Historical Book Reviews

George Orwell, Animal Farm

The 1946 New York Times Book Review of Animal Farm

  George Orwell’s Dystopian book – Animal Farm has been banned in no fewer than 126 countries including the Soviet Union, China and United Arab Erimates. This is a book I can read over and over again, probably because I have an interest in dystopian novels, meme’s, poetry, history and film. It is by far …

The 1955 New York Times Book Review of Lord of the Flies

“Maybe there is a beast… maybe it’s only us.” ― William Golding, Lord of the Flies Lord of the Flies is a 1954 novel by Nobel Prize–winning British author William Golding. The book focuses on a group of British boys stranded on an uninhabited island and their disastrous attempt to govern themselves. This brilliant work is a frightening parody   “What are …

gone with the wind

The 1936 New York Times Book Review of Gone with the Wind

Gone with the Wind is a novel by American writer Margaret Mitchell, first published in 1936. The story is set in Clayton County and Atlanta, both in Georgia, during the American Civil War and Reconstruction Era. It depicts the struggles of young Scarlett O’Hara, the spoiled daughter of a well-to-do plantation owner, who must use every means at her disposal to claw her way out of …

original Artwork, The Hobbit

The 1938 New York Times Book Review of The Hobbit

The Hobbit, or There and Back Again is a children’s fantasy novel by English author J. R. R. Tolkien. It was published on 21 September 1937 to wide critical acclaim, being nominated for the Carnegie Medal and awarded a prize from the New York Herald Tribune for best juvenile fiction. The book remains popular and is recognized as a classic in children’s literature. …

Prince with a thousand enemies

Watership Down,1974 New York Times Review

Watership Down by Richard Adams. “All the world will be your enemy, Prince with a Thousand Enemies, and whenever they catch you, they will kill you. But first they must catch you, digger, listener, runner, prince with the swift warning. Be cunning and full of tricks and your people shall never be destroyed.” As a historian …

The Well of Loneliness

Editor of the Sunday Express in 1928, wrote, “I would rather give a healthy boy or a healthy girl a phial of prussic acid than this novel History has shown that book reviews can often be marred by what is socially acceptable. Some books have outraged, offended and ultimately banned because people in the past and in some …

The City and the Pillar

The 1948 New York Times review of The City and the Pillar The City and the Pillar sparked a public scandal, including notoriety and criticism, not only since it was released at a time when homosexuality was commonly considered immoral, but also because it was the first book by an accepted American author to portray overt homosexuality as …