"1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die"

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  1. 2000s
  2. Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
  3. Saturday – Ian McEwan
  4. On Beauty – Zadie Smith
  5. Slow Man – J.M. Coetzee
  6. Adjunct: An Undigest – Peter Manson
  7. The Sea – John Banville
  8. The Red Queen – Margaret Drabble
  9. The Plot Against America – Philip Roth
  10. The Master – Colm Tóibín
  11. Vanishing Point – David Markson
  12. The Lambs of London – Peter Ackroyd
  13. Dining on Stones – Iain Sinclair
  14. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
  15. Drop City – T. Coraghessan Boyle
  16. The Colour – Rose Tremain
  17. Thursbitch – Alan Garner
  18. The Light of Day – Graham Swift
  19. What I Loved – Siri Hustvedt
  20. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon
  21. Islands – Dan Sleigh
  22. Elizabeth Costello – J.M. Coetzee
  23. London Orbital – Iain Sinclair
  24. Family Matters – Rohinton Mistry
  25. Fingersmith – Sarah Waters
  26. The Double – José Saramago
  27. Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer
  28. Unless – Carol Shields
  29. Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami
  30. The Story of Lucy Gault – William Trevor
  31. That They May Face the Rising Sun – John McGahern
  32. In the Forest – Edna O’Brien
  33. Shroud – John Banville
  34. Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
  35. Youth – J.M. Coetzee
  36. Dead Air – Iain Banks
  37. Nowhere Man – Aleksandar Hemon
  38. The Book of Illusions – Paul Auster
  39. Gabriel’s Gift – Hanif Kureishi
  40. Austerlitz – W.G. Sebald
  41. Platform – Michael Houellebecq
  42. Schooling – Heather McGowan
  43. Atonement – Ian McEwan
  44. The Corrections – Jonathan Franzen
  45. Don’t Move – Margaret Mazzantini
  46. The Body Artist – Don DeLillo
  47. Fury – Salman Rushdie
  48. At Swim, Two Boys – Jamie O’Neill
  49. Choke – Chuck Palahniuk
  50. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  51. The Feast of the Goat – Mario Vargos Llosa
  52. An Obedient Father – Akhil Sharma
  53. The Devil and Miss Prym – Paulo Coelho
  54. Spring Flowers, Spring Frost – Ismail Kadare
  55. White Teeth – Zadie Smith
  56. The Heart of Redness – Zakes Mda
  57. Under the Skin – Michel Faber
  58. Ignorance – Milan Kundera
  59. Nineteen Seventy Seven – David Peace
  60. Celestial Harmonies – Péter Esterházy
  61. City of God – E.L. Doctorow
  62. How the Dead Live – Will Self
  63. The Human Stain – Philip Roth
  64. The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood
  65. After the Quake – Haruki Murakami
  66. Small Remedies – Shashi Deshpande
  67. Super-Cannes – J.G. Ballard
  68. House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski
  69. Blonde – Joyce Carol Oates
  70. Pastoralia – George Saunders
  71. 1900s
  72. Timbuktu – Paul Auster
  73. The Romantics – Pankaj Mishra
  74. Cryptonomicon – Neal Stephenson
  75. As If I Am Not There – Slavenka Drakuli?
  76. Everything You Need – A.L. Kennedy
  77. Fear and Trembling – Amélie Nothomb
  78. The Ground Beneath Her Feet – Salman Rushdie
  79. Disgrace – J.M. Coetzee
  80. Sputnik Sweetheart – Haruki Murakami
  81. Elementary Particles – Michel Houellebecq
  82. Intimacy – Hanif Kureishi
  83. Amsterdam – Ian McEwan
  84. Cloudsplitter – Russell Banks
  85. All Souls Day – Cees Nooteboom
  86. The Talk of the Town – Ardal O’Hanlon
  87. Tipping the Velvet – Sarah Waters
  88. The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
  89. Glamorama – Bret Easton Ellis
  90. Another World – Pat Barker
  91. The Hours – Michael Cunningham
  92. Veronika Decides to Die – Paulo Coelho
  93. Mason & Dixon – Thomas Pynchon
  94. The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
  95. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
  96. Great Apes – Will Self
  97. Enduring Love – Ian McEwan
  98. Underworld – Don DeLillo
  99. Jack Maggs – Peter Carey
  100. The Life of Insects – Victor Pelevin
  101. American Pastoral – Philip Roth
  102. The Untouchable – John Banville
  103. Silk – Alessandro Baricco
  104. Cocaine Nights – J.G. Ballard
  105. Hallucinating Foucault – Patricia Duncker
  106. Fugitive Pieces – Anne Michaels
  107. The Ghost Road – Pat Barker
  108. Forever a Stranger – Hella Haasse
  109. Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace
  110. The Clay Machine-Gun – Victor Pelevin
  111. Alias Grace – Margaret Atwood
  112. The Unconsoled – Kazuo Ishiguro
  113. Morvern Callar – Alan Warner
  114. The Information – Martin Amis
  115. The Moor’s Last Sigh – Salman Rushdie
  116. Sabbath’s Theater – Philip Roth
  117. The Rings of Saturn – W.G. Sebald
  118. The Reader – Bernhard Schlink
  119. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
  120. Love’s Work – Gillian Rose
  121. The End of the Story – Lydia Davis
  122. Mr. Vertigo – Paul Auster
  123. The Folding Star – Alan Hollinghurst
  124. Whatever – Michel Houellebecq
  125. Land – Park Kyong-ni
  126. The Master of Petersburg – J.M. Coetzee
  127. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami
  128. Pereira Declares: A Testimony – Antonio Tabucchi
  129. City Sister Silver – Jàchym Topol
  130. How Late It Was, How Late – James Kelman
  131. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernieres
  132. Felicia’s Journey – William Trevor
  133. Disappearance – David Dabydeen
  134. The Invention of Curried Sausage – Uwe Timm
  135. The Shipping News – E. Annie Proulx
  136. Trainspotting – Irvine Welsh
  137. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
  138. Looking for the Possible Dance – A.L. Kennedy
  139. Operation Shylock – Philip Roth
  140. Complicity – Iain Banks
  141. On Love – Alain de Botton
  142. What a Carve Up! – Jonathan Coe
  143. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
  144. The Stone Diaries – Carol Shields
  145. The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides
  146. The House of Doctor Dee – Peter Ackroyd
  147. The Robber Bride – Margaret Atwood
  148. The Emigrants – W.G. Sebald
  149. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
  150. Life is a Caravanserai – Emine Özdamar
  151. The Discovery of Heaven – Harry Mulisch
  152. A Heart So White – Javier Marias
  153. Possessing the Secret of Joy – Alice Walker
  154. Indigo – Marina Warner
  155. The Crow Road – Iain Banks
  156. Written on the Body – Jeanette Winterson
  157. Jazz – Toni Morrison
  158. The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje
  159. Smilla’s Sense of Snow – Peter Høeg
  160. The Butcher Boy – Patrick McCabe
  161. Black Water – Joyce Carol Oates
  162. The Heather Blazing – Colm Tóibín
  163. Asphodel – H.D. (Hilda Doolittle)
  164. Black Dogs – Ian McEwan
  165. Hideous Kinky – Esther Freud
  166. Arcadia – Jim Crace
  167. Wild Swans – Jung Chang
  168. American Psycho – Bret Easton Ellis
  169. Time’s Arrow – Martin Amis
  170. Mao II – Don DeLillo
  171. Typical – Padgett Powell
  172. Regeneration – Pat Barker
  173. Downriver – Iain Sinclair
  174. Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord – Louis de Bernieres
  175. Wise Children – Angela Carter
  176. Get Shorty – Elmore Leonard
  177. Amongst Women – John McGahern
  178. Vineland – Thomas Pynchon
  179. Vertigo – W.G. Sebald
  180. Stone Junction – Jim Dodge
  181. The Music of Chance – Paul Auster
  182. The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien
  183. A Home at the End of the World – Michael Cunningham
  184. Like Life – Lorrie Moore
  185. Possession – A.S. Byatt
  186. The Buddha of Suburbia – Hanif Kureishi
  187. The Midnight Examiner – William Kotzwinkle
  188. A Disaffection – James Kelman
  189. Sexing the Cherry – Jeanette Winterson
  190. Moon Palace – Paul Auster
  191. Billy Bathgate – E.L. Doctorow
  192. Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
  193. The Melancholy of Resistance – László Krasznahorkai
  194. The Temple of My Familiar – Alice Walker
  195. The Trick is to Keep Breathing – Janice Galloway
  196. The History of the Siege of Lisbon – José Saramago
  197. Like Water for Chocolate – Laura Esquivel
  198. A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
  199. London Fields – Martin Amis
  200. The Book of Evidence – John Banville
  201. Cat’s Eye – Margaret Atwood
  202. Foucault’s Pendulum – Umberto Eco
  203. The Beautiful Room is Empty – Edmund White
  204. Wittgenstein’s Mistress – David Markson
  205. The Satanic Verses – Salman Rushdie
  206. The Swimming-Pool Library – Alan Hollinghurst
  207. Oscar and Lucinda – Peter Carey
  208. Libra – Don DeLillo
  209. The Player of Games – Iain M. Banks
  210. Nervous Conditions – Tsitsi Dangarembga
  211. The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul – Douglas Adams
  212. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency – Douglas Adams
  213. The Radiant Way – Margaret Drabble
  214. The Afternoon of a Writer – Peter Handke
  215. The Black Dahlia – James Ellroy
  216. The Passion – Jeanette Winterson
  217. The Pigeon – Patrick Süskind
  218. The Child in Time – Ian McEwan
  219. Cigarettes – Harry Mathews
  220. The Bonfire of the Vanities – Tom Wolfe
  221. The New York Trilogy – Paul Auster
  222. World’s End – T. Coraghessan Boyle
  223. Enigma of Arrival – V.S. Naipaul
  224. The Taebek Mountains – Jo Jung-rae
  225. Beloved – Toni Morrison
  226. Anagrams – Lorrie Moore
  227. Matigari – Ngugi Wa Thiong’o
  228. Marya – Joyce Carol Oates
  229. Watchmen – Alan Moore & David Gibbons
  230. The Old Devils – Kingsley Amis
  231. Lost Language of Cranes – David Leavitt
  232. An Artist of the Floating World – Kazuo Ishiguro
  233. Extinction – Thomas Bernhard
  234. Foe – J.M. Coetzee
  235. The Drowned and the Saved – Primo Levi
  236. Reasons to Live – Amy Hempel
  237. The Parable of the Blind – Gert Hofmann
  238. Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel García Márquez
  239. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit – Jeanette Winterson
  240. The Cider House Rules – John Irving
  241. A Maggot – John Fowles
  242. Less Than Zero – Bret Easton Ellis
  243. Contact – Carl Sagan
  244. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  245. Perfume – Patrick Süskind
  246. Old Masters – Thomas Bernhard
  247. White Noise – Don DeLillo
  248. Queer – William Burroughs
  249. Hawksmoor – Peter Ackroyd
  250. Legend – David Gemmell
  251. Dictionary of the Khazars – Milorad Pavi?
  252. The Bus Conductor Hines – James Kelman
  253. The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis – José Saramago
  254. The Lover – Marguerite Duras
  255. Empire of the Sun – J.G. Ballard
  256. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
  257. Nights at the Circus – Angela Carter
  258. The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera
  259. Blood and Guts in High School – Kathy Acker
  260. Neuromancer – William Gibson
  261. Flaubert’s Parrot – Julian Barnes
  262. Money: A Suicide Note – Martin Amis
  263. Shame – Salman Rushdie
  264. Worstward Ho – Samuel Beckett
  265. Fools of Fortune – William Trevor
  266. La Brava – Elmore Leonard
