Michael Dirda’s Books About Dessert Islands

Since my beta shortlist contained more than a hundred titles, the following is limited to 20th-century prose by Anglophone authors, one book each. Perhaps another time I will deal with poetry and older literature. Needless to say, my final list is unashamedly personal and unofficial – no other strain is worth anything. Here, then, are 66 of my favorite books, in no particular order, each described with telegraphic brevity.

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