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List:  The Hungry Mind Review's 100 Best 20th Century Books


The Education of Henry Adams : An Autobiography (1918) - Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918)  (Grade:B+)

The Sheltering Sky (1949) - Paul Bowles (1910-1999)  (Grade:D)

Death Comes for the Archbishop (1927) - Willa Cather (1873-1947)  (Grade:C)

Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937) - Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960)  (Grade:B)

The Wings of the Dove (1902) - Henry James (1843-1916)  (Grade:D)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1962) - Ken Kesey (1935-)  (Grade:A+)

The Winged Seed: A Remembrance (1995) - Li-Young Lee (1957-)  (Grade:D-)

To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) - Harper Lee (1926-)  (Grade:A+)

Babbitt (1922) - Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951)  (Grade:A)

Rabbit, Run (1960) - John Updike (March 18, 1932-01/27/2009)  (Grade:C)

Slaughterhouse-Five (1969) - Kurt Vonnegut (1922-)  (Grade:C)

The Autobiography of Malcolm X (1965) - Malcolm X (1925-1965)  (Grade:A+)

Winesburg, Ohio (1919) - Sherwood Anderson (1876-1941)  (Grade:C-)

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969) - Maya Angelou (1928-)  (Grade:B)

Go Tell it on the Mountain (1953) - James Baldwin (1922-1987)  (Grade:B)

The Stories of John Cheever (1975) - John Cheever (1912-1982)  (Grade:C+)

White Noise (1985) - Don DeLillo (-)  (Grade:C)

The USA Trilogy: (The 42nd Parallel, 1930; Nineteen Nineteen, 1932; The Big Money, 1936) () - John Dos Passos (1896-1970)  (Grade:C)

An American Tragedy (1925) - Theodore Dreiser (1871-1945)  (Grade:F)

Invisible Man (1952) - Ralph Ellison (1914-1994)  (Grade:C)

As I Lay Dying (1930) - William Faulkner (1897-1962)  (Grade:F)

The Sound and the Fury (1929) - William Faulkner (1897-1962)  (Grade:F)

The Great Gatsby (1925) - F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940)  (Grade:B)

Catch-22 (1961) - Joseph Heller (1923-1999)  (Grade:A)

The Sun Also Rises (1926) - Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)  (Grade:C-)

On the Road (1957) - Jack Kerouac (1922-1969)  (Grade:F)

The Painted Bird (1965) - Jerzy Kosinski (1933-1991)  (Grade:C)

The Naked and the Dead (1948) - Norman Mailer (01/31/1923-)  (Grade:D)

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1940) - Carson McCullers (1917-1967)  (Grade:D)

Tropic of Cancer (1934) - Henry Miller (1891-1980)  (Grade:F)

Beloved (1987) - Toni Morrison (1931-)  (Grade:F)

Jazz (1992) - Toni Morrison (1931-)  (Grade:D)

Lolita (1955) - Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977)  (Grade:A)

The Moviegoer (1961) - Walker Percy (1916-1990)  (Grade:C+)

Portnoy's Complaint (1969) - Phillip Roth (-)  (Grade:F)

The Catcher in the Rye (1951) - J. D. Salinger (1919-)  (Grade:A+)

The Grapes of Wrath (1939) - John Steinbeck (1902-1968)  (Grade:A-)

Sophie's Choice (1979) - William Styron (1925-)  (Grade:C)

The Color Purple (1982) - Alice Walker (1944-)  (Grade:B+)

All the King's Men (1946) - Robert Penn Warren (1905-1989)  (Grade:A+)

The Day of the Locust (1939) - Nathanael West (1902-1940)  (Grade:C-)

Native Son (1940) - Richard Wright (1908-1960)  (Grade:C+)