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TitlesOrder
The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan1
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe2
Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift3
Clarissa: Or the History of a Young Lady by Samuel Richardson4
Tom Jones by Henry Fielding5
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne6
Emma by Jane Austen7
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley8
Nightmare Abbey by Thomas Love Peacock9
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe10
Sybil, or The Two Nations by Benjamin Disraeli11
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë12
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë13
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray14
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens15
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne16
Moby Dick by Herman Melville17
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll18
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins19
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott20
Middlemarch by George Eliot21
The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope22
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain23
Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson24
Three Men in a Boat—To Say Nothing of the Dog by Jerome K. Jerome25
The Sign Of The Four by Arthur Conan Doyle26
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde27
New Grub Street by George Gissing28
Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy29
The Red Badge of Courage (Longman Annotated Novel) by Stephen Crane30
Dracula by Bram Stoker31
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad32
Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser33
Kim by Rudyard Kipling34
The Call of the Wild by Jack London35
The Golden Bowl by Henry James36
Hadrian the Seventh by Frederick Rolfe37
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame38
The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells39
Zuleika Dobson by Max Beerbohm40
The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford41
The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan42
The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence43
Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham44
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton45
Ulysses by James Joyce46
Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis47
A Passage to India by E. M. Forster48
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos49
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf50
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald51
Lolly Willowes, or The Loving Huntsman by Sylvia Townsend Warner52
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway53
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett54
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner55
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley56
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons57
1919 by John Dos Passos58
Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller59
Scoop by Evelyn Waugh60
Murphy by Samuel Beckett61
The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler62
Party Going by Henry Green63
At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O'Brien64
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck65
Joy in the Morning by P. G. Wodehouse66
All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren67
Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry68
The Heat of the Day by Elizabeth Bowen69
1984 by George Orwell70
The End of the Affair by Graham Greene71
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger72
The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow73
Lord of the Flies by William Golding74
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov75
On the Road by Jack Kerouac76
Voss by Patrick White77
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee78
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark79
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller80
The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing81
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess82
A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood83
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote84
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath85
Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth86
Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont by Elizabeth Taylor87
Rabbit Redux by John Updike88
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison89
A Bend in the River by V. S. Naipaul90
Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie91
Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson92
Money by Martin Amis93
An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro94
The Beginning of Spring by Penelope Fitzgerald95
Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler96
Amongst Women by John McGahern97
Underworld by Don DeLillo98
Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee99
True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey100

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"Without any reference to the 2003 list, for the next 100 weeks the Observer, in collaboration with the Guardian, and supported by Waterstones, will publish a serial account of the classic English and American novel, from A to Z, and from the late 17th century to the present day."

The Observer, 22 Sep 2013

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Not to be confused with The Observer's 100 Greatest Novels of all Time published in 2003 which includes translations into English.

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