Top Ten Books Of All Time?

A list of 125 top writers’ Top Tens makes the cut. “An unexceptionable list, right? Well, only until you start thinking about it. Critic Sven Birkerts, in his introductory essay, picks up on two oddities: first, only one of the works is by a woman (and she, Mary Ann Evans, used the male pen name of George Eliot); second, only one was written before the 19th century. No Homer, no Dante, no Chaucer. Also no Charles Dickens. Or Jane Austen.”