1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
(ISBN 0-7893-1370-7) is a literary reference book
compiled by over one hundred literary critics worldwide and edited by Peter Boxall
, an instructor of English at Sussex University, with an introduction by Peter Ackroyd
. Each title is accompanied by a brief synopsis and critique briefly explaining why the book was chosen. Some entries have illustrations.
The list contains 1001 books and is made up of novels, short stories, and short story collections. There is also one pamphlet (A Modest Proposal
), one book of collected text (Adjunct: An Undigest
), and one graphic novel (Watchmen