#TBT: 1910s

Popular Books Published from 1910-1919

Peter Pan / J.M. Barrie (1911)

The adventures of the three Darling children in Never-Never Land with Peter Pan, the boy who would not grow up. (J FIC BARRIE)


The Secret Garden / Frances Hodgson Burnett (1911)

Ten-year-old Mary comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors and discovers an invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked garden. (J FIC BURNETT / J PBK BURNETT)


My Antonia / Willa Cather (1918)

After the death of her immigrant father, Antonia works as a servant for neighbors in the farmlands of Nebraska. She leaves for an unfortunate affair with an Irish railway conductor, but returns home, eventually marries and raises a large family in true pioneer style. (FIC CATHER)


The Lost World / Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1912)

Professor Challenger leads an expedition to explore an isolated plateau rising above the Amazon jungles where they discover dinosaurs, primitive ape-men, and prehistoric monsters. (FIC DOYLE)


Howards End / E.M. Forster (1910)

Howards End, an English country house, passes to the moneyed, the cultured, and then to the lower class. (FIC FORSTER)


Dubliners / James Joyce (1914)

In this collection of masterful stories, steeped in realism, James Joyce creates an exacting portrait of his native city, showing how it reflects the general decline of Irish culture and civilization. (FIC JOYCE)


Anne of the Island / L.M. Montgomery (1915)

Eighteen-year-old Anne leaves home to go to college in Kingsport, Nova Scotia, and finds her life expanding in many different ways, including a marriage proposal, the sale of her very first story, and a tragedy that teaches her a painful lesson. (J PBK MONTGOMERY)


The Tale of Mrs. Tittlehouse / Beatrix Potter (1910)

The story of a little mouse’s funny house, the visitors she has there, and how she finally rids herself of the untidy, messy ones. (E POTTER)


The Elements of Style / William Strunk Jr (1918)

The Elements of Style is the definitive text and classic manual on the principles of English language read by millions of readers. The 18 main topics are organized under the headings, “Elementary Rules of Usage,” “Elementary Principles of Composition,” “A Few Matters of Form,” “Words and Expressions Commonly Misused,” and “Words Often Misspelled.” (808.042 STR)

Ethan Frome / Edith Wharton (1911)

Ethan Frome works his unproductive farm and struggles to maintain a bearable existence with his difficult, suspicious, and hypochondriac wife, Zeenie. But when Zeenie’s vivacious cousin enters their household as a “hired girl”, Ethan finds himself obsessed with her and with the possibilities for happiness she comes to represent. (FIC WHARTON)


Did You Know? 8% of homes in 1910 had a telephone!

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