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The 20th Century in Written Works - First Draft - Page 2

A personal selection of 100 noteworthy written works that were published during the course of the 20th century, drawn from everything I've read thus far and continually subject to future amendment. Nonfiction welcome, one book per author, minimal indulgence of non-adult material/genre writing/series, all ordered in terms of first year of publication. I didn't include material published in the year 2000, which is technically the wrong thing to do, but it simplified the choosing process and won't piss off anyone who doesn't know any better. Any biases towards certain periods/decades will hopefully be gradually alleviated during the course of future reading, although I can't promise the same regarding bias towards certain genres and/or lack thereof.
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The Autobiography of Malcolm X (Malcolm X)
The Autobiography of Malcolm X (Malcolm X)
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Dune (Frank Herbert)
Dune (Frank Herbert)
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Omensetter's Luck (William H. Gass)
Omensetter's Luck (William H. Gass)
44
Journey Into the Whirlwind (Evgenia Ginzburg)
Journey Into the Whirlwind (Evgenia Ginzburg)
45
The Quest for Christa T. (Christa Wolf)
The Quest for Christa T. (Christa Wolf)
46
The Godfather (Mario Puzo)
The Godfather (Mario Puzo)
47
84, Charing Cross (Helene Hanff)
84, Charing Cross (Helene Hanff)
48
Maru (Bessie Head)
Maru (Bessie Head)
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49
Gravity's Rainbow (Thomas Pynchon)
Gravity's Rainbow (Thomas Pynchon)
50
The Dispossessed (Ursula K. Le Guin)
The Dispossessed (Ursula K. Le Guin)
51
Fatelessness (Imre Kertész)
Fatelessness (Imre Kertész)
52
Dhalgren (Samuel R. Delany)
Dhalgren (Samuel R. Delany)
53
Petals of Blood (Ngũgĩ Wa Thiong'o)
Petals of Blood (Ngũgĩ Wa Thiong'o)
54
Burger's Daughter (Nadine Gordimer)
Burger's Daughter (Nadine Gordimer)
55
Sleepless Nights (Elizabeth Hardwick)
Sleepless Nights (Elizabeth Hardwick)
56
The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories (Angela Carter)
The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories (Angela Carter)
57
On Lies, Secrets, and Silence: Selected Prose, 1966-1978 (Adrienne Rich)
On Lies, Secrets, and Silence: Selected Prose, 1966-1978 (Adrienne Rich)
58
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler (Italo Calvino)
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler (Italo Calvino)
59
Alice James (Jean Strouse)
Alice James (Jean Strouse)
60
So Long a Letter (Mariama Bâ, Trans. Modupé Bodé-Thomas)
So Long a Letter (Mariama Bâ, Trans. Modupé Bodé-Thomas)
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61
Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism (Bell Hooks)
Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism (Bell Hooks)
62
Obasan (Joy Kogawa)
Obasan (Joy Kogawa)
63
Aké: The Years of Childhood (Wole Soyinka)
Aké: The Years of Childhood (Wole Soyinka)
64
The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
65
Janet Frame: An Autobiography (Janet Frame)
Janet Frame: An Autobiography (Janet Frame)
66
The Book of Disquiet (Fernando Pessoa)
The Book of Disquiet (Fernando Pessoa)
67
Pitch Dark (Renata Adler)
Pitch Dark (Renata Adler)
68
The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Milan Kundera)
The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Milan Kundera)
69
Sister Outsider (Audre Lorde)
Sister Outsider (Audre Lorde)
70
Blood Meridian (Cormac McCarthy)
Blood Meridian (Cormac McCarthy)
71
The Drowned and the Saved (Primo Levi)
The Drowned and the Saved (Primo Levi)
72
Assata: An Autobiography (Assata Shakur)
Assata: An Autobiography (Assata Shakur)
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73
Women and Men (Joseph Mcelroy)
Women and Men (Joseph Mcelroy)
74
Watchmen (Alan Moore)
Watchmen (Alan Moore)
75
Beloved (Toni Morrison)
Beloved (Toni Morrison)
76
M. Butterfly (David Henry Hwang)
M. Butterfly (David Henry Hwang)
77
Memory of Fire (Eduardo Galeano)
Memory of Fire (Eduardo Galeano)
78
The Greenlanders (Jane Smiley)
The Greenlanders (Jane Smiley)
79
The Remains of the Day (Kazuo Ishiguro)
The Remains of the Day (Kazuo Ishiguro)
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The Ice-Shirt (William T. Vollmann)
The Ice-Shirt (William T. Vollmann)
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