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The Greatest Books of the 20th Century - Page 3

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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The Tunnel (William Gass)
The Tunnel (William Gass)
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Omensetter's Luck
Omensetter's Luck
83
The Sheltering Sky
The Sheltering Sky
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Darconville's Cat (Alexander Theroux)
Darconville's Cat (Alexander Theroux)
85
Up (Ronald Sukenick)
Up (Ronald Sukenick)
86
Yellow Back Radio Broke Down (Ishmael Reed)
Yellow Back Radio Broke Down (Ishmael Reed)
87
Winesburg, Ohio (Sherwood Anderson)
Winesburg, Ohio (Sherwood Anderson)
88
You Bright and Risen Angels
You Bright and Risen Angels
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89
The Naked and the Dead
The Naked and the Dead
90
The Universal Baseball Association, Inc.
The Universal Baseball Association, Inc.
91
Creamy and Delicious (Steve Katz)
Creamy and Delicious (Steve Katz)
92
Waiting for the Barbarians
Waiting for the Barbarians
93
More Than Human
More Than Human
94
Mulligan Stew (Gilbert Sorrentino)
Mulligan Stew (Gilbert Sorrentino)
95
Look Homeward, Angel
Look Homeward, Angel
96
An American Tragedy
An American Tragedy
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97
Easy Travel to Other Planets (Ted Mooney)
Easy Travel to Other Planets (Ted Mooney)
98
Tours of the Black Clock (Steve Erickson)
Tours of the Black Clock (Steve Erickson)
99
In Memorium to Identity (Kathy Acker)
In Memorium to Identity (Kathy Acker)
100
Hogg (Samuel R. Delaney)
Hogg (Samuel R. Delaney)
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