The best novels of all times

in the English language

Selected by piero scaruffi
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  1. Henry James (USA, 1843): "The Golden Bowl" (1904) +++
  2. James Joyce (Ireland, 1882): "Ulysses" (1922) +++
  3. Emily Bronte (Britain, 1818): "Wuthering Heights" (1847) ++
  4. Vladimir Nabokov (Russia, 1899): "Ada" (1969) ++
  5. Thomas Pynchon (USA, 1937): "Gravity's Rainbow" (1973) ++
  6. William Faulkner (USA, 1897): "Light in August" (1932) ++
  7. Virginia Woolf (Britain, 1882): "To the Lighthouse" (1927) ++
  8. William Gaddis (USA, 1922): "The Recognitions" (1955) ++
  9. Joseph Conrad (Poland, 1857): "Nostromo" (1904) ++
  10. John Barth (USA, 1930): "Giles Goat Boy" (1966) ++
  11. Herman Melville (USA, 1819): "Moby Dick" (1851) ++
  12. Salman Rushdie (India, 1947): "Midnight's Children" (1980) ++
  13. Saul Bellow (USA, 1915): "Herzog" (1964) ++
  14. Jane Austen (Britain, 1775): "Pride and Prejudice" (1813) ++
  15. Antonia Byatt (Britain, 1936): "Possession" (1990) ++
  16. Wilson Harris (Guyana, 1921): "Palace of the Peacock" (1960) ++
  17. Flann O'Brien (Ireland, 1911): "At Swim-two-birds" (1939) ++
  18. Francis-Scott Fitzgerald (USA, 1896): "The Great Gatsby" (1925) ++
  19. Malcolm Lowry (Britain, 1909): "Under the Volcano" (1947) ++
  20. Henry James (USA, 1843): "The Wings of the Dove" (1902) ++
  21. Don DeLillo (USA, 1936): "Underworld" (1997) ++
  22. Patrick White (Australia, 1912): "Voss" (1957) ++
  23. George Eliot (Britain, 1819): "Middlemarch" (1872) ++
  24. Edward-Morgan Forster (Britain, 1879): "Howards End" (1910) ++
  25. James Joyce (Ireland, 1882): "Finnegan's Wake" (1939) ++
  26. William Faulkner (USA, 1897): "The Sound and the Fury" (1929) ++
  27. Barbara Pym (Britain, 1913): "Quartet in Autumn" (1977) ++
  28. Nadine Gordimer (South Africa, 1923): "The Burger's Daughter" (1979) ++
  29. Henry James (USA, 1843): "The Ambassadors" (1903) ++
  30. Janet Frame (New Zealand, 1924): "Scented Gardens For The Blind" (1963) ++
  31. Joseph McElroy (USA, 1930): "Women and Men" (1987) ++
  32. Cormac McCarthy (USA, 1933): "Suttree" (1979) ++
  33. Doris Lessing (Zimbabwe, 1919): "The Golden Notebook" (1962) ++
  34. Thomas Pynchon (USA, 1937): "V" (1963) +
  35. Paul Bowles (USA, 1910): "The Sheltering Sky" (1949) +
  36. Kurt Vonnegut (USA, 1922): "The Sirens of Titan" (1959) +
  37. Thomas Hardy (Britain, 1840): "Tess of the D'Urbervilles" (1891) +
  38. Edward Jones (USA, 1950): "The Known World" (2004) +
  39. Ian McEwan (Britain, 1948): "Atonement" (2001) +
  40. Don DeLillo (USA, 1936): "Underworld" (1997) +
  • Geoffrey Chaucer (134#): "Troilus and Criseyde" (138#) +
  • Thomas Malory (14##): "Le Morte D'Arthur" (1470) +
  • Philip Sidney (1554): "Arcadia" (1584) +
  • Thomas Lodge (1558): "Rosalynde" (1590) +
  • Thomas Nashe (1567): "The Unfortunate Traveller" (1594) +
  • John Bunyan (1628): "The Pilgrim's Progress" (1679) +
  • Daniel DeFoe (1660): "Robinson Crusoe" (1719) +
  • Jonathan Swift (1667): "Gulliver's Travels" (1726) +
  • Samuel Richardson (1689): "Pamela" (174) +
  • Henry Fielding (Britain, 1707): "Tom Jones" (1749) +
  • Laurence Sterne (Britain, 1713): "Tristram Shandy" (1760) +
  • Walter Scott (Britain, 1771): "Waverley" (1814) +
  • Walter Scott (Britain, 1771: "Antiquary" (1816) +
  • Walter Scott (Britain, 1771): "Guy Mannering" (1815) +
  • Walter Scott (Britain, 1771): "Old mortality" (1816) +
  • Jane Austen (Britain, 1775): "Mansfield Park" (1814) +
  • Jane Austen (Britain, 1775): "Emma" (1816) +
  • Jane Austen (Britain, 1775): "Persuasion" (1817) +
  • Thomas-Love Peacock (Britain, 1785): "Gryll Grange" (1860) +
  • James-Fenimore Cooper (USA, 1789): "The Pioneers" (1823) +
  • Ed Bulwer-Lytton: "The Coming Race" (1871) +
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne (USA, 1804): "The Scarlet Letter" (1850) +
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne (USA, 1804): "The House of the Seven Gables" (1851) +
  • Edgar-Allan Poe (USA, 1809): "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" (1841) +
  • Edgar-Allan Poe (USA, 1809): "The Purloined Letter" (1844) +
  • William Thackeray (Britain, 1811): "The Luck of Barry Lindon" (1844) +
  • William Thackeray (Britain, 1811): "The Vanity Fair" (1848) +
  • Charles Dickens (Britain, 1812): "The Old Curiosity Shop" (1840) +
  • Charles Dickens (Britain, 1812): "Martin Chuzzlewit" (1844) +
  • Charles Dickens (Britain, 1812): "David Copperfield" (1850) +
  • Charles Dickens (Britain, 1812): "Bleak House" (1853) +
  • Charles Dickens (Britain, 1812): "Great Expectations" (1861) +
  • Charles Dickens (Britain, 1812): "Our Mutual Friend" (1865) +
  • Anthony Trollope (Britain, 1815): "Barchester Towers" (1857) +
  • Charlotte Bronte (Britain, 1816): "Jane Eyre" (1847) +
  • George Eliot (Britain, 1819): "Adam Bede" (1859) +
  • George Eliot (Britain, 1819): "The Mill on the Floss" (1860) +
  • George Eliot (Britain, 1819): "Silas Marner" (1861) +
  • Herman Melville (USA, 1819): "Mardi" (1849) +
  • Herman Melville (USA, 1819): "Pierre" (1852) +
  • Herman Melville (USA, 1819): "Bartleby" (1856) +
  • Herman Melville (USA, 1819): "The Confindence Man" (1857) +
  • Herman Melville (USA, 1819): "Billy Budd" (1891) +
  • William Collins (Britain, 1824): "The Woman in White" (1860) +
  • George Meredith (Britain, 1828): "The Egoist" (1879) +
  • Louisa Alcott (USA, 1832): "Little Women" (1869) +
  • Lewis Carroll (Britain, 1832): "Alice in Wonderland" (1865) +
  • Samuel Butler (Britain, 1835): "Erewhon" (1872) +
  • Mark Twain (USA, 1835): "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" (1884) +
  • William-Dean Howells (USA, 1837): "The Rise of Silas Lapham" (1885) +
  • Thomas Hardy (Britain, 1840): "The Mayor of Casterbridge" (1886) +
  • Henry James (USA, 1843): "Portait of a Lady" (1879) +
  • Henry James (USA, 1843): "The Bostonians" (1886) +
  • Henry James (USA, 1843): "What Maisie Knew" (1897) +
  • Henry James (USA, 1843): "The Spoils of Poynton" (1897) +
  • Henry James (USA, 1843): "Turn of the Screw" (1898) +
  • Henry James (USA, 1843): "The Sacred fount" (1901) +
  • Philip Dick (USA, 1928): "Ubik" (1969) +
  • Robert Stevenson (Britain, 1850): "Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" (1886) +
  • George Moore (Ireland, 1852): "Esther Waters" (1894) +
  • Oscar Wilde (Britain, 1854): "The Picture of Dorian Gray" (1891) +
  • Joseph Conrad (Poland, 1857): "The Nigger of Narcissus" (1898) +
  • Joseph Conrad (Poland, 1857): "Lord Jim" (1900) +
  • Arthur-Conan Doyle (Britain, 1859): "The Sign of Four" (1890) +
  • Edith Wharton (USA, 1862): "The Age of Innocence" (1920) +
  • Herbert-George Wells (Britain, 1866): "The Time Machine" (1895) +
  • Herbert-George Wells (Britain, 1866): "The War of the Worlds" (1898) +
  • Herbert-George Wells (Britain, 1866): "Kipps" (1905) +
  • Herbert-George Wells (Britain, 1866): "The History of Mr Polly" (1910) +
  • Arnold Bennett (Britain, 1867): "The Old Wive's Tale" (1908) +
  • John Galsworthy (Britain, 1867): "The Man of Property" (1906) +
  • Booth Tarkington (USA, 1869): "Alice Adams" (1921) +
  • Frank Norris (USA, 1870): "Mc Teague" (1899) +
  • Frank Norris (USA, 1870): "The Octopus" (1901) +
  • Henry Richardson (Australia, 1870): "Richard Mahony" (1930) +
  • Hector-Hugh "Saki" Munro (Britain, 1870): "The Unbearable Bassington" (1912) +
  • Theodore Dreiser (USA, 1871): "An American Tragedy" (1915) +
  • Flora-Macdonald Mayor (Britain, 1872): "The Rector's Daughter" (1924) +
  • Stephen Crane (USA, 1873): "The Red Badge of Courage" (1894) +
  • Ford-Madox Ford (Britain, 1873): "Parade's End" (1928) +
  • Gilbert Chesterton (Britain, 1874): "The Man Who Was Thursday" (1908) +
  • William-Somerset Maugham (Britain, 1874): "Cakes and Ale" (1930) +
  • Gertrude Stein (USA, 1874): "The Making of Americans" (1925) +
  • Theodore-Francis Powys (Britain, 1875): "Mr Weston's Good Wine" (1927) +
  • Willa Cather (USA, 1876): "The Professor'S house" (1925) +
  • Willa Cather (USA, 1876): "Death Comes for the Archbishop" (1927) +
  • John Masefield (Britain, 1878): "Reynard the Fox" (1919) +
  • Edward-Morgan Forster (Britain, 1879): "A Passage to India" (1924) +
  • Rose Macaulay (Britain, 1881): "The Towers of Trebizond" (1956) +
  • Leopold-Hamilton Myers (Britain, 1881): "The Near and the Far" (1943) +
  • Pelham-Grenville Wodehouse (Britain, 1881): "Carry on Jeeves" (1925) +
  • James Stephens (Ireland, 1882): "The Crock of Gold" (1912) +
  • James Joyce (Ireland, 1882): "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" (1917) +
  • Virginia Woolf (Britain, 1882): "Mrs Dalloway" (1925) +
  • Virginia Woolf (Britain, 1882): "The Waves" (1931) +
  • Virginia Woolf (Britain, 1882): "Between the Acts" (1941) +
  • Percy-Wyndham Lewis (Britain, 1884): "The Human Age" (1955) +
  • David-Herbert Lawrence (Britain, 1885): "Sons and Lovers" (1913) +
  • David-Herbert Lawrence (Britain, 1885): "The Rainbow" (1915) +
  • David-Herbert Lawrence (Britain, 1885): "Women in Love" (1920) +
  • Sinclair Lewis (USA, 1885): "Babbitt" (1920) +
  • Ronald Firbank (Britain, 1886): "Vainglory" (1915) +
  • Ronald Firbank (Britain, 1886): "Prancing Nigger" (1924) +
  • Joyce Cary (Britain, 1888): "Herself Surprised" (1941) +
  • Katherine Mansfield (New Zealand, 1888): "The Garden Party" (1922) +
  • Raymond Chandler (USA, 1888): "The Big Sleep" (1939) +
  • Conrad Aiken (USA, 1889): "Blue Voyage" (1927) +
  • Conrad Richter (USA, 1890): "The Waters of Kronos" (1960) +
  • Agatha Christie (Britain, 1890): "Murder on the Orient Express" (1934) +
  • Howard-Phillips Lovecraft (USA, 1890): "Call of Chthulha" (1929) +
  • Henry Miller (USA, 1891): "Tropic of Cancer" (1934) +
  • Djuna Barnes (USA, 1892): "Nightwood" (1936) +
  • Ivy Compton-Burnett (Britain, 1892): "Manservants and Maidservants" (1947) +
  • Ivy Compton-Burnett (Britain, 1892): "A God and His Gifts" (1963) +
  • John Tolkien (Britain, 1892): "The Lord of the Rings" (1955) +
  • Rebecca West (Britain, 1892): "The Fountain Overflows" (1956) +
  • James Cain (USA, 1892): "The Postman Always Rings Twice" (1934) +
  • Sylvia-Townsend Warner (Britain, 1893): "Lolly Willowes" (1926) +
  • Aldous Huxley (Britain, 1894): "Pointer Counter Pointer" (1928) +
  • Aldous Huxley (Britain, 1894): "Brave New World" (1932) +
  • John-Boynton Priestley (Britain, 1894): "The Good Companions" (1929) +
  • Jean Rhys (Dominica, 1894): "Wide Sargasso Sea" (1966) +
  • Dashiell Hammett (USA, 1894): "The Maltese Falcon" (1930) +
  • Leslie-Poles Hartley (Britain, 1895): "The Shrimp and the Anemone" (1944) +
  • John DosPassos (USA, 1896): "U.S.A." (1936) +
  • Francis-Scott Fitzgerald (USA, 1896): "This Side of Paradise" (1920) +
  • Francis-Scott Fitzgerald (USA, 1896): "The Beautiful and The Damned" (1922) +
  • Francis-Scott Fitzgerald (USA, 1896): "Tender is the Night" (1934) +
  • William Faulkner (USA, 1897): "As I Lay Dying" (1930) +
  • William Faulkner (USA, 1897): "Sanctuary" (1931) +
  • William Faulkner (USA, 1897): "Intruder in the Dust" (1948) +
  • Thornton Wilder (USA, 1897): "The Bridge of San Luis Rey" (1927) +
  • Clive-Staples Lewis (Britain, 1898): "Out of the Silent Planet" (1938) +
  • Elizabeth Bowen (Ireland, 1899): "The House in Paris" (1935) +
  • Elizabeth Bowen (Ireland, 1899): "The Death of the Heart" (1938) +
  • Ernest Hemingway (USA, 1899): "The Sun Also Rises" (1926) +
  • Ernest Hemingway (USA, 1899): "A Farewell to Arms" (1929) +
  • Vladimir Nabokov (Russia, 1899): "Lolita" (1955) +
  • Vladimir Nabokov (Russia, 1899): "Pnin" (1957) +
  • Vladimir Nabokov (Russia, 1899): "Pale Fire" (1962) +
  • Richard Hughes (Britain, 1900): "A High Wind in Jamaica" (1929) +
  • Thomas Wolfe (USA, 1900): "Look Homeward Angel" (1929) +
  • Thomas Wolfe (USA, 1900): "Of Time and River" (1935) +
  • James Hanley (Ireland, 1901): "Boy" (1931) +
  • James Hanley (Ireland, 1901): "Closed Harbour" (1952) +
  • David Foster Wallace (USA, 1962): "Infinite Jest" (1996) +
  • Anna Kavan (Britain, 1901): "The House of Sleep" (1947) +
  • Christina Stead (Australia, 1902): "The Man Who Loved Chidren" (1940) +
  • John Steinbeck (USA, 1902): "The Grapes of Wrath" (1939) +
  • Erskine Caldwell (USA, 1903): "Tobacco Road" (1932) +
  • James Cozzens (USA, 1903): "Castaway" (1934) +
  • James Cozzens (USA, 1903): "Guard of Honor" (1948) +
  • Anais Nin (USA, 1903): "Ladders to Fire" (1946) +
  • Evelyn Waugh (Britain, 1903): "A Handful of Dust" (1934) +
  • Nathaniel West (USA, 1903): "The Day of the Locust" (1939) +
  • Nathaniel West (USA, 1903): "Miss Lonelyhearts" (1933) +
  • Nicholson Baker (USA, 1957): "The Mezzanine" (1988) +
  • George Orwell (Britain, 1903): "1984" (1949) +
  • Graham Greene (Britain, 1904): "The Power and the Glory" (1940) +
  • Graham Greene (Britain, 1904): "The End of the Affair" (1951) +
  • Chris Isherwood (Britain, 1904): "Memorial" (1932) +
  • Mulk Anand (India, 1905): "Untouchable" (1935) +
  • Mulk Anand (India, 1905): "The Private Life of an Indian Prince" (1953) +
  • Molly Keane (Ireland, 1905): "Good Behavior" (1981) +
  • Henry Green (Britain, 1905): "Living" (1929) +
  • Henry Green (Britain, 1905): "Party Going" (1939) +
  • Henry Green (Britain, 1905): "Concluding" (1948) +
  • Arthur Koestler (Britain, 1905): "Darkness at Noon" (1940) +
  • Anthony Powell (Britain, 1905): "A Question of Upbringing" (1951) +
  • Charles-Percy Snow (Britain, 1905): "The Masters" (1951) +
  • Charles-Percy Snow (Britain, 1905): "The Corridors of Power" (1964) +
  • Rex Warner (Britain, 1905): "The Aerodrome" (1941) +
  • Robert-Penn Warren (USA, 1905): "All the King's Men" (1946) +
  • Rasipuran-Krishnaswami Narayan (India, 1906): "The Guide" (1958) +
  • Henry Roth (USA, 1906): "Call It Sleep" (1934) +
  • Terence-Hanbury White (Britain, 1906): "The Once And Future King" (1958) +
  • Jim Thompson (USA, 1906): "Pop 1280" (1964) +
  • Dorothy Baker (USA, 1907): "Cassandra at the Wedding" (1962) +
  • Olivia Manning (Britain, 1908): "The Balkan Trilogy" (1965) +
  • Raja Rao (India, 1908): "The Serpent and the Rope" (1960) +
  • Raja Rao (India, 1908): "The Cat and Shakespeare" (1965) +
  • Richard Wright (USA, 1908): "The Native Son" (1940) +
  • Nelson Algren (USA, 1909): "The Man With The Golden Arm" (1949) +
  • Chester Himes (USA, 1909): "Cotton Comes to Harlem" (1963) +
  • Chester Himes (USA, 1909): "Blind Man With A Pistol" (1969) +
  • Eudora Welty (USA, 1909): "The Golden Apples" (1949) +
  • Peter DeVries (USA, 1910): "Slouching Towards Kalamazoo" (1983) +
  • Wright Morris (USA, 1910): "The Inhabitants" (1946) +
  • Wright Morris (USA, 1910): "Love Among the Cannibals" (1957) +
  • Sybille Bedford (Britain, 1911): "A Legacy" (1956) +
  • William Golding (Britain, 1911): "Lord of the Flies" (1954) +
  • William Golding (Britain, 1911): "The Inheritors" (1955) +
  • William Golding (Britain, 1911): "Darkness Visible" (1979) +
  • Paul Goodman (USA, 1911): "Empire City" (1959) +
  • Flann O'Brien (Ireland, 1911): "The Third Policeman" (1966) +
  • Mervyn Peake (Britain, 1911): "Titus Groan" (1946) +
  • Mervyn Peake (Britain, 1911): "Titus Alone" (1959) +
  • John Cheever (USA, 1912): "The Wapshot Chronicle" (1957) +
  • Lawrence Durrell (Britain, 1912): "The Alexandria Quartet" (1960) +
  • Elizabeth Taylor (Britain, 1912): "A Game of Hide and Seek" (1951) +
  • Elizabeth Taylor (Britain, 1912): "Angel" (1957) +
  • Elizabeth Taylor (Britain, 1912): "Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont" (1971) +
  • Patrick White (Australia, 1912): "Riders in the Chariot" (1961) +
  • Patrick White (Australia, 1912): "The Solid Mandala" (1966) +
  • Patrick White (Australia, 1912): "The Vivisector" (1970) +
  • Robertson Davies (Canada, 1913): "The Deptford Trilogy" (1975) +
  • Barbara Pym (Britain, 1913): "Some Tame Gazelle" (1950) +
  • Barbara Pym (Britain, 1913): "Excellent Women" (1952) +
  • Barbara Pym (Britain, 1913): "The Sweet Dove Died" (1978) +
  • Elizabeth Smart (Britain, 1913): "By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept" (1945) +
  • Angus Wilson (Britain, 1913): "Hemlock and After" (1952) +
  • Angus Wilson (Britain, 1913): "Late Call" (1964) +
  • WilliamV Burroughs (USA, 1914): "The Naked Lunch" (1959) +
  • William Burroughs (USA, 1914): "The Soft Machine" (1968) +
  • William Burroughs (USA, 1914): "The Ticket that Exploded" (1962) +
  • William Ellison (USA, 1914): "The Invisible man" (1952) +
  • Bernard Malamud (USA, 1914): "The Assistant" (1959) +
  • Saul Bellow (USA, 1915): "The Adventures of Augie March" (1953) +
  • Saul Bellow (USA, 1915): "Henderson the Rain King" (1959) +
  • Saul Bellow (USA, 1915): "Humboldt's Gift" (1975) +
  • Jean Stafford (USA, 1915): "Boston Adventure" (1944) +
  • Anthony Burgess (Britain, 1916): "A Clockwork Orange" (1962) +
  • Anthony Burgess (Britain, 1916): "Earthly Powers" (1980) +
  • Penelope Fitzgerald (Britain, 1916): "Offshore" (1979) +
  • Penelope Fitzgerald (Britain, 1916): "The Blue Flower" (1998) +
  • Walker Percy (USA, 1916): "The Moviegoer" (1961) +
  • Walker Percy (USA, 1916): "Love In the Ruins" (1971) +
  • Edith Templeton (Britain, 1916): "Summer in the Country" (1950) +
  • Edith Templeton (Britain, 1916): "Murder in Estoril" (1992) +
  • Carson McCullers (USA, 1917): "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" (1940) +
  • Arthur Clarke (Britain, 1917): "2001 A Space Odyssey" (1968) +
  • Muriel Spark (Britain, 1918): "Memento Mori" (1959) +
  • Muriel Spark (Britain, 1918): "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" (1961) +
  • Mickey Spillane (USA, 1918): "Kiss Me Deadly" (1952) +
  • Shirley Jackson (USA, 1919): "The Lottery" (1948) +
  • Doris Lessing (Zimbabwe, 1919): "Martha Quest" (1952) +
  • Iris Murdoch (Britain, 1919): "Under the Net" (1954) +
  • Iris Murdoch (Britain, 1919): "A Severed Head" (1961) +
  • Iris Murdoch (Britain, 1919): "The Black Prince" (1973) +
  • Iris Murdoch (Britain, 1919): "The Sea The Sea" (1978) +
  • Jerome Salinger (USA, 1919): "The Catcher in the Rye" (1951) +
  • Paul Scott (Britain, 1920): "The Jewel in the Crown" (1966) +
  • Amos Tutuola (Nigeria, 1920): "The Palm-wine Drinkard" (1952) +
  • Ray Bradbury (USA, 1920): "Fahrenheit 451" (1953) +
  • George-Mackay Brown (Britain, 1921): "Greenvoe" (1972) +
  • Cyprian Ekwensi (Nigeria, 1921): "Jagua Nana" (1961) +
  • Wilson Harris (Guyana, 1921): "The Far Journey of Oudin" (1961) +
  • Wilson Harris (Guyana, 1921): "Whole Armour" (1962) +
  • Wilson Harris (Guyana, 1921): "Secret Ladder" (1963) +
  • Wilson Harris (Guyana, 1921): "The Eye of the Scarecrow" (1965) +
  • Wilson Harris (Guyana, 1921): "Da Silva da Silva's Cultivated Wilderness" (1977) +
  • James Jones (USA, 1921): "From Here to Eternity" (1951) +
  • Brian Moore (Britain, 1921): "Judith Hearne" (1955) +
  • Brian Moore (Britain, 1921): "The Great victorian Collection" (1975) +
  • Gabriel Okara (Nigeria, 1921): "The Voice" (1960) +
  • Patricia Highsmith (USA, 1921): "The Talented Mr Ripley" (1955) +
  • Kingsley Amis (Britain, 1922): "Lucky Jim" (1954) +
  • Vance Bourjailj (USA, 1922): "The Violated" (1958) +
  • William Gaddis (USA, 1922): "JR" (1976) +
  • William Gaddis (USA, 1922): "Carpenter's Gothic" (1985) +
  • Kurt Vonnegut (USA, 1922): "Cat's Cradle" (1963) +
  • Kurt Vonnegut (USA, 1922): "Slaughterhouse 5" (1969) +
  • Nadine Gordimer (South Africa, 1923): "The Conservationist" (1974) +
  • Joseph Heller (USA, 1923): "Catch 22" (1961) +
  • Norman Mailer (USA, 1923): "The Naked and The Dead" (1948) +
  • Norman Mailer (USA, 1923): "The Executioner's Song" (1979) +
  • Nicholas Mosley (Britain, 1923): "Accident" (1965) +
  • James Purdy (USA, 1923): "Malcolm" (1959) +
  • James Purdy (USA, 1923): "In a Shallow Grave" (1975) +
  • Bernice Rubens (Britain, 1923): "Madame Sousatzka" (1962) +
  • Bernice Rubens (Britain, 1923): "The Elected Member/ The Chosen People" (1969) +
  • Samuel Selvon (Trinidad, 1923): "A Brighter Sun" (1952) +
  • James Baldwin (USA, 1924): "Go Tell It On The Mountain" (1953) +
  • Truman Capote (USA, 1924): "In Cold Blood" (1966) +
  • Thomas Flanagan (Ireland, 1924): "The Year of the French" (1979) +
  • Janet Frame (New Zealand, 1924): "Owls Do Cry" (1956) +
  • Janet Frame (New Zealand, 1924): "The Carpathians" (1988) +
  • William Gass (USA, 1924): "Omensetter's Luck" (1966) +
  • Kamala Markandaya (India, 1924): "The Nowhere Man" (1972) +
  • Terry Southern (USA, 1924): "Flash and Filigree" (1958) +
  • John Hawkes (USA, 1925): "The Cannibal" (1949) +
  • John Hawkes (USA, 1925): "Lime Twig" (1960) +
  • John Hawkes (USA, 1925): "Second Skin" (1963) +
  • Alex LaGuma (South Africa, 1925): "A Walk in the Night" (1962) +
  • Flannery O'Connor: (USA, 1925): "The Violent Bear It Away" (1960) +
  • William Styron (USA, 1925): "Sophie's Choice" (1979) +
  • Gore Vidal (USA, 1925): "Myra Breckinridge" (1968) +
  • Russell Hoban (USA, 1925): "Riddley Walker" (1980) +
  • John Berger (USA, 1926): "G" (1972) +
  • John Fowles (Britain, 1926): "The French Lieutenant's Woman" (1969) +
  • Harper Lee (USA, 1926): "To Kill a Mockinbird" (1960) +
  • Alison Lurie (USA, 1926): "Foreign Affairs" (1985) +
  • Edward Wallant (USA, 1926): "The Pawnbroker" (1961) +
  • Ruth-Prawer Jhabvala (Britain, 1927): "Heat and Dust" (1975) +
  • George Lamming (Barbados, 1927): "Natives of My Person" (1972) +
  • Anita Brookner (Britain, 1928): "Providence" (1982) +
  • Anita Brookner (Britain, 1928): "Hotel du Lac" (1984) +
  • Jane Gardam (Britain, 1928): "Queen of the Tambourine" (1991) +
  • William Kennedy (USA, 1928): "Ironweed" (1983) +
  • Cynthia Ozick (USA, 1928): "Trust" (1966) +
  • Cynthia Ozick (USA, 1928): "The Messiah of Stockholm" (1987) +
  • Hubert Selby (USA, 1928): "Last Exit to Brooklyn" (1964) +
  • Alan Sillitoe (Britain, 1928): "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning" (1958) +
  • William Trevor (Ireland, 1928): "The Children of Dynmouth" (1976) +
  • William Trevor (Ireland, 1928): "Fools of Fortune" (1983) +
