I like lists of books, and I’ve found an interesting one.
It was compiled in 1918, and is called called Thirteen Ways of Looking at the War.
(Why thirteen? Homage to Wallace Stevens? His ‘Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird’ had been published in 1917.)
It’s purely a list, with no commentary, except that some titles are asterisked to show ‘those of enduring quality and those making a special appeal to young people’. Which suggests that the list’s original intention was educational.
The text has been digitised by the Hathi Trust, and you can connect to it here. Alternatively, click on this thumbnail and you’ll find its seven pages of listings, reduced in size but just about readable.
Some good texts there, and some I’d never heard of…