The List

The Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels list.

1. ULYSSES by James Joyce

2. THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

4. LOLITA by Vladimir Nabokov

5. BRAVE NEW WORLD by Aldous Huxley

6. THE SOUND AND THE FURY by William Faulkner

7. CATCH-22 by Joseph Heller

8. DARKNESS AT NOON by Arthur Koestler

9. SONS AND LOVERS by D.H. Lawrence

10. THE GRAPES OF WRATH by John Steinbeck

11. UNDER THE VOLCANO by Malcolm Lowry

12. THE WAY OF ALL FLESH by Samuel Butler

13. 1984 by George Orwell

14. I, CLAUDIUS by Robert Graves

15. TO THE LIGHTHOUSE by Virginia Woolf

16. AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY by Theodore Dreiser

17. THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER by Carson McCullers

18. SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE by Kurt Vonnegut

19. INVISIBLE MAN by Ralph Ellison

20. NATIVE SON by Richard Wright

21. HENDERSON THE RAIN KING by Saul Bellow

22. APPOINTMENT IN SAMARRA by John O’Hara

23. U.S.A. (trilogy) by John Dos Passos (THE 42nd PARALLEL, 1919, and THE BIG MONEY)

24. WINESBURG, OHIO by Sherwood Anderson

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

26. THE WINGS OF THE DOVE by Henry James

27. THE AMBASSADORS by Henry James

28. TENDER IS THE NIGHT by F. Scott Fitzgerald

29. THE STUDS LONIGAN TRILOGY by James T. Farrell (YOUNG LONIGAN, THE YOUNG MANHOOD OF STUDS LONIGAN, and JUDGEMENT DAY)

30. THE GOOD SOLDIER by Ford Madox Ford

31. ANIMAL FARM by George Orwell

32. THE GOLDEN BOWL by Henry James

33. SISTER CARRIE by Theodore Dreiser

34. A HANDFUL OF DUST by Evelyn Waugh

35. AS I LAY DYING by William Faulkner

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

37. THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY by Thornton Wilder

38. HOWARDS END by E.M. Forster

39. GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN by James Baldwin

40. THE HEART OF THE MATTER by Graham Greene

41. LORD OF THE FLIES by William Golding

42. DELIVERANCE by James Dickey

43. A DANCE TO THE MUSIC OF TIME (series) by Anthony Powell (A QUESTION OF UPBRINGING, A BUYER’S MARKET, THE ACCEPTANCE WORLD, AT LADY MOLLY’S, CASANOVA’S CHINESE RESTAURANT, THE KINDLY ONES, THE VALLEY OF BONES, THE SOLDIER’S ART, THE MILITARY PHILOSOPHERS, BOOKS DO FURNSH A ROOM, TEMPORARY KINGS, and HEARING SECRET HARMONIES)

