After 1984, There Was 1983


Think of the year 1984 and your mind can’t help but jump to great books, thanks to George Orwell’s dystopic classic. But what about 1983?

To put some sparkle back in 1983’s literary eye, the AV Club rounded up ten of the year’s excellent but underappreciated books.

It’s true: despite being praiseworthy books by big-name authors (one even won the Man Booker Prize!), they all seem to have clustered in the dustier corners of the canon, from Roald Dahl’s The Witches to Raymond Carver’s Cathedral.

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →