Books Recommended 85 Years Ago and Popular Today: Part 1

While I was looking at 1927 issues of The New Yorker, I thought it would be interesting to see if books that made its “Books Worth Reading” column were still popular today. So far, Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, described then as “A brilliant study of Americans in Paris” is the only one I’ve found from January and February 1927.

Unless we count Dorothy Parker, who has never been out of print, and had a collection of poems available called Enough Rope out at the time. The Portable Dorothy Parker is popular today.

“Three be the things I shall never attain:
Envy, content, and sufficient champagne.”

Dorothy Parker, from the poem Inventory

What was the cost of a good book in 1927? Two to five dollars. And thanks to Ebooks, that hasn’t changed. I’m going to look for more books popular today — that were recommended in 1927. It would have been fun to drink champagne with Dorothy Parker or Hemingway!

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