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What are the literary works that influenced the modern world?


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August 05, 2008 10:17AM

The literary works which inflenced the world are mostly those where the story was designed to expose a social problem to the general public. This would include most of the works of Charles Dickens, such as Oliver Twist, which highlighted the effects of child poverty in Britain. Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe in 1852 had a major effect in creating an anti-slavery movement in the English speaking world. A Life in the day of Ivan Denisovitch and The Gulag Archipelago by Alexandr Solzhenitsin described the terrible conditions in the soviet prison system and helped to liberalise Russia . Animal Farm and 1984 by George Orwell were very influential in exposing the dangers of communism and state control. Silent Spring by Rachel Carson first warned the public of the adverse effects of chemical farming. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell brought animal cruelty to public attention. Other books which influenced people are anti-war books such as Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front and Heller's Catch-22 which attempt to expose the futility and waste of war. The publication of Lady Chatterleys Lover by DH Lawrence caused British law to be changed to remove state censorship of literature.