100 Greatest Works Of Literature

I am on the quest to read the best works of fiction of all time. Originally, I was going to use  books that The Greatest Books but upon a closer look at what they used to compile the list it was very biased towards American literature and there was a list exclusively for books of the Southern United States.

Since then I have moved my list of books to the aptly named site A List of Books which has the added benefit of being socially orientated so more likely to be updated in the future. worked out to be the 100 most acclaimed works of fiction. It also allows for the expansion of a reading list.

So yes, new reading list. And, for the most part, a fairer one.

Note: If they are crossed out and do not have a link then it is because I read them before starting this blog and as such not written about them.

1. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
2. The Grapes Of Wrath – John Steinbeck
3. 1984 – George Orwell
4. Ulysses – James Joyce
5. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
6. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
7. The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
8. Beloved – Toni Morrison
9. The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner
10. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
11. The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
12. 100 Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
13. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
14. To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf
15.  Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison
16. Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
17. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
18. On the Road – Jack Kerouac
19. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
20. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
21. Middlemarch – George Eliot
22. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
23. Animal Farm – George Orwell
24. A Passage to India – E.M. Forster
25. In Search of Lost Time – Marcel Proust
26. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
27. The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis
28. The Color Purple – Alice Walker
29. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
30. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce
31. Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne
32. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
33. Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
34. Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut
35. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
36. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
37. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
38. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
39. Native Son – Richard Wright
40. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
41. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
42.The Sun Rises – Ernest Hemmingway
43. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
44. The Stranger – Albert Camus
45. Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass – Lewis Carroll
46. For Whom the Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway
47. The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
48. Madame Bauvary – Gustave Flaubert
49. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
50. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
51. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
52. Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston
53. A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
54. Emma – Jane Austen
55. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
56. The Portrait of a Lady – Henry James
57. The Trial – Franz Kafka
58. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
59. A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
60. The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton
61. Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes
62. As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner
63. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
64. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
65. The Golden Notebook – Doris Lessing
66. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
67. Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
68. Tom Jones – Henry Fielding
69. Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone – J.K. Rowling
70. Song of Solomon – Toni Morrison
71. Molloy; Malone Dies; The Unnamable – Samuel Beckett
72. Finnegan’s Wake – James Joyce
73. Absalom! Absalom! – William Faulkner
74. The Life and Opinions of Tristan Shandy, Gentleman – Laurence Sterne
75. Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White
76. The Ambassadors – Henry James
77. Sons and Lovers – D.H. Lawrence
78. A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway
79. Women in Love – D.H. Lawrence
80. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
81. Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift
82. Watership Down – Richard Adams
83. Gravity’s Rainbow – Richard Pynchon
84. Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
85. Clarissa: Or, The History of a Young Lady – Samuel Richardson
86. The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
87. Dune – Frank Herbert
88. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
89. Go Tell it on the Mountain – James Baldwin
90. All the King’s Men – Robert Penn Warren
91. The Magic Mountain – Thomas Mann
92. The Call of the Wild – Jack London
93. The Tin Drum – Gunter Grass
94. The 42nd Parallel – John Dos Passos
95. Under the Volcano – Malcolm Lowry
96. Disgrace – J.M.Coetzee
97. The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
98. Bleak House – Charles Dickens
99. Light in August – William Faulkner
100. The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne

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2 thoughts on “100 Greatest Works Of Literature

  1. I’m keen to know how worldly this list leaves you. I mean, maybe you’ll one day earn a Man Booker prize or maybe a Nobel? Also are these, the movies and the music an emotional roller coaster?

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