At first glance, these books have very little in common -- a racially-charged tome and one of the most praised linguistic publications in history, a "near-pornographic" erotic novel and "a heart-tearing psychological drama" set in a mental institution. But each of these five books has been considered a watershed in its own genre, and pivotal in helping to shift the way we see the world.
The following is the first in a new Huff/Post 50 series called "Books That Blew Our Minds." Each week, the Huff/Post 50 editorial team will feature five literary picks, all published between 1955-1975, and give our readers the chance to vote on those they deem most significant. Of course, as with any work of literature, these choices are subjective -- so if there's anything or anyone we're leaving out, please let us know!
So which of these five books is the most monumental? Cast your vote here: