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Old 18th Sep 2006, 8:19   #1
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This is an incomplete list of the "best" novels/short stories from the past century. Please help me complete the entire list. The rating system is from Amazon with five (5) being the top rating. No novels listed are below a three (3) rating.

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1900 Frank L Baum: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (5)
1900 Joseph Conrad: Lord Jim (4)
1900 Theodore Dreiser: Sister Carrie (4.5)
1901 Rudyard Kipling: Kim (4)
1902 Joseph Conrad: Heart of Darkness (4)
1902 Arthur Conan Doyle: The Hound of the Baskervilles (4.5)
1902 Henry James: The Wings of the Dove (4)
1903 Samuel Butler: The Way of All Flesh (3.5)
1903 Henry James: The Ambassadors (3.5)
1903 Jack London: The Call of the Wild (4)
1904 Joseph Conrad: Nostromo (5)
1904 Henry James: The Golden Bowl (4)
1905 E. M. Forster: Where Angels Fear to Tread (4)
1905 Edith Wharton: The House of Mirth (4.5)
1906 Upton Sinclair: The Jungle (4)
1907 Joseph Conrad: The Secret Agent (4)
1908 Arnold Bennett: The Old Wives' Tale (4.5)
1908 E. M. Forster: A Room With a View (4.5)
1908 Kenneth Graham: The Wind in the Willows (4.5)

1910 E. M. Forster: Howard's End (5)
1911 Max Beerbohm: Zuleika Dobson (4)
1911 Edith Wharton: Ethan Frome (3.5)
1913 Willa Cather: O Pioneers! (4)
1913 D. H. Lawrence: Sons and Lovers (4)
1914 Edgar Rice Burroughs: Tarzan of the Apes (4.5)
1915 Ford Madox Ford: The Good Soldier (4)
1915 D. H. Lawrence: The Rainbow
1915 W. Somerset Maugham: Of Human Bondage (4.5)
1916 James Joyce: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (5)
1918 Willa Cather: My Antonia (4)
1918 Booth Tarkington: The Magnificent Ambersons (4.5)
1919 Sherwood Anderson: Winesburg, Ohio (4)

1920 F. Scott Fitzgerald: This Side of Paradise (4)
1920 D. H. Lawrence: Women in Love
1920 Sinclair Lewis: Main Street (4)
1920 Edith Wharton: The Age of Innocence (4.5)
1922 F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Beautiful and Damned (4)
1922 John Galsworthy: The Forsyte Saga (4)
1922 James Joyce: Ulysses (4)
1922 Sinclair Lewis: Babbit (4)
1924 E. M. Forster: A Passage to India (4)
1924 Ford Madox Ford: Parade's End (4.5)
1925 Theodore Dreiser: An American Tragedy (4)
1925 F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby (4)
1925 Ernest Hemingway: In Our Time (4)
1925 Sinclair Lewis: Arrowsmith (4)
1925 Virginia Woolf: Mrs. Dalloway (4)
1925 Ernest Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises (4)
1926 A. A. Milne: Winnie the Pooh (4.5)
1927 Willa Cather, Death Comes for the Archbishop (4)
1927 Thornton Wilder, The Bridge of San Luis Rey (4)
1927 Virginia Woolf: To the Lighthouse (4)
1928 Aldous Huxley: Point Counter Point (4.5)
1928 D. H. Lawrence: Lady Chatterley's Lover (5)
1928 Virginia Woolf: Orlando (5)
1929 William Faulkner: The Sound and the Fury (4.5)
1929 Ernest Hemingway: A Farewell to Arms (4)
1929 Richard Hughes: A High Wind in Jamaica (4.5)
1929 Thomas Wolfe: Look Homeward, Angel (4)