  • William Trevor (Ireland, 1928): "Felicia's Journey" (1994) +
  • Philip Dick (USA, 1928): "Do Androids Dream" (1968) +
  • Philip Dick (USA, 1928): "Valis" (1981) +
  • Brigid Brophy (Britain, 1929): "The Snow Ball" (1964) +
  • Brigid Brophy (Britain, 1929): "Palace Without Chairs" (1978) +
  • Dan Jacobson (South Africa, 1929): "The Rape of Tamar" (1970) +
  • Ira Levin (USA, 1929): "Rosemary's Baby" (1967) +
  • Ira Levin (USA, 1929): "The Stepford Wives" (1972) +
  • Joseph McElroy (USA, 1930): "A Smuggler's Bible" (1966) +
  • Joseph McElroy (USA, 1930): "Lookout Cartridge" (1974) +
  • Chinua Achebe (Nigeria, 1930): "Things Fall Apart" (1958) +
  • Chinua Achebe (Nigeria, 1930): "The Arrow of God" (1964) +
  • John Barth (USA, 1930): "The Floating Opera" (1956) +
  • John Barth (USA, 1930): "The Sotweed Factory" (1960) +
  • Stanley Elkin (USA, 1930): "The Dick Gibson Show" (1971) +
  • Stanley Elkin (USA, 1930): "George Mills" (1982) +
  • Jennifer Johnston (Ireland, 1930): "How Many Miles to Babylon" (1974) +
  • Harry Mathews (USA, 1930): "The Conversations" (1962) +
  • Barry Unsworth (Britain, 1930): "Pascali's Island" (1980) +
  • Barry Unsworth (Britain, 1930): "Stone Virgin" (1985) +
  • Ruth Rendell (Britain, 1930): "The Face of Trespass" (1974) +
  • James-Graham Ballard (Britain, 1930): "Crash" (1973) +
  • James-Graham Ballard (Britain, 1930): "The Atrocity Exhibition" (1969) +
  • Edgar-Lawrence Doctorow (USA, 1931): "The Book of Daniel" (1971) +
  • Edgar-Lawrence Doctorow (USA, 1931): "Ragtime" (1975) +
  • Shirley Hazzard (Australia, 1931): "The Transit of Venus" (1980) +
  • Alice Munro (Canada, 1931): "Lives of Girls and Women" (1971) +
  • Mordecai Richler (Canada, 1931): "St Urbain's Horseman" (1971) +
  • Tom Wolfe (USA, 1931): "The Bonfire of Vanities" (1987) +
  • John LeCarre (Britain, 1931): "The Perfect Spy" (1986) +
  • Malcolm Bradbury (Britain, 1932): "Eating People is Wrong" (1959) +
  • Robert Coover (USA, 1932): "The Origin of the Brunists" (1966) +
  • Vidiadha-Surajprasad Naipaul (India, 1932): "A House For Mr Biswas" (1961) +
  • Vidiadha-Surajprasad Naipaul (India, 1932): "A Bend in the River" (1979) +
  • Edna O'Brien (Ireland, 1932): "The Country Girls Trilogy" (1964) +
  • Sylvia Plath (USA, 1932): "The Bell Jar" (1966) +
  • John Updike (USA, 1932): "Rabbitt Run" (1960) +
  • John Updike (USA, 1932): "The Witches of Eastwick" (1984) +
  • John Updike (USA, 1932): "Roger's Version" (1986) +
  • Donald Barthelme (USA, 1933): "The Dead Father" (1975) +
  • Maureen Duffy (Britain, 1933): "Love Child" (1971) +
  • John Gardner (USA, 1933): "Grendel" (1971) +
  • Bryan Johnson (Britain, 1933): "Christy Malry's Own Double Entry" (1973) +
  • Jerzy Kosinski (Poland, 1933): "The Painted Bird" (1965) +
  • Jerzy Kosinski (Poland, 1933): "Being There" (1971) +
  • Penelope Lively (Britain, 1933): "Moon Tiger" (1987) +
  • Cormac McCarthy (USA, 1933): "Blood Meridian" (1985) +
  • Cormac McCarthy (USA, 1933): "All the Pretty Horses" (1992) +
  • Cormac McCarthy (USA, 1933): "The Border Trilogy" (1998) +
  • Cormac McCarthy (USA, 1933): "The Road" (2006) +
  • Reynolds Price (USA, 1933): "The Surface of the Earth" (1975) +
  • Philip Roth (USA, 1933): "The Ghost Writer" (1979) +
  • Philip Roth (USA, 1933): "Zuckerman Unbound" (1981) +
  • David Storey (Britain, 1933): "The Sporting Life" (1960) +
  • Beryl Bainbridge (Britain, 1934): "The Bottle Factory Outing" (1974) +
  • Joan Didion (USA, 1934): "Play It As It Lays" (1970) +
  • Alasdair Gray (Britain, 1934): "Lanark" (1981) +
  • David Malouf (Australia, 1934): "An Imaginary Life" (1978) +
  • John McGahern (Ireland, 1934): "Amongst Women" (1990) +
  • John Rechy (USA, 1934): "City of Night" (1963) +
  • Wole Soyinka (Nigeria, 1934): "Season of Anomy" (1973) +
  • Richard Brautigan (USA, 1935): "In Watermelon Sugar" (1968) +
  • Andre Brink (South Africa, 1935): "Looking on Darkness" (1974) +
  • Zulfikar Ghose (India, 1935): "The Triple Mirror of the Self" (1992) +
  • Thomas Keneally (Australia, 1935): "The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith" (1972) +
  • Ken Kesey (USA, 1935): "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" (1962) +
  • David Lodge (Britain, 1935): "Changing Places" (1975) +
  • Edna-Annie Proulx (USA, 1935): "Postcards" (1992) +
  • Edna-Annie Proulx (USA, 1935): "Shipping News" (1993) +
  • Carol Shields (USA, 1935): "Swann" (1987) +
