New York Times 100 Best Novels

Bold titles are books I have read (I also own most of these)
A single asterisk denotes books on my personal reading lists
Double asterisks denote books I own, and obviously plan to read


Ulysses by James Joyce*

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov**

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley*

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner*

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller**

Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler

Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence*

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck**

Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry

The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler

1984 by George Orwell

I, Claudius by Robert Graves

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf**

An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

Slaughterhouse-Five by  Kurt Vonnegut*

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Native Son by Richard Wright

Henderson the Rain King by Saul Bellow

Appointment in Samarra by John O’ Hara

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

Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson

A Passage to India by E. M. Forster

The Wings of the Dove by Henry James

The Ambassadors by Henry James*

Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald*

The Studs Lonigan Trilogy by James T. Farrell

The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Animal Farm by George Orwell

The Golden Bowl by  Henry James*

Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner*

All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren*

The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder

Howards End by E. M. Forster**

Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin*

The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Deliverance by James Dickey

A Dance to the Music of Time (series) by Anthony Powell

Point Counter Point by Aldous Huxley

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway*

The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad

Nostromo by Joseph Conrad

The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller

The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer

Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth

Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov

Light in August by William Faulkner

On the Road by Jack Kerouac**

The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett*

Parade’s End by Ford Maddox Ford

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton**

Zuleika Dobson by Max Beerbohm

The Moviegoer by Walker Percy

Death Comes to the Archbishop by Willa Cather

From Here to Eternity by James Jones

The Wapshot Chronicles by John Cheever

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess*

Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham**

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

The Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durrell

A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes

A House for Ms. Biswas by V.S. Naipaul

The Day of the Locust by Nathaniel West

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway*

Scoop by Evelyn Waugh

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce*

Kim by Rudyard Kipling*

A Room with a View by E.M. Forester*

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh*

The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow

Angle of Repose by Wallace Stenger

A Bend in the River by V.S. Naipaul

The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen

Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad

Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow

The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett

The Call of the Wild by Jack London**

Loving by Henry Green

Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie*

Tobacco Road by Erskine Caldwell

Ironweed by William Kennedy

The Magus by John Fowles

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

Under the Net by Iris Murdoch

Sophie’s Choice by William Styron*

The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles

The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain

The Ginger Man by J.P. Donleavy

The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington

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