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List:  Modern Library Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century


Zuleika Dobson or An Oxford Love Story (1911) - Max Beerbohm (1872-1956)  (Grade:A)

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

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

Tobacco Road (1932) - Erskine Caldwell (1903-1987)  (Grade:C+)

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

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

The Alexandria Quartet: Justine/Balthazar/Mountolive/Clea (1957-1960) - Lawrence Durrell (1912-1990)  (Grade:F)

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

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

Finnegan's Wake (1939) - James Joyce (1882-1941)  (Grade:F)

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

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

Kim (1901) - Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)  (Grade:A)

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

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

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

A Dance to the Music of Time (1951-1975) - Anthony Powell (1905-2000)  (Grade:B-)

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

The House of Mirth (1905) - Edith Wharton (1862-1937)  (Grade:C+)

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

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

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

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

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

8)   Darkness at Noon (1941) - Arthur Koestler (1905-1983)  (Grade:A+)

9)   Sons and Lovers (1913) - D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930)  (Grade:D)

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

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

12)   The Way of All Flesh (1903) - Samuel Butler (1835-1902)  (Grade:D)

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

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

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

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

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

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

21)   Henderson the Rain King (1959) - Saul Bellow (06/10/1915-04/05/2005)  (Grade:D)

22)   Appointment in Samarra (1934) - John O'Hara (1905-1970)  (Grade:A)

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

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

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

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

28)   Tender is the Night (1934) - F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940)  (Grade:C-)

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

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

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

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

34)   A Handful of Dust (1934) - Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966)  (Grade:B)

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

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

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

38)   Howards End (1910) - E.M. Forster (1879-1970)  (Grade:D)

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

40)   The Heart of the Matter (1948) - Graham Greene (1904-1991)  (Grade:A)

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

42)   Deliverance (1970) - James Dickey (1923-1997)  (Grade:A+)

44)   Point Counter Point (1928) - Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)  (Grade:D)

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

46)   The Secret Agent (1907) - Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)  (Grade:B)

47)   Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard (1904) - Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)  (Grade:D+)

48)   The Rainbow (1915) - D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930)  (Grade:F)

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

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

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

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

53)   Pale Fire (1962) - Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977)  (Grade:B)

54)   Light in August (1932) - William Faulkner (1897-1962)  (Grade:B-)

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

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

57)   Parade's End [Some Do Not (1924), No More Parades (1925), A Man Could Stand Up (1926), and The Last Post (1928)] (1924-1928) - Ford Maddox Ford (12/17/1873-1939)  (Grade:D+)

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

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

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

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

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

68)   Main Street (1920) - Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951)  (Grade:C)

71)   A High Wind in Jamaica: The Innocent Voyage (1929) - Richard Hughes (1900-1976)  (Grade:C)

72)   A House for Mr. Biswas (1961) - V.S. Naipaul (1932-)  (Grade:B-)

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

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

75)   Scoop (1937) - Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966)  (Grade:B+)

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

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

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

81)   The Adventures of Augie March (1953) - Saul Bellow (06/10/1915-04/05/2005)  (Grade:F)

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

83)   A Bend in the River (1979) - V.S. Naipaul (1932-)  (Grade:C)

84)   The Death of the Heart (1938) - Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973)  (Grade:D)

85)   Lord Jim (1900) - Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)  (Grade:B)

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

87)   The Old Wives' Tale (1908) - Arnold Bennett (1867-1931)  (Grade:C)

89)   Loving (1945) - Henry Green (1905-1974)  (Grade:D)

90)   Midnight's Children (1980) - Salman Rushdie (1947-)  (Grade:C-)

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

93)   The Magus (1965) - John Fowles (03/31/1926-11/05/2005)  (Grade:C)

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

95)   Under the Net (1954) - Iris Murdoch (1919-1999)  (Grade:D+)

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

98)   The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934) - James M Cain (7/1/1892-10/27/77)  (Grade:A)

99)   The Ginger Man (1955) - JP Donleavy (-)  (Grade:D)

100)   The Magnificent Ambersons (1918) - Newton Booth Tarkington (07/29/1869-05/19/1946)  (Grade:A)