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Book awards: The Modern Library: the 200 best novels in English since 1950

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The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow1950s
Anecdotes of Destiny by Karen Blixen1950s
Angel by Elizabeth Taylor1950s
The Ballad of the Sad Café by Carson McCullers1950s
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger1950s
A Dance to the Music of Time: First Movement, Spring by Anthony Powell1950s
December Bride by Sam Hanna Bell1950s
East of Eden by John Steinbeck1950s
The Echoing Grove by Rosamond Lehmann1950s
The Financial Expert by R. K. Narayan1950s
The Flint Anchor by Sylvia Townsend Warner1950s
The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West1950s
From the Terrace by John O'Hara1950s
Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin1950s
The Go-Between by L. P. Hartley1950s
The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer1950s
A Heritage and its History by Ivy Compton-Burnett1950s
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison1950s
A Legacy: A Novel by Sybille Bedford1950s
The Little Disturbances of Man : Stories of Women and Men at Love by Grace Paley1950s
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov1950s
The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler1950s
Lord of the Flies by William Golding1950s
Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis1950s
Molloy; Malone Dies; The Unnamable by Samuel Beckett1950s
A Murder Is Announced by Agatha Christie1950s
My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier1950s
Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs1950s
The Natural by Bernard Malamud1950s
Nothing by Henry Green1950s
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway1950s
On the Road by Jack Kerouac1950s
Owls Do Cry by Janet Frame1950s
The Palm-wine Drinkard by Amos Tutuola1950s
Power Without Glory by Frank Hardy1950s
Private Life of an Indian Prince by Mulk Raj Anand1950s
The Recognitions by William Gaddis1950s
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning by Alan Sillitoe1950s
The Sword of Honour Trilogy by Evelyn Waugh1950s
The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith1950s
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe1950s
The Tortoise and the Hare by Elizabeth Jenkins1950s
Train to Pakistan by Khushwant Singh1950s
The West Pier by Patrick Hamilton1950s
Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor1950s
The Balkan Trilogy by Olivia Manning1960s
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath1960s
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller1960s
The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron1960s
Cotter's England by Christina Stead1960s
Girl with Green Eyes by Edna O'Brien1960s
The Godfather by Mario Puzo1960s
The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing1960s
A Grain of Wheat by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o1960s
The Group by Mary McCarthy1960s
Happiness, and other stories by Mary Lavin1960s
Heartland by Wilson Harris1960s
Herzog by Saul Bellow1960s
A House for Mr. Biswas by V. S. Naipaul1960s
In the Heart of the Heart of the Country & Other Stories by William H. Gass1960s
The Interpreters by Wole Soyinka1960s
Jeeves in the Offing by P. G. Wodehouse1960s
A Jest of God by Margaret Laurence1960s
The Jewel in the Crown by Paul Scott1960s
Last Exit to Brooklyn by Hubert Selby, Jr.1960s
The Little Girls by Elizabeth Bowen1960s
The Magus by John Fowles1960s
Memoirs of a Peon by Frank Sargeson1960s
The Nice and the Good by Iris Murdoch1960s
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark1960s
Rabbit Angstrom: A Tetrology by John Updike1960s
The Reivers by William Faulkner1960s
Riders in the Chariot by Patrick White1960s
Ship of Fools by Katherine Anne Porter1960s
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John le Carré1960s
That's How It Was by Maureen Duffy1960s
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee1960s
The Unfortunates by B. S. Johnson1960s
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys1960s
A Bend in the River by V. S. Naipaul1970s
Black List, Section H by Francis Stuart1970s
A Book of Common Prayer by Joan Didion1970s
Burger's Daughter by Nadine Gordimer1970s
The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan1970s
Changing Places by David Lodge1970s
The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth1970s
The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer1970s
Falconer by John Cheever1970s
Fifth Business by Robertson Davies1970s
From the Fifteenth District by Mavis Gallant1970s
Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon1970s
Heat and Dust by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala1970s
The Human Factor by Graham Greene1970s
The Ice Age by Margaret Drabble1970s
Injury Time by Beryl Bainbridge1970s
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice1970s
The Lost Salt Gift of Blood by Alistair MacLeod1970s
Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian1970s
The Murderer by Roy A. K. Heath1970s
The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty1970s
Plumb by Maurice Gee1970s
Ragtime by E. L. Doctorow1970s
Saville by David Storey1970s
The Siege of Krishnapur by J. G. Farrell1970s
Sleepless Nights by Elizabeth Hardwick1970s
St. Urbain's Horseman by Mordecai Richler1970s
Tirra Lirra by the River by Jessica Anderson1970s
The Year of the French by Thomas Flanagan1970s
An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro1980s
Beloved by Toni Morrison1980s
Black Robe by Brian Moore1980s
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy1980s
The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe1980s
The Book of Evidence by John Banville1980s
A Boy's Own Story by Edmund White1980s
Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler1980s
The Color Purple by Alice Walker1980s
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole1980s
Cracking India: A Novel by Bapsi Sidhwa1980s
A Dark-Adapted Eye by Barbara Vine1980s
Double Whammy by Carl Hiaasen1980s
Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess1980s
Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons1980s
Empire of the Sun by J. G. Ballard1980s
Family and Friends by Anita Brookner1980s
A Flag for Sunrise by Robert Stone1980s
Flaubert's Parrot by Julian Barnes1980s
Forty-seventeen by Frank Moorhouse1980s
Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson1980s
In Custody by Anita Desai1980s
In the Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje1980s
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan1980s
Lamb by Bernard MacLaverty1980s
Lanark by Alasdair Gray1980s
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry1980s
Machine Dreams by Jayne Anne Phillips1980s
The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos1980s
Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie1980s
Misery by Stephen King1980s
Money by Martin Amis1980s
Nation of Fools: Scenes from Indian Life by Balraj Khanna1980s
On the Black Hill by Bruce Chatwin1980s
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson1980s
Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey1980s
The Other Garden by Francis Wyndham1980s
Paris Trout by Pete Dexter1980s
Puffball by Fay Weldon1980s
Red Dragon by Thomas Harris1980s
Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban1980s
Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally1980s
So Long, See You Tomorrow by William Maxwell1980s
The Sportswriter by Richard Ford1980s
The Sugar Mother by Elizabeth Jolley1980s
A Summons to Memphis by Peter Taylor1980s
The Transit of Venus by Shirley Hazzard1980s
Where I'm Calling From: Selected Stories by Raymond Carver1980s
Age of Iron by J. M. Coetzee1990s
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood1990s
American Pastoral by Philip Roth1990s
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis1990s
Amongst Women by John McGahern1990s
Asylum by Patrick McGrath1990s
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks1990s
The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald1990s
The Butcher Boy by Patrick McCabe1990s
Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernières1990s
Cloudstreet by Tim Winton1990s
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier1990s
Death and Nightingales by Eugene McCabe1990s
Downriver by Iain Sinclair1990s
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry1990s
The Folding Star by Alan Hollinghurst1990s
Freedom Song: Three Novels by Amit Chaudhuri1990s
Friend of My Youth: Stories by Alice Munro1990s
Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard1990s
The Great World by David Malouf1990s
A Home at the End of the World by Michael Cunningham1990s
How Late It Was, How Late by James Kelman1990s
The Lady from Guatemala by V. S. Pritchett1990s
Last Orders by Graham Swift1990s
Mating by Norman Rush1990s
My Idea of Fun by Will Self1990s
The Night in Question by Tobias Wolff1990s
Original Sin by P.D. James1990s
Possession by A. S. Byatt1990s
Quarantine by Jim Crace1990s
Reading Turgenev by William Trevor1990s
The Redundancy of Courage by Timothy Mo1990s
The Regeneration Trilogy by Pat Barker1990s
A River Sutra by Gita Mehta1990s
The Secret History by Donna Tartt1990s
The Shipping News by Annie Proulx1990s
The Snapper by Roddy Doyle1990s
A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth1990s
A Thousand Acres: A Novel by Jane Smiley1990s
The Tortilla Curtain by T. Coraghessan Boyle1990s
Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh1990s
Underworld by Don DeLillo1990s
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides1990s
What a Carve Up! by Jonathan Coe1990s
Wise Children by Angela Carter1990s

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Based on the book by Carmen Callil and Colm Tóibín, published by Picador (2000). See the list of books on the Clare County Library's website. This list is not associated with the publisher Modern Library.

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