Spotlight On! : Influential Novels

As a tie-in with this year’s Adult Summer Reading Program, this month the spotlight is on:

Influential Novels

(I didn’t have a picture, so I decided letters that were big and green would do)

This year’s theme is Groundbreaking Reads, and one of our suggested reading lists is Martin Seymour Smith’s The 100 Most Influential Books Ever Written: The History of Thought from Ancient Times to Today.   Rather than take the time to go earn a PhD, write articles, devote a career to academia, and then come up with an influential novel list of my own, I decided to take the easy way out and pluck a few novels from Seymour Smith’s list.

I also included more influential modern fiction, the classics that we now consider to have defined (or sometimes re-defined) their genres.  These are the novels that broke new ground, played with form, blended genres, explored new ideas, considered old tropes in new and exciting ways.  In this our media-saturated year of 2013, it’s easy to forget that there was once a time when the novel was new.


Come on down and explore the history and innovation of the novel as an art form, and how the novel has evolved over the centuries.  Also, be sure to sign up for the Adult Summer Reading Program on or after July 1st–that way you can be rewarded with Book Bucks for your intimate knowledge of the history of the modern novel.


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