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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 …

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

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 …

The 1938 New York Times Book Review of The Hobbit

original Artwork, 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. …

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 …