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Librarians’ Top 100 Novels of 20th Century

Another excellent guide to a world of excellent novels with a number of selections not found on the Modern Library’s list of the same name.

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
  2. The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
  3. The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien
  4. Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
  5. Beloved, Toni Morrison
  6. The Color Purple, Alice Walker
  7. 1984, George Orwell
  8. Animal Farm, George Orwell
  9. Lord of the Flies, William Golding
  10. Catch-22, Joseph L. Heller
  11. The Good Earth, Pearl Buck
  12. Charlotte’s Web, E. B. White
  13. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  14. Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut
  15. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  16. Lonesome Dove, Larry McMurtry
  17. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
  18. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
  19. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
  20. The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
  21. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith
  22. The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien
  23. One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, Ken Kesey
  24. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark
  25. My Antonia, Willa Cather
  26. The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway
  27. Lady Chatterley’s Lover, D. H. Lawrence
  28. Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
  29. Exodus, Leon Uris
  30. Sophie’s Choice, William Styron
  31. Native Son, Richard Wright
  32. Little House on the Prairie, Laura Ingalls Wilder
  33. A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway
  34. Winnie the Pooh, A. A. Milne
  35. The Jungle, Upton Sinlair
  36. The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
  37. The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton
  38. Rabbit Run, John Updike
  39. On the Road, Jack Kerouac
  40. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein
  41. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
  42. Angle of Repose, Wallace Stegne
  43. All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque
  44. Ulysses, James Joyce
  45. The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
  46. The Stranger, Albert Camus
  47. The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner
  48. Possession, A. S. Byatt
  49. Stone Diaries, Carol Shields
  50. Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison
  51. The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan
  52. Roots, Alex Haley
  53. The Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man, James Joyce
  54. Look Homeward Angel, Thomas Wolfe
  55. Pale Horse, Pale Rider, Katherine Anne Porter
  56. Ethan Frome, Edith Wharton
  57. The Lover, Marguerite Duras
  58. A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess
  59. Winesburg, Ohio, Sherwood Anderson
  60. To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
  61. The World According to Garp, John Irving
  62. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum
  63. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, C. S. Lewis
  64. The Hound of the Baskervilles, A. Conan Doyle
  65. The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand
  66. The Burger’s Daughter, Nadine Gordimer
  67. Call of the Wild, Jack London
  68. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  69. The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
  70. I, Claudius, Robert Graves
  71. From Here to Eternity, James Jones
  72. East of Eden, John Steinbeck
  73. Cry, the Beloved Country, Alan Paton
  74. Advise and Consent, Allen Drury
  75. A Passage to India, E.M. Forster
  76. 2001 A Space Odyssey, Arthur C. Clarke
  77. The Good Soldier, Ford Maddox Ford
  78. Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
  79. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
  80. Portnoy’s Complaint, Philip Roth
  81. The Plague, Albert Camus
  82. The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  83. The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison
  84. The Bean Trees, Barbara Kingsolver
  85. Tarzan of the Apes, Edgar Rice Burroughs
  86. Sister Carrie, Theodore Dreiser
  87. A Good Man is Hard to Find, Flannery O’Connor
  88. Remembrance of Things Past, Marcel Proust
  89. Ragtime, E.L. Doctorow
  90. Ordinary People, Judith Guest
  91. Of Human Bondage, W. Somerset Maugham
  92. Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
  93. Babbit, Sinclair Lewis
  94. All the King’s Men, Robert Penn Warren
  95. Women in Love, D.H. Lawrence
  96. Kate Vaiden, Reynolds Price
  97. U.S.A. (trilogy), John Dos Passos
  98. The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera
  99. A Death in the Family, James Agee
  100. The Once and Future King, T. H. White