1001 Books to Read Before You Die

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Chinua Achebe: Things Fall Apart; and Arrow of God.

Kathy Acker: Blood and Guts in High School.

Peter Ackroyd: Hawksmoor; The House of Doctor Dee; and The Lambs of London.

Douglas Adams: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency; and The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul.

Aesopus: Aesop’s Fables.

M. Ageyev: Novel With Cocaine.

Louisa May Alcott: Little Women.

Nelson Algren: The Man With the Golden Arm.

Isabel Allende: The House of the Spirits.

Jorge Amado: Tent of Miracles.

Eric Ambler: Cause for Alarm.

Kingsley Amis: Lucky Jim; The Green Man; and The Old Devils.

Martin Amis: Dead Babies; Money: A Suicide Note; London Fields; Time’s Arrow; and The Information.

Ivo Andri: The Bridge on the Drina.

Maya Angelou: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Anonymous: The Thousand and One Nights.

Lucius Apuleius: The Golden Ass.

Michael Arlen: The Green Hat.

Isaac Asimov: I, Robot; and Foundation.

Margaret Atwood: Surfacing; The Handmaid’s Tale; Cat’s Eye; The Robber Bride; Alias Grace; and The Blind Assassin.

Jane Austen: Sense and Sensibility; Pride and Prejudice; Mansfield Park; Emma; Persuasion; and Northanger Abbey.

Paul Auster: The New York Trilogy; Moon Palace; The Music of Chance; Mr. Vertigo; Timbuktu; and The Book of Illusions.

James Baldwin: Go Tell It on the Mountain; and Giovanni’s Room.

J.G. Ballard: The Drowned World; The Atrocity Exhibition; Crash; High Rise; Empire of the Sun; Cocaine Nights; and Super-Cannes.

Honoré de Balzac: Eugénie Grandet; Le Père Goriot; and Lost Illusions.

Iain Banks: The Wasp Factory; The Player of Games; The Crow Road; and Complicity.

Russell Banks: Cloudsplitter.

Iain Banks: Dead Air.

John Banville: The Newton Letter; The Book of Evidence; The Untouchable; Shroud; and The Sea.

Henri Barbusse: The Inferno; and Under Fire.

Alessandro Baricco: Silk.

Pat Barker: Regeneration; The Ghost Road; and Another World.

Djuna Barnes: Nightwood.

Julian Barnes: Flaubert’s Parrot.

John Barth: The Floating Opera; The End of the Road; and Giles Goat-Boy.

Donald Barthelme: The Dead Father; Amateurs; and Come Back, Dr. Caligari.

Giorgio Bassani: The Garden of the Finzi-Continis.

Georges Bataille: Story of the Eye; The Abbot C; and Blue Noon.

Samuel Beckett: Murphy; Molloy; Malone Dies; Watt; The Unnamable; How It Is; Mercier et Camier; and Worstward Ho.

William Beckford: Vathek.

Brendan Behan: Borstal Boy.

Aphra Behn: Oroonoko.

Saul Bellow: Dangling Man; The Victim; The Adventures of Augie March; Seize the Day; Henderson the Rain King; Herzog; and Humboldt’s Gift.

Arnold Bennett: The Old Wives’ Tale.

John Berger: G.

Thomas Bernhard: Correction; Yes; Concrete; Wittgenstein’s Nephew; Old Masters; and Extinction.

Louis de Bernieres: Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord; and Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.

Maurice Blanchot: Death Sentence.

Karen Blixen (Isak Dineson): Out of Africa.

Heinrich Böll: Billiards at Half-Past Nine; Group Portrait With Lady; The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum; and The Safety Net.

Jorge Luis Borges: Ficciones; and Labyrinths.

Alain de Botton: On Love.

Elizabeth Bowen: The Last September; To the North; The House in Paris; The Heat of the Day; A World of Love; and Eva Trout.

T. Coraghessan Boyle: World’s End; and Drop City.

Richard Brautigan: In Watermelon Sugar; and Willard and His Bowling Trophies.

Bertolt Brecht: Threepenny Novel.

André Breton: Nadja; and Arcanum 17.

Vera Brittain: Testament of Youth.

Charlotte Brontë: Jane Eyre; Shirley; and Villette.

Anne Brontë: Agnes Grey; and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

Emily Brontë: Wuthering Heights.

John Buchan: The Thirty-Nine Steps.

Mikhail Bulgakov: The Master and Margarita.

John Bunyan: The Pilgrim’s Progress.

Anthony Burgess: A Clockwork Orange; and Inside Mr. Enderby.

Fanny Burney: Evelina; Cecilia; and Camilla.

Edgar Rice Burroughs: Tarzan of the Apes.

William Burroughs: Junkie; Naked Lunch; The Wild Boys; and Queer.

Samuel Butler: Erewhon.

Dino Buzzati: The Tartar Steppe.

A.S. Byatt: The Virgin in the Garden; and Possession.

James M. Cain: The Postman Always Rings Twice.

Italo Calvino: The Path to the Nest of Spiders; Our Ancestors; Invisible Cities; The Castle of Crossed Destinies; and If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler.

Albert Camus: The Outsider; The Plague; and The Rebel.

Elias Canetti: Auto-da-Fé.

Truman Capote: Breakfast at Tiffany’s; and In Cold Blood.

Peter Carey: Oscar and Lucinda; and Jack Maggs.

Alejo Carpentier: Kingdom of This World.

Lewis Carroll: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; and Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There.

John Le Carré: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold; Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy; and Smiley’s People.

Angela Carter: The Passion of New Eve; Nights at the Circus; and Wise Children.

Willa Cather: The Professor’s House.

Raymond Chandler: The Big Sleep; Farewell My Lovely; and The Long Goodbye.

Jung Chang: Wild Swans.

Chariton: Chaireas and Kallirhoe.

Bruce Chatwin: On the Black Hill.

Erskine Childers: The Riddle of the Sands.

Giorgio de Chirico: Hebdomeros.

Kate Chopin: The Awakening.

Agatha Christie: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.

Arthur C. Clarke: 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Hugo Claus: The Sorrow of Belgium.

John Cleland: Fanny Hill.

Jean Cocteau: Les Enfants Terribles.

Jonathan Coe: What a Carve Up!

Paulo Coelho: Veronika Decides to Die; and The Devil and Miss Prym.

J.M. Coetzee: Dusklands; In the Heart of the Country; Waiting for the Barbarians; The Life and Times of Michael K; Foe; The Master of Petersburg; Disgrace; Youth; Elizabeth Costello; and Slow Man.

Albert Cohen: Belle du Seigneur.

Wilkie Collins: The Woman in White; and The Moonstone.

Joseph Conrad: Lord Jim; Heart of Darkness; Nostromo; The Secret Agent; and The Shadow Line.

James Fenimore Cooper: Last of the Mohicans.

Robert Coover: Pricksongs and Descants; and The Public Burning.

Jim Crace: Arcadia.

E.E. Cummings: The Enormous Room.

Michael Cunningham: A Home at the End of the World; and The Hours.

Louis-Ferdinand Céline: Journey to the End of the Night.

David Dabydeen: Disappearance.

Tsitsi Dangarembga: Nervous Conditions.

Mark Z. Danielewski: House of Leaves.

Lydia Davis: The End of the Story.

Don DeLillo: Ratner’s Star; The Names; White Noise; Libra; Mao II; Underworld; and The Body Artist.

Daniel Defoe: Robinson Crusoe; Moll Flanders; and Roxana.

G.V. Desani: All About H. Hatterr.

Shashi Deshpande: Small Remedies.

