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The Greatest Books of the 20th Century - Page 2

The following list was inspired by the list of the "100 Greatest English Language Novels" that was compiled and released in 1998 by the editors of the Modern Library. I say "inspired," although I deplored the specific contents of the Modern Library list, which struck me as being way, way out of touch with the nature and significance of 20th century fiction. Just to cite the most obvious way to determine just how far apart my own evaluations are from those of the Modern Library editors, I'll note here that my own list includes five "Top 10" works that were not included in the Modern Library list at all–i.e., GRAVITY'S RAINBOW, THE PUBLIC BURNING, Beckett's TRILOGY, Stein's THE MAKING OF AMERICANS, and Burrough's NOVA TRILOGY. But let's dispense with any further remarks about the ludicrousness of the Modern Library List, or self-congratulatory remarks my own list is, and cut to the chase:
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Midnight's Children
Midnight's Children
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The Sot-Weed Factor
The Sot-Weed Factor
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Genoa: A Telling of Wonders (Paul Metcaf)
Genoa: A Telling of Wonders (Paul Metcaf)
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Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
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A Passage to India (E.M. Forster)
A Passage to India (E.M. Forster)
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Double or Nothing (Raymond Federman)
Double or Nothing (Raymond Federman)
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At Swim-Two-Birds
At Swim-Two-Birds
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Blood Meridian
Blood Meridian
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The Cannibal
The Cannibal
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Native Son
Native Son
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The Day of the Locust
The Day of the Locust
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Nightwood
Nightwood
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Housekeeping
Housekeeping
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Slaughterhouse-Five (Kurt Vonnegut)
Slaughterhouse-Five (Kurt Vonnegut)
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Libra
Libra
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Wise Blood (Flannery O'Connor)
Wise Blood (Flannery O'Connor)
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Always Coming Home (Ursula K. Le Guin)
Always Coming Home (Ursula K. Le Guin)
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U.S.A. Trilogy (John Dos Passos)
U.S.A. Trilogy (John Dos Passos)
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The Golden Notebook
The Golden Notebook
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The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye
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Red Harvest
Red Harvest
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What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (Raymond Carver)
What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (Raymond Carver)
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Dubliners (Ireland)
Dubliners (Ireland)
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Cane (Jean Toomer)
Cane (Jean Toomer)
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The House of Mirth
The House of Mirth
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Ridley Walker (Russell Hoban)
Ridley Walker (Russell Hoban)
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Checkerboard Trilogy (William Eastlake)
Checkerboard Trilogy (William Eastlake)
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The Franchiser (Stanley Elkin)
The Franchiser (Stanley Elkin)
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New York Trilogy
New York Trilogy
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Skinny Legs and All (Tom Robbins)
Skinny Legs and All (Tom Robbins)
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Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
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The Age of Wire and String
The Age of Wire and String
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Tlooth (Harry Mathews)
Tlooth (Harry Mathews)
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Pricksongs and Descants
Pricksongs and Descants
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The Man in the High Castle (Philip K. Dick)
The Man in the High Castle (Philip K. Dick)
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American Psycho (Bret Easton Ellis)
American Psycho (Bret Easton Ellis)
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The French Lieutenant's Woman (John Fowles)
The French Lieutenant's Woman (John Fowles)
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The Book of the New Sun
The Book of the New Sun
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A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess)
A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess)
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The Albany Cycle
The Albany Cycle
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