100 Great Novels in Alphabetical Order— 1984



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100 Great Novels in Alphabetical Order—

  1. 1984 by George Orwell

  2. A BEND IN THE RIVER by V.S. Naipaul

  3. A CLOCKWORK ORANGE by Anthony Burgess

  4. A DANCE TO THE MUSIC OF TIME (series) by Anthony Powell

  5. A FAREWELL TO ARMS by Ernest Hemingway

  6. A HANDFUL OF DUST by Evelyn Waugh

  7. A HIGH WIND IN JAMAICA by Richard Hughes

  8. A HOUSE FOR MR BISWAS by V.S. Naipaul

  9. A PASSAGE TO INDIA by E.M. Forster

  10. A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN by James Joyce

  11. A ROOM WITH A VIEW by E.M. Forster

  12. ALL THE KING’S MEN by Robert Penn Warren

  13. AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY by Theodore Dreiser

  14. ANGLE OF REPOSE by Wallace Stegner

  15. ANIMAL FARM by George Orwell

  16. APPOINTMENT IN SAMARRA by John O’Hara

  17. AS I LAY DYING by William Faulkner

  18. BRAVE NEW WORLD by Aldous Huxley

  19. BRIDESHEAD REVISITED by Evelyn Waugh

  20. CATCH-22 by Joseph Heller

  21. DARKNESS AT NOON by Arthur Koestler

  22. DEATH COMES FOR THE ARCHBISHOP by Willa Cather

  23. DELIVERANCE by James Dickey

  24. FINNEGANS WAKE by James Joyce

  25. FROM HERE TO ETERNITY by James Jones

  26. GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN by James Baldwin

  27. HEART OF DARKNESS by Joseph Conrad

  28. HENDERSON THE RAIN KING by Saul Bellow

  29. HOWARDS END by E.M. Forster

  30. I, CLAUDIUS by Robert Graves

  31. INVISIBLE MAN by Ralph Ellison

  32. IRONWEED by William Kennedy

  33. KIM by Rudyard Kipling

  34. LIGHT IN AUGUST by William Faulkner

  35. LOLITA by Vladimir Nabokov

  36. LORD JIM by Joseph Conrad

  37. LORD OF THE FLIES by William Golding

  38. LOVING by Henry Green

  39. MAIN STREET by Sinclair Lewis

  40. MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN by Salman Rushdie

  41. NATIVE SON by Richard Wright

  42. NOSTROMO by Joseph Conrad

  43. OF HUMAN BONDAGE by W. Somerset Maugham

  44. ON THE ROAD by Jack Kerouac

  45. PALE FIRE by Vladimir Nabokov

  46. PARADE’S END by Ford Madox Ford

  47. POINT COUNTER POINT by Aldous Huxley

  48. PORTNOY’S COMPLAINT by Philip Roth

  49. RAGTIME by E.L. Doctorow

  50. SCOOP by Evelyn Waugh

  51. SISTER CARRIE by Theodore Dreiser

  52. SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE by Kurt Vonnegut

  53. SONS AND LOVERS by D.H. Lawrence

  54. SOPHIE’S CHOICE by William Styron

  55. TENDER IS THE NIGHT by F. Scott Fitzgerald

  56. THE ADVENTURES OF AUGIE MARCH by Saul Bellow

  57. THE AGE OF INNOCENCE by Edith Wharton

  58. THE ALEXANDRIA QUARTET by Lawrence Durell

  59. THE AMBASSADORS by Henry James

  60. THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY by Thornton Wilder

  61. THE CALL OF THE WILD by Jack London

  62. THE CATCHER IN THE RYE by J.D. Salinger

  63. THE DAY OF THE LOCUST by Nathanael West

  64. THE DEATH OF THE HEART by Elizabeth Bowen

  65. THE GINGER MAN by J.P. Donleavy

  66. THE GOLDEN BOWL by Henry James

  67. THE GOOD SOLDIER by Ford Madox Ford

  68. THE GRAPES OF WRATH by John Steinbeck

  69. THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald

  70. THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER by Carson McCullers

  71. THE HEART OF THE MATTER by Graham Greene

  72. THE HOUSE OF MIRTH by Edith Wharton

  73. THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS by Booth Tarkington

  74. THE MAGUS by John Fowles

  75. THE MALTESE FALCON by Dashiell Hammett

  76. THE MOVIEGOER by Walker Percy

  77. THE NAKED AND THE DEAD by Norman Mailer

  78. THE OLD WIVES’ TALE by Arnold Bennett

  79. THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE by James M. Cain

  80. THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE by Muriel Spark

  81. THE RAINBOW by D.H. Lawrence

  82. THE SECRET AGENT by Joseph Conrad

  83. THE SHELTERING SKY by Paul Bowles

  84. THE SOUND AND THE FURY by William Faulkner

  85. THE STUDS LONIGAN TRILOGY by James T. Farrell

  86. THE SUN ALSO RISES by Ernest Hemingway

  87. THE WAPSHOT CHRONICLES by John Cheever

  88. THE WAY OF ALL FLESH by Samuel Butler

  89. THE WINGS OF THE DOVE by Henry James

  90. TO THE LIGHTHOUSE by Virginia Woolf

  91. TOBACCO ROAD by Erskine Caldwell

  92. TROPIC OF CANCER by Henry Miller

  93. U.S.A.(trilogy) by John Dos Passos

  94. ULYSSES by James Joyce

  95. UNDER THE NET by Iris Murdoch

  96. UNDER THE VOLCANO by Malcolm Lowry

  97. WIDE SARGASSO SEA by Jean Rhys

  98. WINESBURG, OHIO by Sherwood Anderson

  99. WOMEN IN LOVE by D.H. Lawrence

  100. ZULEIKA DOBSON by Max Beerbohm

100 Great Non-Fiction Works in Alphabetical Order— Modern Library

  1. A BRIGHT SHINING LIE by Neil Sheehan

  2. A MATHEMATICIAN’S APOLOGY by G. H. Hardy

  3. A PREFACE TO MORALS by Walter Lippmann

  4. A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN by Virginia Woolf

  5. A STUDY OF HISTORY by Arnold J. Toynbee

  6. A THEORY OF JUSTICE by John Rawls

  7. AN AMERICAN DILEMMA by Gunnar Myrdal

  8. ART AND ILLUSION by Ernest H. Gombrich

  9. ASPECTS OF THE NOVEL by E. M. Forster

  10. AUTOBIOGRAPHIES by W. B. Yeats

