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Bookriot's 100 Must-Read Modern Classics

'...here are my arbitrary rules for what a modern classic is: all the books below were published after 1950 but are at least 20 years old, so nothing after 1997. This list is my best guess about the books that matter from a period of not-quite 50 years in the second half of the twentieth century. Somebody else could do their own list of 100 must-read modern classics that has absolutely no overlap with mine, and it would probably be a good list too. So check out my choices and tell me what you would add or take away!'
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Excellent Women
Excellent Women
2
Invisible Man
Invisible Man
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The Crucible
The Crucible
4
Fahrenheit 451
Fahrenheit 451
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A Kiss Before Dying
A Kiss Before Dying
6
Waiting for Godot
Waiting for Godot
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Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead (Barbara Comyns)
Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead (Barbara Comyns)
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A Good Man Is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor
A Good Man Is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor
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9
The Talented Mr. Ripley
The Talented Mr. Ripley
10
The Fountain Overflows
The Fountain Overflows
11
Night
Night
12
Palace Walk
Palace Walk
13
The Assistant
The Assistant
14
Memories of a Catholic Girlhood (Mary McCarthy)
Memories of a Catholic Girlhood (Mary McCarthy)
15
On the Road
On the Road
16
Things Fall Apart
Things Fall Apart
17
The Haunting of Hill House (Shirley Jackson)
The Haunting of Hill House (Shirley Jackson)
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A Raisin in the Sun
A Raisin in the Sun
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To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
20
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
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21
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
22
Revolutionary Road
Revolutionary Road
23
Cassandra at the Wedding (Dorothy Baker)
Cassandra at the Wedding (Dorothy Baker)
24
The Golden Notebook
The Golden Notebook
25
Pale Fire
Pale Fire
26
The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
27
The Fire Next Time
The Fire Next Time
28
Hopscotch
Hopscotch
29
The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea
The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea
30
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
31
A Personal Matter
A Personal Matter
32
The Woman in the Dunes (Kobo Abe)
The Woman in the Dunes (Kobo Abe)
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33
Autobiography of Malcom X (Malcom X, Alex Haley)
Autobiography of Malcom X (Malcom X, Alex Haley)
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The Crying of Lot 49
The Crying of Lot 49
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Stoner (Williams)
Stoner (Williams)
36
In Cold Blood
In Cold Blood
37
Wide Sargasso Sea
Wide Sargasso Sea
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One Hundred Years of Solitude
One Hundred Years of Solitude
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A Sport and a Pastime
A Sport and a Pastime
40
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
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