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The Modern Library's 100 Best English-language Novels of the 20th Century 
29th-Dec-2006 10:11 am
Gorey01
Kethylia's been a busy little bee collecting "lists of bests/must-reads" for book recommendations during the new year. Yeah, I know they're not perfect (especially this one), but they give me plenty of good ideas, and they're excellent reminders when it comes to books that I should definitely read but have (lamentably) not yet.

Anyway, I plan to use this post to keep track of my progress. Books that I've finished will be in bold, and I will keep an updated, running total below.

The Modern Library's 100 Best English-language Novels of the 20th Century
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. The Studs Lonigan Trilogy - James T. Farrell
30. The Good Soldier - Ford Maddox 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 Maddox Ford
58. The Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton
59. Zuleika Dobson - Max Beerbohm
60. The Moviegoer - Walker Percy
61. Death Comes to the Archbishop - Willa Cather
62. From Here to Eternity - James Jones
63. The Wapshot Chronicles - 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 - Nathaniel 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

CURRENT TOTAL: 23/100
ORIGINAL TOTAL (at posting): 22/100

How many have you read? ^_^
Comments 
29th-Dec-2006 03:38 pm (UTC)
Only 9 thus far. I'm listening to Ulysses now tho. Thank god for audio, I can "read" while working. Mwahahahahahaha!

Strange. Why isn't "The Jungle" on this list?!
29th-Dec-2006 03:42 pm (UTC)
Strange. Why isn't "The Jungle" on this list?!

*nods* Modern Library got a lot of criticism from other experts over this list.

The biggest "missing" one is probably Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird.
29th-Dec-2006 04:43 pm (UTC)
I'm keeping track in a similar way too - here. Plus I added the Radcliff and Time lists too. Which means I have way too many books to read!

I'm still at a sad 16/100. Apparently my education wasn't as great as I thought it was!
29th-Dec-2006 04:52 pm (UTC)
*nods* I'm planning on adding those two lists here as well in the coming days (though in the case of the Radcliffe list I think I've read 40 already, so it's not so useful). I also have a 501 Must-Read Books book to transcribe. And of course I have the super-long lists I've been working on this year. (Check out the 1001 list. ^^;; )

BTW, did you get the review formatting I sent you?
29th-Dec-2006 05:32 pm (UTC)
Goodness! That 1001 list is mind boggling. I'll have to take a closer look and see how many I've read - I'm sure it's depressingly few.

Thank you for the reminder to go check that email account! I hadn't been over there for too long. Yes, I got it and thank you very much! I'll likely use a combination of that and the quick one I made up.

Thanks again!
29th-Dec-2006 05:52 pm (UTC)
That 1001 list is mind boggling. I'll have to take a closer look and see how many I've read - I'm sure it's depressingly few.

It's got a strong modern bias, which I like. Most of these lists only cover well-established, canonical classics. On the other hand, it's not nearly as comprehensive as the 1001 would lead one to believe.

Yes, I got it and thank you very much! I'll likely use a combination of that and the quick one I made up.

If you have any questions, just let me know. Oh, and I use MLA formatting for the bibliographic information.
30th-Dec-2006 04:24 pm (UTC)
I do like the MLA formating and will probably slowly move to that (or similar, I usually cite with Chicago Style). Right now I'm using just the information that I like to keep in my list of what I've read this year - which is less than the full information. On the other hand, I'm using full citations less and less, given I'm done with school for the moment, but that's a "skill" that is best practiced often.
30th-Dec-2006 06:14 pm (UTC)
On the other hand, I'm using full citations less and less, given I'm done with school for the moment, but that's a "skill" that is best practiced often.

*nodnod* That's exactly the rationale I used to justify doing it.
29th-Dec-2006 05:22 pm (UTC)
I won, I won, I won... so far :) I've read 37 of these; most of them in Russian translations, though.
And,of course, I'm also rather old, so I obviously had more time for reading than some :D
29th-Dec-2006 05:54 pm (UTC)
And,of course, I'm also rather old, so I obviously had more time for reading than some :D

Aww, c'mon! XD You're not allowed to say stuff like that without divulging your exact age! *ho ho ho*
29th-Dec-2006 08:50 pm (UTC)
Does 36 sound intimidating enough? :D
29th-Dec-2006 09:47 pm (UTC)
Actually, that's really impressive. If I've read 37 classic Russian-language novels by the time I'm 36, I'd have something to boast about too. ^_^ (Dunno if there are that many in translation, come to think of it. >_< )
30th-Dec-2006 01:12 am (UTC)
Ouch, you only beat me by one! I've read 36.

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
6. The Sound and the Fury - William Faulkner
7. Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
10. The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
13. 1984 - George Orwell
15. To the Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf
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
24. Winesburg, Ohio - Sherwood Anderson
25. A Passage to India - E.M. Forster
30. The Good Soldier - Ford Maddox Ford
31. Animal Farm - George Orwell
35. As I Lay Dying - William Faulkner
38. Howards End - E.M. Forster
39. Go Tell It on the Mountain - James Baldwin
41. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
49. Women in Love - D.H. Lawrence
53. Pale Fire - Vladimir Nabokov
54. Light in August - William Faulkner
55. On the Road - Jack Kerouac
61. Death Comes to the Archbishop - Willa Cather
64. The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
67. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
76. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie - Muriel Spark
77. Finnegans Wake - James Joyce
79. A Room With a View - E.M. Forster
80. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
86. Ragtime - E.L. Doctorow
88. The Call of the Wild - Jack London
90. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
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