1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

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1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (cover).jpg
Language English
Series The 1001 Before You Die series
Subject Best books
Genre Non-fiction
Publisher Cassell Illustrated
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardcover)
ISBN 978-1844037407
OCLC 796279966

1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (ISBN 978-1844037407) is a literary reference book compiled by over one hundred literary critics worldwide and edited by Peter Boxall, Professor of English at Sussex University,[1] with an introduction by Peter Ackroyd. Each title is accompanied by a brief synopsis and critique briefly explaining why the book was chosen. Some entries have illustrations. This book is part of a series from Quintessence Editions Ltd.

The list[edit]

The list contains 1001 titles and is made up of novels, short stories, and short story collections. There is also one pamphlet (A Modest Proposal), one book of collected text (Adjunct: An Undigest), and one graphic novel (Watchmen).[2] The most featured authors on the list are J. M. Coetzee and Charles Dickens with ten titles each.[3]

The 2010 revised and updated edition of the book is less anglocentric and lists only four titles from Dickens and five from Coetzee, who has the most of any writer on the list. It also includes a collection of essays by Albert Camus, The Rebel.


  1. ^ "Volumes to Go Before You Die" by William Grimes, New York Times, May 23, 2008. Retrieved 1 May 2013.
  2. ^ Boxall, Peter, ed. (2006). 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. New York, NY: Universe Publishing (Rizzoli International). p. 960. ISBN 978-0789313706. OCLC 64385200. 
  3. ^ ukaunz (2006-03-01). "1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die". Listology. Retrieved 2009-02-10. 

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