Opening Lines of 20th Century Literature

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Can you name the Great Books of the 20th Century by date & first line?

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1903: Buck did not read the newspapers, or he would have known that trouble was brewing, not alone for himself, but for every tidewater dog, strong of muscle and with warm, long haYukon
1908: The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring-cleaning his little home. Kenneth Grahame
1911: When Mary Lennox was sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle, everybody said she was the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen.don't tell what grows there
1925: In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since.Long Island
1931: It was Wang Lung's marriage day. wonderful soil
1932: Once upon a time, sixty years ago, a little girl lived in the b__ w___ of Wisconsin, in a l___ gray h____ made of logs
1937: Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board.Florida
1937: In a hole in the ground, there lived a _______.JRR Tolkien
1937: I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong HillsIsak Dineson
1938: A few miles south of Soledad, the Salinas River drops in close to the hillside bank and runs deep and green. John Steinbeck
1939: I saw behind me those who had gone, and before me those who are to come, I looked back and saw my father, and his father, and all our fathers, and in front I see my son, and Welsh coal and Unions
1940: He lay flat on the brown, pine-needled floor of the forest, his chin on his folded arms, and high overhead the wind blew in the tops of the pine trees. Spanish Civil War
1947: On Friday, June 12th, I woke up at six o'clock and no wonder; it was my birthday.Amsterdam 1944
1948: C__ the b_____ c____, for the unborn child that is the inheritor of our fear. Let him not love the earth too deeply. South Africa
1949: It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.date
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1952: 'Where's Papa going with that axe?' said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast.Some pig!
1954: He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish. Ernest Hemingway
1954: The boy with fair hair lowered himself down the lat few feet of rock and began to pick his way toward the lagoon.no adults!
1955: When Mr. Bilbo Baggins announced that he would be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of special magnificance, there was much talk and excitement in HobbitonJRR
1958: Okonkwo was well known throughout the nine villages and even beyond. structural decay
1958: They called him Moishe the Beadle, as if his entire life he had never had a surname.dark
1960: When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.Macomb, Alabama
1962: They're out there. Nuthouse
1965: In the week before thieir departure to Arrakis, when all the final scurrying about had reached neaerly unbearable frenzy, an old crone came to visit the mother of the boy, Pasandworms
1996: It was a pleasure to burn.not michael moore
1970: I hadn't so much forgot as I couldn't bring myself to remember. Other things were more important.poet laureate
1971: Yesterday I remember thinking I was the happiest person in the whole earth, in the whole galaxy, in all of God's creation. drugs
1993: Here is an account of a few years in the life of Quoyle, born in Brooklyn and raised in a shuffle of dreary upstate towns.send it before it's old
1996: My father and mother should have stayed in New York where they met and married and where I was born. dust to dust

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