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20th Century's Greatest Hits: 100 English-Language Books of Fiction

"Lists are many things: memory aids, containers of information, a means of organizing materials, efforts to prioritize and overcome chaos and entropy. The following list of the 20th Century's Greatest Literary Hits is all of the above, as well as being a means of sharing with my readers my own views about what books are going to be read 100 or 1000 years from now. It's also an opportunity to argue, share enthusiasms, exchange information, and a challenge to anyone who cares passionately about fiction to comprise their own lists and share them with the steadily-shrinking audience of other people who love books."
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Pale Fire
Pale Fire
2
Ulysses
Ulysses
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Gravity's Rainbow
Gravity's Rainbow
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The Public Burning
The Public Burning
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The Sound and the Fury
The Sound and the Fury
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Three Novels
Three Novels
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The Making of Americans (Gertrude Stein)
The Making of Americans (Gertrude Stein)
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The Soft Machine (William S. Burroughs)
The Soft Machine (William S. Burroughs)
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9
Nova Express
Nova Express
10
The Ticket That Exploded (William S. Burroughs)
The Ticket That Exploded (William S. Burroughs)
11
Lolita
Lolita
12
Finnegans Wake (James Joyce)
Finnegans Wake (James Joyce)
13
Take It or Leave It (Raymond Federman)
Take It or Leave It (Raymond Federman)
14
Beloved (Toni Morrison)
Beloved (Toni Morrison)
15
Going Native
Going Native
16
Under the Volcano
Under the Volcano
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To the Lighthouse
To the Lighthouse
18
In the Heart of the Heart of the Country
In the Heart of the Heart of the Country
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JR
JR
20
Invisible Man
Invisible Man
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21
Underworld
Underworld
22
The Sun Also Rises
The Sun Also Rises
23
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
24
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
25
The Ambassadors
The Ambassadors
26
Women in Love
Women in Love
27
60 Stories (Donald Barthelme)
60 Stories (Donald Barthelme)
28
The Rifles (William T. Vollmann)
The Rifles (William T. Vollmann)
29
The Recognitions
The Recognitions
30
Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad)
Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad)
31
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
32
1984 (George Orwell)
1984 (George Orwell)
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33
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Their Eyes Were Watching God
34
Absalom, Absalom!
Absalom, Absalom!
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Dhalgren
Dhalgren
36
The Grapes of Wrath
The Grapes of Wrath
37
The Stain (Rikki Durcornet)
The Stain (Rikki Durcornet)
38
Entering Fire (Rikki Durcornet)
Entering Fire (Rikki Durcornet)
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The Fountains of Neptune (Rikki Durcornet)
The Fountains of Neptune (Rikki Durcornet)
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The Jade Cabinet (Rikki Ducornet)
The Jade Cabinet (Rikki Ducornet)
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