Philip K. Dick: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Charles Dickens: Oliver Twist; The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby; A Christmas Carol; Martin Chuzzlewit; David Copperfield; Bleak House; Hard Times; A Tale of Two Cities; Great Expectations; and Our Mutual Friend.

Denis Diderot: Jacques the Fatalist; Rameau’s Nephew; and The Nun.

Eilís Dillon: The Bitter Glass.

Alfred Döblin: Berlin Alexanderplatz.

E.L. Doctorow: The Book of Daniel; Ragtime; Billy Bathgate; and City of God.

Jim Dodge: Stone Junction.

H.D. (Hilda Doolittle): Asphodel.

Fyodor Dostoevsky: Notes from the Underground; Crime and Punishment; The Idiot; The Devils; and The Brothers Karamazov.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes; and The Hound of the Baskervilles.

Margaret Drabble: The Radiant Way; and The Red Queen.

Slavenka Drakuli: As If I Am Not There.

Theodore Dreiser: Sister Carrie.

Alexandre Dumas: The Three Musketeers; La Reine Margot; and The Count of Monte-Cristo.

Patricia Duncker: Hallucinating Foucault.

Marguerite Duras: The Ravishing of Lol V. Stein; The Vice-Consul; and The Lover.

Lawrence Durrell: Justine.

Friedrich Dürrenmatt: The Judge and His Hangman.

Umberto Eco: The Name of the Rose; and Foucault’s Pendulum.

Maria Edgeworth: Castle Rackrent; The Absentee; and Ormond.

George Eliot: Adam Bede; The Mill on the Floss; Silas Marner; Middlemarch; and Daniel Deronda.

Bret Easton Ellis: Less Than Zero; American Psycho; and Glamorama.

Ralph Ellison: Invisible Man.

James Ellroy: The Black Dahlia.

Olaudah Equiano: The Interesting Narrative.

Laura Esquivel: Like Water for Chocolate.

Péter Esterházy: Celestial Harmonies.

Jeffrey Eugenides: The Virgin Suicides; and Middlesex.

Michel Faber: Under the Skin.

Sheridan Le Fanu: Uncle Silas; and In a Glass Darkly.

J.G. Farrell: Troubles; The Siege of Krishnapur; and The Singapore Grip.

William Faulkner: The Sound and the Fury; Absalom, Absalom!; The Hamlet; and Go Down, Moses.

Sebastian Faulks: Birdsong.

Marie-Madelaine Pioche de Lavergne, Comtesse de La Fayette: The Princess of Clèves.

Henry Fielding: Joseph Andrews; Tom Jones; and Amelia.

F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby; and Tender is the Night.

Gustave Flaubert: Madame Bovary; Sentimental Education; The Temptation of Saint Anthony; and Bouvard and Pécuchet.

Ian Fleming: Casino Royale.

Jonathan Safran Foer: Everything is Illuminated.

Theodore Fontane: Effi Briest; and The Stechlin.

Ford Madox Ford: The Good Soldier; and Parade’s End.

E.M. Forster: Where Angels Fear to Tread; A Room With a View; Howards End; and A Passage to India.

John Fowles: The Collector; The Magus; The French Lieutenant’s Woman; and A Maggot.

Janet Frame: Faces in the Water.

Jonathan Franzen: The Corrections.

Esther Freud: Hideous Kinky.

Max Frisch: I’m Not Stiller; and Homo Faber.

William Gaddis: The Recognitions.

Benito Pérez Galdés: Fortunata and Jacinta.

Paul Gallico: Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris.

Janice Galloway: The Trick is to Keep Breathing.

John Galsworthy: The Forsyte Saga.

Alan Garner: Thursbitch.

Romain Gary: The Roots of Heaven; and Promise at Dawn.

Elizabeth Gaskell: Mary Barton; Cranford; and North and South.

David Gemmell: Legend.

Lewis Grassic Gibbon: A Scots Quair (Sunset Song).

Stella Gibbons: Cold Comfort Farm.

