I seemed to have missed (how could I?) the Guardian’s request that readers vote on “which books best defined the successive eras of the 20th century”. Well, the votes are in and here are the results. Happily I can say I’ve read them all except for the 1910s choice, The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists. Huh?
Interesting that with one exception (the one with the protagonist’s weight provided at the start of each entry) the rest have become standards in many English syllabi.
So, would it be possible (or has it been done already?) to come up with similarly defining children’s books of the various 20th century decades?