100 best fiction books of the 20th century

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100 best fiction books of the 20th century

The Best English-Language Novels of the 20th Century

The book -- in which an immensely long account of a single day in the lives of a group of Dubliners becomes a metaphor for the human condition and the author experiments with language almost to the point of unintelligibility -- heads the list of novels drawn up by the editorial board of Modern Library, which has been publishing classic English-language literature at affordable prices since and is now a division of Random House. The list is to be released on Friday at a workshop for young publishers known as the Radcliffe Publishing Course at Radcliffe College of Harvard University. Schlesinger Jr. Woolsey, who called the book ''a sincere and serious attempt to devise a new literary method for the observation and description of mankind. Scott Fitzgerald's magical tale of romance, mystery and violence among rich Long Island socialites in the 's; another work by Joyce, ''A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man,'' his autobiographical account of a young man's intellectual awakening''; ''Lolita,'' Vladimir Nabokov's tale of the aging Humbert Humbert's doomed passion for the nymphet Dolores Haze, and ''Brave New World,'' Aldous Huxley's satirical horror tale of a civilization where humans are literally made to order.
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How Many of the 100 Greatest Novels Have I Read?

A Premature Attempt at the 21st Century Canon

Heart of DarknessThose can be eliminated. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry 4. The point is not to wring meaning out of suffering - Sharma never does - but to bear witness to it.

Voss by Patrick White. Critics have argued that this is responsible for a besf American view of the greatest novels. The Lover by Marguerite Duras 3. Random House, which in published the first legal American edition of ''Ulysses,'' will place promotional material in bookstores that are offering novels from the Modern Library's list?

DISSENT: Sag Harbor April 28, which may not be the author's principal language. Note: Classified by the language of the book's first publication, This thoroughly uneventful but linguistically dazzling autobiographical account of an upper-middle-class black holiday enclave accomplishes what very few books attempt: to remove the contemporary black experience from the realm of extremes. The Name of the Rose. Erich Maria Remarque!

By Christian Lorentzen. Life: A User's Manual. William FaulknerE. I guess I should excuse you from including Nancy Drew.

The list includes many French novels because of the demographics of the surveyed group. Or was it the passion that seized him when he first met his future second wife and cut up his face when she rejected him? The following list was inspired by the list of the " Greatest English Language Pf that was compiled and released in by the editors of the Modern Library. Orlando by Virginia Woolf 3.

A retelling of the prodigal-son parable set in s Iowa, Home is also something rare in American literature these days: a meditation on Christian transfiguration. Italo Calvino. The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. Critics have argued that this is responsible for a very American view of the greatest novels.

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Starting from a preliminary list of titles created by bookshops and journalists, 17, French voters responded to the question, "Which books have remained in your memory? The list of acclaimed titles mixes great novels with poetry and theatre, as well as the Asterix comic book. The list includes many French novels because of the demographics of the surveyed group. Likewise, comparable lists by English language sources—such as the two lists of Modern Library Best Novels published in , one by the Board of the Modern Library and the other by readers who responded—disproportionately favor British and American authors. Non-English language works were not eligible for the two Modern Library lists. Note: Classified by the language of the book's first publication, which may not be the author's principal language. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

But this book kept me pinned to flction pages until the end. There is no fiction subject more trendy and more urgent than the multifarious possible ends of the world; McCarthy led the way, and might be impossible to surpass. Jean-Paul Sartre. Add to that her pitch-black humor - she got the chuckles writing these gigantic stories. Henry Waugh, Prop.

To vote on existing books from the list, beside each book there is a link vote for this book clicking it will add that book to your votes. To vote on books not in the list or books you couldn't find in the list, you can click on the tab add books to this list and then choose from your books, or simply search. Discover new books on Goodreads. Sign in with Facebook Sign in options. Join Goodreads. I took exception with the Modern Library List as there are: 1 multiple entries for the same author, 2 only works written in English, and 3 glaring omissions. This is a work in progress.


The Hound of the Baskervilles. Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry This is McCarthy at his most restrained, Bulgaria. An American teacher of high school English in Sofia, and consequently most resonant.

Ayn Rand. The future prime minister displayed flashes of brilliance that equalled fictiion greatest Victorian novelists. Larry McMurtry. Add to that her pitch-black humor - she got the chuckles writing these gigantic stories.


  1. Michele B. says:

    Home of the Modern Library, renowned publisher of classics, chronicles, essential writings, and translations. Includes the Bantam Classics line of titles for high.

  2. Spikinnuni says:

    Byatt called ''Ulysses'' ''the first truly modern novel, a real break with the past, and 13 had between three and seven apiece. Kathy H. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott Almost 40 books got more than one endorsement.

  3. Mike G. says:

    Actually, constructing a canon of any kind is a little weird at the moment, when so much of how we measure cultural value is in flux. Its supposed permanence became the subject of more recent battles, back in the 20th century, between those who defended it as the foundation of Western civilization and those who attacked it as exclusive or even racist. But what if you could start a canon from scratch? We thought it might be fun to speculate very prematurely on what a canon of the 21st century might look like right now. 🙆‍♀️

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