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the century's top 100 novels
Radcliffe Publishing Course: the century's top 100 novels
On July 21, 1998, the Radcliffe Publishing Course released its own list of the century's top 100 novels. The Radcliffe Publishing Course compiled its list at the request of the Modern Library and formally presented its list to the Modern Library's Board Chairman Christopher Cerf on July 24 in Cambridge.
"Students studying at Radcliffe today will be the leaders of the publishing industry tomorrow," said Cerf. "Their insights and observations give all of us a sneak-preview into the publishing trends of the 21st century."
The 100 Radcliffe publishing students were assigned the task of creating their own list of the 20th century's top 100 novels written in English. Like the Modern Library list, the students' lists were selected from 400 possible titles. Instructors of the course compiled and quantified the students' lists, creating the final Radcliffe Publishing Course list below.
1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – roman Rezension
2. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger – roman Rezension
3. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – roman Rezension
5. The Color Purple by Alice Walker – walker Rezension
6. Ulysses by James Joyce
7. Beloved
by Toni Morrison
8. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding – roman Rezension
9. 1984 by George Orwell
10. The Sound and the Fury
by William Faulkner
11. Lolita
by Vladmir Nabokov
12. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck – kanon Rezension
13. Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
14. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
by James Joyce
15. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller – roman Rezension
16. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
17. Animal Farm by George Orwell – roman Rezension
18. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
19. As I Lay Dying
by William Faulkner
20. A Farewell to Arms
by Ernest Hemingway
21. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad – roman Verwandtes und Sekundäres
22. Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
23. Their Eyes are Watching God
by Zora Neale Hurston
24. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison – roman Rezension
25. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
26. Gone with the Wind
by Margaret Mitchell
27. Native Son by Richard Wright – roman Rezension
28. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
29. Slaughterhouse-Five
by Kurt Vonnegut
30. For Whom the Bell Tolls
by Ernest Hemingway
31. On the Road
by Jack Kerouac
32. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway – roman Rezension
33. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
34. To the Lighthouse
by Virginia Woolf
35. Portrait of a Lady
by Henry James
36. Go Tell it on the Mountain
by James Baldwin
37. The World According to Garp
by John Irving
38. All the King's Men
by Robert Penn Warren
39. A Room with a View
by E. M. Forster
40. The Lord of the Rings
by J. R. R. Tolkien
41. Schindler's List
by Thomas Keneally
42. The Age of Innocence
by Edith Wharton
43. The Fountainhead
by Ayn Rand
44. Finnegans Wake
by James Joyce
45. The Jungle
by Upton Sinclair
46. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf – roman Rezension
47. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
48. Lady Chatterley's Lover
by D. H. Lawrence
49. A Clockwork Orange
by Anthony Burgess
50. The Awakening by Kate Chopin– roman Rezension
51. My Antonia by Willa Cather
52. Howards End by E. M. Forster – roman Rezension
53. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
54. Franny and Zooey
by J.D. Salinger
55. The Satanic Verses
by Salman Rushdie
56. Jazz
by Toni Morrison
57. Sophie's Choice
by William Styron
58. Absalom, Absalom!
by William Faulkner
59. A Passage to India
by E. M. Forster
60. Ethan Frome
by Edith Wharton
61. A Good Man Is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor – Flannery A Good Man Is Hard to Find
62. Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
63. Orlando
by Virginia Woolf
64. Sons and Lovers
by D. H. Lawrence
65. Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe – roman Rezension
66. Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
67. A Separate Peace
by John Knowles
68. Light in August
by William Faulkner
69. The Wings of the Dove
by Henry James
70. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe – roman Rezension
71. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
72. A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams – roman Rezension
73. Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
74. Brideshead Revisited
by Evelyn Waugh
75. Women in Love
by D. H. Lawrence
76. Look Homeward, Angel
by Thomas Wolfe
77. In Our Time
by Ernest Hemingway
78. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein – roman Rezension
79. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
80. The Naked and the Dead
by Norman Mailer
81. Wide Sargasso Sea
by Jean Rhys
82. White Noise
by Don DeLillo
83. O Pioneers!
by Willa Cather
84. Tropic of Cancer
by Henry Miller
85. The War of the Worlds
by H. G. Wells
86. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
87. The Bostonians
by Henry James
88. An American Tragedy
by Theodore Dreiser
89. Death Comes for the Archbishop
by Willa Cather
90. The Wind in the Willows
by Kenneth Grahame
91. This Side of Paradise
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
92. Atlas Shrugged
by Ayn Rand
93. The French Lieutenant's Woman
by John Fowles
94. Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis – roman Rezension
95. Kim by Rudyard Kipling
96. The Beautiful and the Damned
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
97. Rabbit, Run
by John Updike
98. Where Angels Fear to Tread
by E. M. Forster
99. Main Street
by Sinclair Lewis
100. Midnight's Children
by Salman Rushdie
 

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