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

A list by Larry McCaffery, inspired by Modern Library's list of the "100 Greatest English-Language Novels." Trilogies and multi-volume works are represented by the first book in the set.
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Pale Fire (Vladimir Nabokov)
Pale Fire (Vladimir Nabokov)
2
Ulysses
Ulysses
3
Gravity's Rainbow
Gravity's Rainbow
4
The Public Burning
The Public Burning
5
The Sound and the Fury
The Sound and the Fury
6
Three Novels: Molloy, Malone Dies, the Unnameable
Three Novels: Molloy, Malone Dies, the Unnameable
7
The Making of Americans (Gertrude Stein)
The Making of Americans (Gertrude Stein)
8
The Soft Machine (William S. Burroughs)
The Soft Machine (William S. Burroughs)
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9
Lolita
Lolita
10
Finnegans Wake (James Joyce)
Finnegans Wake (James Joyce)
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Take It or Leave It (Raymond Federman)
Take It or Leave It (Raymond Federman)
12
Beloved (Toni Morrison)
Beloved (Toni Morrison)
13
Going Native
Going Native
14
Under the Volcano
Under the Volcano
15
To the Lighthouse
To the Lighthouse
16
In the Heart of the Heart of the Country (William H. Gass)
In the Heart of the Heart of the Country (William H. Gass)
17
JR
JR
18
Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison)
Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison)
19
Underworld
Underworld
20
The Sun Also Rises
The Sun Also Rises
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21
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
22
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
23
The Ambassadors
The Ambassadors
24
Women in Love (D.H. Lawrence)
Women in Love (D.H. Lawrence)
25
60 Stories (Donald Barthelme)
60 Stories (Donald Barthelme)
26
The Rifles (William T. Vollmann)
The Rifles (William T. Vollmann)
27
The Recognitions (William Gaddis)
The Recognitions (William Gaddis)
28
Heart of Darkness
Heart of Darkness
29
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
30
1984 (George Orwell)
1984 (George Orwell)
31
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Their Eyes Were Watching God
32
Absalom, Absalom! (William Faulkner)
Absalom, Absalom! (William Faulkner)
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33
Dhalgren (Samuel R. Delany)
Dhalgren (Samuel R. Delany)
34
The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
35
The Stain (Rikki Durcornet)
The Stain (Rikki Durcornet)
36
Neuromancer (William Gibson)
Neuromancer (William Gibson)
37
Tropic of Cancer (Henry Miller)
Tropic of Cancer (Henry Miller)
38
On the Road
On the Road
39
Lookout Cartridge (Joseph Mcelroy)
Lookout Cartridge (Joseph Mcelroy)
40
Crash
Crash
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