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List:  Library Journal: Top 150 of the Century


Fahrenheit 451 (1953) - Ray Bradbury (08/22/1920-06/05/2012)  (Grade:A-)

A Clockwork Orange (1962) - Anthony Burgess (1917-1993)  (Grade:A)

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

Heart of Darkness (1902) - Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)  (Grade:A)

The Hound of the Baskervilles (1901) - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)  (Grade:A+)

Dune (1965) - Frank Herbert (1920-1986)  (Grade:A+)

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

From Here to Eternity (1951) - James Jones (1921-1977)  (Grade:A+)

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) - James Joyce (1882-1941)  (Grade:F)

Ulysses (1922) - James Joyce (1882-1941)  (Grade:F)

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

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

The Call of the Wild (1903) - Jack London (1876-1916)  (Grade:A)

Animal Farm (1945) - George Orwell (06/25/1903-1949)  (Grade:A+)

1984 (1949) - George Orwell (06/25/1903-1949)  (Grade:A+)

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (1963) - Aleksandr Isaevich Solzhenitsyn (12/11/1918-8/03/2008)  (Grade:A+)

The Lord of the Rings [The Hobbit (1937), The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King] (1948) - J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973)  (Grade:A+)

Johnny Got His Gun (1939) - Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976)  (Grade:F)

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

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

Ethan Frome (1911) - Edith Wharton (1862-1937)  (Grade:A)

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

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

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

9)   Lord of the Flies (1954) - William Golding (1911-1993)  (Grade:C)

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

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

15)   One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) - Gabriel García Márquez (1928-)  (Grade:F)

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

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

24)   The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961) - Muriel Spark (1918-)  (Grade:D)

26)   The Old Man and the Sea (1952) - Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)  (Grade:A+)

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

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

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

33)   A Farewell to Arms (1929) - Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)  (Grade:D)

36)   The Handmaid's Tale (1986) - Margaret Atwood (1939-)  (Grade:C+)

37)   The Age of Innocence (1920) - Edith Wharton (1862-1937)  (Grade:A)

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

41)   Brave New World (1932) - Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)  (Grade:A)

42)   Angle of Repose (1971) - Wallace Stegner (1909-1993)  (Grade:C)

43)   All Quiet on the Western Front (1928) - Erich Maria Remarque (1898-1970)  (Grade:C)

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

46)   The Stranger (1946) - Albert Camus (1913-1960)  (Grade:C+)

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

48)   Possession: A Romance (1990) - A.S. [Antonia Susan] Byatt (1936-)  (Grade:A+)

57)   The Lover (1984) - Marguerite Duras (1914-1996)  (Grade:F)

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

60)   To the Lighthouse (1927) - Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)  (Grade:F)

62)   The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) - L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)  (Grade:A+)

63)   The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950) - C.S. Lewis (1898-1963)  (Grade:A+)

70)   I, Claudius (1934) - Robert Graves (1895-1985)  (Grade:A+)

74)   Advise and Consent (1959) - Allen Drury (-1998)  (Grade:A)

75)   A Passage to India (1924) - E.M. Forster (1879-1970)  (Grade:B)

77)   The Good Soldier (1915) - Ford Maddox Ford (12/17/1873-1939)  (Grade:B-)

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

82)   The Little Prince (1943) - Antoine de Saint Exupery (1900-1944)  (Grade:B)

85)   Tarzan of the Apes (1912) - Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950)  (Grade:A+)

86)   Sister Carrie (1900) - Theodore Dreiser (1871-1945)  (Grade:F)

89)   Ragtime (1975) - E.L. Doctorow (1931-)  (Grade:A)

90)   Ordinary People (1976) - Judith Guest (-)  (Grade:A+)

91)   Of Human Bondage (1915) - W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)  (Grade:F)

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

95)   Women in Love (1920) - D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930)  (Grade:F)

96)   Waiting for Godot (1948) - Samuel Beckett (1906-1989)  (Grade:F)

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

99)   A Death in the Family (1957) - James Agee (1909-1955)  (Grade:C)

101)   The Maltese Falcon (1930) - Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961)  (Grade:A+)

102)   The Golden Bowl, or actually,The Turn of the Screw (in lieu of The Golden Bowl) () - Henry James (1843-1916)  (Grade:B)

103)   The Golden Notebook (1962) - Doris Lessing (-)  (Grade:F)

105)   The Big Sleep (1939) - Raymond Chandler (1888-1959)  (Grade:A+)

107)   The Ambassadors (1903) - Henry James (1843-1916)  (Grade:D)

109)   Of Mice and Men (1937) - John Steinbeck (1902-1968)  (Grade:A+)

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

113)   Ironweed (1983) - William Kennedy (01/16/1928-)  (Grade:A)

116)   Doctor Zhivago (1956) - Boris Pasternak (02/10/1890-1960)  (Grade:B-)

119)   Brideshead Revisited (1945) - Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966)  (Grade:C)

120)   Breathing Lessons (1988) - Anne Tyler (1941-)  (Grade:C)

123)   A Thousand Acres (1991) - Jane Smiley (-)  (Grade:C-)

124)   A Room with a View (1908) - E.M. Forster (1879-1970)  (Grade:D)

125)   Wise Blood (1952) - Flannery O'Connor (1925-1968)  (Grade:A+)

127)   Wide Sargasso Sea (1966) - Jean Rhys (1890-1979)  (Grade:F-)

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

130)   The Wapshot Chronicle (1957) - John Cheever (1912-1982)  (Grade:D)

131)   Under the Volcano (1947) - Malcolm Lowry (1909-1957)  (Grade:C-)

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

133)   Things Fall Apart (1958) - Chinua Achebe (1930-)  (Grade:A+)

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

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

145)   The End of the Affair (1951) - Graham Greene (1904-1991)  (Grade:B+)

146)   The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother (1996) - James McBride (-)  (Grade:B)

147)   The Caine Mutiny (1951) - Herman Wouk (1915-)  (Grade:D+)

148)   The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1927) - Thornton Wilder (1897-1975)  (Grade:C)

150)   Studs Lonigan [Young Lonigan (1932), The Young Manhood of Studs Lonigan (1934),and Judgement Day (1935)] () - James T. Farrell (1904-1979)  (Grade:D)