100 Best Novels in English Since 1900

Given by Counterpunch

98 Works 581,545 Books 10,781 Reviews ½ 3.9

Jeffrey St. Clair and Alexander Cockburn's favorite novels since 1900.


WorkOrder LabelYear
Ulysses by James Joyce
11922
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
2011
Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes
2010
Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson
2007
The Known World by Edward P. Jones
2003
Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee
1999
Underworld by Don DeLillo
1997
House of Splendid Isolation by Edna O'Brien
1994
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
1992
A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel
1992
Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson
1992
Jazz by Toni Morrison
1992
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
1992
Almanac of the Dead by Leslie Marmon Silko
1991
Regeneration by Pat Barker
1991
Flicker by Theodore Roszak
1991
Lucy by Jamaica Kincaid
1990
The Indian Lawyer by James Welch
1990
Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver
1990
Affliction by Russell Banks
1989
Tripmaster Monkey: His Fake Book by Maxine Hong Kingston
1989
The Radiant Way by Margaret Drabble
1987
The Golden Gate: A Novel in Verse by Vikram Seth
1986
Flaubert's Parrot by Julian Barnes
1984
Neuromancer by William Gibson
1984
Machine Dreams by Jayne Anne Phillips
1984
July's People by Nadine Gordimer
1981
The White Hotel by D. M. Thomas
1981
Mr. American by George MacDonald Fraser
1980
Ray by Barry Hannah
1980
The Dogs of March by Ernest Hebert
1979
The Last Good Kiss by James Crumley
1978
Gateway by Frederik Pohl
1977
A Feast of Snakes by Harry Crews
1976
Vida by Marge Piercy
1976
J R by William Gaddis
1975
Light Years by James Salter
1975
The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey
1975
Dog Soldiers by Robert Stone
1974
Sleeping Beauty by Ross Macdonald
1973
Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
1973
The Black Prince by Iris Murdoch
1973
Mumbo Jumbo by Ishmael Reed
1972
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
1969
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
1966
An American Dream by Norman Mailer
1965
Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey
1964
Nothing Like the Sun by Anthony Burgess
1964
Julian by Gore Vidal
1964
Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
1963
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
1962
Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
1962
The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
1962
Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov
1962
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
1961
The Violent Bear It Away by Flannery O'Connor
1960
The King Must Die by Mary Renault
1958
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
1957
Voss by Patrick White
1957
The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold by Evelyn Waugh
1957
Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin
1956
The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
1955
Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
1954
Beat the Devil by Claud Cockburn
1953
The Deceivers by John Masters
1952
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
1952
The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson
1952
The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
1951
The Slaves of Solitude by Patrick Hamilton
1947
If He Hollers, Let Him Go by Chester Himes
1945
Two Serious Ladies by Jane Bowles
1943
Native Son by Richard Wright
1940
The Mask of Dimitrios by Eric Ambler
1939
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
1939
The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
1939
At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O'Brien
1939
The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West
1939
The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen
1938
The Code of the Woosters by P. G. Wodehouse
1938
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
1937
Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
1936
Novel on Yellow Paper by Stevie Smith
1936
The Thinking Reed by Rebecca West
1936
Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers
1935
Call It Sleep by Henry Roth
1934
Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
1934
Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
1934
Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett
1929
Orlando: A Biography by Virginia Woolf
1928
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
1926
A Lost Lady by Willa Cather
1923
Greenmantle by John Buchan
1916
The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence
1915
Zuleika Dobson by Max Beerbohm
1911
Under Western Eyes by Joseph Conrad
1911
The Iron Heel by Jack London
1907
The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers
1903
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
1902
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