Sunday, April 12, 2009

Steven's List

I am a compulsive collector of "greatest books" lists, so I have used these sources to determine which books to put on my list. I started by including the 18 books I still need to read to finish all the works in Daniel S. Burt's "The Novel 100." The rest of the books are the novels or short story collections I haven't read that have appeared on the most lists, won the most awards, etc. The exceptions are: no author appears more than once, and books I've alread started don't appear on the list.

Agee, James - A Death in the Family
Algren, Nelson - The Man with the Golden Arm
Amis, Kingsley - Lucky Jim
Amis, Martin - Money: A Suicide Note
Auster, Paul - The New York Trilogy
Balzac, Honore de - Eugénie Grandet
Barker, Pat - Regeneration Trilogy
Bellow, Saul - Humboldt's Gift
Berger, John - G
Borges, Jorge Luis - Labyrinths
Burney, Fanny - Evelina
Burroughs, William S. - The Naked Lunch
Calvino, Italo - Invisible Cities
Capote, Truman - In Cold Blood
Cather, Willa - My Ántonia
Chandler, Raymond - The Big Sleep
Chopin, Kate - The Awakening
Coetzee, J. M. - Waiting for the Barbarians
DeLillo, Don - Mao II
Dickens, Charles - Pickwick Papers
Diderot, Denis - Jacques the Fatalist and His Master
Doblin, Alfred - Berlin Alexanderplatz
Dostoevsky, Fyodor - The Idiot
Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan - The Hound of the Baskervilles
Du Maurier, Daphne - Rebecca
Farrell, J. G. - Empire Trilogy
Fielding, Henry - Joseph Andrews
Fontane, Theodor - Effi Briest
Fowles, John - The French Lieutenant's Woman
Franzen, Jonathan - The Corrections
Fuentes, Carlos - The Death of Artemio Cruz
Gaddis, William - The Recognitions
Galsworthy, John - The Forsyte Saga
Garcia Marquez, Gabriel - Love in the Time of Cholera
Gaskell, Elizabeth - North and South
Gibson, William - Neuromancer
Gide, Andre - The Counterfeiters
Gissing, George - New Grub Street
Goldsmith, Oliver - The Vicar of Wakefield
Gombrowicz, Witold - Ferdydurke
Greene, Graham - The Power and the Glory
Hamsun, Knut - Hunger
Hardy, Thomas - The Mayor of Casterbridge
Hoban, Russell - Riddley Walker
Hogg, James - The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner
Hugo, Victor - The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Hurston, Zora Neale - Their Eyes Were Watching God
Irving, John - The World According to Garp
Ishiguro, Kazuo - The Remains of the Day
Keneally, Thomas - Schindler's List
Kesey, Ken - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Le Carre, John - The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
Lessing, Doris - The Golden Notebook
Lewis, Sinclair - Babbitt
Malraux, Andre - Man's Fate
Mann, Thomas - Doctor Faustus
McEwan, Ian - Atonement
Mitchell, Margaret - Gone with the Wind
Morrison, Toni - Song of Solomon
Munif, Abdelrahman - Cities of Salt
Murakami, Haruki - The Wind Up Bird Chronicle
Murdoch, Iris - The Sea, the Sea
Musil, Robert - Young Törless
Natsume Soseki - Kokoro
Oates, Joyce Carol - Them
O'Brien, Flann - The Third Policeman
Ondaatje, Michael - The English Patient
Paton, Alan - Cry, the Beloved Country
Peake, Mervyn - Gormenghast Trilogy
Proulx, Annie - The Shipping News
Pynchon, Thomas - V.
Richardson, Samuel - Clarissa
Robinson, Marilynne - Housekeeping
Roth, Henry - Call It Sleep
Roth, Philip - The Human Stain
Rousseau, Jean Jacques - La Nouvelle Héloïse
Rushdie, Salman - The Satanic Verses
Sartre, Jean Paul - Nausea
Scott, Sir Walter - Waverley
Smith, Zadie - White Teeth
Smollett, Tobias - Humphry Clinker
Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr - Cancer Ward
Stead, Christina - The Man Who Loved Children
Sterne, Laurence - A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy
Stone, Robert - Dog Soldiers
Stowe, Harriet Beecher - Uncle Tom's Cabin
Svevo, Italo - Confessions of Zeno
Undset, Sigrid - Kristin Lavransdatter
Updike, John - The Rabbit Angstrom Novels (4)
Wallace, David Foster - Infinite Jest
West, Nathanael - Miss Lonelyhearts
Wharton, Edith - Ethan Frome
White, Patrick - Voss
White, T. H. - The Once and Future King
Wolfe, Thomas - Look Homeward, Angel
Wolfe, Tom - Bonfire of the Vanities
Woolf, Virginia - Orlando
Xueqin, Cao - The Dream of the Red Chamber
Yourcenar, Marguerite - Memoirs of Hadrian
Zola, Emile - Germinal

I have also posted this list on my new blog, "The Library Annex"


Jen A said...

Wow, this is a really interesting list!