Amazon.com has compiled a few ‘best of…’ lists, and ‘The Hobbit’ has made three of them.
First, it made their top 25 SF or Fantasy novels of the century. This list was presented in alphabetical order, so there is no indication of how well it did in the voting by the editors. It shares company with ‘1984’, ‘Brave New World’, ‘Dune’ and ‘The Princess Bride’.
Second, it made it into the top 50 childrens’ novels of the century. It placed 17th of 25 for the first half of the century.
Third, it was included in their top 100 fiction novels of the century. It placed 6th for the decade 1930 – 1939. It rubs elbows with ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ and ‘The Death of the Heart’.
‘LoTR’ made the childrens’ novel list as an honourable mention under ‘The Hobbit’.
These lists were critical lists, rather than fan-picked.
Thanks to Chuck for the news!