#TBT: 1900s

Popular Books Published from 1900-1909

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz / L. Frank Baum (1900)

After a cyclone transports her to the land of Oz, Dorothy must seek out the great Wizard in order to return to Kansas, accompanied on her journey by the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodsman, and the Cowardly Lion. (J FIC BAUM)


A Room with a View / E.M. Forster (1908)

Lucy Honeychurch falls in love while on a visit to Florence and must choose between fulfilling her social role or following her heart. (FIC FORSTER)


The Wind in the Willows / Kenneth Grahame (1908)

The escapades of four animal friends who live along a river in the English countryside–Toad, Mole, Rat, and Badger. (J FIC / J PBK GRAHAME)


The Gift of the Magi / O. Henry (1905)

A husband and wife sacrifice treasured possessions in order to buy each other Christmas presents. (FIC HENRY / J 394.2663 HEN)


The Phantom of the Opera / Gaston Leroux (1909)

Sightings of a ghostly figure in the Paris opera house lead to a discovery of a disfigured genius who secretly lives among its passageways. (FIC LEROUX)


The Call of the Wild / Jack London (1903)

The adventures of an unusual dog, part St. Bernard, part Scotch Shepherd, that was kidnapped and shipped off to Alaska to work on the Klondike Gold Rush. Buck the dog quickly learns how to survive in the wild and also learns the call of the wolf. (FIC LONDON)


Anne of Green Gables / L. M. Montgomery (1908)

Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her. (J FIC / J PBK MONTGOMERY)


The Scarlet Pimpernel / Emmuska Orczy (1905)

In 1792, during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror, an English aristocrat known to be an ineffectual fop is actually a master of disguises who, with a small band of dedicated friends, undertakes dangerous missions to save members of the French nobility from the guillotine. (FIC ORCZY)


The Tale of Peter Rabbit / Beatrix Potter (1902)

Peter disobeys his mother by going into Mr. McGregor’s garden and almost gets caught. (E POTTER)



The Jungle / Upton Sinclair (1904)

A documentary novel portraying industry’s conditions at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. Sinclair’s novel prompted public outrage which led President Theodore Roosevelt to demand an official investigation. This eventually led to the passage of the Pure Food and Drug laws. (FIC SINCLAIR)


Did you know? The U.S. life expectancy in 1905 was 47.3 years (males) and 50.2 years (females). 


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