  • Carol Shields (USA, 1935): "Stone Diaries" (1993) +
  • Andrew Sinclair (Britain, 1935): "Gog" (1967) +
  • Randolph Stow (Australia, 1935): "The Merry-go-round in the Sea" (1965) +
  • Randolph Stow (Australia, 1935): "Visitants" (1979) +
  • Donald-Michael Thomas (Britain, 1935): "White Hotel" (1981) +
  • Fay Weldon (Britain, 1935): "Praxis" (1978) +
  • Antonia Byatt (Britain, 1936): "The Virgin in the Garden" (1978) +
  • Don DeLillo (USA, 1936): "White Noise" (1985) +
  • Larry McMurtry (USA, 1936): "Lonesome Dove" (1985) +
  • Tom Robbins (USA, 1936): "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues" (1975) +
  • Paul Bailey (Britain, 1937): "Gabriel's Lament" (1986) +
  • Anita Desai (India, 1937): "Fire on the Mountain" (1977) +
  • John Fuller (Britain, 1937): "Flying to Nowhere" (1983) +
  • Bessie Head (South Africa, 1937): "A Question of Power" (1974) +
  • Roger Zelazny (USA, 1937): "Nine Princes in Amber" (1970) +
  • Raymond Carver (USA, 1938): "Will You Please Be Quiet Please (1976) +
  • Frank Moorhouse (Australia, 1938): "The Electrical Experience" (1974) +
  • James Ngugi (Kenya, 1938): "Petals of Blood" (1977) +
  • Joyce-Carol Oates (USA, 1938): "A Garden of Earthly Delights" (1967) +
  • Ayn Rand (USA, 1905): "Fountainhead" (1943) +
  • Joyce-Carol Oates (USA, 1938): "Them" (1969) +
  • Joyce-Carol Oates (USA, 1938): "Bellefleur" (1980) +
  • Ishmael Reed (USA, 1938): "The Last Days of Louisiana Red" (1974) +
  • Robert Stone (USA, 1938): "A Hall of Mirrors" (1966) +
  • Frederick Forsyth (Britain, 1938): "The Day of the Jackal" (1972) +
  • Ayi-Kwei Armah (Ghana, 1939): "Two Thousand Seasons" (1973) +
  • Margaret Atwood (Canada, 1939): "The Handmaid's Tale" (1986) +
  • Margaret Atwood (Canada, 1939): "Alias Grace" (1996) +
  • Margaret Atwood (Canada, 1939): "The Blind Assassin" (2000) +
  • Melvyn Bragg (Britain, 1939): "For Want of a Nail" (1965) +
  • Margaret Drabble (Britain, 1939): "Jerusalm the Golden" (1967) +
  • Michael Moorcock (Britain, 1939): "Gloriana" (1978) +
  • Angela Carter (Britain, 1940): "Nights at the Circus" (1984) +
  • Bruce Chatwin (Britain, 1940): "On the Black Hill" (1982) +
  • Bruce Chatwin (Britain, 1940): "Utz" (1988) +
  • Mordecai Richler (Canada, 1931): "The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz" (1959) +
  • John Coetzee (South Africa, 1940): "In the Heart of the Country" (1977) +
  • John Coetzee (South Africa, 1940): "Waiting for the Barbarians" (1980) +
  • John Coetzee (South Africa, 1940): "Life and Times of Michele K" (1983) +
  • David Cook (Britain, 1940): "Albert's Memorial" (1972) +
  • Marilynne Robinson (USA, 1943): "Gilead" (2004) +
  • Bharati Mukherjee (India, 1940): "The Holder of the World" (1993) +
  • David Plante (USA, 1940): "The Francoeur Trilogy" (1982) +
  • Edmund White (USA, 1940): "Forgetting Elena" (1973) +
  • Paul Theroux (USA, 1941): "Picture Palace" (1979) +
  • Anne Tyler (USA, 1941): "Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant" (1982) +
  • Anne Tyler (USA, 1941): "The Breathing Lessons" (1988) +
  • Susan Hill (Britain, 1942): "The Bird of Night" (1972) +
  • Janette-Turner Hospital (Australia, 1942): "The Last Magician" (1992) +
  • John Irving (USA, 1942): "The World According to Garp" (1978) +
  • Howard Jacobson (Britain, 1942): "Peeping Tom" (1984) +
  • Toni Morrison (USA, 1942): "The Bluest Eyes" (1970) +
  • Toni Morrison (USA, 1942): "Sula" (1973) +
  • Toni Morrison (USA, 1942): "Song of Solomon" (1977) +
  • Toni Morrison (USA, 1942): "Tar Baby" (1981) +
  • Pat Barker (Britain, 1943): "The Century's Daughter" (1986) +
  • Peter Carey (Australia, 1943): "Illywhacker" (1986) +
  • Peter Carey (Australia, 1943): "Oscar and Lucinda" (1988) +
  • Justin Cartwright (South Africa, 1943): "Masai Dreaming" (1993) +
  • Pete Dexter (USA, 1943): "Paris Trout" (1988) +
  • Michael Ondaatje (Canada, 1943): "The English Patient" (1992) +
  • Iain Sinclair (Britain, 1943): "White Chappell Scarlet Tracings" (1987) +
  • Richard Ford (USA, 1944): "Independence Day" (1996) +
  • Vernor Vinge (USA, 1944): "A Fire Upon the Deep" (1992) +
  • Christopher Hope (South Africa, 1944): "Kruger's Alp" (1984) +
  • John Banville (Ireland, 1945): "Kepler" (1981) +
  • John Banville (Ireland, 1945): "The Book of Evidence" (1989) +
  • Julian Barnes (Britain, 1946): "Flaubert's Parrot" (1985) +
