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Modern Library's List of Greatest Books
Fiction   Non Fiction
The Board’s List   The Board’s List
1. ULYSSES by James Joyce   1. THE EDUCATION OF HENRY ADAMS by Henry Adams
2. THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald   2. THE VARIETIES OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE by William James
3. A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN by James Joyce   3. UP FROM SLAVERY by Booker T. Washington
4. LOLITA by Vladimir Nabokov   4. A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN by Virginia Woolf
5. BRAVE NEW WORLD by Aldous Huxley   5. SILENT SPRING by Rachel Carson
6. THE SOUND AND THE FURY by William Faulkner   6. SELECTED ESSAYS, 1917-1932 by T. S. Eliot
7. CATCH-22 by Joseph Heller   7. THE DOUBLE HELIX by James D. Watson
8. DARKNESS AT NOON by Arthur Koestler   8. SPEAK, MEMORY by Vladimir Nabokov
9. SONS AND LOVERS by D.H. Lawrence   9. THE AMERICAN LANGUAGE by H. L. Mencken
10. THE GRAPES OF WRATH by John Steinbeck   10. THE GENERAL THEORY OF EMPLOYMENT, INTEREST, AND MONEY by John Maynard Keynes
11. UNDER THE VOLCANO by Malcolm Lowry   11. THE LIVES OF A CELL by Lewis Thomas
12. THE WAY OF ALL FLESH by Samuel Butler   12. THE FRONTIER IN AMERICAN HISTORY by Frederick Jackson Turner
13. 1984 by George Orwell   13. BLACK BOY by Richard Wright
14. I, CLAUDIUS by Robert Graves   14. ASPECTS OF THE NOVEL by E. M. Forster
15. TO THE LIGHTHOUSE by Virginia Woolf   15. THE CIVIL WAR by Shelby Foote
16. AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY by Theodore Dreiser   16. THE GUNS OF AUGUST by Barbara Tuchman
17. THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER by Carson McCullers   17. THE PROPER STUDY OF MANKIND by Isaiah Berlin
18. SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE by Kurt Vonnegut   18. THE NATURE AND DESTINY OF MAN by Reinhold Niebuhr
19. INVISIBLE MAN by Ralph Ellison   19. NOTES OF A NATIVE SON by James Baldwin
20. NATIVE SON by Richard Wright   20. THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF ALICE B. TOKLAS by Gertrude Stein
21. HENDERSON THE RAIN KING by Saul Bellow   21. THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE by William Strunk and E. B. White