Alan Moore & David Gibbons: Watchmen.

William Gibson: Neuromancer.

André Gide: Fruits of the Earth; The Immoralist; Strait is the Gate; and The Counterfeiters.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman: The Yellow Wallpaper.

George Gissing: New Grub Street; and Born in Exile.

William Godwin: The Adventures of Caleb Williams.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: The Sorrows of Young Werther; Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship; and Elective Affinities.

Nikolay Gogol: The Nose; and Dead Souls.

Arthur Golden: Memoirs of a Geisha.

William Golding: Lord of the Flies; and Rites of Passage.

Oliver Goldsmith: The Vicar of Wakefield.

Ivan Goncharov: Oblomovka.

Nadine Gordimer: Burger’s Daughter; and July’s People.

Maxim Gorky: Mother; and The Artamonov Business.

Julien Gracq: The Opposing Shore.

Günter Grass: The Tin Drum; and Cat and Mouse.

Alasdair Gray: Lanark: A Life in Four Books.

Henry Green: Blindness; Living; Party Going; Caught; Loving; and Back.

Graham Greene: England Made Me; Brighton Rock; The Power and the Glory; The Heart of the Matter; The Third Man; The End of the Affair; The Quiet American; and The Honorary Consul.

George & Weedon Grossmith: Diary of a Nobody.

Hella Haasse: Forever a Stranger.

Mark Haddon: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

H. Rider Haggard: King Solomon’s Mines; and She.

Radclyffe Hall: The Well of Loneliness.

Patrick Hamilton: Hangover Square.

Dashiell Hammett: Red Harvest; The Maltese Falcon; The Glass Key; and The Thin Man.

Knut Hamsen: Growth of the Soil; and Hunger.

Peter Handke: Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick; The Left-Handed Woman; and The Afternoon of a Writer.

Thomas Hardy: Far from the Madding Crowd; The Hand of Ethelberta; Return of the Native; The Mayor of Casterbridge; The Woodlanders; Tess of the D’Urbervilles; and Jude the Obscure.

L.P. Hartley: The Go-Between.

Nathaniel Hawthorne: The Scarlet Letter; The House of the Seven Gables; The Blithedale Romance; and The Marble Faun.

Eliza Haywood: Love in Excess.

Jaroslav Hašek: The Good Soldier Švejk.

Bessie Head: A Question of Power.

Robert Heinlein: Stranger in a Strange Land.

Heliodorus: Aithiopika.

Joseph Heller: Catch-22.

Ernest Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises; A Farewell to Arms; To Have and Have Not; For Whom the Bell Tolls; and The Old Man and the Sea.

Aleksandar Hemon: Nowhere Man.

Amy Hempel: Reasons to Live.

Michael Herr: Dispatches.

Herman Hesse: Rosshalde; Siddhartha; Steppenwolf; and The Glass Bead Game.

Patricia Highsmith: The Talented Mr. Ripley.

Barry Hines: A Kestrel for a Knave.

Chester Hines: Blind Man With a Pistol.

William Hope Hodgson: The House on the Borderland.

Gert Hofmann: The Parable of the Blind.

James Hogg: The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner.

Alan Hollinghurst: The Swimming-Pool Library; and The Folding Star.

Michel Houellebecq: Whatever; Elementary Particles; and Platform.

Victor Hugo: The Hunchback of Notre Dame; and Les Misérables.

Zora Neale Hurston: Their Eyes Were Watching God.

Siri Hustvedt: What I Loved.

Aldous Huxley: Crome Yellow; Antic Hay; Brave New World; and Eyeless in Gaza.

Joris-Karl Huysmans: Against the Grain.

Friedrich Hölderlin: Hyperion.

Peter Høeg: Smilla’s Sense of Snow.

John Irving: The World According to Garp; The Cider House Rules; and A Prayer for Owen Meany.

Christopher Isherwood: The Last of Mr. Norris; and Goodbye to Berlin.

