Top 100 Novels

Modern Library's Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century

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

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