  • Julian Barnes (Britain, 1946): "A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters" (1989) +
  • Jim Crace (Britain, 1946): "Continent" (1986) +
  • Alan Judd (Britain, 1946): "Short of Glory" (1984) +
  • Stephen King (USA, 1946): "The Shining" (1977) +
  • Paul Auster (USA, 1947): "New York Trilogy" (1986) +
  • Paul Auster (USA, 1947): "Mr Vertigo" (1994) +
  • Arundhati Roy (India, 1961): "God of Small Things" (1997) +
  • Keri Hulme (New Zealand, 1947): "Bone People" (1985) +
  • Salman Rushdie (India, 1947): "Grimus" (1975) +
  • Salman Rushdie (India, 1947): "The Satanic Verses" (1988) +
  • Mda Zakes (South Africa, 1948): "The Heart Of Redness" (2000) +
  • Eleanor Catton (New Zealand, 1985): "The Luminaries" (2013) +
  • Thomas-Coraghessan Boyle (USA, 1948): "World's End " (1987) +
  • Janet Hobhouse (USA, 1948): "The Furies" (1991) +
  • Ian McEwan (Britain, 1948): "The Child in Time" (1987) +
  • Kazuo Ishiguro (Britain, 1954): "An Artist of the Floating World" (1986) +
  • Kazuo Ishiguro (Britain, 1954): "The Remains of the Day" (1989) +
  • Kazuo Ishiguro (Britain, 1954): "The Unconsoled" (1995) +
  • Junot Diaz (Dominican Republic, 1968): "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" (2007) +
  • Ian McEwan (Britain, 1948): "Amsterdam" (1998) +
  • William Gibson (USA, 1948): "Neuromancer" (1984) +
  • Martin Amis (Britain, 1949): "Money" (1984) +
  • Martin Amis (Britain, 1949): "London Fields" (1989) +
  • Martin Amis (Britain, 1949): "Time's Arrow" (1991) +
  • Graham Swift (Britain, 1949): "Waterland" (1984) +
  • Zadie Smith (Britain, 1975): "Swing Time" (2016) +
  • Gary Indiana (USA, 1950): "Rent Boy" (1994) +
  • Timothy Mo (China, 1950): "The Monkey King" (1978) +
  • Jane Smiley (USA, 1950): "A Thousand Acres" (1991) +
  • Nilanjana "Jhumpa Lahiri" Sudeshna (USA, 1967): "The Namesake" (2003) +
  • Jeffrey Eugenides (USA, 1960): "Middlesex" (2003) +
  • Allan Sealy (India, 1951): "The Trotter-Nama" (1988) +
  • William Boyd (Britain, 1952): "The New Confessions" (1987) +
  • Helen Flint (USA, 1952): "Return Journey" (1987) +
  • Donna Tartt (USA, 1964): "The Goldfinch" (2013) +
  • Hilary Mantel (Britain, 1952): "Every Day is Mother's Day" (1985) +
  • Gayl Jones (USA, 1949): "Corregidora" (1975) +
  • Hilary Mantel (Britain, 1952): "Wolf Hall" (2008) +
  • Nuruddin Farah (Somalia, 1945): "Maps" (1986) +
  • Hilary Mantel (Britain, 1952): "Fludd" (1989) +
  • Vikram Seth (India, 1952): "A Suitable Boy" (1993) +
  • Michael Chabon (USA, 1963): "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay" (2000) +
  • Alice McDermott (USA, 1953): "Charming Billy" (1998) +
  • Shashi Deshpande (Kannada, 1938): "The Dark Holds No Terrors" (1980) +
  • Alice McDermott (USA, 1953): "A Bigamists' Daughter" (1982) +
  • Alan Hollinghurst (Britain, 1954): "The Swimming-pool Party" (1988) +
  • Jeremy Reed (Britain, 1954): "By The Fisheries" (1985) +
  • Jay McInerney (USA, 1955): "Bright Lights Big City" (1984) +
  • Candia McWilliam (Britain, 1955): "A Case of Knives" (1988) +
  • John Lyly (1554): "Euphues" (1580) +
  • Amitav Ghosh (India, 1957): "The Shadow Lines" (1988) +
  • Roddy Doyle (Ireland, 1958): "Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha" (1993) +
  • Caryl Phillips (St Kitts, 1958): "The Final Passage" (1985) +
  • Jennifer Egan (USA, 1952): "A Visit from the Goon Squad" (2011) +
  • Ben Okri (Nigeria, 1959): "The Famished Road" (1991) +
  • Ali Smith (Britain, 1962): "Hotel World" (2001) +
  • Marilynne Robinson (USA, 1943): "Housekeeping" (1980) +
  • Will Self (Britain, 1961): "The Quantity Theory of Insanity" (1991) +
  • Jin Xuefei/ Ha Jin (China, 1956): "Waiting" (1999) +
  • Olaf Stapledon (Britain, 1886): "Starmaker" (1937) +
  • Yann Martel (Canada, 1963): "Life of Pi" (2002) +
  • Zadie Smith (Britain, 1975): "White Teeth" (2000) +
  • David Mitchell (Britain, 1969): "Cloud Atlas" (2004) +
  • James Ellroy (USA, 1948): "LA Confidential" (1990) +
  • Roald Dahl (Britain, 1916): "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" (1964) +
  • Bernard Wolfe (USA, 1915): "Limbo" (1952) +
  • Louise Erdrich (USA, 1954): "The Round House" (2012) +
  • Bruce Sterling (USA, 1954): "Holy Fire" (1996) +
  • Algernon Blackwood (Britain, 1869): "The Centaur" (1911) +
  • Joanne Rowling (Britain, 1965): "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" (1997) +

Chronological

See the Chronology of English Literature