MODERN LIBRARY'S 
100 BEST ENGLISH-LANGUAGE NOVELS 
OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
           JAMES JOYCE

On July 28, 1998 the Modern Library's Editorial Board announced their selection of the "100 best english-language novels of the twentieth century" The Modern Library is a division of Random House that has published classic literature since 1917. The novels which made the list, however, were chosen regardless of publisher. The list that follows is given in rank order with James Joyce's Ulysses garnering the most support.

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01 James Joyce Ulysses
02 F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby
03 James Joyce A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
04 Vladimir Nabokov Lolita
05 Aldous Huxley Brave New World
06 William Faulkner The Sound and the Fury
07 Joseph Heller Catch-22
08 Arthur Koestler Darkness at Noon
09 D.H. Lawrence Sons and Lovers
10 John Steinbeck The Grapes of Wrath
11 Malcolm Lowry Under the Volcano
12 Samuel Butler The Way of All Flesh 
13 George Orwell 1984
14 Robert Graves I, Claudius
15 Virginia Woolf To the Lighthouse
16 Theodore Dreiser An American Tragedy
17 Carson McCullers The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
18 Kurt Vonegut Slaughterhouse Five
19 Ralph Ellison Invisible Man
20 Richard Wright Native Son
21 Saul Bellow Henderson the Rain King
22 John O'Hara Appointment in Samarra
23 John Dos Passos U.S.A.
24 Sherwood Anderson Winesburg, Ohio
25 E.M. Forster A Passage to India
26 Henry James The Wings of the Dove
27 Henry James The Ambassadors
28 F. Scott Fitzgerald Tender Is the Night
29 James T. Farrell The Studs Lonigan Trilogy
30 Ford Madox Ford The Good Soldier
31 George Orwell Animal Farm
32 Henry James The Golden Bowl
33 Theodore Dreiser Sister Carrie
34 Evelyn Waugh A Handful of Dust
35 William Faulkner As I Lay Dying
36 Robert Penn Warren All the King's Men
37 Thornton Wilder The Bridge of San Luis Rey
38 E.M. Forster Howard's End
39 James Baldwin Go Tell It on the Mountain
40 Graham Greene The Heart of the Matter
41 William Golding Lord of the Flies
42 James Dickey Deliverance
43 Anthony Powell A Dance to the Music of Time
44 Aldous Huxley Point Counter Point
45 Ernest Hemingway The Sun Also Rises
46 Joseph Conrad The Secret Agent
47 Joseph Conrad Nostromo
48 D.H. Lawrence The Rainbow
49 D.H. Lawrence Women in Love
50 Henry Miller Tropic of Cancer
51 Norman Mailer The Naked and the Dead
52 Philip Roth Portnoy's Complaint
53 Vladimir Nabokov Pale Fire
54 William Faulkner Light in August
55 Jack Kerouac On the Road
56 Dashiell Hammett The Maltese Falcon
57 Ford Madox Ford Parade's End
58 Edith Wharton The Age of Innocence
59 Max Beerbohm Zuleika Dobson
60 Walker Percy The Moviegoer
61 Willa Cather Death Comes for the Archbishop
62 James Jones From Here to Eternity
63 John Cheever The Wapshot Chronicles
64 J.D. Salinger The Catcher in the Rye
65 Anthony Burgess A Clockwork Orange
66 W. Somerset Maugham Of Human Bondage
67 Joseph Conrad Heart of Darkness
68 Sinclair Lewis Main Street
69 Edith Wharton The House of Mirth
70 Lawrence Durrell The Alexandria Quartet
71 Richard Hughes A High Wind in Jamaica
72 V.S. Naipaul A House for Mr. Biswas
73 Nathanael West The Day of the Locust
74 Ernest Hemingway A Farewell to Arms
75 Evelyn Waugh Scoop
76 Muriel Spark The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
77 James Joyce Finnegan's Wake
78 Rudyard Kipling Kim
79 E.M. Forster A Room with a View
80 Evelyn Waugh Brideshead Revisited
81 Saul Bellow The Adventures of Augie Marsh
82 Wallace Stegner Angle of Repose
83 V.S. Naipaul A Bend in the River
84 Elizabeth Bowen The Death of the Heart
85 Joseph Conrad Lord Jim
86 E.L. Doctorow Ragtime
87 Arnold Bennett The Old Wives' Tale
88 Jack London The Call of the Wild
89 Henry Green Loving
90 Salman Rushdie Midnight's Children
91 Erskine Caldwell Tobacco Road
92 William Kennedy Ironweed
93 John Fowles The Magus
94 Jean Rhys Wide Sargasso Sea
95 Iris Murdoch Under the Net
96 William Styron Sophie's Choice
97 Paul Bowles The Sheltering Sky
98 James M. cain The Postman Always Rings Twice
99 J.P. Donleavy The Ginger Man
100 Booth Tarkington The Magnificent Ambersons

 
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