22. APPOINTMENT IN SAMARRA by John O’Hara   22. AN AMERICAN DILEMMA by Gunnar Myrdal
23. U.S.A.(trilogy) by John Dos Passos   23. PRINCIPIA MATHEMATICA by Alfred North Whitehead and Bertrand Russell
24. WINESBURG, OHIO by Sherwood Anderson   24. THE MISMEASURE OF MAN by Stephen Jay Gould
25. A PASSAGE TO INDIA by E.M. Forster   25. THE MIRROR AND THE LAMP by Meyer Howard Abrams
26. THE WINGS OF THE DOVE by Henry James   26. THE ART OF THE SOLUBLE by Peter B. Medawar
27. THE AMBASSADORS by Henry James   27. THE ANTS by Bert Hoelldobler and Edward O. Wilson
28. TENDER IS THE NIGHT by F. Scott Fitzgerald   28. A THEORY OF JUSTICE by John Rawls
29. THE STUDS LONIGAN TRILOGY by James T. Farrell   29. ART AND ILLUSION by Ernest H. Gombrich
30. THE GOOD SOLDIER by Ford Madox Ford   30. THE MAKING OF THE ENGLISH WORKING CLASS by E. P. Thompson
31. ANIMAL FARM by George Orwell   31. THE SOULS OF BLACK FOLK by W.E.B. Du Bois
32. THE GOLDEN BOWL by Henry James   32. PRINCIPIA ETHICA by G. E. Moore
33. SISTER CARRIE by Theodore Dreiser   33. PHILOSOPHY AND CIVILIZATION by John Dewey
34. A HANDFUL OF DUST by Evelyn Waugh   34. ON GROWTH AND FORM by D’Arcy Thompson
35. AS I LAY DYING by William Faulkner   35. IDEAS AND OPINIONS by Albert Einstein
36. ALL THE KING’S MEN by Robert Penn Warren   36. THE AGE OF JACKSON, Arthur Schlesinger by Jr.
37. THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY by Thornton Wilder   37. THE MAKING OF THE ATOMIC BOMB by Richard Rhodes
38. HOWARDS END by E.M. Forster   38. BLACK LAMB AND GREY FALCON by Rebecca West
39. GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN by James Baldwin   39. AUTOBIOGRAPHIES by W. B. Yeats
40. THE HEART OF THE MATTER by Graham Greene   40. SCIENCE AND CIVILIZATION IN CHINA by Joseph Needham
41. LORD OF THE FLIES by William Golding   41. GOODBYE TO ALL THAT by Robert Graves
42. DELIVERANCE by James Dickey   42. HOMAGE TO CATALONIA by George Orwell
43. A DANCE TO THE MUSIC OF TIME (series) by Anthony Powell   43. THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MARK TWAIN by Mark Twain
44. POINT COUNTER POINT by Aldous Huxley   44. CHILDREN OF CRISIS by Robert Coles
45. THE SUN ALSO RISES by Ernest Hemingway   45. A STUDY OF HISTORY by Arnold J. Toynbee
46. THE SECRET AGENT by Joseph Conrad   46. THE AFFLUENT SOCIETY by John Kenneth Galbraith
47. NOSTROMO by Joseph Conrad   47. PRESENT AT THE CREATION by Dean Acheson
48. THE RAINBOW by D.H. Lawrence   48. THE GREAT BRIDGE by David McCullough
49. WOMEN IN LOVE by D.H. Lawrence   49. PATRIOTIC GORE by Edmund Wilson
50. TROPIC OF CANCER by Henry Miller   50. SAMUEL JOHNSON by Walter Jackson Bate
51. THE NAKED AND THE DEAD by Norman Mailer   51. THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MALCOLM X by Alex Haley and Malcolm X
52. PORTNOY’S COMPLAINT by Philip Roth   52. THE RIGHT STUFF by Tom Wolfe
53. PALE FIRE by Vladimir Nabokov   53. EMINENT VICTORIANS by Lytton Strachey
54. LIGHT IN AUGUST by William Faulkner   54. WORKING by Studs Terkel
55. ON THE ROAD by Jack Kerouac   55. DARKNESS VISIBLE by William Styron
56. THE MALTESE FALCON by Dashiell Hammett   56. THE LIBERAL IMAGINATION by Lionel Trilling
57. PARADE’S END by Ford Madox Ford   57. THE SECOND WORLD WAR by Winston Churchill
58. THE AGE OF INNOCENCE by Edith Wharton   58. OUT OF AFRICA by Isak Dinesen
59. ZULEIKA DOBSON by Max Beerbohm   59. JEFFERSON AND HIS TIME by Dumas Malone
60. THE MOVIEGOER by Walker Percy   60. IN THE AMERICAN GRAIN by William Carlos Williams
61. DEATH COMES FOR THE ARCHBISHOP by Willa Cather   61. CADILLAC DESERT by Marc Reisner
