About the Editor

J. Peder Zane is writer and editor who has worked at The New York Times and The News & Observer of Raleigh, North Carolina. His work has won several national awards including the Distinguished Writing Award for Commentary from the American Society of Newspaper Editors. He is a former member of the Board of the National Book Critics Circle. He has contributed to and edited two books published by W.W. Norton, "The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books" (2007) and "Remarkable Reads: Writers and Their Adventures in Reading" (2004). His new book, written with Professor Adrian Bejan of Duke University, is titled "Design in Nature: How the Constructal Law Governs Evolution in Biology, Physics, Technology and Social Organization" (Doubleday). Peder teaches Journalism and Mass Communication at St. Augustine's College in Raleigh. He is a graduate of the Collegiate School, Wesleyan University and Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. Read his blog here. See his wikipedia entry here.

New List

Siri Hustvedt

1.Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (1847).
2. Paradise Lost by John Milton (1667).
3. Middlemarch by George Eliot (1871–72).
4. Either/Or: A Fragment of Life by Søren Kierkegaard (1843).
5. Persuasion by Jane Austen (1817).
6. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens (1864–65).
7. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf (1927).
8. Stories of Franz Kafka (1883–1924).
9. The Golden Bowl by Henry James (1904).
10. Sorry, but I resist. This one could be Cervantes, Dostoyevsky, O’Connor, Proust, Tolstoy, Wharton, Dante, Bachman, or an eccentric choice, chosen because it is a book so spectacularly ignored, that brilliant small novel by Djuna Barnes, Nightwood.

 

Classic List

Paul Auster

 

1. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes (1605, 1615).
2. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (1869).
3. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville (1851).
4. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky (1866).
5. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust (1913–27).
6. Ulysses by James Joyce (1922).
7. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (1850).
8. The Castle by Franz Kafka (1926).
9. Molloy, Malone Dies, and The Unnamable, a trilogy by Samuel Beckett (1951–54).
10. Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne (1759–67).

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