44. POINT COUNTER POINT by Aldous Huxley

45. THE SUN ALSO RISES by Ernest Hemingway

46. THE SECRET AGENT by Joseph Conrad

47. NOSTROMO by Joseph Conrad

48. THE RAINBOW by D.H. Lawrence (Will read The Rainbow first)

49. WOMEN IN LOVE by D.H. Lawrence

50. TROPIC OF CANCER by Henry Miller

51. THE NAKED AND THE DEAD by Norman Mailer

52. PORTNOY’S COMPLAINT by Philip Roth

53. PALE FIRE by Vladimir Nabokov

54. LIGHT IN AUGUST by William Faulkner

55. ON THE ROAD by Jack Kerouac

56. THE MALTESE FALCON by Dashiell Hammett

57. PARADE’S END by Ford Madox Ford (SOME DO NOT…, NO MORE PARADES, A MAN COULD STAND UP–, and LAST POST

58. THE AGE OF INNOCENCE by Edith Wharton

59. ZULEIKA DOBSON by Max Beerbohm

60. THE MOVIEGOER by Walker Percy

61. DEATH COMES FOR THE ARCHBISHOP by Willa Cather

62. FROM HERE TO ETERNITY by James Jones

63. THE WAPSHOT CHRONICLES by John Cheever

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

65. A CLOCKWORK ORANGE by Anthony Burgess

66. OF HUMAN BONDAGE by W. Somerset Maugham

67. HEART OF DARKNESS by Joseph Conrad

68. MAIN STREET by Sinclair Lewis

69. THE HOUSE OF MIRTH by Edith Wharton

70. THE ALEXANDRIA QUARTET by Lawrence Durell (JUSTINE, BALTHAZAR, MOUNTOLIVE, and CLEA)

71. A HIGH WIND IN JAMAICA by Richard Hughes

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

73. THE DAY OF THE LOCUST by Nathanael West

74. A FAREWELL TO ARMS by Ernest Hemingway

75. SCOOP by Evelyn Waugh

76. THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE by Muriel Spark

77. FINNEGANS WAKE by James Joyce

78. KIM by Rudyard Kipling

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

80. BRIDESHEAD REVISITED by Evelyn Waugh

81. THE ADVENTURES OF AUGIE MARCH by Saul Bellow

82. ANGLE OF REPOSE by Wallace Stegner

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

84. THE DEATH OF THE HEART by Elizabeth Bowen

85. LORD JIM by Joseph Conrad

86. RAGTIME by E.L. Doctorow

87. THE OLD WIVES’ TALE by Arnold Bennett

88. THE CALL OF THE WILD by Jack London

89. LOVING by Henry Green

90. MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN by Salman Rushdie

91. TOBACCO ROAD by Erskine Caldwell

92. IRONWEED by William Kennedy

93. THE MAGUS by John Fowles

94. WIDE SARGASSO SEA by Jean Rhys

95. UNDER THE NET by Iris Murdoch

96. SOPHIE’S CHOICE by William Styron

97. THE SHELTERING SKY by Paul Bowles

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

99. THE GINGER MAN by J.P. Donleavy

100. THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS by Booth Tarkington

Overlapping Books with original numbers

4. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee

5. THE COLOR PURPLE by Alice Walker

7. BELOVED by Toni Morrison

12. OF MICE AND MEN by John Steinbeck

13. CHARLOTTE’S WEB by E.B. White

22. WINNIE-THE-POOH by A.A. Milne

23. THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD by Zora Neale Hurston

25. SONG OF SOLOMON by Toni Morrison

26. GONE WITH THE WIND by Margaret Mitchell

28. ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST by Ken Kesey

30. FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS by Ernest Hemingway

32. THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA by Ernest Hemingway

35. PORTRAIT OF A LADY by Henry James

37. THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP by John Irving

40. THE LORD OF THE RINGS by J.R.R. Tolkien (THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, THE TWO TOWERS, and THE RETURN OF THE KING

41. SCHINDLER’S LIST by Thomas Keneally

43. THE FOUNTAINHEAD by Ayn Rand

45. THE JUNGLE by Upton Sinclair

46. MRS. DALLOWAY by Virginia Woolf

47. THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ by Frank L. Baum

48. LADY CHATTERLEY’S LOVER by D.H. Lawrence

50. THE AWAKENING by Kate Chopin

51. MY ANTONIA by Willa Cather

53. IN COLD BLOOD by Truman Capote

54. FRANNY AND ZOOEY by J.D. Salinger

55. SATANIC VERSES by Salman Rushdie

56. JAZZ by Toni Morrison

58. ABSALOM, ABSALOM! by William Faulkner

60. ETHAN FROME by Edith Wharton

61. A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND by Flannery O’Connor

63. ORLANDO by Virginia Woolf

65. THE BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES by Thomas Wolfe

66. CAT’S CRADLE by Kurt Vonnegut

67. A SEPARATE PEACE by John Knowles

70. THINGS FALL APART by Chinua Achebe

71. REBECCA by Daphne du Maurier

72. A HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY by Douglas Adams

73. NAKED LUNCH by William S. Burroughs

76. LOOK HOMEWARD, ANGEL by Thomas Wolfe

77. IN OUR TIME by Ernest Hemingway

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

82. WHITE NOISE by Don DeLillo

83. O PIONEERS! by Willa Cather

85. THE WAR OF THE WORLDS by H.G. Wells

87. THE BOSTONIANS by James Henry

90. THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS by Kenneth Grahame

91. THIS SIDE OF PARADISE by F. Scott Fitzgerald

92. ATLAS SHRUGGED by Ayn Rand

93. THE FRENCH LIEUTENANT’S WOMEN by John Fowles

94. BABBITT by Sinclair Lewis

96. THE BEAUTIFUL AND DAMNED by F. Scott Fitzgerald

97. RABBIT, RUN by John Updike

98. WHERE ANGELS FEAR TO TREAD by E.M. Forster

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  1. Some of these are going to kill you. The Sound and the Fury. Evil novel.

  2. It’s a worthy project. Good luck with it. Better you than me on some of these!

    Other adaptations:

    14. BBC did a great TV series of I, CLAUDIUS in 1976.
    15. There is a 1983 movie version of TO THE LIGHTHOUSE.
    16. The 1951 A PLACE IN THE SUN is based on AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY.
    17. There is a beautiful 1968 film of THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER.
    18. There is a 1972 film version of SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE.
    25. A PASSAGE TO INDIA was filmed in 1984.

    There are undoubtedly more.

  3. I appreciate the post. Hopefully it lives up to the hype!

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