  11. BATTLE CRY OF FREEDOM by James M. McPherson

  12. BLACK BOY by Richard Wright

  13. BLACK LAMB AND GREY FALCON by Rebecca West

  14. CADILLAC DESERT by Marc Reisner

  15. CHILDREN OF CRISIS by Robert Coles

  16. DARKNESS VISIBLE by William Styron

  17. EMINENT VICTORIANS by Lytton Strachey

  18. FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE by Cecil Woodham-Smith

  19. GOODBYE TO ALL THAT by Robert Graves

  20. HOMAGE TO CATALONIA by George Orwell

  21. IDEAS AND OPINIONS by Albert Einstein

  22. IN COLD BLOOD by Truman Capote

  23. IN THE AMERICAN GRAIN by William Carlos Williams

  24. JAMES JOYCE by Richard Ellmann

  25. JEFFERSON AND HIS TIME by Dumas Malone

  26. MELBOURNE by Lord David Cecil

  27. NOTES OF A NATIVE SON by James Baldwin

  28. ON GROWTH AND FORM by D’Arcy Thompson

  29. OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS by Anne Lamott

  30. OUT OF AFRICA by Isak Dinesen

  31. PATRIOTIC GORE by Edmund Wilson

  32. PHILOSOPHY AND CIVILIZATION by John Dewey

  33. PILGRIM AT TINKER CREEK by Annie Dillard

  34. PRESENT AT THE CREATION by Dean Acheson

  35. PRINCIPIA ETHICA by G. E. Moore

  36. PRINCIPIA MATHEMATICA by Alfred North Whitehead and Bertrand Russell

  37. RELIGION AND THE RISE OF CAPITALISM by R. H. Tawney

  38. SAMUEL JOHNSON by Walter Jackson Bate

  39. SCIENCE AND CIVILIZATION IN CHINA by Joseph Needham

  40. SELECTED ESSAYS, 1917-1932 by T. S. Eliot

  41. SHADOW AND ACT by Ralph Ellison

  42. SILENT SPRING by Rachel Carson

  43. SIX EASY PIECES by Richard P. Feynman

  44. SPEAK, MEMORY by Vladimir Nabokov

  45. STUDIES IN ICONOLOGY by Erwin Panofsky

  46. THE AFFLUENT SOCIETY by John Kenneth Galbraith

  47. THE AGE OF JACKSON, Arthur Schlesinger by Jr.

  48. THE AMERICAN LANGUAGE by H. L. Mencken

  49. THE AMERICAN POLITICAL TRADITION by Richard Hofstadter

  50. THE ANTS by Bert Hoelldobler and Edward O. Wilson

  51. THE ART OF MEMORY by Frances A. Yates

  52. THE ART OF THE SOLUBLE by Peter B. Medawar

  53. THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF ALICE B. TOKLAS by Gertrude Stein

  54. THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MALCOLM X by Alex Haley and Malcolm X

  55. THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MARK TWAIN by Mark Twain

  56. THE CITY IN HISTORY by Lewis Mumford

  57. THE CIVIL WAR by Shelby Foote

  58. THE CONTOURS OF AMERICAN HISTORY by William Appleman Williams

  59. THE DOUBLE HELIX by James D. Watson

  60. THE EDUCATION OF HENRY ADAMS by Henry Adams

  61. THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE by William Strunk and E. B. White

  62. THE FACE OF BATTLE by John Keegan

  63. THE FRONTIER IN AMERICAN HISTORY by Frederick Jackson Turner

  64. THE GATE OF HEAVENLY PEACE by Jonathan D. Spence

  65. THE GENERAL THEORY OF EMPLOYMENT, INTEREST, AND MONEY by John Maynard Keynes

  66. THE GNOSTIC GOSPELS by Elaine Pagels

  67. THE GOLDEN BOUGH by James George Frazer

  68. THE GREAT BRIDGE by David McCullough

  69. THE GREAT WAR AND MODERN MEMORY by Paul Fussell

  70. THE GUNS OF AUGUST by Barbara Tuchman

  71. THE HOUSE OF MORGAN by Ron Chernow

  72. THE JOURNALIST AND THE MURDERER by Janet Malcolm

  73. THE LIBERAL IMAGINATION by Lionel Trilling

  74. THE LIVES OF A CELL by Lewis Thomas

  75. THE MAKING OF THE ATOMIC BOMB by Richard Rhodes

  76. THE MAKING OF THE ENGLISH WORKING CLASS by E. P. Thompson

  77. THE MIRROR AND THE LAMP by Meyer Howard Abrams

  78. THE MISMEASURE OF MAN by Stephen Jay Gould

  79. THE NATURE AND DESTINY OF MAN by Reinhold Niebuhr

  80. THE OPEN SOCIETY AND ITS ENEMIES by Karl Popper

  81. THE POWER BROKER by Robert A. Caro

  82. THE PROMISE OF AMERICAN LIFE by Herbert Croly

  83. THE PROPER STUDY OF MANKIND by Isaiah Berlin

  84. THE RIGHT STUFF by Tom Wolfe

  85. THE RISE OF THE WEST by William H. McNeill

  86. THE RISE OF THEODORE ROOSEVELT by Edmund Morris

  87. THE SECOND WORLD WAR by Winston Churchill

  88. THE SOULS OF BLACK FOLK by W.E.B. Du Bois

  89. THE STRANGE CAREER OF JIM CROW by C. Vann Woodward

  90. THE STRANGE DEATH OF LIBERAL ENGLAND by George Dangerfield

  91. THE STRUCTURE OF SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTIONS by Thomas S. Kuhn

  92. THE SWEET SCIENCE by A. J. Liebling

  93. THE TAMING OF CHANCE by Ian Hacking

  94. THE VARIETIES OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE by William James

  95. THIS BOY’S LIFE by Tobias Wolff

  96. UP FROM SLAVERY by Booker T. Washington

  97. VERMEER by Lawrence Gowing

  98. WEST WITH THE NIGHT by Beryl Markham

  99. WHY WE CAN’T WAIT by Martin Luther King by Jr.

  100. WORKING by Studs Terkel

In July 21, 1998, the Radcliffe Publishing Course compiled and released its own list of the century’s top 100 novels, at the request of the Modern Library editorial board.


  1. 1984 by George Orwell

  2. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

  3. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

  4. A Good Man Is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor

  5. A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

  6. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster

  7. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

