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The 100 Allegedly Best English-Language Novels




The complete list of best English-language novels of the 20th century, as drawn up by the editorial board of the Modern Library:

1. Ulysses
     James Joyce
2. The Great Gatsby
     F. Scott Fitzgerald
3. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
     James Joyce
4. Lolita
     Vladimir Nabokov
5. Brave New World
     Aldous Huxley
6. The Sound and the Fury
     William Faulkner
7. Catch-22
     Joseph Heller
8. Darkness at Noon
     Arthur Koestler
9. Sons and Lovers
     D.H. Lawrence
10. The Grapes of Wrath
      John Steinbeck
11. Under the Volcano
      Malcolm Lowry
12. The Way of All Flesh
      Samuel Butler
13. 1984
      George Orwell
14. I, Claudius
      Robert Graves
15. To the Lighthouse
      Virginia Woolf
16. An American Tragedy
      Theodore Dreiser
17. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
      Carson McCullers
18. Slaughterhouse- Five
      Kurt Vonnegut
19. Invisible Man
      Ralph Ellison
20. Native Son
      Richard Wright
21. Henderson the Rain King
      Saul Bellow
22. Appointment in Samarra
      John O'Hara
23. U.S.A. (trilogy)
      John Dos Passos
24. Winesburg, Ohio
      Sherwood Anderson
25. A Passage to India
      E.M. Forster
26. The Wings of the Dove
      Henry James
27. The Ambassadors
      Henry James
28. Tender Is the Night
      F. Scott Fitzgerald
29. Studs Lonigan
      James T. Farrell
30. The Good Soldier
      Ford Madox Ford
31. Animal Farm
      George Orwell
32. The Golden Bowl
      Henry James
33. Sister Carrie
      Theodore Dreiser
34. A Handful of Dust
      Evelyn Waugh
35. As I Lay Dying
      William Faulkner
36. All the King's Men
      Robert Penn Warren
37. The Bridge of San Luis Rey
      Thornton Wilder
38. Howards End
      E.M. Forster
39. Go Tell It on the Mountain
      James Baldwin
40. The Heart of the Matter
      Graham Greene
41. Lord of the Flies
      William Golding
42. Deliverance
      James Dickey
43. A Dance to the Music of Time (series)
      Anthony Powell
44. Point Counter Point
      Aldous Huxley
45. The Sun Also Rises
      Ernest Hemingway
46. The Secret Agent
      Joseph Conrad
47. Nostromo
      Joseph Conrad
48. The Rainbow
      D.H. Lawrence
49. Women in Love
      D.H. Lawrence
50. Tropic of Cancer
      Henry Miller
    51. The Naked and the Dead
      Norman Mailer
52. Portnoy's Complaint
      Philip Roth
53. Pale Fire
      Vladimir Nabokov
54. Light in August
      William Faulkner
55. On the Road
      Jack Kerouac
56. The Maltese Falcon
      Dashiell Hammett
57. Parade's End
      Ford Madox Ford
58. The Age of Innocence
      Edith Wharton
59. Zuleika Dobson
      Max Beerbohm
60. The Moviegoer
      Walker Percy
61. Death Comes for the Archbishop
      Willa Cather
62. From Here to Eternity
      James Jones
63. The Wapshot Chronicle
      John Cheever
64. The Catcher in the Rye
      J.D. Salinger
65. A Clockwork Orange
      Anthony Burgess
66. Of Human Bondage
      W. Somerset Maugham
67. Heart of Darkness
      Joseph Conrad
68. Main Street
      Sinclair Lewis
69. The House of Mirth
      Edith Wharton
70. The Alexandria Quartet
      Lawrence Durrell
71. A High Wind in Jamaica
      Richard Hughes
72. A House for Mr. Biswas
      V.S. Naipaul
73. The Day of the Locust
      Nathanael West
74. A Farewell to Arms
      Ernest Hemingway
75. Scoop
      Evelyn Waugh
76. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
      Muriel Spark
77. Finnegans Wake
      James Joyce
78. Kim
      Rudyard Kipling
79. A Room With a View
      E.M. Forster
80. Brideshead Revisited
      Evelyn Waugh
81. The Adventures of Augie March
      Saul Bellow
82. Angle of Repose
      Wallace Stegner
83. A Bend in the River
      V.S. Naipaul
84. The Death of the Heart
      Elizabeth Bowen
85. Lord Jim
      Joseph Conrad
86. Ragtime
      E.L. Doctorow
87. The Old Wives' Tale
      Arnold Bennett
88. The Call of the Wild
      Jack London
89. Loving
      Henry Green
90. Midnight's Children
      Salman Rushdie
91. Tobacco Road
      Erskine Caldwell
92. Ironweed
      William Kennedy
93. The Magus
      John Fowles
94. Wide Sargasso Sea
      Jean Rhys
95. Under the Net
      Iris Murdoch
96. Sophie's Choice
      William Styron
97. The Sheltering Sky
      Paul Bowles
98. The Postman Always Rings Twice
      James M. Cain
99. The Ginger Man
      J.P. Donleavy
100. The Magnificent Ambersons
         Booth Tarkington
   
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