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Lists of Great Reads for an Entire Lifetime

The Greats

In the space below, I am providing lists of many of the world's greatest books ever written. If you are looking for one of the greats to kick start that itch or resolution to read more - or you are looking for a list of reading that will last an entire lifetime - you'll likely find it.


My Everyman's Library collection has lead me straight to the front door, page one, of many of these amazing works of literature and I am forever grateful for their curation of such an amazing collection.  I hope the lists below inspires you to pick  a title or two or fifty - in whatever edition you can find them - and go for it!


Troy Farlow

"The Lifetime Reading Plan"

The New Lifetime Reading Plan

A Quick Few Words of How I Discovered this List


A few months back I found a wonderful book while browsing around the Housing Works Books & Café used bookstore down in SoHo, toward lower Manhattan. I was looking for another book in the literary criticism section (having already scanned the literature section to see if any Everyman’s popped out!) and stumbled across a book called “A Passion for Books” edited by Harold Rabinowitz and Rob Kaplan, with a fantastic Forward by none other than Ray Bradbury (who wrote the classic Fahrenheit 541.) 


And that is where, on page 49-54, I first discovered this list – The New Lifetime Reading Plan - compiled by a gentleman named Clifton Fadiman. (And now that I think about it, perhaps I should look for Fadiman’s The New Lifetime Reading Plan book!)


Fadiman’s list suggests over 220 of the world’s greatest literature, all neatly packaged in one, seeming-short-looking list of 130 authors (but some with several books, not just one).


One short list – but easily could consume an entire “lifetime” of reading. 


Without further ado, here’s the list:


1. The Epic of Gilgamesh

2. Homer, The Iliad

3. Homer, The Odyssey

4. Confucius, The Analects

5. Aeschylus, The Oresteia

6. Sophocles, Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone

7. Euripides, Alcestis, Medea, Hippolytus, The Trojan Women, Electra, The Bacchae

8. Herodotus, The Histories

9. Thucydides, The History of the Peloponnesian War

10. Sun-tzu, The Art of War

11. Aristophanes, Lysistrata, The Clouds, The Birds

12. Plato, Selected Works

13. Aristotle, Ethics, Politics, Poetics

14. Mencius, The Book of Mencius

15. The Ramayana

16. The Mahabharata

17. The Bhagavad Gita

18. Ssu-ma Ch’ien, Records of the Grand Historian

19. Lucretius, On the Nature of Things

20. Virgil, The Aeneid

21. Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

22. Saint Augustine, The Confessions

23. Kalidasa, The Cloud Messenger, Sakuntala

24. The Koran

25. Hui-neng, The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch

26. Firdausi, Shah Nameh

27. Sei Shônagon, The Pillow Book

28. Lady Murasaki, The Tale of Genji

29. Omar Khayyam, The Rubaiyat

30. Dante, The Divine Comedy

31. Luo Kuan-chung, The Romance of the Three Kingdoms

32. Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales

33. The Thousand and One Nights

34. Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince

35. François Rabelais, Gargantua and Pantagruel

36. Wu Ch’eng-en, Journey to the West

37. Michel de Montaigne, Selected Essays

38. Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote

39. William Shakespeare, Complete Works

40. John Donne, Selected Works

41. The Plum in the Golden Vase (Chin P’ing Mei)

42. Galileo, Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems

43. Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan

44. René Descartes, Discourse on Method

45. John Milton, Paradise Lost, Lycidas, On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity, Sonnets, Areopagitica

46. Molière, Selected Plays

47. Blaise Pascal, Thoughts (Pensées)

48. John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress

49. John Locke, Second Treatise of Government

50. Matsuo Bashô, The Narrow Road to the Deep North

51. Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe

52. Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels

53. Voltaire, Candide and other works

54. David Hume, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

55. Henry Fielding, Tom Jones

56. Ts’ao Hsüeh-ch’in, The Dream of the Red Chamber (a.k.a. The Story of the Stone)

57. Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Confessions

58. Laurence Sterne, Tristram Shandy

59. James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson

60. Thomas Jefferson and others, Basic Documents in American History (ed. Richard B. Morris)

61. Hamilton, Madison, and Jay, The Federalist Papers (ed. Clinton Rossiter)

62. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust

63. William Blake, Selected Works

64. William Wordsworth, The Prelude, Selected Shorter Poems, Preface to the Lyrical Ballads

65. Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Ancient Mariner, Christabel, Kubla Khan, Biographia Literaria, Writings on Shakespeare

66. Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Emma

67. Stendhal, The Red and the Black

68. Honoré de Balzac, Père Goriot, Eugénie Grandet, Cousin Bette

69. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Selected Works

70. Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, Selected Tales

71. Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

72. John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, The Subjection of Women

73. Charles Darwin, The Voyage of the Beagle, The Origin of Species

74. Nikolai Gogol, Dead Souls

75. Edgar Allan Poe, Short Stories and Other Works

76. William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair

77. Charles Dickens, Pickwick Papers, David Copperfield, Great Expectations, Hard Times, Our Mutual Friend, The Old Curiosity Shop, Little Dorrit

78. Anthony Trollope, The Warden, The Last Chronicle of Barset, The Eustace Diamonds, The Way We Live Now, Autobiography

79. The Brontë Sisters: Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre; Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

80. Henry David Thoreau, Walden, Civil Disobedience

81. Ivan Turgenev, Fathers and Sons

82. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto

83. Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Bartleby the Scrivener

84. George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss, Middlemarch

85. Walt Whitman, Selected Poems, Democratic Vistas, Preface to the first issue of Leaves of Grass, A Backward Glance O’er Travelled Roads

86. Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary

87.Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov

88. Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

89. Henrick Ibsen, Selected Plays

90. Emily Dickenson, Collected Poems

91. Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking-Glass

92. Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn

93. Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams

94. Thomas Hardy, The Mayor of Castorbridge

95. William James, The Principles of Psychology, Pragmatism, Four Essays from The Meaning of Truth, The Varieties of Religious Experience

96. Henry James, The Ambassadors

97. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, The Genealogy of Morals, Beyond Good and Evil, and other works

98. Sigmund Freud, Selected Works, including The Interpretation of Dreams, Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality, and Civilization and Its Discontents

99. George Bernard Shaw, Selected Plays and Prefaces

100. Joseph Conrad, Nostromo

101. Anton Chekhov, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchard, Selected Short Stories

102. Edith Wharton, The Custom of the Country, The Age of Innocence, The House of Mirth

103. William Butler Yeats, Collected Poems, Collected Plays, Autobiography

104. Natsume Sôseki, Kokoro

105. Marcel Proust, Remembrance of Things Past

106. Robert Frost, Collected Poems

107. Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain

108. E.M. Forster, A Passage to India

109. Lu Hsün, Collected Short Stories

110. James Joyce, Ulysses

111. Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, Orlando, The Waves

112. Franz Kafka, The Trial, The Castle, Selected Short Stories

113. D.H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, Women in Love

114. Junichiro Tanizaki, The Makioka Sisters

115. Eugene O’Neill, Mourning Becomes Electra, The Iceman Cometh, Long Day’s Journey into Night

116. T.S. Eliot, Collected Poems, Collected Plays

117. Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

118. William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying

119. Ernest Hemingway, Short Stories

120. Yasunari Kawabata, Beauty and Sadness

121. Jorge Luis Borges, Labyrinths, Dreamtigers

122. Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita; Pale Fire; Speak, Memory

123. George Orwell, Animal Farm, 1984, Burmese Days

124. R.K. Narayan, The English Teacher, The Vendor of Sweets

125. Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot, Endgame, Krapp’s Last Tape

126. W.H. Auden, Collected Poems

127. Albert Camus, The Plague, The Stranger

128. Saul Bellow, The Adventures of Augie March, Herzog, Humboldt’s Gift

129. Aleksander Solzhenitsyn, The First Circle, Cancer Ward

130. Thomas Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

131. Yukio Mishima, Confessions of a Mask, The Temple of the Golden Pavilion

132. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude

133. Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart


Note: Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this link to see a picture of the original book that this list is from - might be a great book to pick up to assist in charting your way forward with a plan!

Modern Library's List of 100 Top Novels

Modern Library 100 Top Novels

A Few Words about Modern Library and the List:


In addition to Everyman’s Library, Modern Library is another great collection of books that many here in America have likely heard of or grown up with. And as for this list, I first saw this list in the same book that I learned about the above list, in Rabinowitz and Kaplan’s “A Passion for Books.”


