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 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 includes only novels published between 1923 (when Time was first published) and 2005 (when the list was compiled). As a result, some notable 20th-century novels, such as Ulysses by James Joyce (published in 1922), were ineligible for inclusion.[1][2]

A list of the ten best graphic novels of the period was subsequently published as a supplement to the list.[3] 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 a total of 109 entries.


This is the list in alphabetical title order:

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
Falconer John Cheever 1977
The French Lieutenant's Woman John Fowles 1969
The Golden Notebook Doris Lessing 1962
Go Tell It on the Mountain James Baldwin 1953
Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell 1936
The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck 1939
Gravity's Rainbow Thomas Pynchon 1973
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald 1925
A Handful of Dust Evelyn Waugh 1934
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter Carson McCullers 1940
The Heart of the Matter Graham Greene 1948
Herzog Saul Bellow 1964
Housekeeping Marilynne Robinson 1981
A House for Mr. Biswas V.S. Naipaul 1962
I, Claudius Robert Graves 1934
Infinite Jest David Foster Wallace 1996
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison 1952
Light in August William Faulkner 1932
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe C.S. Lewis 1950
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov 1955
Lord of the Flies William Golding 1954
The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien 1954
Loving Henry Green 1945
Lucky Jim Kingsley Amis 1954
The Man Who Loved Children Christina Stead 1940
Midnight's Children Salman Rushdie 1981
Money Martin Amis 1984
The Moviegoer Walker Percy 1961
Mrs. Dalloway Virginia Woolf 1925
Naked Lunch William Burroughs 1959
Native Son Richard Wright 1940
Neuromancer William Gibson 1984
Never Let Me Go Kazuo Ishiguro 2005
1984 George Orwell 1948
On the Road Jack Kerouac 1957
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Ken Kesey 1962
The Painted Bird Jerzy Kosinski 1965
Pale Fire Vladimir Nabokov 1962
A Passage to India E.M. Forster 1924
Play It as It Lays Joan Didion 1970
Portnoy's Complaint Philip Roth 1969
Possession A.S. Byatt 1990
The Power and the Glory Graham Greene 1939
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Muriel Spark 1961
Rabbit, Run John Updike 1960
Ragtime E.L. Doctorow 1975
The Recognitions William Gaddis 1955
Red Harvest Dashiell Hammett 1929
Revolutionary Road Richard Yates 1961
The Sheltering Sky Paul Bowles 1949
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut 1969
Snow Crash Neal Stephenson 1992
The Sot-Weed Factor John Barth 1960
The Sound and the Fury William Faulkner 1929
The Sportswriter Richard Ford 1986
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold John le Carré 1964
The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway 1926
Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston 1937
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe 1959
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee 1960
To the Lighthouse Virginia Woolf 1929
Tropic of Cancer Henry Miller 1934
Ubik Philip K. Dick 1969
Under the Net Iris Murdoch 1954
Under the Volcano Malcolm Lowry 1947
Watchmen Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons 1986
White Noise Don DeLillo 1985
White Teeth Zadie Smith 2000
Wide Sargasso Sea Jean Rhys 1966

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  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.
  3. ^ Grossman, Lev (October 16, 2005). "Top 10 Graphic Novels". Time.

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