Time's List of the 100 Best Novels

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Time's List of the 100 Best Novels is an unranked list of the 100 best novels—and ten best graphic novels—published in the English language between 1923 and 2005. The list was compiled by Time Magazine critics Lev Grossman and Richard Lacayo.[1]

The list only includes works between 1923 (when Time was first published) and 2005 (when the list was compiled). As a result, notable books such as Ulysses by James Joyce—published before 1923—were ineligible for inclusion.[1][2]

Watchmen (1986) by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons appears on both the 100 Best Novels and 10 Best Graphic Novels lists, giving the combined lists 109 entries.

List (partial)[edit]

Title Author Year
The Adventures of Augie March Saul Bellow 1953
All the King’s Men Robert Penn Warren 1946
American Pastoral Philip Roth 1997
An American Tragedy Theodore Dreiser 1925
Animal Farm George Orwell 1946
Appointment in Samarra John O'Hara 1934
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret Judy Blume 1970
The Assistant Bernard Malamud 1957
At Swim-Two-Birds Flann O'Brien 1938
Atonement Ian McEwan 2002
Beloved Toni Morrison 1987
The Berlin Stories Christopher Isherwood 1946
The Big Sleep Raymond Chandler 1939
The Blind Assassin Margaret Atwood 2000
Blood Meridian Cormac McCarthy 1986
Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh 1946
The Bridge of San Luis Rey Thornton Wilder 1927
Call It Sleep Henry Roth 1935
Catch-22 Joseph Heller 1961
The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger 1951
A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess 1963
The Confessions of Nat Turner William Styron 1967
The Corrections Jonathan Franzen 2001
The Crying of Lot 49 Thomas Pynchon 1966
A Dance to the Music of Time Anthony Powell 1951
The Day of the Locust Nathanael West 1939
Death Comes for the Archbishop Willa Cather 1927
A Death in the Family James Agee 1958
The Death of the Heart Elizabeth Bowen 1958
Deliverance James Dickey 1970
Dog Soldiers Robert Stone 1974


  1. ^ a b Kelly, James; Lev Grossman; Richard Lacayo (October 16, 2005). "Time's List of the 100 Best Novels (1923–2005)". Time.
  2. ^ Richard Lacayo, "How We Picked the List", Time, January 6, 2010.

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