of the Triffids
John Wyndham

 
Foundation
Isaac Asimov


2001: A Space Odyssey

Arthur C. Clarke

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Philip K. Dick

Neuromancer
William Gibson


CRIME

The Talented Mr. Ripley
Patricia Highsmith


The Maltese Falcon

Dashiell Hammett

The Complete Sherlock Holmes
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


The Big Sleep
Raymond Chandler


Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

John le Carré

Red Dragon

Thomas Harris

Murder on the Orient Express

Agatha Christie

The Murders in the Rue Morgue
Edgar Allan Poe


The Woman in White
Wilkie Collins


Killshot
Elmore Leonard


BOOKS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD

Das Kapital
Karl Marx

The Rights of Man
Thomas Paine


The Social Contract

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Democracy in America
Alexis de Tocqueville


On War
Carl von Clausewitz


The Prince
Niccolo Machiavelli


Leviathan
Thomas Hobbes


On the Interpretation of Dreams
Sigmund Freud


On the Origin of Species
Charles Darwin

L'Encyclopédie
Diderot, et al


BOOKS THAT CHANGED YOUR WORLD
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance [1974]
Robert M. Pirsig


Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Richard Bach

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Douglas Adams


The Tipping Point
Malcolm Gladwell


The Beauty Myth
Naomi Wolf


How to Cook
Delia Smith


A Year in Provence
Peter Mayle


A Child Called 'It'
Dave Pelzer


Eats, Shoots and Leaves
Lynne Truss


Schott's Original Miscellany

Ben Schott

HISTORY
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Edward Gibbon


A History of the English-Speaking Peoples
Winston Churchill


A History of the Crusades
Steven Runciman

 

The Histories
Herodotus


The History of the Peloponnesian War
Thucydides


Seven Pillars of Wisdom
T E Lawrence


The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle

A People's Tragedy
Orlando Figes


Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution
Simon Schama


The Origins of the Second World War
A J P Taylor


LIVES
Confessions
St. Augustine


Lives of the Caesars
Suetonius


Lives of the Artists
Giorgio Vasari


If This is a Man

Primo Levi

Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man
Siegfried Sassoon


Eminent Victorians
Lytton Strachey


A Life of Charlotte Brontë
Elizabeth Gaskell


Good-Bye to All That

Robert Graves

The Life of Dr Johnson

Boswell

Diaries
Alan Clark


110 Best Books: The Perfect Library