Time Magazine's "100 Best English-Language Novels Published Since 1923"

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  1. 1.
    The Adventures of Augie March (Penguin Classics)
    by Saul Bellow

  2. 2.
    All the King's Men
    by Robert Penn Warren

  3. 3.
    American Pastoral
    by Philip Roth

  4. 4.
    An American Tragedy (Signet Classics)
    by Theodore Dreiser

  5. 5.
    Animal Farm
    by George Orwell

  6. 6.
    Appointment in Samarra: A Novel
    by John O'Hara

  7. 7.
    Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret
    by Judy Blume

  8. 8.
    The Assistant: A Novel
    by Bernard Malamud

  9. 9.
    At Swim-Two-Birds (Irish Literature Series)
    by Flann O'Brien

  10. 10.
    Atonement: A Novel
    by Ian McEwan

  11. 11.
    by Toni Morrison

  12. 13.
    The Big Sleep (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)
    by Raymond Chandler

  13. 14.
    The Blind Assassin: A Novel
    by Margaret Atwood

  14. 15.
    Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West
    by Cormac McCarthy

  15. 16.
    Brideshead Revisited
    by Evelyn Waugh

  16. 17.
    The Bridge of San Luis Rey (Perennial Classics)
    by Thornton Wilder

  17. 18.
    Call It Sleep: A Novel
    by Henry Roth

  18. 19.
    by Joseph Heller

  19. 20.
    The Catcher in the Rye
    by J.D. Salinger

  20. 21.
    A Clockwork Orange
    by Anthony Burgess

  21. 22.
    The Confessions of Nat Turner
    by William Styron

  22. 23.
    The Corrections: A Novel
    by Jonathan Franzen

  23. 24.
    The Crying of Lot 49
    by Thomas Pynchon

  24. 25.
    A Dance to the Music of Time: First Movement
    by Anthony Powell

  25. 26.
    The Day of the Locust (Signet Classics)
    by Nathanael West

  26. 27.

  27. 28.
    A Death in the Family
    by James Agee

  28. 29.
    The Death of the Heart
    by Elizabeth Bowen

  29. 30.
    Deliverance (Modern Library 100 Best Novels)
    by James Dickey

  30. 31.
    Dog Soldiers
    by Robert Stone

  31. 32.
    by John Cheever

  32. 33.
    The French Lieutenant's Woman
    by John Fowles

  33. 34.
    The Golden Notebook: Perennial Classics edition
    by Doris Lessing

  34. 35.
    Go Tell It on the Mountain
    by James Baldwin

  35. 36.
    Gone with the Wind
    by Margaret Mitchell

  36. 37.
    The Grapes of Wrath (Centennial Edition)
    by John Steinbeck

  37. 38.
    Gravity's Rainbow (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin)
    by Thomas Pynchon

  38. 39.
    The Great Gatsby
    by F. Scott Fitzgerald

  39. 40.
    A Handful of Dust
    by Evelyn Waugh

  40. 41.
    The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
    by Carson McCullers

  41. 42.
    The Heart of the Matter: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
    by Graham Greene

  42. 43.
    Herzog (Penguin Classics)
    by Saul Bellow

  43. 44.
    Housekeeping: A Novel
    by Marilynne Robinson

  44. 45.
    A House for Mr. Biswas
    by V.S. Naipaul

  45. 47.
    Infinite Jest: A Novel
    by David Foster Wallace

  46. 48.
    Invisible Man
    by Ralph Ellison

  47. 49.
    Light in August (The Corrected Text)
    by William Faulkner

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Created by Juliana on Mar 25, 2006.


Mixed bag — 5 years ago

Some of these are not among the best, in my experience. For instance, missing is Harry Mulisch’s THEASSAULT, brilliant. Another is NIGHT by Wiesel, brilliant. ONEHUNDREDDAYS OF SOLITUDE, probably the best book written in the last half-century: missing: ridiculous. And yet books like the one by Kingsley Amis, about a drunk who is supposed to be funny, is questionable. As is Steinbeck’s dated book instead of his better EAST OF EDEN, or Hemingway’s FAREWELL TO ARMS (missing), or Faulkner’s Snopes trilogy, or the brilliant book by Gunter Grass, or any one of a number of books by the wonderful Penelope Fitzgerald. What about Pym? Louis Auchincloss? James Cain? Molly Gloss’s THEJUMP-OFFCREEK? Kawabatta? Ivan Doig? Mishima? In their place? – many lesser works.

Why? — 5 years ago

Looks like someone deleted a book from the list (there’s only 99 now).

Oprah's Book Club- Blah! — 6 years ago

Tamsinator, 100% agree. Seeing that ’Oprah’s Book Club choice’ sticker on a book makes me want to look elsewhere.

Untitled — 6 years ago

Deleting The Handmaid’s Tale that was added recently. It’s a great book, but not on the list.


Is it just me... — 6 years ago

or does nothing turn you off a book more than the words “Oprah’s book club”?

Missing! — 7 years ago

The Adventures of Augie March should be here, yet there are already 100. So which of the ones here doesn’t belong?

Found it! — 8 years ago

The missing one was The Big Sleep, by Raymond Chandler. :)

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