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The Readerís List of the 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century

Based upon a readerís poll for the best novels published in the English language since 1900. The poll ran between July 20, 1998 and October 20, 1998 with over 217,000 entries.

1 Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand   51 The Hitchhikerís Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
2 The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand   52 The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
3 Battlefield Earth by L. Ron Hubbard   53 The Handmaidís Tale by Margaret Atwood
4 The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien   54 Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
5 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee   55 A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
6 1984 by George Orwell   56 On the Beach by Nevil Shute
7 Anthem by Ayn Rand   57 A Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce.
8 We the Living by Ayn Rand   58 Greenmantle by Charles de Lint
9 Mission Earth by L. Ron Hubbard   59 Enderís Game by Orson Scott Card
10 Fear by L. Ron Hubbard   60 The Little Country by Charles de Lint
11 Ulysses by James Joyce   61 The Recognitions by William Gaddis
12 Catch-22 by Joseph Heller   62 Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein
13 The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald   63 The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
14 Dune by Frank Herbert   64 The World According to Garp by John Irving
15 The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein   65 Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
16 Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein   66 The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
17 A Town like Alice by Nevil Shute   67 As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
18 Brave New World by Aldous Huxley   68 Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
19 The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger   69 Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
20 Animal Farm by George Orwell   70 The Wood Wife by Terri Windling
21 Gravityís Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon   71 The Magus by John Fowles
22 The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck   72 The Door into Summer by Robert Heinlein
23 Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut   73 Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig
24 Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell   74 I,Claudius by Robert Graves
25 Lord of the Flies by William Golding   75 The Call of the Wild by Jack London
26 Shane by Jack Schaefer   76 At Swim-Two Birds by Flann OíBrien
27 Trustee from the Toolroom by Nevil Shute   77 Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
28 A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving   78 Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis
29 The Stand by Stephen King   79 Watership Down by Richard Adams
30 The French Lieutenantís Woman by John Fowles   80 Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
31 Beloved by Toni Morrison   81 The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy
32 The Worm Ouroboros by E.R. Eddison   82 Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton
33 The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner   83 The Puppet Masters by Robert Heinlein
34 Lolita by Vladimir Nabakov   84 It by Stephen King
35 Moonheart by Charles de Lint   85 V. by Thomas Pynchon
36 Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner   86 Double Star by Robert Heinlein
37 Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham   87 Citizen of the Galaxy by Robert Heinlein
38 Wise Blood by Flannery OíConnor   88 Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
39 Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry   89 Light in August by William Faulkner
40 Fifth Business by Robertson Davies   90 One Flew over the Cuckooís Nest by Ken Kesey
41 Someplace to be Flying by Charles de Lint   91 A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
42 On the Road by Jack Kerouac   92 The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles
43 Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad   93 Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey
44 Yarrow by Charles de Lint   94 My Antonia by Willa Catha
45 At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft   95 Mullengro by Charles de Lint
46 One Lonely Night by Mickey Spillane   96 Suttree by Cormac McCarthy
47 Memory and Dream by Charles de Lint   97 Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock
48 To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf   98 Illusions by Richard Bach
49 The Moviegoer by Walker Percy   99 The Cunning Man by Robertson Davies
50 Trader by Charles de Lint   100 The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie


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