How the 100 Top Novels were Chosen:


From Modern Library’s website: “The [Modern Library’s] readers’ poll for the best novels published in the English language since 1900 opened on July 20, 1998 and closed on October 20, 1998, with 217,520 votes cast.”


So out of those 217,520 votes, what were the top 100 novels chosen?


Here’s the list:


  1. ULYSSES by James Joyce 
  2. THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald 
  3. A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN by James Joyce 
  4. LOLITA by Vladimir Nabokov 
  5. BRAVE NEW WORLD by Aldous Huxley 
  6. THE SOUND AND THE FURY by William Faulkner 
  7. CATCH-22 by Joseph Heller 
  8. DARKNESS AT NOON by Arthur Koestler 
  9. SONS AND LOVERS by D.H. Lawrence 
  10. THE GRAPES OF WRATH by John Steinbeck 
  11. UNDER THE VOLCANO by Malcolm Lowry 
  12. THE WAY OF ALL FLESH by Samuel Butler 
  13. 1984 by George Orwell 
  14. I, CLAUDIUS by Robert Graves 
  15. TO THE LIGHTHOUSE by Virginia Woolf 
  16. AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY by Theodore Dreiser 
  17. THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER by Carson McCullers 
  18. SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE by Kurt Vonnegut 
  19. INVISIBLE MAN by Ralph Ellison 
  20. NATIVE SON by Richard Wright 
  21. HENDERSON THE RAIN KING by Saul Bellow 
  22. APPOINTMENT IN SAMARRA by John O’Hara 
  23. U.S.A.(trilogy) by John Dos Passos 
  24. WINESBURG, OHIO by Sherwood Anderson 
  25. A PASSAGE TO INDIA by E.M. Forster 
  26. THE WINGS OF THE DOVE by Henry James 
  27. THE AMBASSADORS by Henry James 
  28. TENDER IS THE NIGHT by F. Scott Fitzgerald 
  29. THE STUDS LONIGAN TRILOGY by James T. Farrell 
  30. THE GOOD SOLDIER by Ford Madox Ford 
  31. ANIMAL FARM by George Orwell 
  32. THE GOLDEN BOWL by Henry James 
  33. SISTER CARRIE by Theodore Dreiser 
  34. A HANDFUL OF DUST by Evelyn Waugh 
  35. AS I LAY DYING by William Faulkner 
  36. ALL THE KING’S MEN by Robert Penn Warren 
  37. THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY by Thornton Wilder 
  38. HOWARDS END by E.M. Forster 
  39. GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN by James Baldwin 
  40. THE HEART OF THE MATTER by Graham Greene 
  41. LORD OF THE FLIES by William Golding 
  42. DELIVERANCE by James Dickey 
  43. A DANCE TO THE MUSIC OF TIME (series) by Anthony Powell 
  44. POINT COUNTER POINT by Aldous Huxley 
  45. THE SUN ALSO RISES by Ernest Hemingway 
  46. THE SECRET AGENT by Joseph Conrad 
  47. NOSTROMO by Joseph Conrad 
  48. THE RAINBOW by D.H. Lawrence 
  49. WOMEN IN LOVE by D.H. Lawrence 
  50. TROPIC OF CANCER by Henry Miller 
  51. THE NAKED AND THE DEAD by Norman Mailer 
  52. PORTNOY’S COMPLAINT by Philip Roth 
  53. PALE FIRE by Vladimir Nabokov 
  54. LIGHT IN AUGUST by William Faulkner 
  55. ON THE ROAD by Jack Kerouac 
  56. THE MALTESE FALCON by Dashiell Hammett 
  57. PARADE’S END by Ford Madox Ford 
  58. THE AGE OF INNOCENCE by Edith Wharton 
  59. ZULEIKA DOBSON by Max Beerbohm 
  60. THE MOVIEGOER by Walker Percy 
  61. DEATH COMES FOR THE ARCHBISHOP by Willa Cather 
  62. FROM HERE TO ETERNITY by James Jones 
  63. THE WAPSHOT CHRONICLES by John Cheever 
  64. THE CATCHER IN THE RYE by J.D. Salinger 
  65. A CLOCKWORK ORANGE by Anthony Burgess 
  66. OF HUMAN BONDAGE by W. Somerset Maugham 
  67. HEART OF DARKNESS by Joseph Conrad 
  68. MAIN STREET by Sinclair Lewis 
  69. THE HOUSE OF MIRTH by Edith Wharton 
  70. THE ALEXANDRIA QUARTET by Lawrence Durrell 
  71. A HIGH WIND IN JAMAICA by Richard Hughes 
  72. A HOUSE FOR MR BISWAS by V.S. Naipaul 
  73. THE DAY OF THE LOCUST by Nathanael West 
  74. A FAREWELL TO ARMS by Ernest Hemingway 
  75. SCOOP by Evelyn Waugh 
  76. THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE by Muriel Spark 
  77. FINNEGANS WAKE by James Joyce 
  78. KIM by Rudyard Kipling 
  79. A ROOM WITH A VIEW by E.M. Forster 
  80. BRIDESHEAD REVISITED by Evelyn Waugh 
  81. THE ADVENTURES OF AUGIE MARCH by Saul Bellow 
  82. ANGLE OF REPOSE by Wallace Stegner 
  83. A BEND IN THE RIVER by V.S. Naipaul 
  84. THE DEATH OF THE HEART by Elizabeth Bowen 
  85. LORD JIM by Joseph Conrad 
  86. RAGTIME by E.L. Doctorow 
  87. THE OLD WIVES’ TALE by Arnold Bennett 
  88. THE CALL OF THE WILD by Jack London 
  89. LOVING by Henry Green 
  90. MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN by Salman Rushdie 
  91. TOBACCO ROAD by Erskine Caldwell 
  92. IRONWEED by William Kennedy 
  93. THE MAGUS by John Fowles 
  94. WIDE SARGASSO SEA by Jean Rhys 
  95. UNDER THE NET by Iris Murdoch 
  96. SOPHIE’S CHOICE by William Styron 
  97. THE SHELTERING SKY by Paul Bowles 
  98. THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE by James M. Cain 
  99. THE GINGER MAN by J.P. Donleavy 
  100. THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS by Booth Tarkington

Modern Library's List of 100 Best Non-Fiction Books

Modern Library 100 Best Non-Fiction Books

And How About the 100 Best Non-Fiction Books:


From Modern Library’s website: “The [Modern Library’s] reader’s poll for the best non-fiction published in the English language since 1900 opened on April 29, 1999 and closed on September 30, 1999 with a total of 194,829 votes cast.” 


So out of those 194,829 votes, what were the highest rated 100 best non-fiction books?


Here’s the list:


  1. THE EDUCATION OF HENRY ADAMS by Henry Adams 
  2. THE VARIETIES OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE by William James 
  3. UP FROM SLAVERY by Booker T. Washington 
  4. A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN by Virginia Woolf 
  5. SILENT SPRING by Rachel Carson 
  6. SELECTED ESSAYS, 1917-1932 by T. S. Eliot 
  7. THE DOUBLE HELIX by James D. Watson 
  8. SPEAK, MEMORY by Vladimir Nabokov 
  9. THE AMERICAN LANGUAGE by H. L. Mencken 
  10. THE GENERAL THEORY OF EMPLOYMENT, INTEREST, AND MONEY by John Maynard Keynes 
  11. THE LIVES OF A CELL by Lewis Thomas 
  12. THE FRONTIER IN AMERICAN HISTORY by Frederick Jackson Turner 
  13. BLACK BOY by Richard Wright 
  14. ASPECTS OF THE NOVEL by E. M. Forster 
  15. THE CIVIL WAR by Shelby Foote 
  16. THE GUNS OF AUGUST by Barbara Tuchman 
  17. THE PROPER STUDY OF MANKIND by Isaiah Berlin 
  18. THE NATURE AND DESTINY OF MAN by Reinhold Niebuhr 
  19. NOTES OF A NATIVE SON by James Baldwin 
  20. THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF ALICE B. TOKLAS by Gertrude Stein 
  21. THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE by William Strunk and E. B. White 
  22. AN AMERICAN DILEMMA by Gunnar Myrdal 
  23. PRINCIPIA MATHEMATICA by Alfred North Whitehead and Bertrand Russell 
  24. THE MISMEASURE OF MAN by Stephen Jay Gould 
  25. THE MIRROR AND THE LAMP by Meyer Howard Abrams 
  26. THE ART OF THE SOLUBLE by Peter B. Medawar 
  27. THE ANTS by Bert Hoelldobler and Edward O. Wilson 
  28. A THEORY OF JUSTICE by John Rawls 
  29. ART AND ILLUSION by Ernest H. Gombrich 
  30. THE MAKING OF THE ENGLISH WORKING CLASS by E. P. Thompson 
  31. THE SOULS OF BLACK FOLK by W.E.B. Du Bois 
  32. PRINCIPIA ETHICA by G. E. Moore 
  33. PHILOSOPHY AND CIVILIZATION by John Dewey 
  34. ON GROWTH AND FORM by D’Arcy Thompson 
  35. IDEAS AND OPINIONS by Albert Einstein 
  36. THE AGE OF JACKSON by Arthur Schlesinger by Jr. 
  37. THE MAKING OF THE ATOMIC BOMB by Richard Rhodes 
  38. BLACK LAMB AND GREY FALCON by Rebecca West 
  39. AUTOBIOGRAPHIES by W. B. Yeats 
  40. SCIENCE AND CIVILIZATION IN CHINA by Joseph Needham 
  41. GOODBYE TO ALL THAT by Robert Graves 
  42. HOMAGE TO CATALONIA by George Orwell 
  43. THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MARK TWAIN by Mark Twain 
  44. CHILDREN OF CRISIS by Robert Coles 
  45. A STUDY OF HISTORY by Arnold J. Toynbee 
  46. THE AFFLUENT SOCIETY by John Kenneth Galbraith 
  47. PRESENT AT THE CREATION by Dean Acheson 
  48. THE GREAT BRIDGE by David McCullough 
  49. PATRIOTIC GORE by Edmund Wilson 
  50. SAMUEL JOHNSON by Walter Jackson Bate 
  51. THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MALCOLM X by Alex Haley and Malcolm X 
  52. THE RIGHT STUFF by Tom Wolfe 
  53. EMINENT VICTORIANS by Lytton Strachey 
  54. WORKING by Studs Terkel 
  55. DARKNESS VISIBLE by William Styron 
  56. THE LIBERAL IMAGINATION by Lionel Trilling 
  57. THE SECOND WORLD WAR by Winston Churchill 
  58. OUT OF AFRICA by Isak Dinesen 
  59. JEFFERSON AND HIS TIME by Dumas Malone 
  60. IN THE AMERICAN GRAIN by William Carlos Williams 
  61. CADILLAC DESERT by Marc Reisner 
  62. THE HOUSE OF MORGAN by Ron Chernow 
  63. THE SWEET SCIENCE by A. J. Liebling 
  64. THE OPEN SOCIETY AND ITS ENEMIES by Karl Popper 
  65. THE ART OF MEMORY by Frances A. Yates 
  66. RELIGION AND THE RISE OF CAPITALISM by R. H. Tawney 
  67. A PREFACE TO MORALS by Walter Lippmann 
  68. THE GATE OF HEAVENLY PEACE by Jonathan D. Spence 
  69. THE STRUCTURE OF SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTIONS by Thomas S. Kuhn 
  70. THE STRANGE CAREER OF JIM CROW by C. Vann Woodward 
  71. THE RISE OF THE WEST by William H. McNeill 
  72. THE GNOSTIC GOSPELS by Elaine Pagels 
  73. JAMES JOYCE by Richard Ellmann 
  74. FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE by Cecil Woodham-Smith 
  75. THE GREAT WAR AND MODERN MEMORY by Paul Fussell 
  76. THE CITY IN HISTORY by Lewis Mumford 
  77. BATTLE CRY OF FREEDOM by James M. McPherson 
  78. WHY WE CAN’T WAIT by Martin Luther King by Jr. 
  79. THE RISE OF THEODORE ROOSEVELT by Edmund Morris 
  80. STUDIES IN ICONOLOGY by Erwin Panofsky 
  81. THE FACE OF BATTLE by John Keegan 
  82. THE STRANGE DEATH OF LIBERAL ENGLAND by George Dangerfield 
  83. VERMEER by Lawrence Gowing 
  84. A BRIGHT SHINING LIE by Neil Sheehan 
  85. WEST WITH THE NIGHT by Beryl Markham 
  86. THIS BOY’S LIFE by Tobias Wolff 
  87. A MATHEMATICIAN’S APOLOGY by G. H. Hardy 
  88. SIX EASY PIECES by Richard P. Feynman 
  89. PILGRIM AT TINKER CREEK by Annie Dillard 
  90. THE GOLDEN BOUGH by James George Frazer 
  91. SHADOW AND ACT by Ralph Ellison 
  92. THE POWER BROKER by Robert A. Caro 
  93. THE AMERICAN POLITICAL TRADITION by Richard Hofstadter 
  94. THE CONTOURS OF AMERICAN HISTORY by William Appleman Williams 
  95. THE PROMISE OF AMERICAN LIFE by Herbert Croly 
  96. IN COLD BLOOD by Truman Capote 
  97. THE JOURNALIST AND THE MURDERER by Janet Malcolm 
  98. THE TAMING OF CHANCE by Ian Hacking 
  99. OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS by Anne Lamott 
  100. MELBOURNE by Lord David Cecil

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The Guardian List of 100 Novels

Guardian List of 100 Novels

The Guardian is a daily newspaper in England.  I like the Guardian.  I always click on a news link if the article title trips my fancy and I see that it has been printed in The Guardian. 


Here's an article with a list of 100 of the greatest novels according to a gentleman named Robert McCrum, who took two years to compile his list. And then, in August of 2015, the Guardian ran this article with McCrum's list.


I'll leave it up to the viewer to simply check out the article itself - rather than list the 100 here - as the article does a nice job with explaining the details of the list and also gives a few-sentence blurb about each book that is nice and helpful and informative.

Learn More About This List

Check out this Guardian article with a list of 100 great novels and a tiny bit of what each book is about.

Here's the Article/List
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The BBC's 25 Greatest British Novels

The BBC: 25 Greatest British Novels

Who doesn't love the BBC?  And books?  And Britain?  And here are all three together!  A perfect storm (and bit of an alliteration of sorts, ha!)


Here's the list of 25, but I've also provided the link straight to the article, as there is great commentary on each book and pictures of each as well.


The List and RANKED as well:


  1. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  2. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  3. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  4. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  5. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  6. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  7. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  8. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  9. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  10. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
  11. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  12. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
  13. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford
  14. Clarissa by Samuel Richardson
  15. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  16. The Waves by Virginia Woolf
  17. Howards End by EM Forster
  18. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
  19. Emma by Jane Austen
  20. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  21. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  22. The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling by Henry Fielding
  23. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
  24. The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
  25. White Teeth by Zadie Smith

Learn More about this list

25 Great British Novels with a solid bit of commentary - a healthy paragraph - about each one and its author.

Find out more

Bibliography for the Lists of Great Reads

Bibliography

Here is the bibliography for the above lists of great books that you might want to simply throw a dart at and start reading!


The New Lifetime Reading Plan by Clifton Fadiman


  • “A Passion for Books” by Harold Rabinowitz & Rob Kaplan, p. 49-54.
  • Clifton Fadiman and John S. Major’s The New Lifetime Reading Plan (HarperCollins, 1998).
  • I also found the list electronically and simply copied and pasted the list and after some formatting, added it above. The website that I copied it from said that there is no copyright and that all material is for free use, but regardless, here’s credit due to the website that I retrieved the Fadiman list from – and it seems to be a great literary site for those interested in having a look: http://www.bopsecrets.org/gateway/book-lists/fadiman.htm

Modern Library List of 100 Top Novels



Modern Library Best 100 Non-Fiction Books


The Guardian List of 100 Novels


25 Greatest British Novels




 


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A Shout-Out to Fadiman & Major's Book!

The Actual Book about a list mentioned above

At the beginning of this "Great Reading List" link, I began with a list of 130 authors (over 220 books) that is a list that is referred to as "The New Lifetime Reading Plan" list.  I discovered this list from another book (as mentioned and credited above), but upon creating this website and digging more, discovered the book itself that the list came from - written by the two authors' that worked hard to compile the list itself!


So, without further ado (again!), here is a picture of their book!  A worthy book to pick up and check out for sure.