  267. Waterland – Graham Swift
  268. The Life and Times of Michael K – J.M. Coetzee
  269. The Diary of Jane Somers – Doris Lessing
  270. The Piano Teacher – Elfriede Jelinek
  271. The Sorrow of Belgium – Hugo Claus
  272. If Not Now, When? – Primo Levi
  273. A Boy’s Own Story – Edmund White
  274. The Color Purple – Alice Walker
  275. Wittgenstein’s Nephew – Thomas Bernhard
  276. A Pale View of Hills – Kazuo Ishiguro
  277. Schindler’s Ark – Thomas Keneally
  278. The House of the Spirits – Isabel Allende
  279. The Newton Letter – John Banville
  280. On the Black Hill – Bruce Chatwin
  281. Concrete – Thomas Bernhard
  282. The Names – Don DeLillo
  283. Rabbit is Rich – John Updike
  284. Lanark: A Life in Four Books – Alasdair Gray
  285. The Comfort of Strangers – Ian McEwan
  286. July’s People – Nadine Gordimer
  287. Summer in Baden-Baden – Leonid Tsypkin
  288. Broken April – Ismail Kadare
  289. Waiting for the Barbarians – J.M. Coetzee
  290. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
  291. Rites of Passage – William Golding
  292. Rituals – Cees Nooteboom
  293. Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
  294. City Primeval – Elmore Leonard
  295. The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco
  296. The Book of Laughter and Forgetting – Milan Kundera
  297. Smiley’s People – John Le Carré
  298. Shikasta – Doris Lessing
  299. A Bend in the River – V.S. Naipaul
  300. Burger’s Daughter - Nadine Gordimer
  301. The Safety Net – Heinrich Böll
  302. If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler – Italo Calvino
  303. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
  304. The Cement Garden – Ian McEwan
  305. The World According to Garp – John Irving
  306. Life: A User’s Manual – Georges Perec
  307. The Sea, The Sea – Iris Murdoch
  308. The Singapore Grip – J.G. Farrell
  309. Yes – Thomas Bernhard
  310. The Virgin in the Garden – A.S. Byatt
  311. In the Heart of the Country – J.M. Coetzee
  312. The Passion of New Eve – Angela Carter
  313. Delta of Venus – Anaïs Nin
  314. The Shining – Stephen King
  315. Dispatches – Michael Herr
  316. Petals of Blood – Ngugi Wa Thiong’o
  317. Song of Solomon – Toni Morrison
  318. The Hour of the Star – Clarice Lispector
  319. The Left-Handed Woman – Peter Handke
  320. Ratner’s Star – Don DeLillo
  321. The Public Burning – Robert Coover
  322. Interview With the Vampire – Anne Rice
  323. Cutter and Bone – Newton Thornburg
  324. Amateurs – Donald Barthelme
  325. Patterns of Childhood – Christa Wolf
  326. Autumn of the Patriarch – Gabriel García Márquez
  327. W, or the Memory of Childhood – Georges Perec
  328. A Dance to the Music of Time – Anthony Powell
  329. Grimus – Salman Rushdie
  330. The Dead Father – Donald Barthelme
  331. Fateless – Imre Kertész
  332. Willard and His Bowling Trophies – Richard Brautigan
  333. High Rise – J.G. Ballard
  334. Humboldt’s Gift – Saul Bellow
  335. Dead Babies – Martin Amis
  336. Correction – Thomas Bernhard
  337. Ragtime – E.L. Doctorow
  338. The Fan Man – William Kotzwinkle
  339. Dusklands – J.M. Coetzee
  340. The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum – Heinrich Böll
  341. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – John Le Carré
  342. Breakfast of Champions – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
  343. Fear of Flying – Erica Jong
  344. A Question of Power – Bessie Head
  345. The Siege of Krishnapur – J.G. Farrell
  346. The Castle of Crossed Destinies – Italo Calvino
  347. Crash – J.G. Ballard
  348. The Honorary Consul – Graham Greene
  349. Gravity’s Rainbow – Thomas Pynchon
  350. The Black Prince – Iris Murdoch
  351. Sula – Toni Morrison
  352. Invisible Cities – Italo Calvino
  353. The Breast – Philip Roth
  354. The Summer Book – Tove Jansson
  355. G – John Berger
  356. Surfacing – Margaret Atwood
  357. House Mother Normal – B.S. Johnson
  358. In A Free State – V.S. Naipaul
  359. The Book of Daniel – E.L. Doctorow
  360. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson
  361. Group Portrait With Lady – Heinrich Böll
  362. The Wild Boys – William Burroughs
  363. Rabbit Redux – John Updike
  364. The Sea of Fertility – Yukio Mishima
  365. The Driver’s Seat – Muriel Spark
  366. The Ogre – Michael Tournier
  367. The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison
  368. Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick – Peter Handke
  369. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
  370. Mercier et Camier – Samuel Beckett
  371. Troubles – J.G. Farrell
  372. Jahrestage – Uwe Johnson
  373. The Atrocity Exhibition – J.G. Ballard
  374. Tent of Miracles – Jorge Amado
  375. Pricksongs and Descants – Robert Coover
  376. Blind Man With a Pistol – Chester Hines
  377. Slaughterhouse-five – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
  378. The French Lieutenant’s Woman – John Fowles
  379. The Green Man – Kingsley Amis
  380. Portnoy’s Complaint – Philip Roth
  381. The Godfather – Mario Puzo
  382. Ada – Vladimir Nabokov
  383. Them – Joyce Carol Oates
  384. A Void/Avoid – Georges Perec
  385. Eva Trout – Elizabeth Bowen
  386. Myra Breckinridge – Gore Vidal
  387. The Nice and the Good – Iris Murdoch
  388. Belle du Seigneur – Albert Cohen
  389. Cancer Ward – Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn
  390. The First Circle – Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn
  391. 2001: A Space Odyssey – Arthur C. Clarke
  392. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Philip K. Dick
  393. Dark as the Grave Wherein My Friend is Laid – Malcolm Lowry
  394. The German Lesson – Siegfried Lenz
  395. In Watermelon Sugar – Richard Brautigan
  396. A Kestrel for a Knave – Barry Hines
  397. The Quest for Christa T. – Christa Wolf
  398. Chocky – John Wyndham
  399. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test – Tom Wolfe
  400. The Cubs and Other Stories – Mario Vargas Llosa
  401. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel García Márquez
  402. The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov
  403. Pilgrimage – Dorothy Richardson
  404. The Joke – Milan Kundera
  405. No Laughing Matter – Angus Wilson
  406. The Third Policeman – Flann O’Brien
  407. A Man Asleep – Georges Perec
  408. The Birds Fall Down – Rebecca West
  409. Trawl – B.S. Johnson
  410. In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
  411. The Magus – John Fowles
  412. The Vice-Consul – Marguerite Duras
  413. Wide Sargasso Sea – Jean Rhys
  414. Giles Goat-Boy – John Barth
  415. The Crying of Lot 49 – Thomas Pynchon
  416. Things – Georges Perec
  417. The River Between – Ngugi wa Thiong’o
  418. August is a Wicked Month – Edna O’Brien
  419. God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater – Kurt Vonnegut
  420. Everything That Rises Must Converge – Flannery O’Connor
  421. The Passion According to G.H. – Clarice Lispector
  422. Sometimes a Great Notion – Ken Kesey
  423. Come Back, Dr. Caligari – Donald Bartholme
  424. Albert Angelo – B.S. Johnson
  425. Arrow of God – Chinua Achebe
  426. The Ravishing of Lol V. Stein – Marguerite Duras
  427. Herzog – Saul Bellow
  428. V. – Thomas Pynchon
  429. Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut
  430. The Graduate – Charles Webb
  431. Manon des Sources – Marcel Pagnol
  432. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold – John Le Carré
  433. The Girls of Slender Means – Muriel Spark
  434. Inside Mr. Enderby – Anthony Burgess
  435. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
  436. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich – Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn
  437. The Collector – John Fowles
  438. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
  439. A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
  440. Pale Fire – Vladimir Nabokov
  441. The Drowned World – J.G. Ballard
  442. The Golden Notebook – Doris Lessing
  443. Labyrinths – Jorg Luis Borges
  444. Girl With Green Eyes – Edna O’Brien
  445. The Garden of the Finzi-Continis – Giorgio Bassani
  446. Stranger in a Strange Land – Robert Heinlein
  447. Franny and Zooey – J.D. Salinger
  448. A Severed Head – Iris Murdoch
  449. Faces in the Water – Janet Frame
  450. Solaris – Stanislaw Lem
  451. Cat and Mouse – Günter Grass
  452. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Muriel Spark
  453. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
  454. The Violent Bear it Away – Flannery O’Connor
  455. How It Is – Samuel Beckett
  456. Our Ancestors – Italo Calvino
  457. The Country Girls – Edna O’Brien
  458. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  459. Rabbit, Run – John Updike
  460. Promise at Dawn – Romain Gary
  461. Cider With Rosie – Laurie Lee
  462. Billy Liar – Keith Waterhouse
  463. Naked Lunch – William Burroughs
  464. The Tin Drum – Günter Grass
  465. Absolute Beginners – Colin MacInnes
  466. Henderson the Rain King – Saul Bellow
  467. Memento Mori – Muriel Spark
  468. Billiards at Half-Past Nine – Heinrich Böll
  469. Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote
  470. The Leopard – Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
  471. Pluck the Bud and Destroy the Offspring – Kenzaburo Oe
  472. A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
  473. The Bitter Glass – Eilís Dillon
  474. Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
  475. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning – Alan Sillitoe
  476. Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris – Paul Gallico
  477. Borstal Boy – Brendan Behan
  478. The End of the Road – John Barth
  479. The Once and Future King – T.H. White
  480. The Bell – Iris Murdoch
  481. Jealousy – Alain Robbe-Grillet
  482. Voss – Patrick White
  483. The Midwich Cuckoos – John Wyndham
  484. Blue Noon – Georges Bataille
  485. Homo Faber – Max Frisch
  486. On the Road – Jack Kerouac
  487. Pnin – Vladimir Nabokov
  488. Doctor Zhivago – Boris Pasternak
  489. The Wonderful “O” – James Thurber
  490. Justine – Lawrence Durrell
  491. Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin
  492. The Lonely Londoners – Sam Selvon
  493. The Roots of Heaven – Romain Gary
  494. Seize the Day – Saul Bellow
  495. The Floating Opera – John Barth
  496. The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
  497. The Talented Mr. Ripley – Patricia Highsmith
  498. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
  499. A World of Love – Elizabeth Bowen
  500. The Trusting and the Maimed – James Plunkett
  501. The Quiet American – Graham Greene
  502. The Last Temptation of Christ – Nikos Kazantzákis
  503. The Recognitions – William Gaddis
  504. The Ragazzi – Pier Paulo Pasolini
  505. Bonjour Tristesse – Françoise Sagan
  506. I’m Not Stiller – Max Frisch
  507. Self Condemned – Wyndham Lewis
  508. The Story of O – Pauline Réage
  509. A Ghost at Noon – Alberto Moravia
  510. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  511. Under the Net – Iris Murdoch
  512. The Go-Between – L.P. Hartley
  513. The Long Goodbye – Raymond Chandler
