Best of the Decade: 1910s

Editor’s Note: This year, our Half Price Books calendar once again features lists of books, movies and music. We’re heading into a new decade with a new focus…the past. Each month, we’ll share a list of events, inventions and, of course, books, movies and music, from every decade since the 1900s right here on the blog. Enjoy!

Oreos arrived (arguably making cookie jars more interesting nationwide) and Uncle Sam asked for America’s best candidates to confront Germany as the U.S. entered World War I. This month, we’re taking a look at the events, books, music and movies that took America by storm in the 1910s.

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Dubliners – James Joyce
The Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka
My Ántonia – Willa Cather
Tarzan of the Apes – Edgar Rice Burroughs
Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton
Winesburg, Ohio – Sherwood Anderson
Sons and Lovers – D.H. Lawrence



The Complete Recordings – James Reese Europe
Memphis Blues Band – W.C. Handy
The Rite of Spring – Igor Stravinsky
Over There! American Songs & Marches of the Great War – Various Artists
The Planets – Gustav Holst
Origins of the Red Hot Mama – Sophie Tucker
The Essential Collection – Original Dixieland Jazz Band

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Intolerance: Love’s Struggle Throughout the Ages
Shoulder Arms
Tillie’s Punctured Romance
Broken Blossoms
The Doll


1910 Boy Scouts of America founded
1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire
1912 Sinking of the Titanic
1912 Oreos invented
1913 First crossword puzzle
1914 Mother’s Day made a national holiday
1916 John D. Rockefeller becomes first U.S. billionaire
1917 U.S. enters World War I
1918 First Tarzan film released
1919 Treaty of Versailles

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