I rather like Abe Books’Â End of the World Literature â€“ Post-Apocalyptic Fiction listÂ (surprised I’d read more of these books than I thought) —
“Noahâ€™s arkÂ and the flood that wiped earth clean of wicked mankind is an early example of post-apocalyptic writing but the modern genre of end of the world literature can be traced back two centuries to Mary Shelleyâ€™sÂ The Last ManÂ published in 1826.
Even though Shelley, famous forÂ Frankenstein, and a few other writers were able to imagine doomsday scenarios in Victorian times, the genre blossomed – if thatâ€™s the right word and it probably isnâ€™t – after World War II. The atomic bombing ofÂ HiroshimaÂ andÂ NagasakiÂ showed humanity had the tools for global self-destruction. The 1950s was a decade where the end of world could be found on the end of our bookshelves.
Also worth a look: Powell’s Books “Apocalypse Alley.”
Has anyone read The Day of the Triffids?