  514. The Unnamable – Samuel Beckett
  515. Watt – Samuel Beckett
  516. Lucky Jim – Kingsley Amis
  517. Junkie – William Burroughs
  518. The Adventures of Augie March – Saul Bellow
  519. Go Tell It on the Mountain – James Baldwin
  520. Casino Royale – Ian Fleming
  521. The Judge and His Hangman – Friedrich Dürrenmatt
  522. Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison
  523. The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
  524. Wise Blood – Flannery O’Connor
  525. The Killer Inside Me – Jim Thompson
  526. Memoirs of Hadrian – Marguerite Yourcenar
  527. Malone Dies – Samuel Beckett
  528. Day of the Triffids – John Wyndham
  529. Foundation – Isaac Asimov
  530. The Opposing Shore – Julien Gracq
  531. The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
  532. The Rebel – Albert Camus
  533. Molloy – Samuel Beckett
  534. The End of the Affair – Graham Greene
  535. The Abbot C – Georges Bataille
  536. The Labyrinth of Solitude – Octavio Paz
  537. The Third Man – Graham Greene
  538. The 13 Clocks – James Thurber
  539. Gormenghast – Mervyn Peake
  540. The Grass is Singing – Doris Lessing
  541. I, Robot – Isaac Asimov
  542. The Moon and the Bonfires – Cesare Pavese
  543. The Garden Where the Brass Band Played – Simon Vestdijk
  544. Love in a Cold Climate – Nancy Mitford
  545. The Case of Comrade Tulayev – Victor Serge
  546. The Heat of the Day – Elizabeth Bowen
  547. Kingdom of This World – Alejo Carpentier
  548. The Man With the Golden Arm – Nelson Algren
  549. Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell
  550. All About H. Hatterr – G.V. Desani
  551. Disobedience – Alberto Moravia
  552. Death Sentence – Maurice Blanchot
  553. The Heart of the Matter – Graham Greene
  554. Cry, the Beloved Country – Alan Paton
  555. Doctor Faustus – Thomas Mann
  556. The Victim – Saul Bellow
  557. Exercises in Style – Raymond Queneau
  558. If This Is a Man – Primo Levi
  559. Under the Volcano – Malcolm Lowry
  560. The Path to the Nest of Spiders – Italo Calvino
  561. The Plague – Albert Camus
  562. Back – Henry Green
  563. Titus Groan – Mervyn Peake
  564. The Bridge on the Drina – Ivo Andri?
  565. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
  566. Animal Farm – George Orwell
  567. Cannery Row – John Steinbeck
  568. The Pursuit of Love – Nancy Mitford
  569. Loving – Henry Green
  570. Arcanum 17 – André Breton
  571. Christ Stopped at Eboli – Carlo Levi
  572. The Razor’s Edge – William Somerset Maugham
  573. Transit – Anna Seghers
  574. Ficciones – Jorge Luis Borges
  575. Dangling Man – Saul Bellow
  576. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  577. Caught – Henry Green
  578. The Glass Bead Game – Herman Hesse
  579. Embers – Sandor Marai
  580. Go Down, Moses – William Faulkner
  581. The Outsider – Albert Camus
  582. In Sicily – Elio Vittorini
  583. The Poor Mouth – Flann O’Brien
  584. The Living and the Dead – Patrick White
  585. Hangover Square – Patrick Hamilton
  586. Between the Acts – Virginia Woolf
  587. The Hamlet – William Faulkner
  588. Farewell My Lovely – Raymond Chandler
  589. For Whom the Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway
  590. Native Son – Richard Wright
  591. The Power and the Glory – Graham Greene
  592. The Tartar Steppe – Dino Buzzati
  593. Party Going – Henry Green
  594. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  595. Finnegans Wake – James Joyce
  596. At Swim-Two-Birds – Flann O’Brien
  597. Coming Up for Air – George Orwell
  598. Goodbye to Berlin – Christopher Isherwood
  599. Tropic of Capricorn – Henry Miller
  600. Good Morning, Midnight – Jean Rhys
  601. The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler
  602. After the Death of Don Juan – Sylvie Townsend Warner
  603. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day – Winifred Watson
  604. Nausea – Jean-Paul Sartre
  605. Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier
  606. Cause for Alarm – Eric Ambler
  607. Brighton Rock – Graham Greene
  608. U.S.A. – John Dos Passos
  609. Murphy – Samuel Beckett
  610. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
  611. Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston
  612. The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
  613. The Years – Virginia Woolf
  614. In Parenthesis – David Jones
  615. The Revenge for Love – Wyndham Lewis
  616. Out of Africa – Isak Dineson (Karen Blixen)
  617. To Have and Have Not – Ernest Hemingway
  618. Summer Will Show – Sylvia Townsend Warner
  619. Eyeless in Gaza – Aldous Huxley
  620. The Thinking Reed – Rebecca West
  621. Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
  622. Keep the Aspidistra Flying – George Orwell
  623. Wild Harbour – Ian MacPherson
  624. Absalom, Absalom! – William Faulkner
  625. At the Mountains of Madness – H.P. Lovecraft
  626. Nightwood – Djuna Barnes
  627. Independent People – Halldór Laxness
  628. Auto-da-Fé – Elias Canetti
  629. The Last of Mr. Norris – Christopher Isherwood
  630. They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? – Horace McCoy
  631. The House in Paris – Elizabeth Bowen
  632. England Made Me – Graham Greene
  633. Burmese Days – George Orwell
  634. The Nine Tailors – Dorothy L. Sayers
  635. Threepenny Novel – Bertolt Brecht
  636. Novel With Cocaine – M. Ageyev
  637. The Postman Always Rings Twice – James M. Cain
  638. Tropic of Cancer – Henry Miller
  639. A Handful of Dust – Evelyn Waugh
  640. Tender is the Night – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  641. Thank You, Jeeves – P.G. Wodehouse
  642. Call it Sleep – Henry Roth
  643. Miss Lonelyhearts – Nathanael West
  644. Murder Must Advertise – Dorothy L. Sayers
  645. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas – Gertrude Stein
  646. Testament of Youth – Vera Brittain
  647. A Day Off – Storm Jameson
  648. The Man Without Qualities – Robert Musil
  649. A Scots Quair (Sunset Song) – Lewis Grassic Gibbon
  650. Journey to the End of the Night – Louis-Ferdinand Céline
  651. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  652. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
  653. To the North – Elizabeth Bowen
  654. The Thin Man – Dashiell Hammett
  655. The Radetzky March – Joseph Roth
  656. The Waves – Virginia Woolf
  657. The Glass Key – Dashiell Hammett
  658. Cakes and Ale – W. Somerset Maugham
  659. The Apes of God – Wyndham Lewis
  660. Her Privates We – Frederic Manning
  661. Vile Bodies – Evelyn Waugh
  662. The Maltese Falcon – Dashiell Hammett
  663. Hebdomeros – Giorgio de Chirico
  664. Passing – Nella Larsen
  665. A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway
  666. Red Harvest – Dashiell Hammett
  667. Living – Henry Green
  668. The Time of Indifference – Alberto Moravia
  669. All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque
  670. Berlin Alexanderplatz – Alfred Döblin
  671. The Last September – Elizabeth Bowen
  672. Harriet Hume – Rebecca West
  673. The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner
  674. Les Enfants Terribles – Jean Cocteau
  675. Look Homeward, Angel – Thomas Wolfe
  676. Story of the Eye – Georges Bataille
  677. Orlando – Virginia Woolf
  678. Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D.H. Lawrence
  679. The Well of Loneliness – Radclyffe Hall
  680. The Childermass – Wyndham Lewis
  681. Quartet – Jean Rhys
  682. Decline and Fall – Evelyn Waugh
  683. Quicksand – Nella Larsen
  684. Parade’s End – Ford Madox Ford
  685. Nadja – André Breton
  686. Steppenwolf – Herman Hesse
  687. Remembrance of Things Past – Marcel Proust
  688. To The Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf
  689. Tarka the Otter – Henry Williamson
  690. Amerika – Franz Kafka
  691. The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
  692. Blindness – Henry Green
  693. The Castle – Franz Kafka
  694. The Good Soldier Švejk – Jaroslav Hašek
  695. The Plumed Serpent – D.H. Lawrence
  696. One, None and a Hundred Thousand – Luigi Pirandello
  697. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Agatha Christie
  698. The Making of Americans – Gertrude Stein
  699. Manhattan Transfer – John Dos Passos
  700. Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
  701. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  702. The Counterfeiters – André Gide
  703. The Trial – Franz Kafka
  704. The Artamonov Business – Maxim Gorky
  705. The Professor’s House – Willa Cather
  706. Billy Budd, Foretopman – Herman Melville
  707. The Green Hat – Michael Arlen
  708. The Magic Mountain – Thomas Mann
  709. We – Yevgeny Zamyatin
  710. A Passage to India – E.M. Forster
  711. The Devil in the Flesh – Raymond Radiguet
  712. Zeno’s Conscience – Italo Svevo
  713. Cane – Jean Toomer
  714. Antic Hay – Aldous Huxley
  715. Amok – Stefan Zweig
  716. The Garden Party – Katherine Mansfield
  717. The Enormous Room – E.E. Cummings
  718. Jacob’s Room – Virginia Woolf
  719. Siddhartha – Herman Hesse
  720. The Glimpses of the Moon – Edith Wharton
  721. Life and Death of Harriett Frean – May Sinclair
  722. The Last Days of Humanity – Karl Kraus
  723. Aaron’s Rod – D.H. Lawrence
  724. Babbitt – Sinclair Lewis
  725. Ulysses – James Joyce
  726. The Fox – D.H. Lawrence
  727. Crome Yellow – Aldous Huxley
  728. The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton
  729. Main Street – Sinclair Lewis
  730. Women in Love – D.H. Lawrence
  731. Night and Day – Virginia Woolf
  732. Tarr – Wyndham Lewis
  733. The Return of the Soldier – Rebecca West
  734. The Shadow Line – Joseph Conrad
  735. Summer – Edith Wharton
  736. Growth of the Soil – Knut Hamsen
  737. Bunner Sisters – Edith Wharton
  738. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce
  739. Under Fire – Henri Barbusse
  740. Rashomon – Akutagawa Ryunosuke
  741. The Good Soldier – Ford Madox Ford
  742. The Voyage Out – Virginia Woolf
  743. Of Human Bondage – William Somerset Maugham
  744. The Rainbow – D.H. Lawrence
  745. The Thirty-Nine Steps – John Buchan
  746. Kokoro – Natsume Soseki
  747. Locus Solus – Raymond Roussel
  748. Rosshalde – Herman Hesse
  749. Tarzan of the Apes – Edgar Rice Burroughs
  750. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists – Robert Tressell
  751. Sons and Lovers – D.H. Lawrence
  752. Death in Venice – Thomas Mann
  753. The Charwoman’s Daughter – James Stephens
  754. Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton
  755. Fantômas – Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre
  756. Howards End – E.M. Forster
  757. Impressions of Africa – Raymond Roussel
  758. Three Lives – Gertrude Stein
  759. Martin Eden – Jack London
  760. Strait is the Gate – André Gide
  761. Tono-Bungay – H.G. Wells
  762. The Inferno – Henri Barbusse
  763. A Room With a View – E.M. Forster
  764. The Iron Heel – Jack London
  765. The Old Wives’ Tale – Arnold Bennett
  766. The House on the Borderland – William Hope Hodgson
  767. Mother – Maxim Gorky
  768. The Secret Agent – Joseph Conrad
  769. The Jungle – Upton Sinclair
  770. Young Törless – Robert Musil
  771. The Forsyte Sage – John Galsworthy
  772. The House of Mirth – Edith Wharton
  773. Professor Unrat – Heinrich Mann
  774. Where Angels Fear to Tread – E.M. Forster
  775. Nostromo – Joseph Conrad
  776. Hadrian the Seventh – Frederick Rolfe
  777. The Golden Bowl – Henry James
  778. The Ambassadors – Henry James
  779. The Riddle of the Sands – Erskine Childers
  780. The Immoralist – André Gide
  781. The Wings of the Dove – Henry James
  782. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
  783. The Hound of the Baskervilles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  784. Buddenbrooks – Thomas Mann
  785. Kim – Rudyard Kipling
  786. Sister Carrie – Theodore Dreiser
  787. Lord Jim – Joseph Conrad
  788. 1800s
  789. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. – Somerville and Ross
  790. The Stechlin – Theodore Fontane
  791. The Awakening – Kate Chopin
  792. The Turn of the Screw – Henry James
  793. The War of the Worlds – H.G. Wells
  794. The Invisible Man – H.G. Wells
  795. What Maisie Knew – Henry James
  796. Fruits of the Earth – André Gide
  797. Dracula – Bram Stoker
  798. Quo Vadis – Henryk Sienkiewicz
  799. The Island of Dr. Moreau – H.G. Wells
  800. The Time Machine – H.G. Wells
  801. Effi Briest – Theodore Fontane
  802. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
  803. The Real Charlotte – Somerville and Ross
  804. The Yellow Wallpaper – Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  805. Born in Exile – George Gissing
  806. Diary of a Nobody – George & Weedon Grossmith
  807. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  808. News from Nowhere – William Morris
  809. New Grub Street – George Gissing
  810. Gösta Berling’s Saga – Selma Lagerlöf
  811. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
  812. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
  813. The Kreutzer Sonata – Leo Tolstoy
  814. La Bête Humaine – Émile Zola
  815. By the Open Sea – August Strindberg
  816. Hunger – Knut Hamsun
  817. The Master of Ballantrae – Robert Louis Stevenson
  818. Pierre and Jean – Guy de Maupassant
  819. Fortunata and Jacinta – Benito Pérez Galdés
  820. The People of Hemsö – August Strindberg
  821. The Woodlanders – Thomas Hardy
  822. She – H. Rider Haggard
  823. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson
  824. The Mayor of Casterbridge – Thomas Hardy
  825. Kidnapped – Robert Louis Stevenson
  826. King Solomon’s Mines – H. Rider Haggard
  827. Germinal – Émile Zola
  828. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
  829. Bel-Ami – Guy de Maupassant
  830. Marius the Epicurean – Walter Pater
  831. Against the Grain – Joris-Karl Huysmans
  832. The Death of Ivan Ilyich – Leo Tolstoy
  833. A Woman’s Life – Guy de Maupassant
  834. Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson
  835. The House by the Medlar Tree – Giovanni Verga
  836. The Portrait of a Lady – Henry James
  837. Bouvard and Pécuchet – Gustave Flaubert
  838. Ben-Hur – Lew Wallace
  839. Nana – Émile Zola
  840. The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  841. The Red Room – August Strindberg
  842. Return of the Native – Thomas Hardy
  843. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  844. Drunkard – Émile Zola
  845. Virgin Soil – Ivan Turgenev
  846. Daniel Deronda – George Eliot
  847. The Hand of Ethelberta – Thomas Hardy
  848. The Temptation of Saint Anthony – Gustave Flaubert
  849. Far from the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  850. The Enchanted Wanderer – Nicolai Leskov
  851. Around the World in Eighty Days – Jules Verne
  852. In a Glass Darkly – Sheridan Le Fanu
  853. The Devils – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  854. Erewhon – Samuel Butler
  855. Spring Torrents – Ivan Turgenev
  856. Middlemarch – George Eliot
  857. Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There – Lewis Carroll
  858. King Lear of the Steppes – Ivan Turgenev
  859. He Knew He Was Right – Anthony Trollope
  860. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  861. Sentimental Education – Gustave Flaubert
  862. Phineas Finn – Anthony Trollope
  863. Maldoror – Comte de Lautréaumont
  864. The Idiot – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  865. The Moonstone – Wilkie Collins
  866. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
  867. Thérèse Raquin – Émile Zola
  868. The Last Chronicle of Barset – Anthony Trollope
  869. Journey to the Centre of the Earth – Jules Verne
  870. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  871. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  872. Our Mutual Friend – Charles Dickens
  873. Uncle Silas – Sheridan Le Fanu
  874. Notes from the Underground – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  875. The Water-Babies – Charles Kingsley
  876. Les Misérables – Victor Hugo
  877. Fathers and Sons – Ivan Turgenev
  878. Silas Marner – George Eliot
  879. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  880. On the Eve – Ivan Turgenev
  881. Castle Richmond – Anthony Trollope
  882. The Mill on the Floss – George Eliot
  883. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
  884. The Marble Faun – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  885. Max Havelaar – Multatuli
  886. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  887. Oblomovka – Ivan Goncharov
  888. Adam Bede – George Eliot
  889. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
  890. North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell
  891. Hard Times – Charles Dickens
  892. Walden – Henry David Thoreau
  893. Bleak House – Charles Dickens
  894. Villette – Charlotte Brontë
  895. Cranford – Elizabeth Gaskell
  896. Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, Life Among the Lonely – Harriet Beecher Stowe
  897. The Blithedale Romance – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  898. The House of the Seven Gables – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  899. Moby-Dick – Herman Melville
  900. The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  901. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
  902. Shirley – Charlotte Brontë
  903. Mary Barton – Elizabeth Gaskell
  904. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Anne Brontë
  905. Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë
  906. Agnes Grey – Anne Brontë
  907. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë
  908. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
  909. The Count of Monte-Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  910. La Reine Margot – Alexandre Dumas
  911. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
  912. The Purloined Letter – Edgar Allan Poe
  913. Martin Chuzzlewit – Charles Dickens
  914. The Pit and the Pendulum – Edgar Allan Poe
  915. Lost Illusions – Honoré de Balzac
  916. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
  917. Dead Souls – Nikolay Gogol
  918. The Charterhouse of Parma – Stendhal
  919. The Fall of the House of Usher – Edgar Allan Poe
  920. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby – Charles Dickens
  921. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
  922. The Nose – Nikolay Gogol
  923. Le Père Goriot – Honoré de Balzac
  924. Eugénie Grandet – Honoré de Balzac
  925. The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Victor Hugo
  926. The Red and the Black – Stendhal
  927. The Betrothed – Alessandro Manzoni
  928. Last of the Mohicans – James Fenimore Cooper
  929. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner – James Hogg
  930. The Albigenses – Charles Robert Maturin
  931. Melmoth the Wanderer – Charles Robert Maturin
  932. The Monastery – Sir Walter Scott
  933. Ivanhoe – Sir Walter Scott
  934. Frankenstein – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  935. Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen
  936. Persuasion – Jane Austen
  937. Ormond – Maria Edgeworth
  938. Rob Roy – Sir Walter Scott
  939. Emma – Jane Austen
  940. Mansfield Park – Jane Austen
  941. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  942. The Absentee – Maria Edgeworth
  943. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
  944. Elective Affinities – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  945. Castle Rackrent – Maria Edgeworth
  946. 1700s
  947. Hyperion – Friedrich Hölderlin
  948. The Nun – Denis Diderot
  949. Camilla – Fanny Burney
  950. The Monk – M.G. Lewis
  951. Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  952. The Mysteries of Udolpho – Ann Radcliffe
  953. The Interesting Narrative – Olaudah Equiano
  954. The Adventures of Caleb Williams – William Godwin
  955. Justine – Marquis de Sade
  956. Vathek – William Beckford
  957. The 120 Days of Sodom – Marquis de Sade
  958. Cecilia – Fanny Burney
  959. Confessions – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  960. Dangerous Liaisons – Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
  961. Reveries of a Solitary Walker – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  962. Evelina – Fanny Burney
  963. The Sorrows of Young Werther – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  964. Humphrey Clinker – Tobias George Smollett
  965. The Man of Feeling – Henry Mackenzie
  966. A Sentimental Journey – Laurence Sterne
  967. Tristram Shandy – Laurence Sterne
  968. The Vicar of Wakefield – Oliver Goldsmith
  969. The Castle of Otranto – Horace Walpole
  970. Émile; or, On Education – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  971. Rameau’s Nephew – Denis Diderot
  972. Julie; or, the New Eloise – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  973. Rasselas – Samuel Johnson
  974. Candide – Voltaire
  975. The Female Quixote – Charlotte Lennox
  976. Amelia – Henry Fielding
  977. Peregrine Pickle – Tobias George Smollett
  978. Fanny Hill – John Cleland
  979. Tom Jones – Henry Fielding
  980. Roderick Random – Tobias George Smollett
  981. Clarissa – Samuel Richardson
  982. Pamela – Samuel Richardson
  983. Jacques the Fatalist – Denis Diderot
  984. Memoirs of Martinus Scriblerus – J. Arbuthnot, J. Gay, T. Parnell, A. Pope, J. Swift
  985. Joseph Andrews – Henry Fielding
  986. A Modest Proposal – Jonathan Swift
  987. Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift
  988. Roxana – Daniel Defoe
  989. Moll Flanders – Daniel Defoe
  990. Love in Excess – Eliza Haywood
  991. Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
  992. A Tale of a Tub – Jonathan Swift
  993. Pre-1700
  994. Oroonoko – Aphra Behn
  995. The Princess of Clèves – Marie-Madelaine Pioche de Lavergne, Comtesse de La Fayette
  996. The Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan
  997. Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  998. The Unfortunate Traveller – Thomas Nashe
  999. Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit – John Lyly
  1000. Gargantua and Pantagruel – Françoise Rabelais
  1001. The Thousand and One Nights – Anonymous
  1002. The Golden Ass – Lucius Apuleius
  1003. Aithiopika – Heliodorus
  1004. Chaireas and Kallirhoe – Chariton
  1005. Metamorphoses – Ovid
  1006. Aesop’s Fables – Aesopus
Author Comments: 

1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die: A Comprehensive Reference Source, Chronicling the History of the Novel
Preface by Peter Ackroyd, General Editor Peter Boxall
ISBN 1-84403-417-8

Editor's note: This list has become a spam honey pot. I set the comments to "Read only" for an indefinite period to break the cycle - jw

Cool. Thanks for posting this. I can't wait to see what else is on the list.

This book is not even out yet; how do you know what is in it?? It looks great!

It showed up on the "new releases" shelf at my local library, I don't know if they somehow got an advanced copy or something? Beats me!

I should be finished soon... probably next week. Hope you can wait until then!

By any chance has anyone got the dates of publication for all the books on this list? Or the decade if not the actual date?

Do you read " Do Not Kiss Isabel by Sergiu Somesan" ?

Wow! A thousand thanks for taking the time to type and to post this. I've ordered the book, but it does not arrive in America until early March, so this makes for a tasty appetizer!


Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

No problems. BTW, if anyone spots a typo, please let me know so I can fix it!

I've only spotted two:
U.S.A. – Dos Passos should be U.S.A. - John Dos Passos
Emina - Jane Austen should be Emma - Jane Austen (I'm guessing)

Great job, and thanks!

Hi alyxstarr, thanks for the heads up. It should definitely be Emma by Jane Austen, not sure how I managed to type Emina.

John Dos Passos was listed as Dos Passos (twice) in the book "1001 Books You Must Read...", so that's how I typed it up, but it seems strange not to give the author's full name.

Anyway, they've both been fixed!

I've been meaning to type this list up for weeks; I'm really grateful that you've saved me the trouble. :)

Only spotted a couple of typos: it should be Finnegans Wake (no apostrophe); Jeckyll and Hyde should be Jekyll and Hyde; and Momento Mori should be Memento Mori.

Thanks MaxCastle, have fixed those typos you spotted.

Shouldn't it be The Stranger by Albert Camus?

Thanks so much for typing this in--it's just the kind of thing that I live for.

Other typos: When I made my checklist of the ones I'd read, I changed Joyce Carol Oates' them to Them (with a capital T) and Burroughs' The Naked Lunch to Naked Lunch (without the the).

I think that's how they were listed in the book, so that's how I typed it. It actually states in the "1001 Books..." that "them" was published with no capital T, but I've changed it to Them as it looks strange being the only one not capitalised. I looked up The Naked Lunch and you're right, so I changed that one too. Thanks!

I believe "Slaughterhouse Five" should be listed as "Slaughterhouse-five"

Also, "childhood" should be capitalized in "W, or the Memory of Childhood"

Should "Kidnapped" be "Kidnapped!"

"Kidnapped!" is correct, but "Slaughterhouse-Five" can be spelled either way, to the best of my understanding.

No Dante? For what reason?

Probably because Dante's books were written as epic poetry? And this list focuses on novels.

Well then what the frick, cuz Ovid's Metamorphoses is definitely NOT a novel. How does that qualify for this list and not others in poetic format such as Dante's Divine Comedy; or for that matter, Homer's works, or John Milton's Paradise Lost, or Virgil's The Aeneid??

All of these are much more worthy of being read than 90 percent of the others . . . I just don't see how they can be excluded if Ovid makes the cut.

Seriously. What about Chaucer, Shakespeare, Spenser, Virgil, Boccaccio, Langland, Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Malory, etc. etc. etc.

It's 1001 books you must read before you die. Not 100,001 books you must read before you die. And the general editor, Peter Boxall, wrote that "the final list, including all the novels that one must read and excluding all the ones that it is safe to leave unread, could of course never be drawn up... [nevertheless] at the same time, the limits that the number upon me are cruel and narrow. One thousand and one is after all such a small number, given the extent of the subject matter."

I'm sorry, but I will eat my own pancreas with a vichyssoise fork before I admit that "Interview with a Vampire" is more worthy of appearance on this poxy list than the "Canterbury Tales" or the "Decameron". And I'm sure Jeanette Winterson thinks she's better than Homer, but I respectfully disagree.

Thank you! You made me laugh so hard I think I've dislodged my own pancreas!
kudos to you!

People need to know this is basically a list of prose novels.

I realize that Ovid and perhaps a handful of others on the list wrote in verse. I don't know why the list compiler chose to include Ovid and not Homer, but there you go. In any list, there are contradictions.

shakespeare didn't write books. he wrote plays.

Isn't Beowulf also a poem?
It's in there

Thomas Keneally wrote Schindler's List, not Schindler's Ark

Stephen Spielberg directed the movie, Schindler's List, which was based on the book, Schindler's Ark, by Thomas Keneally.

It is certainly probable that editions of the book were published after the movie with the titlechange.

You can find the book under both titles. I think the notes on that one says something about in Europe it's called one thing, and in North America the other. A couple of novels are like that.
A Picture/Portrait of Dorian Grey/Gray is another example from the top of my head

Not true. It was originally published as Schindler's Ark.

"Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lonely" should be "Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly."

on a related theme, a mate of mine put the contents of the book "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die" on Excel; the beauty of it being that you can add columns for your friends, and then run it so you can see whose seen the most, who hasn't seen essential films, and lots of other slightly-geeky fun! does anyone want a copy? not sure if there's a way i could go about attaching it here.

I'd be interested in that. Check my profile for my email address and send it to me if the offer is still good :)

I would love to have one!


email: mulberryfields@gmail.com

I bought this book recently and in my opinion the editors have made a huge mistake. This is too much a list of great novelists and too little a list of great novels. What I mean is that they have included too many second-rated works by authors of great novels and omitted a lot of great novels by unmentioned novelists. Some authors are grossly over-represented - J.G. Ballard, for example, has seven novels listed.

I did actually notice that some authors seemed to have their entire catalogue listed, which in a way is a waste of space on a list like this!

Mmmmmm, too many anglos, what about Garcia Marquez, Isabel Allende, Cervantes, ... ?

As usual with any list there is going to be furious debate on the inclusions and exclusions.

I didn't notice any E.F. Benson of the Queen Lucia fame. He rocks. Hope this helps.

I agree that thios list is kinda biased.
A lot of good writers are left out.

=))) Probably the critics never even read them.
What a shame!

Wow, that's making a massive assumption Petia. In actual fact, that book was compiled by Peter Boxall, but reviewed by over 70 contributors, all experts in their field.

I suspect that Mr Boxall has read far more widely than 1001 books - after all, he needed to select from a vast pool of existing literature. Ergo sum he has read far more than 1001 novels.

I'm assuming that he had the opposite problem: he had to work out what to leave out of the list and what to keep in. The list is, in point of fact, a vast survey of the novel from 4 BCE to 2005.

I think a far more interesting question is: what books would he have had to have cut to have included other books you believe should be in the list?

Cervantes is in the list.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez IS included: Love in the Time of Cholera, Autumn of the Patriarch and One Hundred Years of Solitude

But I miss Ismail Kadare ;)

best regards,

I know it's easy to nitpick such a list, but c'mon ... where's Bernard Malamud?? (The Fixer should not be forgotten.) Where's Mailer?? (The Naked and the Dead: Best WWII novel.) Where's James Jones?? (From Here to Eternity: 2nd best WWII novel.) Only one Mark Twain? Only one Jack Kerouac? I know that Jack doesn't have much literary respect, but he's darn sure superior to Elmore Leonard (3 entries) and all those Hitchhiker's Guide sequels.

Ah, but plenty of the likes of Ian McEwan and J.M. Coetzee and Martin Amis. I mean, they're good and all, but ...

Although I will say that I'm impressed with the boldness of listing Stephen King in such company.

Norman Mailer, yes--one of the major novelists in any language in the second half of the 20th century.
Why five examples of Toni Morrison, four of J.C. Oates, three of Updike, and zero of Mailer? Very odd.
I'd go against the grain of the popularity of his first novel and suggest The Deer Park (1955) and The Executioner's Song (1979).

Hey guys,
The name of the author of the book #73 in the list is Slavenka Drakulic.

no 'voyage au bout de la nuit' ?? no one Celine's ??

See #648.

Did I miss it or is 1984 missing from this list?JEK

on 547 nineteen Eighty-four

It's not on the list, and I'm SHOCKED. One of the greatest books ever written.

Does anyone happen to have this list in Excel format?

you can download the automated spreadsheet for recording progress with these books at
Arukiyomi's blog

can anyone list out about 100 books out of these 1001. jst to make sure we get hold of the best of the best.

ukaunz, is there any way you can list out around 100 out of 1001....from 1800's-2000..just to make sure i get hold of the best of the best.

The problem you have there is that the task at hand is subjective. If we picked out 100 books, you might have missed 100 amazing books in the meantime.

Personally, I recommend that you read Crime and Punishment, Les Miserables, To Kill and Mockingbird and War and Peace.

Cannot bring myself to read any of Satre's novels - far too base, and even criminal. Neither can I bring myself to read American Psycho.

they are "criminal"?? wtf. "far too base" please... I mean you can think whatever you want about it, but use some adjectives that make sense.

Hey, you are very English-written-novels-sided. You are forgetting one of the best books ever written: El túnel (the tunnel) by the Argentine genius Ernesto Sabato. A must read!
Greetings from Costa Rica!

The person who posted this list didn't create it; it is actually taken from a published book. THe book is really interesting; it explains why each selection is important to read, without giving away the plot.

Also, this isn't an English-only list. I would say about half of the selections are not originally English; off the top of my head I know there are many of the major Russian, German and French novels listed, and I'm sure there are also major selections from other languages and countries.

A Publisher from Greece (Kastaniotis) claims that one of their books is listed in this book. The title of the book is "The Dog's Mother" and the writer Pavlos (or Paul) Matessis. I don't see it in the list. Why so? (Answer to Costas Armeftis)

I own this book, and "The Dog's Mother" is not on the list. Neither is Pavlos Matessis. He did win the 2002 Giuseppe Acerbi Literary Prize for this novel, however.

1984 is listed as number 547, George Orwell.
Instead of numerically the numbers are written out in words. It was required high school reading, and okay. Perhaps I should revisit it now as an adult.

Mm, you should. I love that book, but I pretty much love any novel that even hints at being about a dystopian society.

I've read 1.69% of the list. Makes me feel like I need to read much, much more.

Greetings all, just registered and looking for inspiration as I'm about to purchase my chunk of "Holiday Fiction" - I've rented a small farmhouse in a small village named Poix de Picardie, just East of Amiens in Northern France. I think it fitting that I loose myself in a WW1, or WW2 story. I've read Songbird and thought it was class. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Merci!

There's no one book that comes from Indonesian writer. I think Pramoedya Ananta Toer has many wonderful books known as "The Buru of quartet". Because of those books, he had ever become one of candidates accepting international nobel. It has translated in many languages. It's international works.

I think the comments to this list are as interesting as the list itself. I just requested the first book in the Buru Quartet from my local library.

Didn't find E.M.Forster's "Passage to India" on the list - it's on my Top 10.

Also, is there a copy of the list in alphabetical order by author?


FWIW, "Passage to India" is at #708.

I made the sorted list for you; once it passes the moderator it should be at


(with name "1001 books you must read before you die, alphabetical by author")

thank you--very useful to have this list in digital form, although I also own and use the book

one typo that might be corrected: the author of 'Blind Man with a Pistol' is Chester Himes, not Hines

Is everyone advocating for their own country's writers in these discussions?

Please, The Forsyte SagA by John Galsworthy....not "Sage"

Possible typo: Isn't "The Count of Monte-Cristo" supposed to be "The Count of Monte Cristo"? Probable it's both ways.

I have bought the book and use the list a lot. I have seen the edition in French and it has a different choice, with more authors from around the world (including many mentioned by other discussions). I have compiled (from the French edition) in Excel about 200 additional titles not on this list (Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, etc.). If anyone is interested, we could share.

Im really interested! can you send it to my mail or post it? Thanks!

Some random recommendations:
Tale of Genji, the very first novel and perhaps the greatest ever written.
Shusako Endo, Deep River and Scandal
Toer, Prameodya Ananta, The Buru Quartet
Dasi, Osamu,No Longer Human
Prose, Francine, The Peaceable Kingdom
Booth, Alan, The Roads to Sata
Fergusson, Will, Hokkaido Highway Blues
Coover, Robert , Briar Rose
Higgins, Aidan, Balcony of Europe
Wall, Mervyn, Leaves for the Burning
Lavin, Mary, Selected Stories
O'Connor, Frank, Collected Stories
Richards, Alun, Selected Stories
Powys, John Cooper, Autobiography and Weymouth Sands
Ilf and Petrov, The Twelve Chairs
Himes, Chester, The Quality of Hurt
Denby, David, The Catacombs
Reed, Ishmael, The Free-Lance Pallbearers and The Terrible Twos
McClanahan, Ed, Famous People I Have Known
Leskov, Nikolai, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk
Tynyanov, Yuri, Lieutenant Kije
Shukshin, Vasily, Stories from a Siberian Village
Dovlatov, Sergi, The Suitcase and Ours
Murphy, Delia, Eight Feet in the Andes
Moore, Tim, Continental Drifter
Carter, Angela, The Bloody Chamber
Androvic, Ivo, Bridge on the Drina
Tully, Jim, Beggars of Life
The Journey to the West
Mo Yan, The Republic of Wine
Zola, Emile, The Earth and The Abbe Moure's Sin
Dick, Philip K, The Laughing Policeman
Cather, Willa, My Antonia
Sommerville and Ross, The Real Charlotte
Saroyan,Wiiliam, Not Dying
Klima, Ivan, Love and Garbage
Steiner,George, After Babel
Moore, Geroge, Hail and Farewell
Watson, Ian, Chekhov's Journey
Jen, Gish, Mona in the Promised Land
Kerouac, Jack, The Dharma Bums and Orpheus Remembered
Ha Jin, Ocean of Words
Abbey, Edward, The Monkey Wrench Gang
Voinovitch, Vladimir, The Extraorianry life and Adventures of Private Chonkin
Moore, Brain, An Answer from Limbo
Becett, Three Novels
O'Brian, Flann, The Third Policeman
Kavanagh, Patrick, The Green Fool
O'Flaherty, Liam, The Black Soil
Least-Heat Moon, Blue Highways
Bowen, Elizabeth, The Last September
Rhys, Jean, Collected Short Stories
Freeling,Nicholas, Love in Amsterdam
McGahern, John, Collected Stories
Kadohata, Cynthia, The Floating World
Shen Congwen, Imperfect Paradise
Kenzaburo Oe, A Personal Matter
Oda Sakunosuke, Stories of Osaka Life
Kamata, Suzanne, The Broken Bidge
Davidson, Cathy, 36 Views of Mount Fuji
Hong Ying, Daughter of the River
Hessler, Peter, River Town
Guanlong Cao, The Attic
O'Brien, Kate, Mary Lavelle
Houellebecq, Michael, The Elementary Particles
Keneally, Thomas, To Asmara
Burgess, Anthony, The Doctor is Sick
Martinson, Harry, Aniara
MacGill, Children of the Dead End and Lanty Hanlon
Gorky, Maxim, My Childhood
Masuji Ibuse, Black Rain
du Maurier, Daphne, The Infernal World of Branwell Bronte
Bodenheim, Maxwell, Replenishing Jessica
Hamill, Pete, Loving Women
Constant, Benjamin, Adolphe
Altick, Richard, The Scholar Adventurers
Collins, James, Sixpence House
Pessoa, Fernando, The Book of Disquietude
Thomson, David, Woodbrook
Fletcher, Martin, Almost Heaven
Howells, Wiliam, The Rise of Silas Lapham
Twain, Mark, The Guilded Age
Dos Passoss, Three Soldiers
Bulgakov, Mikail, The Master and the Margaritta
Simon, Claude, The Road to Flanders
Graves, Robert, Count Belisarius
Stuart, Francis, Black List Section H
Berrigan, Daniel, To Dwell in Peace
Clarke, Austin, A Penny in the Clouds
Poers, J. F., Collected Stories
Berberova, Nina, The Italics are Mine
Mandelstam, Hope Against Hope
Cao Xingjian, Soul Mountain
Rushby, Kevin, Eating the Flowers of Paradise
Kennedy, William, Quinn's Book and Roscoe
Rexroth, Kenneth, An Autobiographical Novel
Lenz, Sigfreid, Selected Stories
Jackson, Kenneth, Invisible Forms
Hubbell, Susan, A Country Year
Dilliard, Annie, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
Bierce, Ambrose, In the Midst of War
Briusov, Valerii, The Fiery Angel
Pelevin, Victor, Homo Zapiens
Shalamov, Varlam, Kolyma Taels
Zinoviev, Aleksandr,The Yawning Heights
Zoshchenko, Mikhail, Collected Stories
Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

These are all great reads. I suppose I could go on, but I've got to get back to the book I'm writing. k.mceneaney@yahoo.com

Well, I'm Italian and I'd want to know why Dante's "Divina Commedia", "Ludovico Ariosto's works, "I Promessi Sposi" by Alessandro Manzoni and other important Italian authors are not in the list, but Luigi Pirandello and Italo Calvino...

Please tell me how do you find these reads (they comprise a few Indian wriitngs too!):
Book Author
M1 Marketing Management Bowdy and Peter
M2 Financial Management
(i) Khan & Jain
(ii) T.M. Pandey
M3 Management of Information Systems Griffin
M4 Management
M5 Mathematics for Business Studies Dr. J.K.Thukral
M6 You Inc. Hedges
M7 Iacocca An Autobiography Lee Iacocca
M8 Straight from the Gut Jack Welch
M9 Knowledge Management Strategies Microsoft
M10 Business making skills Simon
M11 Architect of Quality Juran
M12 Management Peter Drucker

English Literature
E1 Atlas shrugged Ayn Rand
E2 Fountainhead Ayn Rand
E3 Eools Die Maria Puzo
E4 The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown
E5 Half a Life V.S. Naipaul
E6 Harry Potter
(a) and the order of phoenix
(b) and the chamber of secrets J.K. Rowling
(c) and the prisoner of Azbakan
E7 Five point Someone Chetan Bhagat
E8 Goddess of small things Arundhati Roy
E9 To Sir, with love E.H.Braithwaite
E10 David Copperfield
E11 Great Expectations Charles Dickens
E12 Oliver Twist
E13 Tale of Two Cities
E14 Lord of the flies William Golding
E15 Haiku for lovers Manu Bazzane
E15 The Canterbury Tales Chaucer
E16 The Beloved Anarchist by P.R Taikad
E17 She Rider Hoggard
E18 The Mayor of Casterbridge Thomas Hardy
E19 For from the Madding Crowd Thomas Hardy
E20 The Trumpet Major Thomas Hardy
E21 One Hundred Years of solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
E23 Sons and Lovers D.H. Lawrence
E24 Mother Maxim Gorky
E25 The Artamanovs Maxim Gorky
E26 Dead souls Maxim Gorky
E27 Anna Karenina Vol 1 & 2 Count Lev Tolstoy
E28 Notes from the Underground House Dostoyevski
E29 Short Stories Chekov
E30 Lady Windermere’s Fan Oscar Wilde
E31 Death of Dr. Faustus Christopher Marlowe
E32 Short Novels & Stories Anton Chekov
E33 Gone with the Wind Margeret Mitchelle
E34 Pygmalion G.B. Shaw
E36 Candida G.B. Shaw
E37 Decline and Fall of Roman Empire Gibbon
E38 Uneasy Money P.G. Woodehouse
E39 Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte
E40 Silas Marner George Eliot
E41 A Circle in Time Jean Walton
E42 The Portrait of a Crack V. Finnel
E43 Poetry Thomas Gunn
E44 Selected Essays Steven Rawlinson
E45 The Great Remakes of Nature J.V.Michurina
E46 Life’s Handicap Rudyard Kipling
E47 Wings of Death Toyoll
E48 Stories Mikhail Sholokes
E49 The Devil’s Alternative Fredrick Forsyth
E50 Around the World in Eighty Days Jules Verne
E51 Zamindar V. Fitzegerald
E52 Father’s & Sons Ivan Turgenev
E53 A nest of the Gentry Ivan Turgenev
E54 Henry IV Part I William Shakespeare
E55 The lovely Bones Alice Sebold
E55 The American Leslie Walter
E56 Rising Tides Nora Roberts
E57 Middle March George Eliot
E58 The seventh secret Truing Wallace
E59 The Fire and Rain Girish Karnad
E60 The Fall Make Richard Gordon
E61 A stranger in the Mirror Sidney Sheldon
E62 The Prodigal Daughter Jeffery Archer
E63 The City of Joy Dominique Lapierre
E64 The Diary of a young Girl Anne Frank
E65 Adam Bede George Eliot
E66 When Eight Bells Toll Alistair Maclean
E67 The Idiot Fyoder Dostoyesky
E68 The Winters Tale William Shakespeare

Polity and Sociology
PS1 The Poverty of Philosphy Karl Marx
PS2 Articles and Speeches
PS3 About Lenin Lenin
PS4 On Imperialism & Imperialists – 2
PS5 Selected works 1 & 2
PS6 Down Pages from a Life of Struggle Yuri Akestine
PS7 The British Cooperative Movement Jack Bailey
PS8 My Experiment with truth M.K. Gandhi
PS9 When freedom is menaced Lal Bahadur Shashtri
PS11 Geopolitical Relations & Regional Cooperation Dr. K. Gopal
PS12 H.P.S. Menon A Tribute by (Edited) Menon
PS15 Six Essays in Cooperative Sociology Andre Beteille
PS16 The USSR and Developing Countries Progress Publishers
PS17 The Glowing legend of Sri Syed S. Ziaurahman
PS18 Society and the Environment of a Soviet
PS19 Nations Rise and Fall – Why.
PS20 A short History of the world H. G. Wells
PS20 Socialist Bulgaria
PS21 Selected Works 1 & 2 Marx & Engels
PS22 The Road to Communism
PS23 The Children who sleep by the River Debbie Taylor
PS24 The Making of India’s Foreign Policy J. Bandhhopadhaya
PS25 The International working class movement
PS26 Ireland and the Irish Question Marx and Engels
PS27 Maxim Gorky
PS31 The first Indian war of Independence Marx & Engels
PS32 Marshal of the Soviet Union G. Zhukov
PS34 Das Capital Karl Marx
PS35 Communist Manifest Karl Marx
PS36 Indian Constitution D.D. Basu
PS37 History Romilla Thaper

Economy, Psychology, Philosophy and others
MISC1Macro Economics Dhingra
MISC2When you sell that counts Donald L. Cossidy
MISC3Making money on the stock market S.S.Graubl
MISC4A Manual of foreign exchange Pither
MISC5Indian Economy survey
MISC6The interpretation of dreams Sigmund Freud
MISC7I’m OK – You’re OK Thomas A. Harris M.D.
MISC8Over the Top Zig Ziglar
MISC9Get set go Swati-Shailesh Lodha
MISC14Science of self realization
MISC17The secret of Janmyoga
MISC18Thus spoke Zarathustra Frederick Nietzsche
MISC19The way of Power Sohan Blifield
MISC21Rise of the modern West Minakshi Phukan
MISC22Workbook of History.
MISC31The Third Eye T. Lobsang Rampa
MISC32The Yoga of a Yogi T. Krishnamacharya
MISC33Science, Religion and Peace S.N. Prasad, Suman Shukla
MISC34India-Vietnam Relations Ganesh Sharma
MISC35Corporate laws and Social practice G. K. Kapoor
MISC36The Universal History of Numbers Georges Ifrah
MISC37The Evolution of Khasi Music Lakynshai Syiem
MISC38Let us Create a New India in the
21st century M. Ganeshan
MISC39Nationalist Movement in South India M.S.R. Anjaneyuvulu
MISC40Powerful Media Words K. Khaja Mohideen
MISC41J. Krishnamurthy demystified Kalidas Joshi
MISC42Stars speak Fortune in our hands K.S. Mangesh Kumar
MISC43The Everyday Politics of Labour Geert De Neve
MISC44Social Democracy in Practice
MISC45Socialist International Pradip Bose
MISC46Beyond Shirdi K. Venkataraman
MISC47Buddhist Centers of Orissa B. Bandhopadhyay
MISC48What happens to Gods and demons H. N. Verma
MISC49Cultural Tourism Management Vishwas Mehta
MISC50Walking the Tightrope Rehana Ahmed
MISC51The Great Mortality John Kelly
MISC52The lost dreams Mohd. Salim
MISC53Nobel Prize Winners in Pictures-
MISC54The Rama Saga P. K. Pandeya
MISC52Essentials of Buddhism and Jainism K. N. Neelkandan
MISC53Identity and Image Management Rajendra Ghuje
MISC54Promising Professions Mamta Ghuje
MISC55Brand-wise Leveraging People
MISC56To Build Powerful Brands Jyothi Menon
MISC57Advanced Accounting V. K. Saxena
MISC58Mahashwetha Sudha Murthy
MISC59Majority People's Right for
MISC60Preferential Participation Jawahar Nessan
MISC61Cancer Made me Kasthuri Sreenivasan
MISC62Forget Kathmandu- An
Entry for Democracy Manjushree Thapa
MISC63Folklore, Public Sphere and Civil Society M.D. Muthukumarswamy, Molly Kaushal
MISC64Energizing Rural Development
through Panchayats Bibek Debray, P.D. Kaushik
MISC65Without a Second Sheela Balaji
MISC66Dalits, Land and Dignity V. B. Rawat
MISC67Prevention of Blindness T. Selvaraju
MISC68I want my son back Uma Eyyunni
MISC69Understanding Islam Frithjof Schuon
MISC70A matter of taste Nilanjan S. Roy
MISC71Dreams and their interpretation made easy Dr. Francis Menezes
MISC72India and Japan- Blossoming a
new understanding Rajaram Panda, Yoo Fukuzawa
MISC73The 8th Habit: From effectiveness
to greatness Stephen R. Covey
MISC74The Marketing White Book 2003-2004 Businessworld
MISC75The Intelligent Investors Benjamin Graham and David Dodd

I prefer this list of yours. The grand list posted seemed to be lacking.

Really? That many economics and management books? This list IS lacking, but at least it attempts to pinpoint books that speak about something larger than just getting ahead in the corporate world. When someone in his old age is nearing death I doubt he's going to think "Oh, I wish I had read 'Management of Information Systems'" or "I'd better read another economics textbook."

I agree with some of your other picks and like your inclusion of books from outside the Western world, but The Da Vinci Code and Atlas Shrugged...don't really have a whole lot of substance. Especially the Da Vinci Code. In a few years no one will be talking about this book anymore because the characters are two-dimensional and the plot is ridiculous. As for Atlas Shrugged, people will probably be talking about this for a long time. But that is not to say that it is a good book. Ayn Rand writes bad prose--a fact which should alone exclude her from the list--but her philosophy is annoyingly preachy and sophomoric. Unfortunately most people feel the need to trudge through her ridiculously long books and make believe they LIKE her vile philosophy in order to come off as an intellectual. I once did too. But most real intellectuals (those that are university-affiliated) dismiss her novels and philosophy.

I would welcome a copy of your list. How can we go about this?

i'm only trying to get a copy of the list

If your list is still available, I would love to have it. Can you send it to me? peppery76@yahoo.com Thanks!


I'd like to see your French edition list in Excel. Thanks

My list is on-line at
And is called liste 1001 français.xls
Under construction, watch that space !

All 6 Jane Austens seems a little slavish. Leaving off Northanger Abbey would leave room for another worthy book.
No Barbara Pym? Even if you think novels have to be about anomie and dreariness, it might be helpful in sorting them out, to have an idea of their oppsite.
And if they had to scrape up poetry, fables & whatever to have any list at all for pre-1700, why leave out Tale of Genji?

let's remember it reflects a british literary taste. waterstone, an english bookstore, put out a list of the best fiction of the century in 2000 and it included some odd and unfamilar stuff. "crome yellow" by huxley never gets mentioned in the states and it was the best book of it's publishing year. an american version would be at least 30% different i'd bet.

Your list is linked to a NYTimes article today!

Nothing by Louise Erdrich? Are you kidding?

I'm pleased to see many of my favorites but was hoping to see
the Nobel Prize Winner Sigrid Undseth for her wonderful trilogy
Kristin Lavransdatter.

More typos: Under "The Princess of Clèves," "MadelAine" should be "MadelEine"; FrançoisE Rabelais should be François (he was not a woman). Sorry to be picky but if people actually go looking for these authors, they should have the correct spelling handy.

Any good librarian would help anyone find an author if it's just a matter of an "a" v. an "e" or an accent mark. I wouldn't worry so much about it.

one big issue with the list: why is beowulf not included?

And not just Beowulf! Why are only 13 books written before 1700 included in the list? Are we to assume that the entire period between the invention of writing and the birth of Aphra Behn were a mere waste of labour? Fie! Where are Chaucer, Dante, and Bocaccio? Where Homer and Aeschylus? Where Gilgamesh? Where Shakespeare? Where the Bible?

This whole exercise is so mind-bogglingly stupid that it makes me want to fling my computer out the window in speechless rage.

The idea of a list is fine but why then leave out George Bernard Shaw or Tanizaki ?
You could have done Great Detective stories or All-fiction or had a documentary section.
Does anybody out there have the courage to do a Great Authors list and just give one or two names of books ? In that cas I would love to see it and find out what i've missed. The idea of one or two names of books is just so as to sound intelligent in the bookshop.
Thanks in advance

Why leave out George Bernard Shaw?

Apparently, Shaw was omitted because drama was omitted.

Shaw wrote plays. Note the absence of Shakespeare, O'Neill, Ibsen, Tennessee Williams, Durrenmatt, and other major dramatists.

some seriously odd omissions....for instance why is "Mother" by Gorky so significant but no mention of his epic "Life of Klim Samgin"? Where is Pushkin's "Evgeny Onegin" for that matter, other acclaimed past and modern Russian (and Soviet) works such as Ilf & Petrov's "12 Chairs" and "Little Golden Calf", Ludmila Ulitskaya's "Kukotsky's Case" and "Sonechka"... Far too generous with Jane Austen but I'd much rather see in that list "Constant Nymph" by Margaret Kennedy, "Falling" by EJ Howard, "Half Broken Things" and "Puccini's Ghost" by Morag Joss. Why no mention "Three in a Boat" by JK Jerome? Where is Dante's "Divine Comedy", Moliere, Homer's "Iliad", Shakespeare???? Is "Murder of Roger Ackroyd" really the best of Agatha Christie, how about "Ten Little Niggers" (before the PC madness)? I would also like to include "Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho, "Secret Diary of Adrian Mole" by Sue Townsend, Thomass Moore's "Utopia", Checkov's "Bet", works by Akunin, C.S. Lewis...to name a few

I'd reccomend Roberto Bolaño, Herman Broch, Fernando Vallejo, Par Lagerqvist, Gombrowicz, Milosz, Pamuk, Montherlant, Malraux...not to mention others that are out of the list

I recently found this book in the American Library in Paris. But I quickly put it down. Why? Because missing from their list is ANY book by Jim Harrison, the American author, and arguably the greatest living American writer. But then I understood. Boxall and Ackroyd are Brits. And we know about the Brits don't we, especially their writers, who have to be SO clever and load EVERY sentence with such cleverness that the books become unreadable cuteness. Except Le Carre. Note Boxall's "new" book, Den DeLillo and The Possibility of Fiction. Is that typical Brit clever incomprehensible nonsense? I rest my case.

I don't understand the choice of Labyrinths AND Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges. I mean, in Wikipedia they say Labyrinths is an anthology that contain the most famous works of Ficciones and El Aleph. Then why in the 1001 list not put Ficciones and El Aleph OR only Labyrinths?

I guess at the end of the day everyone has their own taste and no one will ever be happy with the final list. From what I gather the aurthor is british and the list has most likley stemed from years of reading based on his own reading and most likely study. I for example am 22year old Australian female, I failed english in grade 10 and left school in the early part of grade 11. I would have on my own list of must read books, which would include books that i have already read, for example most books by John Marsden an excellent australian writer for teenagers, and many works by Nicholas Sparkes. Any book (novel) that takes the reader out of their own world and makes them feel like they are in another would be a must for me. However I would have to say that most of these books do not differ from a bar of soap to me personally on the basis that i have never heard of them. so I imagine that the book from which this list was derived is quite esential in the fact that it tells you why it was picked and most likely gives you a brief outline of the plot. I however have not much intension of reading quite that many books in my life time. However from the list I may draw up a list of my own and try to focus on those. I think that perhaps the problem many readers have with this list and the lack of their particularly favorite writers is that less of the books they have already read are on the list and therefore they they have read a smaller percentage of the 1001 books you must read before you die, than they had hoped. Personally I believe that the person who has read all 1001 books would be a fearsome sight to see for sure.

I like this list, and there are a lot of great books on it, but there seem to be an inordinate amount of books from the 1900's. I mean 715 out of the 1001 books to read before you die seems just a bit much.

There is now a website for the book (as well as the other 1001s), so feel free to visit the forum and continue the discussions there:

Too much Philip Roth? Too much Coetzee? Did we get Houellebecq's date of birth wrong? Why is Houellebecq in the book in the first place?
Or, have any suggestions for books to add to an updated edition?
Make a suggestion, or just have a rant about the all of the missing classics...

Why isn't Frankenstein included?!

Frankenstein is on the list. It is #931.

This is a great list and I've barely made a dent in it. One thing that makes me nervous, however, is the listing of The Shining by Stephen King. That might be one of his worst books. I wonder if the author of this list felt inclined to include The Shining because it inspired such a fantastic movie. Unfortunately, Stanley Kubrik even stated that The Shining was a lousy book and he made the movie only because he liked the imagery so much. Also, Interview With A Vampire? That book was really cheesy.

Great list indeed, but, at the first glance, I don't see anywhere Goethe - Faust and Dante - Divine Comedy. These books should be in the top of the "must read"s

Hi, I think it's "Ada or Ardor" for the Vladimir Nabokov novel, and it's "Blue of Noon" by Georges Bataille. Thanks for the list, it's fantastic because it gives me a direction as to the new stuff -- I've been stuck in the 1900s for a realy long time.

I am offically going to try to read as many of these as a i can.

I agree that leaving out the Tale of Genji is just totally ridiculous. In addition, all the classic Chinese novels have also been excluded - Journey to the West, Dream of the Red Chamber, Water Margin, and Romance of the Three Kingdoms should all be on the list, in my view. And modern Japanese novels also seem rather under-represented. Where are Abe, Tanizaki, and Kawabata?

The poetry and fables thing is also rather weird. If you're going to include poems, wouldn't the Iliad and the Odyssey, which actually tell stories that are arguably novelistic (especially the Odyssey) make a lot more sense than the Metamorphoses, which is just a series of loosely connected stories from mythology in verse?

Some of the selections for later authors are also odd - including "The Monastery" for Scott but excluding "Waverley" and "The Heart of Midlothian"? Including "Castle Richmond" for Trollope but excluding "Barchester Towers" and "The Way We Live Now"? "Martin Chuzzlewit" but not "The Pickwick Papers"?

I'd add that any list of 1001 novels "you must read before you die" should really not be comprised of 40% novels from the last 40 years. If there's anything that's clear from a review of literary history, it's that our judgment of what's going to last is often quite bad.

The Telegraph's 1900 list of the best novels of all time should be illustrative of this - writers with multiple books on the list include William Harrison Ainsworth, James Grant, Charles Kingsley, Charles Lever, Samuel Lover, Bulwer Lytton, Captain Marryat, Charles Reade, Michael Scott, and G. J. Whyte-Melville, several of whom I've never even heard of. For Dickens they include The Old Curiosity Shop and Martin Chuzzlewit, but not David Copperfield, Bleak House, or Great Expectations. The only Trollope novel is Orley Farm. There's three by Thackeray, but no Vanity Fair. For George Eliot, they only have Scenes of Clerical Life, not even a novel. Wuthering Heights is missing, and no Stevenson, Hardy, James. Their selection of non-British novels is even worse - they have Anna Karenina, but no War and Peace, nothing by Dostoyevsky or any other Russian writer. For the French, no Stendhal, no Zola, no Flaubert. Basically, the list did not stand the test of time at all. And that was an attempt to do 100 novels, and included several books from before the nineteenth century, when one would think critical taste would have hardened a bit more. This list is of 1000, and half of them are from the last 50 years. Does anybody think that even 10% of the books they list from that period are really going to have any staying power? What are the chances that "Everything Is Illuminated," "The Pigeon," and "The Swimming Pool Library" are really going to stand up better than such not-included works as Pickwick Papers, Barchester Towers, and Waverley, which have all remained popular for a century and a half or more? Or, for that matter, than the Tale of Genji and the Chinese classics, which have been around even longer? Obviously, a book like this shouldn't just be a boring list of universally recognized classics. But, even so, the balance seems wrong.

Another irritating thing is the lack of short story collections. Somehow they have two by Borges, but can't see fit to include Dubliners or In Our Time. Hands up everybody who thinks Colm Toibin's "The Heather Blazing" is more important than Dubliners or that Chuck Palahniuk's "Choke" is more important than any or all Hemingway short story collections. To say nothing of Hawthorne and Chekhov - the former is only represented by his novels, and the latter not at all. Also, if you're allowed to include collections, why do we have three separate Poe short stories as distinct entries? Why not combine them into "Tales of Mystery and Imagination" or "Collected Stories" and make room for two other books?

Anyway, a lot of this is nit-picking - coming up with a list of 1000 books that will satisfy everyone is impossible, and I commend the book's authors for trying.

Hamlet - first and foremost. If there is a single work in literature that one should read to be "cultured" it is Hamlet.
Snow by Orhan Pamuk - which, in my opinion, is one of the finest books of the decade. It is a beautiful and tragic composition.
Gilead by Marilynn Robinson...the book won here a Pulitzer Prize...it's a gorgeous book.
There is nothing by Richard Russo, and no body has mentioned Richard Russo, which is a shame. Empire Falls, especially, which also won a Pulitzer.
-Sure, the Pulitzer certainly isn't a keynote, objective look at "literary merit" but it does *help*
Where the hell are:
-Alice In Wonderland
-Chronicles of Narnia
-Ender's Game
-His Dark Materials
-Kite Runner
-The Prince
-The Republic

I could go on and on. I'm sure there are lots of books on the list that don't deserve to be there, also?

I certainly don't see any sort of objectivity. I would rank Ulysses near the top of the list...it's one of the finest novels ever written. How is this list organized? What qualifications were used in selection and placement? The author of said book needs to examine literature a little more. Or maybe I just don't understand "good books."


It seems this is the most popular list on Listology! How many views does it have?


even in my drunken state I can find that out.


Wow!!! I'm amazed at the popularity of this list. Most people do realise I didn't "write" it, right? I just typed it up from the book. A "bibliography" was included in the author's note, but maybe some people miss it? Anyway, thanks for all your comments! I haven't visited this site in AGES so it was quite amazing for me to see how often the list is visited/cloned/quoted - even a NY Times mention? (or did they just mention the book?). Personally, I don't think I'll read many of the books on the list. It would be interesting to compile one from the comments people have left.

P.S. I don't know if I'll ever have time to fix the typos, but thanks for spotting them.

this list gives the impression that must read material only originates from the west.
So unfortunate that people who have a literary era identified with their work,namely the BOOM such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez or Ernesto Sabato are not included. Too bad for those people that look at these sorts of lists to actually find good books.

This list meets my expectations.
Thanks to all who spent their time on it. And to the one who posted.
Will be back as soon as I read them all. See you all in 10-15 years.

hey all... been following some of the more recent comments. Firstly, ukaunz's list here is from the original 1st edition of the list published in 2006. Many of the concerns some of you have voiced that the list is biased to WASP writers were dealt with in the 2008 release when 282 of these books were replaced to make it more authoritative of world literature.

In March 2010, a third edition was released. 11 books were added/removed, all published in the last 2 years.

ukaunz was my inspiration: from the list here, I created a spreadsheet to help you track your progress with the list. This has been downloaded well over 40,000 times!

In late March 2010, I released a brand new v4 of this spreadsheet to coincide with the 3rd edition of the book. To get yours, head to http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?page_id=1806

One book I think is a nice addition to this fantastic list is Pop-splat, by South African author Ian Martin.
It is one of the few books I've ever read that really made me think and completely changed my view of society and how the world operates. Surprising, given the deceptively simple story: a wealthy businessman is murdered in yet another Johannesburg hijacking. The disturbed son thinks something fishy is on the go and decides to investigate. This precipitates a violent, over-the-top but also funny hell-ride across the country.
Sure, the narrative is entertaining and the book is easy to read as it's saturated with sick humour and violence. But on another level it is jam-packed with so many ideas that after I put the book down I spent a week digesting it all. Martin challenges everything from SUV drivers to religious fanatics to private schools and overpopulation. A lot of the ideas are subtly blended into the action in a comical way. For instance, during a violent break-in Martin uses the opportunity to attack snobbish art connoisseurs, calling a Madonna and Child painting 'Prostitute with baboon fetus.'
It's a weird combination - over-the-top, Quentin Tarantino-like thrills with world-changing ideas. But it really works.
To get an idea of the tone of the book, this is what the dedication says: "This book is dedicated to the youth in the hope they will reject the crappy values of their parents."
You can also get excerpts and the first chapter here: www.pop-splat.co.za

pop-splat ain't on the list... this comment is bogus...

There are two spelling mistakes in the first paragraph on the webpage. Doesn't bode well.

I actually am on a mission to watch all of the movies in the 1001 Movies book, the 5th edition. If you want to check out my blog please feel free! http://meliestowright.blogspot.com/ It has been only a few months and I know it's a slow start but getting through the silent films seems to be a killer. I am watching them in the order they are in, in the book.

Of course Pop-splat isn't on the list but would make a nice addition to it. If it was up to me I'd put it up there with 'Choke' as Chuck and Ian are similar authors.

Okay, so I have read 4.3% of the books on the list and if I read 30 a year to get to the 1001...I will be 69 years old (32 years from now) by the time I am done - yikes!

I am very disappointed Tale of Genji is not on here. It is first novel turned classic. Also, the Bible even if you are not Christian..it still is an interesting read. Phantom of the Opera,Camilla (the vampire novel), The Good Earth, Chronicles of Narnia.

Edgar Rice Burroughs was a creative genius if you ever read all his series. Tarzan has 25 books, which are great. BUT, no mention of his Barsoom (MARS) series...I love, love it and has its merits.

With so much literature floating around how can you really pin down a list and have everyone agree with it? We all like so many different things.

I also see the new 2010 list does have some updates to it.

Hi Georg12 = which ones have you read? Just curious.
Camilla above I meant Carmilla...first female vampire novel and a classic also.

Okay, I've read about 230 of these and I have to say there's a lot of repetition and some downright bad books on there, like listing multiple Adams stuff (Dirk Gently) multiple Beckett things that all have the same banal philosophy, and multiple Rabbit Updike books.

Having said that good list but we need the collected Shakespeare on there! And since SFnal type works like Peake and even Ballard are on there, its unforgivable that Gene Wolfe's Sun books are not on there, books better and more literate and carefully constructed than 228 of the other books on here I have read. Thank God Tristram Shandy is there, and Mishima, but Wolfe really really has to be there if such curmudgeonly unimpressive speculative porn fiction like Crash is.

Btw I also can recommend the following 4 books:

Sabbath’s Theater – Philip Roth
The Rings of Saturn – W.G. Sebald
The Reader – Bernhard Schlink
A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

All of them are really good reads to, sometimes it takes a while to get into the matter but they are very good.

simply good and very nice article.. Great share Many thanks