Two 20th Century Classics Added

by NJB // // Broomfield, CO

Two new public-domain books have been added to the site: Anthem by Ayn Rand, and Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Anthem was first published in 1938. It tells the story of Equality 7-2521, a man living in a future where independent thought is a crime. Society has reverted back to pre-industrial technology, and any innovation is stifled in the name of social unity.

Anthem is a powerful defense of individualism, and has a brevity and clarity that Rand’s later novels lack. It’s also worth reading as an early example of dystopian fiction, which inspired the Rush rock opera 2112.

Tarzan of the Apes is the first of two dozen novels written by Edgar Rice Burroughs about the King of the Apes. Tarzan is one of the most enduring characters in 20th-century literature, inspiring adaptations in film, radio, and television for over 100 years. The novel has colonial themes that might be challenging for modern-day audiences, and it’s well-worth reading for that reason alone. It’s also worth reading as one of the archetypal adventure stories of its time, with a rousing narrative that retains its power over 100 years later.

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