  8. A Room with a View by E.M. Forster

  9. A Separate Peace by John Knowles

  10. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner

  11. All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren

  12. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser

  13. Animal Farm by George Orwell

  14. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

  15. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

  16. Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis

  17. Beloved by Toni Morrison

  18. Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe

  19. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

  20. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

  21. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

  22. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

  23. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

  24. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather

  25. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

  26. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

  27. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

  28. Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger

  29. Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin

  30. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

  31. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

  32. Howards End by E.M. Forster

  33. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

  34. In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway

  35. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

  36. Jazz by Toni Morrison

  37. Kim by Rudyard Kipling

  38. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence

  39. Light in August by William Faulkner

  40. Lolita by Vladmir Nabokov

  41. Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe

  42. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad

  43. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

  44. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

  45. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

  46. My Antonia by Willa Cather

  47. Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs

  48. Native Son by Richard Wright

  49. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather

  50. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

  51. On the Road by Jack Kerouac

  52. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

  53. Orlando by Virginia Woolf

  54. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

  55. Rabbit, Run by John Updike

  56. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

  57. Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally

  58. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

  59. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

  60. Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence

  61. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron

  62. Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

  63. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

  64. The Autobiography of Alice B. Tokias by Gertrude Stein

  65. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

  66. The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald

  67. The Bostonians by Henry James

  68. The Call of the Wild by Jack London

  69. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

  70. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

  71. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

  72. The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles

  73. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

  74. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

  75. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

  76. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding

  77. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

  78. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

  79. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer

  80. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

  81. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie

  82. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

  83. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

  84. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

  85. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

  86. The Wings of the Dove by Henry James

  87. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

  88. The World According to Garp by John Irving

  89. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

  90. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

  91. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

  92. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

  93. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

  94. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller

  95. Ulysses by James Joyce

  96. Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster

  97. White Noise by Don DeLillo

  98. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

  99. Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne

  100. Women in Love by D.H. Lawrence


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