The 100 Best English Language Novels

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The 100 Best English Language Novels


This list was compiled by the editorial board of Random House's The Modern Library from novels published in English since 1900.

1. Ulysses, James Joyce, 1922

2. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1925

3. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce, 1916

4. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov, 1958

5. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley,1932

6. The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner, 1924

7. Catch-22, Joseph Heller, 1961

8. Darkness at Noon, Arthur Koestler, 1940

9. Sons and Lovers, D.H. Lawrence, 1913

10. The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck, 1939

11. Under the Volcano, Malcolm Lowry, 1947

12. The Way of All Flesh, Samuel Butler, 1903

13. 1984, George Orwell, 1949

14. I, Claudius, Robert Graves, 1934

15. To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf, 1927

16. An American Tragedy, Theodore Dreiser, 1925

17. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers, 1940

18. Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, 1969

19. Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison, 1952

20. Native Son, Richard Wright, 1940

21. Henderson the Rain King, Saul Bellow, 1959

22. Appointment In Samarra, John O'Hara, 1934

23. USA (trilogy), John Dos Passos, 1930

24. Winesburg, Ohio, Sherwood Anderson, 1919

25. A Passage to India, E.M. Forster, 1924

26. The Wings of the Dove, Henry James, 1902

27. The Ambassadors, Henry James, 1903

28. Tender Is the Night, F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1934

29. The Studs Lonigan Trilogy, James T. Farrell, 1932

30. The Good Soldier, Ford Madox Ford, 1915

31. Animal Farm, George Orwell, 1945

32. The Golden Bowl, Henry James, 1904

33. Sister Carrie, Theodore Dreiser, 1960

34. A Handful of Dust, Evelyn Waugh, 1934

35. As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner, 1930

36. All the King's Men, Robert Penn Warren, 1946

37. The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Thornton Wilder, 1927

38. Howards End, E.M. Forster, 1910

39. Go Tell It on the Mountain, James Baldwin, 1953

40. The Heart of the Matter, Graham Greene, 1948

41. Lord of the Flies, William Golding, 1954

42. Deliverance, James Dickey, 1970

43. A Dance to the Music of Time, Anthony Powell, 1951

44. Point Counter Point, Aldous Huxley, 1928

45. The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway, 1926

46. The Secret Agent, Joseph Conrad, 1907

47. Nostromo, Joseph Conrad, 1904

48. The Rainbow, D.H. Lawrence, 1915

49. Women in Love, D.H. Lawrence, 1921

50. Tropic of Cancer, Henry Miller, 1934

51. The Naked and the Dead, Norman Mailer, 1948

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