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Modern Library’s Top 100 Best Novels

1 Ulysses by James Joyce 51 The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
2 The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 52 Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth
3 A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce 53 Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabakov
4 Lolita by Vladimir Nabakov 54 Light in August by William Faulkner
5 Brave New World by Aldous Huxley 55 On the Road by Jack Kerouac
6 The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner 56 The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
7 Catch-22 by Joseph Heller 57 Parade’s End by Ford Maddox Ford
8 Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler 58 The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
9 Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence 59 Zuleika Dobson bema Beerbohm
10 The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck 60 The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
11 Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry 61 Death comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
12 The Way of the Flesh by Samuel Butler 62 From Here to Eternity by James Jones
13 1984 by George Orwell 63 The Wapshot Chronicles by John Cheever
14 I, Claudius by Robert Graves 64 The Catcher in the Rye. by J. D. Salinger
15 To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf 65 A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
16 An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser 66 Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
17 The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers 67 Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
18 Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut 68 Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
19 Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison 69 The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
20 Native Son by Richard Wright 70 The Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durell
21 Henderson the Rain King by Saul Bellow 71 A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes
22 Appointment in Samarra by John O’Hara 72 A House for Me Biswas by V. S. Naipaul
23 U.S.A.(Trilogy) by John Dos Passos 73 The Day of the Locust by Nathaniel West
24 Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson 74 A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
25 A Passage to India by E. M. Forster 75 Scoop by Evelyn Waugh
26 The Wings of the Dove by Henry James 76 The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
27 The Ambassadors by Henry James 77 Finnegans Wake by James Joyce
28 Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald 78 Kim by Rudyard Kipling
29 The Studs Lonigan Trilogy by James T. Farrell 79 A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
30 The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford 80 Bridehead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
31 Animal Farm by George Orwell 81 The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow
32 The Golden Bowl by Henry James 82 Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
33 Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser 83 A Bend in the River by V. S. Naipaul
34 A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh 84 The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen
35 As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner 85 Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
36 All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren 86 Ragtime by E. L. Doctorow
37 The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder 87 The Old Wive’s Tale by Arnold Bennett
38 Howard’s End by E. M. Forster 88 The Call of the Wild by Jack London
39 Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin 89 Loving by Henry Green
40 The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene 90 Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
41 The Lord of the Flies by William Golding 91 Tobacco Road by Erskine Caldwell
42 Deliverance by James Dickey 92 Ironweed by William Kennedy
43 A Dance to the Music of Time (series) by Anthony Powell 93 The Magus by John Fowles
44 Point Counter Point by Aldous Huxley 94 Wild Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
45 The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway 95 Under the Net by Iris Murdoch
46 The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad 96 Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
47 Nostromo by Joseph Conrad 97 The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles
48 The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence 98 The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain
49 Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence 99 The Ginger Man by J. P. Donleavy
50 Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller 100 The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington


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