1930 Williams Faulkner: As I Lay Dying (4)
1930 Dashiell Hammett: The Maltese Falcon (4.5)
1930 John Dos Passos: U.S.A. (trilogy) (4.5)
1931 Pearl S. Buck: The Good Earth (4)
1932 Erskine Caldwell: Tobacco Road (4)
1932 William Faulkner: Light in August (4.5)
1932 Aldous Huxley: Brave New World (4)
1932 James T. Farrell: Studs Lonigan: A Trilogy (4)
1934 James M. Cain: The Postman Always Rings Twice (4.5)
1934 F. Scott Fitzgerald: Tender is the Night (4)
1934 Robert Graves: I, Claudius (4.5)
1934 Henry Miller: Tropic of Cancer (4)
1934 John O'Hara: Appointment at Samarra (4.5)
1934 Henry Roth: Call It Sleep (4.5)
1934 Evelyn Waugh: A Handful of Dust (4)
1935 Laura Ingalls Wilder: Little House on the Prairie (4.5)
1936 William Faulkner: Absalom, Absalom! (4.5)
1936 Margaret Mitchell: Gone With the Wind (4.5)
1937 Zora Neale Hurston: Their Eyes Were Watching God (4)
1937 John Steinbeck: Of Mice and Men (4.5)
1937 J. R. R. Tolkien: The Hobbit (4.5)
1938 Elizabeth Bowen: The Death of the Heart (3.5)
1938 Daphne Du Maurier: Rebecca (4.5)
1938 Evelyn Waugh: Scoop (4.5)
1939 Raymond Chandler: The Big Sleep (4.5)
1939 James Joyce: Finnegans Wake (3.5)
1939 Katherine Anne Porter: Pale Horse, Pale Rider (4.5)
1939 John Steinbeck: The Grapes of Wrath (4.5)
1939 Nathanael West: The Day of the Locust (4)

1940 Ernest Hemingway: For Whom the Bell Tolls (4.5)
1940 Carson McCullers: The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (4)
1940 Richard Wright: Native Son (4)
1941 Eudora Welty: A Curtain of Green (4.5)
1943 Ayn Rand: The Fountainhead (4)
1944 Somerset W. Maugham: The Razor's Edge (4.5)
1945 Henry Green: Loving (4)
1945 George Orwell: Animal Farm (4.5)
1945 Evelyn Waugh: Brideshead Revisited (4.5)
1946 Robert Penn Warren All the King's Men (4.5)
1947 Malcolm Lowry: Under the Volcano (4)
1947 Betty Smith: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (4.5)
1947 John Steinbeck: The Pearl (3.5)
1948 Graham Greene: The Heart of the Matter (4.5)
1948 Norman Mailer: The Naked and the Dead (4)
1948 Alan Paton: Cry, the Beloved Country (4)
1948 Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings: The Yearling (4)
1949 Paul Bowles: The Sheltering Sky (4)
1949 George Orwell: Nineteen Eighty Four (4)

1950 C. S. Lewis: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (4.5)
1951 Graham Greene: The End of the Affair (4.5)
1951 James Jones: From Here to Eternity (4.5)
1951 J. D. Salinger: The Catcher in the Rye (4)
1951 Herman Wouk: The Caine Mutiny (4.5)
1951 Anthony Powell: A Dance to the Music of Time (series) (4.5)
1952 Ray Bradbury: Fahrenheit 451 (4.5)
1952 Ralph Ellison: Invisible Man (4.5)
1952 Ernest Hemingway: The Old Man and the Sea (4)
1952 Flannery O'Connor: Wise Blood (4.5)
1952 John Steinbeck: East of Eden (4.5)
1952 E. B. White: Charlotte's Web (4.5)
1953 James Baldwin: Go Tell It on the Mountain (3.5)
1953 Saul Bellow: The Adventures of Augie March (4)
1953 T. H. White: The Once and Future King (4)
1954 William Golding: Lord of the Flies (4)
1954 Iris Murdoch: Under the Net (4)
1955 J. P. Donleavy: The Ginger Man (3.5)
1955 Vladimir Nabokov: Lolita (4)
1955 Flannery O'Connor: A Good Man is Hard to Find (4)
1956 J. R. R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings (4.5)
1956 Colin Wilson: The Outsider (4.5)
1957 James Agee: A Death in the Family (4.5)
1957 John Cheever: The Wapshot Chronicle (3.5)
1957 Jack Kerouac: On the Road (4)
1957 Ayn Rand: Atlas Shrugged (4)
1957 Leon Uris: Exodus (4.5)
1957 Lawrence Durrell: The Alexandria Quartet (4.5)
1959 Chinua Achebe: Things Fall Apart (4)
1959 Saul Bellow: Henderson the Rain King (4)
1959 William S. Burroughs: Naked Lunch (4)
1959 Allen Drury: Advise and Consent (5)
1959 John Knowles: A Separate Peace (3.5)
1959 James A. Michener: Hawaii (4.5)
1959 Dalton Trumbo: Johnny Got His Gun (4.5)

