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In 2005, Time® magazine's literary critics, Lev Grossman and Richard Lacayo selected what they considered to be the top 100 English-language novels published from 1923 to 2005 (1923 being the year Time® began publishing). As usual, with any "top 100" list, these were their subjective choices, and obviously do not reflect the views of any other reader. However, their list inarguably includes numerous works of influential English-languge literature. To see their original online list, including detailed plot descriptions, visit Time's Critics Pick the 100 Best Novels on the Time® website.

[Note: The Lincoln City Libraries own 99 of these 100 titles -- listed in alphabetical order below. Click on the titles or book covers to connect directly to our catalog and check on the availability of each of these books.]

Book Cover The Adventures of Augie March
by Saul Bellow
1953

Book Cover All the King's Men
by Robert Penn Warren
1946

Book Cover American Pastoral
by Philip Roth
1997

Book Cover An American Tragedy
by Theodore Dreiser
1925

Book Cover Animal Farm
by George Orwell
1946

Book Cover Appointment in Samarra
by John O'Hara
1934

Book Cover Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret
by Judy Blume
1970

Book Cover The Assistant
by Bernard Malamud
1957

Book Cover At Swim-Two-Birds
by Flann O'Brien
1938

Book Cover Atonement
by Ian McEwan
2002

Book Cover Beloved
by Toni Morrison
1987

Book Cover The Berlin Stories
by Christopher Isherwood
1946

Book Cover The Big Sleep
by Raymond Chandler
1939

Book Cover The Blind Assassin
by Margaret Atwood
2000

Book Cover Blood Meridian
by Cormac McCarthy
1986

Book Cover Brideshead Revisited
by Evelyn Waugh
1946

Book Cover The Bridge of San Luis rey
by Thornton Wilder
1927

Book Cover Call It Sleep
by Henry Roth
1935

Book Cover Catch-22
by Joseph Heller
1961

Book Cover The Catcher in the Rye
by J.D. Salinger
1951

Book Cover A Clockwork Orange
by Anthony Burgess
1963

Book Cover The Confessions of Nat Turner
by William Styron
1967

Book Cover The Corrections
by Jonathan Franzen
2001

Book Cover The Crying of Lot 49
by Thomas Pynchon
1966

Book Cover A Dance to the Music of Time
by Anthony Powell
1951

Book Cover The Day of the Locust
by Nathaniel West
1939

Book Cover Death Comes for the Archbishop
by Willa Cather
1927

Book Cover A Death in the Family
by James Agee
1958

Book Cover The Death of the Heart
by Elizabeth Bowen
1938

Book Cover Deliverance
by James Dickey
1970

Book Cover Dog Soldiers
by Robert Stone
1974

Book Cover Falconer
by John Cheever
1977

Book Cover The French Lieutenant's Woman
by John Fowles
1969

Book Cover The Golden Notebook
by Doris Lessing
1962

Book Cover Go Tell It on the Mountain
by James Baldwin
1953

Book Cover Gone With the Wind
by Margaret Mitchell
1936

Book Cover The Grapes of Wrath
by John Steinbeck
1939

Book Cover Gravity's Rainbow
by Thomas Pynchon
1973

Book Cover The Great Gatsby
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
1925

Book Cover A Handful of Dust
by Evelyn Waugh
1934

Book Cover The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
by Carson McCullers
1940

Book Cover The Heart of the Matter
by Graham Greene
1948

Book Cover Herzog
by Saul Bellow
1964

Book Cover Housekeeping
by Marilynne Robinson
1981

Book Cover A House for Mr. Biswas
by V.S. Naipaul
1962

Book Cover I, Claudius
by Robert Graves
1934

Book Cover Infinite Jest
by David Foster Wallace
1996

Book Cover Invisible Man
by Ralph Ellison
1952

Book Cover Light in August
by William Faulkner
1932

Book Cover The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
by C.S. Lewis
1950

Book Cover Lolita
by Vladimir Nabokov
1955

Book Cover Lord of the Flies
by William Golding
1955

Book Cover The Lord of the Rings
by J.R.R. Tolkien
1954

Loving
by Henry Green
1945

Book Cover Lucky Jim
by Kingsley Amis
1954

Book Cover The Man Who Loved Children
by Christina Stead
1940

Book Cover Midnight's Children
by Salman Rushdie
1981

Book Cover Money: A Suicide Note
by Martin Amis
1984

Book Cover The Moviegoer
by Walker Percy
1961

Book Cover Mrs. Dalloway
by Virginia Woolf
1925

Book Cover Naked Lunch
by William Burroughs
1959

Book Cover Native Son
by Richard Wright
1940

Book Cover Neuromancer
by William Gibson
1984

Book Cover Never Let Me Go
by Kazuo Ishiguro
2005

Book Cover 1984
by George Orwell
1948

Book Cover On the Road
by Jack Kerouac
1957

Book Cover One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
by Ken Kesey
1962

Book Cover The Painted Bird
by Jerzy Kosinski
1965

Book Cover Pale Fire
by Vladimir Nabokov
1962

Book Cover A Passage to India
by E.M. Forster
1924

Book Cover Play It As It Lays
by Joan Didion
1970

Book Cover Portnoy's Complaint
by Philip Roth
1969

Book Cover Possession
by A.S. Byatt
1990

Book Cover The Power and the Glory
by Graham Greene
1939

Book Cover The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
by Muriel Spark
1961

Book Cover Rabbit, Run
by John Updike
1960

Book Cover Ragtime
by E.L. Doctorow
1975

Book Cover The Recognitions
by William Gaddis
1955

Book Cover Red Harvest
by Dashiell Hammett
1929

Book Cover Revolutionary Road
by Richard Yates
1961

Book Cover The Sheltering Sky
by Paul Bowles
1949

Book Cover Slaughterhouse-Five
by Kurt Vonnegut
1969

Book Cover Snow Crash
by Neal Stephenson
1992

Book Cover The Sot-Weed Factor
by John Barth
1960

Book Cover The Sound and the Fury
by William Faulkner
1929

Book Cover The Sportswriter
by Richard Ford
1986

Book Cover The Spy Who Came In From the Cold
by John le Carre
1964

Book Cover The Sun Also Rises
by Ernest Hemingway
1926

Book Cover Their Eyes Were Watching God
by Zora Neale Hurston
1937

Book Cover Things Fall Apart
by Chinua Achebe
1959

Book Cover To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
1960

Book Cover To the Lighthouse
by Virginia Woolf
1927

Book Cover Tropic of Cancer
by Henry Miller
1934

Book Cover Ubik
by Philip K. Dick
1969

Book Cover Under the Net
by Iris Murdoch
1954

Book Cover Under the Volcano
by Malcolm Lowry
1947

Book Cover Watchmen
by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
1986

Book Cover White Noise
by Don DeLillo
1985

Book Cover White Teeth
by Zadie Smith
2000

Book Cover Wide Sargasso Sea
by Jean Rhys
1966

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