Published on their BLOG, January 8, 2012.
Without literature, society falls apart. One can argue the same thing about pretty much any creative or academic pursuit, of course, but the written word boasts an especially ancient, diverse, and swollen history. Injustices crumble and hegemonies rise because of books, articles, pamphlets, essays, and pretty much any other medium through which humanity expresses its ideas and observations.
The following represent a small sliver of some particularly notable or influential ones that have shifted perspectives and inspired (or, in one case, might inspire) lasting change … (full text: presentation of the 10 books).
Links for this 10 books on en.wikipedia:
- Upton Sinclair and his book The Jungle. More on Writing, Films, Works and External Links;
- Betty Friedan and her Bibliography. More on External links;
- Ralph Ellison and his book Invisible Man. More on Publications and on External Links;
- Juana Inés de la Cruz. For her literary works go to Further reading and to External Links;
- Henry David Thoreau and his essay Civil Disobedience, and Works. See also Further reading and External Links;
- See alsothe special article on Civil disobedience;
- William Edward Burghardt Du Bois and his book The Souls of Black Folk. See also Main Article and External Links;
- Rachel Carson and her book Silent Spring. More on External Links;
- Nellie Bly and her work Ten Days in a Mad-House. See also Main Article and External Links;
- Harriet Beecher Stow and her novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin; See also Partial list of her works and External Links;
- Kalle Lasn and his book Culture Jam. More on Books and films, on Bibliography and on External Links.
- See also the special article on Culture jamming.