1960 Harper Lee: To Kill a Mockingbird (4.5)
1960 John Updike Rabbit, Run (4)
1961 Robert A. Heinlein: Stranger in a Strange Land (4)
1961 Joseph Heller: Catch 22 (4.5)
1961 Richard Yates: Revolutionary Road (4.5)
1961 V. S. Naipaul: A House for Mr. Biswas (4.5)
1961 Walker Percy: The Moviegoer (4)
1961 J.D. Salinger: Franny and Zooey (4.5)
1961 Irving Stone: The Agony and the Ecstasy (4.5)
1962 Anthony Burgess: A Clockwork Orange (4.5)
1962 Ken Kesey: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (4.5)
1962 Doris Lessing: The Golden Notebook (3)
1962 Vladimir Nabokov: Pale Fire (4.5)
1962 Muriel Spark: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (4)
1963 Sylvia Plath: The Bell Jar (4.5)
1963 Maurice Sendak: Where the Wild Things Are (5)
1963 Kurt Vonnegut: Cat's Cradle (4.5)
1965 Truman Capote: In Cold Blood (4.5)
1965 Frank Herbert: Dune (4.5)
1966 John Fowles: The Magus (4)
1966 Jean Rhys: Wide Sargasso Sea (3.5)
1968 Arthur C. Clarke: 2001: A Space Odyssey (4.5)
1969 John Fowles: The French Lieutenant's Woman (4)
1969 Toni Morrison: The Bluest Eye (4)
1969 Joyce Carol Oates: Them (4.5)
1969 Mario Puzo: The Godfather (4.5)
1969 Philip Roth: Portnoy's Complaint (4)
1969 Kurt Vonnegut: Slaughterhouse Five (4.5)

1970 Judy Blume: Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret (4.5)
1970 James Dickey: Deliverance (4.5)
1970 Jack Finney: Time and Again (4)
1971 Wallace Stegner: Angle of Repose (4.5)
1971 Herman Wouk: The Winds of War (4.5)
1972 Richard Adams: Watership Down (4.5)
1973 Rita Mae Brown: Rubyfruit Jungle (4)
1973 Toni Morrison: Sula (4)
1974 James A. Michener: Centennial (4.5)
1974 Michael Shaara: The Killer Angels (4.5)
1975 E. L. Doctorow: Ragtime (4.5)
1976 Judith Guest: Ordinary People (4)
1976 Alex Haley: Roots (4.5)
1977 Colleen McCullough: The Thorn Birds (4.5)
1977 Toni Morrison: Song of Solomon (4.5)
1978 John Irving: The World According to Garp (4.5)
1978 Stephen King: The Stand (4.5)
1978 Herman Wouk: War and Remembrance (4.5)
1979 Douglas Adams: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (4.5)
1979 Nadine Gordimer: The Burger's Daughter (3.5)
1979 V. S. Naipaul: A Bend in the River (4.5)
1979 William Styron: Sophie's Choice (4.5)

1980 Jeffrey Archer: Kane and Abel (4.5)
1980 John K. Toole: A Confederacy of Dunces (4.5)
1981 Salman Rushdie: Midnight's Children (4.5)
1982 Thomas Keneally: Schindler's List (4.5)
1982 Alice Walker: The Color Purple (4.5)
1983 Marion Zimmer Bradley: The Mists of Avalon (4.5)
1983 William Kennedy: Ironweed (4)
1984 Olive-Ann Burns: Cold Sassy Tree (4)
1985 Orson Scott Card: Enders Game (4.5)
1985 Don DeLillo: White Noise (4)
1985 Anne Tyler: The Accidental Tourist (4)
1986 Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid's Tale (4)
1986 Pat Conroy: The Prince of Tides (4.5)
1986 Larry McMurtry: Lonesome Dove (5)
1986 Reynolds Price: Kate Vaiden (4)
1987 Kaye Gibbons: Ellen Foster (4)
1987 Toni Morrison: Beloved (4)
1987 Rosamunde Pilcher: The Shell Seekers (4.5)
1987 Tom Wolfe: Bonfire of the Vanities (4.5)
1988 Barbara Kingsolver: The Bean Trees (4)
1988 Salman Rushdie: The Satanic Verses (4)
1988 Anne Tyler: Breathing Lessons (3.5)
1989 John Irving: A Prayer for Owen Meany (4.5)
1989 Kazuo Ishiguro: The Remains of the Day (4.5)
1989 Amy Tan: The Joy Luck Club (4)

