The Modern Library: 100 Best Novels

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Below you can find the complete list of the books selected by the Modern Library as the 100 best novels written in English in the 20th century.

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Ranking Title Author Year published Public domain in USA
1ULYSSESJames Joyce1922Yes
2THE GREAT GATSBYF. Scott Fitzgerald1925Yes
3A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MANJames Joyce1916Yes
4LOLITAVladimir Nabokov1955No
5BRAVE NEW WORLDAldous Huxley1932No
6THE SOUND AND THE FURYWilliam Faulkner1929No
7CATCH-22Joseph Heller1961No
8DARKNESS AT NOONArthur Koestler1940No
9SONS AND LOVERSD.H. Lawrence1913Yes
10THE GRAPES OF WRATHJohn Steinbeck1939No
11UNDER THE VOLCANOMalcolm Lowry1947No
12THE WAY OF ALL FLESHSamuel Butler1903Yes
131984George Orwell1949No
14I, CLAUDIUSRobert Graves1934No
15TO THE LIGHTHOUSEVirginia Woolf1927Yes
16AN AMERICAN TRAGEDYTheodore Dreiser1925Yes
17THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTERCarson McCullers1940No
18SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVEKurt Vonnegut1969No
19INVISIBLE MANRalph Ellison1952No
20NATIVE SONRichard Wright1940No
21HENDERSON THE RAIN KINGSaul Bellow1959No
22APPOINTMENT IN SAMARRAJohn O’Hara1934No
23U.S.A.(trilogy)John Dos Passos1930No
24WINESBURG, OHIOSherwood Anderson1919Yes
25A PASSAGE TO INDIAE.M. Forster1924Yes
26THE WINGS OF THE DOVEHenry James1902Yes
27THE AMBASSADORSHenry James1903Yes
28TENDER IS THE NIGHTF. Scott Fitzgerald1934No
29THE STUDS LONIGAN TRILOGYJames T. Farrell1932No
30THE GOOD SOLDIERFord Madox Ford1915Yes
31ANIMAL FARMGeorge Orwell1945No
32THE GOLDEN BOWLHenry James1904Yes
33SISTER CARRIETheodore Dreiser1900Yes
34A HANDFUL OF DUSTEvelyn Waugh1934No
35AS I LAY DYINGWilliam Faulkner1930No
36ALL THE KING’S MENRobert Penn Warren1946No
37THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REYThornton Wilder1927Yes
38HOWARDS ENDE.M. Forster1910Yes
39GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAINJames Baldwin1953No
40THE HEART OF THE MATTERGraham Greene1948No
41LORD OF THE FLIESWilliam Golding1954No
42DELIVERANCEJames Dickey1970No
43A DANCE TO THE MUSIC OF TIME (series)Anthony Powell1951No
44POINT COUNTER POINTAldous Huxley1928No
45THE SUN ALSO RISESErnest Hemingway1926Yes
46THE SECRET AGENTJoseph Conrad1907Yes
47NOSTROMOJoseph Conrad1904Yes
48THE RAINBOWD.H. Lawrence1915Yes
49WOMEN IN LOVED.H. Lawrence1920Yes
50TROPIC OF CANCERHenry Miller1934No
51THE NAKED AND THE DEADNorman Mailer1948No
52PORTNOY’S COMPLAINTPhilip Roth1969No
53PALE FIREVladimir Nabokov1962No
54LIGHT IN AUGUSTWilliam Faulkner1932No
55ON THE ROADJack Kerouac1957No
56THE MALTESE FALCONDashiell Hammett1929No
57PARADE’S ENDFord Madox Ford1924-1928Yes
58THE AGE OF INNOCENCEEdith Wharton1920Yes
59ZULEIKA DOBSONMax Beerbohm1911Yes
60THE MOVIEGOERWalker Percy1961No
61DEATH COMES FOR THE ARCHBISHOPWilla Cather1927Yes
62FROM HERE TO ETERNITYJames Jones1951No
63THE WAPSHOT CHRONICLESJohn Cheever1957No
64THE CATCHER IN THE RYEJ.D. Salinger1951No
65A CLOCKWORK ORANGEAnthony Burgess1962No
66OF HUMAN BONDAGEW. Somerset Maugham1915Yes
67HEART OF DARKNESSJoseph Conrad1902Yes
68MAIN STREETSinclair Lewis1920Yes
69THE HOUSE OF MIRTHEdith Wharton1905Yes
70THE ALEXANDRIA QUARTETLawrence Durrell1957-1960No
71A HIGH WIND IN JAMAICARichard Hughes1929No
72A HOUSE FOR MR BISWASV.S. Naipaul1961No
73THE DAY OF THE LOCUSTNathanael West1939No
74A FAREWELL TO ARMSErnest Hemingway1929No
75SCOOPEvelyn Waugh1938No
76THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIEMuriel Spark1961No
77FINNEGANS WAKEJames Joyce1939No
78KIMRudyard Kipling1901Yes
79A ROOM WITH A VIEWE.M. Forster1908Yes
80BRIDESHEAD REVISITEDEvelyn Waugh1945No
81THE ADVENTURES OF AUGIE MARCHSaul Bellow1953No
82ANGLE OF REPOSEWallace Stegner1971No
83A BEND IN THE RIVERV.S. Naipaul1979No
84THE DEATH OF THE HEARTElizabeth Bowen1938No
85LORD JIMJoseph Conrad1900Yes
86RAGTIMEE.L. Doctorow1975No
87THE OLD WIVES’ TALEArnold Bennett1908Yes
88THE CALL OF THE WILDJack London1903Yes
89LOVINGHenry Green1945No
90MIDNIGHT’S CHILDRENSalman Rushdie1981No
91TOBACCO ROADErskine Caldwell1932No
92IRONWEEDWilliam Kennedy1983No
93THE MAGUSJohn Fowles1966No
94WIDE SARGASSO SEAJean Rhys1966No
95UNDER THE NETIris Murdoch1954No
96SOPHIE’S CHOICEWilliam Styron1979No
97THE SHELTERING SKYPaul Bowles1949No
98THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICEJames M. Cain1934No
99THE GINGER MANJ.P. Donleavy1955No
100THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONSBooth Tarkington1918Yes

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