Best Books of the 20th Century



Title Author
Adventures of Augie March, The Bellow, Saul
Age of Innocence, The Wharton, Edith
Alexandria Quartet, The
  • Justine
  • Balthazar
  • Mountolive
  • Clea
Durrell, Lawrence
All Quiet on the Western Front Remarque, Erich Maria
All the Kings Men Warren, Robert Penn
Ambassadors, The James, Henry
American Tragedy, An Dreiser, Theodore
And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic Shilts, Randy
Angle of Repose Stegner, Wallace
Animal Farm Orwell, George
Appointment in Samarra O'Hara, John
April Morning Fast, Howard
As I Lay Dying Faulkner, William
Balthazar Durrell, Lawrence
Bastard Out of Carolina Allison, Dorothy
A Bell for Adano Hersey, John
Beloved Morrison, Toni
Bend in the River, A Naipaul, V. S.
Big Money, The Dos Passos, John
Blue Highways: A Journey Into America Least Heat-Moon, William
Brave New World Huxley, Aldous
Brideshead Revisited Waugh, Evelyn
Bridge of San Luis Rey, The Wilder, Thornton
Bright Lights, Big City McInerney, Jay
Burger's Daughter Gordimer, Nadine
Call of the Wild, The London, Jack
Catch-22 Heller, Joseph
Clea Durrell, Lawrence
Catcher in the Rye, The Salinger, J. D.
Clockwork Orange, A Burgess, Anthony
Cold Mountain: A Novel Frazier, Charles
Color Purple, The Walker, Alice
A Confederacy of Dunces Toole, John Kennedy
Dance to the Music of Time, A
  • First Movement
  • Second Movement
  • Third Movement
  • Fourth Movement
Powell, Anthony
Darkness At Noon Koestler, Arthur
Day of the Locust, The West, Nathanael
Death Comes For the Archbishop Cather, Willa
Death of the Heart, The Bowen, Elizabeth
Deliverance Dickey, James
Dune Herbert, Frank
East of Eden Steinbeck, John
Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test Wolfe, Tom
Exodus Uris, Leon
Farewell to Arms Hemingway, Ernest
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Thompson, Hunter S.
Fear of Flying Jong, Erica
Fellowship of the Ring, The Tolkien, J. R. R.
Finnegans Wake Joyce, James
42nd Parallel, The Dos Passos, John
Fountainhead, The Rand, Ayn
From Here to Eternity Jones, James
Ginger Man, The Donleavy, J. P.
Go Tell It On the Mountain Baldwin, James
Godfather, The Puzo, Mario
Golden Bowl, The James, Henry
Gone With the Wind Mitchell, Margaret
Good Earth, The Buck, Pearl S.
Good Man is Hard to Find, A OConnor, Flannery
Good Soldier, The Ford, Ford Madox
Grapes of Wrath, The Steinbeck, John
Great Gatsby, The Fitzgerald, F. Scott
Handful of Dust, A Waugh, Evelyn
Handmaid's Tale, The Atwood, Margaret
Heart of Darkness Conrad, Joseph
Heart of the Matter, The Greene, Graham
Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, The McCullers, Carson
Henderson the Rain King Bellow, Saul
High Fidelity Hornby, Nick
High Wind in Jamaica, A Hughes, Richard
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Adams, Douglas
Hobbit, The Tolkien, J. R. R.
Hound of the Baskervilles, The Doyle, Arthur Conan
House for Mr. Biswas, A Naipaul, V. S.
Howards End Forster, E. M.
House of Mirth, The Wharton, Edith
I, Claudius Graves, Robert
In Cold Blood Capote, Truman
Invisible Man Ellison, Ralph
Ironweed Kennedy, William
Joy Luck Club Tan, Amy
Jungle, The Sinclair, Upton
Justine Durrell, Lawrence
Kim Kipling, Rudyard
Lady Chatterleys Lover Lawrence, D. H.
Left Behind Lahaye, Tim and Jenkins, Jerry B.
Lesson Before Dying, A Gaines, Ernest J.