1990 A. S. Byatt: Possession (4)
1991 Jane Smiley: A Thousand Acres (3.5)
1992 Dorothy Allison: Bastard Out of Carolina (4.5)
1992 Toni Morrison: Jazz (4)
1993 E. Annie Proulx: The Shipping News (3.5)
1994 Elizabeth Berg: Talk Before Sleep (4.5)
1994 Caleb Carr: The Alienist (4)
1994 Louis de Bernieres: Corelli's Mandolin (4.5)
1994 David Guterson: Snow Falling on Cedars (4)
1994 Carol Shields: Stone Diaries (3.5)
1995 Richard Ford: Independence Day (3.5)
1995 Philip Roth: Sabbath's Theater (4)
1995 Oscar Hijuelos: Mr. Ives' Christmas (4.5)
1996 Alice Munro: Selected Stories (4.5)
1996 Salman Rushdie: The Moor's Last Sigh (4)
1996 Ursula K. Le Guin: Unlocking the Air and Other Stories (5)
1997 Penelope Fitzgerald: The Blue Flower (3.5)
1997 Cynthia Ozick: The Puttermesser Papers (4)
1997 Thomas Pyncho: Mason & Dixon (4)
1997 Philip Roth: American Pastoral (4)
1997 John Updike: Toward the End of Time (4)
1997 Robert Stone: Bear and His Daughter: Stories (4)
1998 Don DeLillo: Underworld (3.5)
1998 Russell Banks: Cloudsplitter (4.5)
1998 José Saramago: Blindness (4)
1999 Barbara Kingsolver: The Poisonwood Bible (4)
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I reckon you missed one.
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And only using star ratings from Amazon US...how many lifetimes have you got?
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how many lifetimes have you got?
I was curious, so I googled "how many novels" + published. Found, for instance, this article from 2005:

http://mjroseblog.typepad.com/buzz_b...rs_the_28.html
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According to Books In Print, there were 25,184 books published in the U.S. last year classified as adult fiction. This overall number is still preliminary, and will probably end up being somewhere between 26-27,000 when we stop counting in December of this year.
Since you include "Wizard Of Oz", I'm guessing you're not limiting yourself to "adult fiction", but let's leave that aside. And of course, not every single novel gets published in the US, but just for the sake of argument, let's assume that most average-to-great novels are. Let's also assume that... oh, say, 75% of all novels are utter crap.

That leaves us with about 6000 novels per year that might receive a 3-star rating or higher. Which means that for the 20th century, you've got... let's say about half a million novels. (Excluding "Harry Potter" and the majority of literature written outside US borders). If you manage to read one per week, it'll take you... where's my calculator... 9,615 years and change. Or 126 lifetimes, allowing for an average life span of 76 years (assuming you learn to read in the maternity ward).

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Also, using Amazon ratings is surely a little on the pointless side anyway, given that most of them are written by twerps.

Far better to just use the Palimplists, surely?
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....or go to the work of a critic like Harold Bloom who actually believes literature has intrinsic worth and look at what he's included in the modern and contemporary canon.
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I surely did not expect all these kinds of replies. So then this list has no worth?

All I am trying to do is create a simple list with the cream of the fiction crop. I surely do not want to include all of the writings per year- just the worthy ones. As for the ratings...you can disregard it if you wish or rate them yourself. I brought the list here to be modified and corrected: It is undone. Thanks for you input.
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How does one choose the 'cream of the fiction' and 'worthiness'? There's quite a few on the list that a good many Palimpers will never have heard of.
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Please help me complete the entire list.
These kinds of lists only have value if the list maker has read the books in question. Otherwise it's pure hearsay. Don't worry about completing the list--an impossible task anyway--instead, start reading the books that interest you (whether on the list or off). This list is heavily loaded with English language books. There are whole worlds of literature that haven't been taken into account here. So drop the list and pick up a good book, aquablue.
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