Homer's "The Iliad," William Shakespeare's "Complete Works," Leo Tolstoy's "War and Peace," George Orwell's "1984" and the King James Bible are considered some of the most influential books of all time. These works have impacted and influenced society from ancient to modern times.
"The Iliad" is an epic Greek poem that tells the story of the end of the Trojan War. "The Iliad" offers great detail of Greek mythology and tradition and is believed to be the first written collection of an oral tradition.
William Shakespeare's "The Complete Works" is a book of collected plays originally published between 1594 and 1634. Shakespeare's works have been studied for centuries and are still part of core curriculum in the United States. Shakespeare's works are believed to be the most studied and quoted works of literature of all time.
"War and Peace" was published by Tolstoy in 1869 and is a study of aristocratic families living in Russia during the Napoleon Wars. Tolstoy's novel focuses on the existence and survival of humanity and challenges the idea of free will.
George Orwell's "1984," was first published in 1949 and tells the story of a society under control and surveillance at all times. The phrase "Big Brother is watching," is taken from this novel. The novel tells the story of one man's attempt to find more meaning to life than existing to serve "the Party" but is defeated in the end.
In 1611, King James I issued the translated Bible in Britain. This translation became the standard translation for English-speaking Christians and is accepted as the most widely published book in the world. The King James Bible's influence on society is vast, and its influence is found in many aspects of daily life in much of the world.