The List

On July 21, 1998, the Radcliffe Publishing Course compiled and released its own list of the century’s top 100 novels, at the request of the Modern Library editorial board. We chose this list for Re:Read as it represents a pretty solid collection of many of the books that shaped our adolescence and helped us usher in the 21st century kicking and screaming. It also includes some books one or both of us hasn't read, which will make for some fun reading with our listeners!

  1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

  2. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

  3. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

  4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

  5. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

  6. Ulysses by James Joyce

  7. Beloved by Toni Morrison

  8. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding

  9. 1984 by George Orwell

  10. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

  11. Lolita by Vladmir Nabokov

  12. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

  13. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

  14. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

  15. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

  16. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

  17. Animal Farm by George Orwell

  18. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

  19. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

  20. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

  21. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

  22. Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne

  23. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

  24. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

  25. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

  26. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

  27. Native Son by Richard Wright

  28. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

  29. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

  30. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

  31. On the Road by Jack Kerouac

  32. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

  33. The Call of the Wild by Jack London

  34. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

  35. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

  36. Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin

  37. The World According to Garp by John Irving

  38. All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren

  39. A Room with a View by E.M. Forster

  40. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

  41. Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally

  42. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

  43. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

  44. Finnegan's Wake by James Joyce

  45. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

  46. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

  47. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

  48. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence

  49. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

  50. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

  51. My Antonia by Willa Cather

  52. Howard's End by E.M. Forster

  53. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

  54. Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger

  55. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie

  56. Jazz by Toni Morrison

  57. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron

  58. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner

  59. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster

  60. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

  61. A Good Man Is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor

  62. Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

  63. Orlando by Virginia Woolf

  64. Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence

  65. Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe

  66. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

  67. A Separate Peace by John Knowles

  68. Light in August by William Faulkner

  69. The Wings of the Dove by Henry James

  70. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

  71. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

  72. A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

  73. Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs

  74. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

  75. Women in Love by D.H. Lawrence

  76. Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe

  77. In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway

  78. The Autobiography of Alice B. Tokias by Gertrude Stein

  79. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

  80. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer

  81. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

  82. White Noise by Don DeLillo

  83. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather

  84. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller

  85. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

  86. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad

  87. The Bostonians by Henry James

  88. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser

  89. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather

  90. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

  91. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

  92. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

  93. The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles

  94. Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis

  95. Kim by Rudyard Kipling

  96. The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald

  97. Rabbit, Run by John Updike

  98. Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster

  99. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

  100. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie