The World's Top 100 Novels

The World's Top 100 Novels


The popularity of a book can be measured in many ways. Some consider it to have been successful if the novel has achieved popular status, with awards and bestseller lists being just two examples that are often taken into account by those making this determination. One may also gauge one's own satisfaction for an author based on how long they've maintained their position as "New York Times" bestselling writer or whether he/she was able to beat previous records set previously during his career. The list ahead contains some novels which were widely acclaimed throughout history because these stories touched people around globe--both then (immediately after publication) & now!

The World's Top 100 Novels:

The Modern Library has compiled The World's Top 100 Novels list in English. One hundred authors from all over the world, from different eras and genres, have been selected to represent the best of humanity's literary heritage. This list of the 100 greatest books in English, allowing readers to experience the authors' original intentions. The board in charge decided on this century's best novels with an eye toward modern understanding and appreciation for literature worldwide; they wanted all ages (especially children) exposed not only to classics but modern too.

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

No matter what kind of book you like to read, and no matter whether or not your favourite novel made it on this list; the books ahead will surely make an impact in your life.

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