Light in August Faulkner, William
Lolita Nabokov, Vladimir
Lonesome Dove McMurtry, Larry
Look Homeward, Angel Wolfe, Thomas
Lord Jim & Nostromo Conrad, Joseph
Lord of the Flies Golding, William
Lord of the Rings, The
  • Fellowship of the Ring, The
  • Two Towers, The
  • Return of the King, The
Tolkien, J. R. R.
Loving Living Party Going Green, Henry
Magic Mountain, The Mann, Thomas
Magnificent Ambersons, The Tarkington, Booth
Magus, The Fowles, John
Maltese Falcon, The Hammett, Dashiell
Main Street Lewis, Sinclair
Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, The Wilson, Sloan
Manchurian Candidate, The Condon, Richard
Maus: A Survivor's Tale Spiegelman, Art
Midnight's Children Rushdie, Salman
Mists of Avalon, The Bradley, Marion Zimmer
Mountolive Durrell, Lawrence
Moviegoer, The Percy, Walker
My First Summer in the Sierra Muir, John
Naked and the Dead, The Mailer, Norman
1984 Orwell, George
1919 Dos Passos, John
Nostromo Conrad, Joseph
Of Human Bondage Maugham, W. Somerset
Of Mice and Men Steinbeck, John
Old Man and the Sea, The Hemingway, Ernest
Old Wives' Tale, The Bennett, Arnold
On the Road Kerouac, Jack
One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest Kesey, Ken
One Hundred Years Of Solitude Garcia Marquez, Gabriel
Pale Fire Nabokov, Vladimir
Parade's End Ford, Ford Madox
Passage to India, A Forster, E. M.
Peyton Place Metalious, Grace
Point Counter Point Huxley, Aldous
Portnoy's Complaint Roth, Philip
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man Joyce, James
Possession: A Romance Byatt, A. S.
Postman Always Rings Twice, The Cain, James M.
Prime of Miss Jean Brody, The Spark, Muriel
Rabbit, Run Updike, John
Ragtime Doctorow, E. L.
Rainbow, The Lawrence, D. H.
Ragtime Doctorow, E. L.
Rebecca Du Maurier, Daphne
Return of the King, The Tolkien, J. R. R.
Road to Wellville, The Boyle, T. Coraghessan
Robinson Crusoe Defoe, Daniel
Room With a View Forster, E. M.
Salem's Lot King, Stephen
Satanic Verses, The Rushdie, Salman
Scoop Waugh, Evelyn
Secret Agent, The Conrad, Joseph
Sheltering Sky, The Bowles, Paul
Silent Spring Carson, Rachel
Sister Carrie Dreiser, Theodore
Slaughterhouse-Five Vonnegut, Kurt
Snow Falling on Cedars Guterson, David
Sophie's Choice Styron, William
Sound and the Fury, The Faulkner, William
Spartacus Fast, Howard
Stone Diaries, The Shields, Carol
Stranger in a Strange Land Heinlein, Robert A.
Studs Lonigan Farrell, James T.
Sun Also Rises, The Hemingway, Ernest
Tarzan of the Apes Burrough
Tender is the Night Fitzgerald, F. Scott
Terms of Endearment McMurtry, Larry
There Are No Children Here Kotlowitz, Alex
Things They Carried, The O'Brien, Tim
Three Men In a Boat: To Say Nothing Of the Dog Jerome, Jerome K.
Tree Grows in Brooklyn, A Smith, Betty
To Kill a Mockingbird Lee, Harper
To the Lighthouse Woolf, Virginia
Tobacco Road Caldwell, Erskine
Tropic of Cancer Miller, Henry
Two Towers, The Tolkien, J. R. R.
Ulysses Joyce, James
Under the Net Murdoch, Iris
Under the Volcano Lowry, Malcolm
U.S.A. Trilogy
  • 42nd Parallel, The
  • 1919
  • Big Money, The
Dos Passos, John
Wapshot Chronicle, The Cheever, John
Way of All Flesh, The Butler, Samuel
White Noise DeLillo, Don
Wide Sargasso Sea Rhys, Jean
Winesburg, Ohio Anderson, Sherwood
Wings of the Dove, The James, Henry
Women in Love Lawrence, D. H.
Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Baum, L. Frank
World According to Garp, The Irving, John
Yearling, The Rawlings, Marjorie Kinnan
Zuleika Dobson Beerbohm, Max