62. FROM HERE TO ETERNITY by James Jones   62. THE HOUSE OF MORGAN by Ron Chernow
63. THE WAPSHOT CHRONICLES by John Cheever   63. THE SWEET SCIENCE by A. J. Liebling
64. THE CATCHER IN THE RYE by J.D. Salinger   64. THE OPEN SOCIETY AND ITS ENEMIES by Karl Popper
65. A CLOCKWORK ORANGE by Anthony Burgess   65. THE ART OF MEMORY by Frances A. Yates
66. OF HUMAN BONDAGE by W. Somerset Maugham   66. RELIGION AND THE RISE OF CAPITALISM by R. H. Tawney
67. HEART OF DARKNESS by Joseph Conrad   67. A PREFACE TO MORALS by Walter Lippmann
68. MAIN STREET by Sinclair Lewis   68. THE GATE OF HEAVENLY PEACE by Jonathan D. Spence
69. THE HOUSE OF MIRTH by Edith Wharton   69. THE STRUCTURE OF SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTIONS by Thomas S. Kuhn
70. THE ALEXANDRIA QUARTET by Lawrence Durell   70. THE STRANGE CAREER OF JIM CROW by C. Vann Woodward
71. A HIGH WIND IN JAMAICA by Richard Hughes   71. THE RISE OF THE WEST by William H. McNeill
72. A HOUSE FOR MR BISWAS by V.S. Naipaul   72. THE GNOSTIC GOSPELS by Elaine Pagels
73. THE DAY OF THE LOCUST by Nathanael West   73. JAMES JOYCE by Richard Ellmann
74. A FAREWELL TO ARMS by Ernest Hemingway   74. FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE by Cecil Woodham-Smith
75. SCOOP by Evelyn Waugh   75. THE GREAT WAR AND MODERN MEMORY by Paul Fussell
76. THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE by Muriel Spark   76. THE CITY IN HISTORY by Lewis Mumford
77. FINNEGANS WAKE by James Joyce   77. BATTLE CRY OF FREEDOM by James M. McPherson
78. KIM by Rudyard Kipling   78. WHY WE CAN’T WAIT by Martin Luther King by Jr.
79. A ROOM WITH A VIEW by E.M. Forster   79. THE RISE OF THEODORE ROOSEVELT by Edmund Morris
80. BRIDESHEAD REVISITED by Evelyn Waugh   80. STUDIES IN ICONOLOGY by Erwin Panofsky
81. THE ADVENTURES OF AUGIE MARCH by Saul Bellow   81. THE FACE OF BATTLE by John Keegan
82. ANGLE OF REPOSE by Wallace Stegner   82. THE STRANGE DEATH OF LIBERAL ENGLAND by George Dangerfield
83. A BEND IN THE RIVER by V.S. Naipaul   83. VERMEER by Lawrence Gowing
84. THE DEATH OF THE HEART by Elizabeth Bowen   84. A BRIGHT SHINING LIE by Neil Sheehan
85. LORD JIM by Joseph Conrad   85. WEST WITH THE NIGHT by Beryl Markham
86. RAGTIME by E.L. Doctorow   86. THIS BOY’S LIFE by Tobias Wolff
87. THE OLD WIVES’ TALE by Arnold Bennett   87. A MATHEMATICIAN’S APOLOGY by G. H. Hardy
88. THE CALL OF THE WILD by Jack London   88. SIX EASY PIECES by Richard P. Feynman
89. LOVING by Henry Green   89. PILGRIM AT TINKER CREEK by Annie Dillard
90. MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN by Salman Rushdie   90. THE GOLDEN BOUGH by James George Frazer
91. TOBACCO ROAD by Erskine Caldwell   91. SHADOW AND ACT by Ralph Ellison
92. IRONWEED by William Kennedy   92. THE POWER BROKER by Robert A. Caro
93. THE MAGUS by John Fowles   93. THE AMERICAN POLITICAL TRADITION by Richard Hofstadter
94. WIDE SARGASSO SEA by Jean Rhys   94. THE CONTOURS OF AMERICAN HISTORY by William Appleman Williams
95. UNDER THE NET by Iris Murdoch   95. THE PROMISE OF AMERICAN LIFE by Herbert Croly
96. SOPHIE’S CHOICE by William Styron   96. IN COLD BLOOD by Truman Capote
97. THE SHELTERING SKY by Paul Bowles   97. THE JOURNALIST AND THE MURDERER by Janet Malcolm
98. THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE by James M. Cain   98. THE TAMING OF CHANCE by Ian Hacking
99. THE GINGER MAN by J.P. Donleavy   99. OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS by Anne Lamott
100. THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS by Booth Tarkington   100. MELBOURNE by Lord David Cecil