Kazuo Ishiguro: A Pale View of Hills; An Artist of the Floating World; Remains of the Day; The Unconsoled; and Never Let Me Go.

Henry James: The Portrait of a Lady; What Maisie Knew; The Turn of the Screw; The Wings of the Dove; The Ambassadors; and The Golden Bowl.

Storm Jameson: A Day Off.

Tove Jansson: The Summer Book.

Elfriede Jelinek: The Piano Teacher.

Samuel Johnson: Rasselas.

B.S. Johnson: Albert Angelo; Trawl; and House Mother Normal.

Uwe Johnson: Jahrestage.

David Jones: In Parenthesis.

Erica Jong: Fear of Flying.

James Joyce: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man; Ulysses; and Finnegans Wake.

Jo Jung-rae: The Taebek Mountains.

Ismail Kadare: Broken April; and Spring Flowers, Spring Frost.

Franz Kafka: The Trial; The Castle; and Amerika.

Nikos Kazantzákis: The Last Temptation of Christ.

James Kelman: The Bus Conductor Hines; A Disaffection; and How Late It Was, How Late.

Thomas Keneally: Schindler’s Ark.

A.L. Kennedy: Looking for the Possible Dance; and Everything You Need.

Jack Kerouac: On the Road.

Imre Kertész: Fateless.

Ken Kesey: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; and Sometimes a Great Notion.

Stephen King: The Shining.

Charles Kingsley: The Water-Babies.

Barbara Kingsolver: The Poisonwood Bible.

Rudyard Kipling: Kim.

William Kotzwinkle: The Fan Man; and The Midnight Examiner.

László Krasznahorkai: The Melancholy of Resistance.

Karl Kraus: The Last Days of Humanity.

Milan Kundera: The Joke; The Book of Laughter and Forgetting; The Unbearable Lightness of Being; and Ignorance.

Hanif Kureishi: The Buddha of Suburbia; Intimacy; and Gabriel’s Gift.

Park Kyong-ni: Land.

Pierre Choderlos de Laclos: Dangerous Liaisons.

Selma Lagerlöf: Gösta Berling’s Saga.

Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa: The Leopard.

Nella Larsen: Quicksand; and Passing.

Comte de Lautréaumont: Maldoror.

D.H. Lawrence: Sons and Lovers; The Rainbow; Women in Love; The Fox; Aaron’s Rod; The Plumed Serpent; and Lady Chatterley’s Lover.

Halldór Laxness: Independent People.

David Leavitt: Lost Language of Cranes.

Laurie Lee: Cider With Rosie.

Harper Lee: To Kill a Mockingbird.

Stanislaw Lem: Solaris.

Charlotte Lennox: The Female Quixote.

Siegfried Lenz: The German Lesson.

Elmore Leonard: City Primeval; La Brava; and Get Shorty.

Nicolai Leskov: The Enchanted Wanderer.

Doris Lessing: The Grass is Singing; The Golden Notebook; Shikasta; and The Diary of Jane Somers.

Carlo Levi: Christ Stopped at Eboli.

Primo Levi: If This Is a Man; If Not Now, When?; and The Drowned and the Saved.

M.G. Lewis: The Monk.

Wyndham Lewis: Tarr; The Childermass; The Apes of God; The Revenge for Love; and Self Condemned.

Sinclair Lewis: Main Street; and Babbitt.

Clarice Lispector: The Passion According to G.H.; amd The Hour of the Star.

Mario Vargas Llosa: The Cubs and Other Stories; and The Feast of the Goat.

Jack London: The Iron Heel; and Martin Eden.

H.P. Lovecraft: At the Mountains of Madness.

Malcolm Lowry: Under the Volcano; and Dark as the Grave Wherein My Friend is Laid.

John Lyly: Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit.

Colin MacInnes: Absolute Beginners.

Ian MacPherson: Wild Harbour.

Henry Mackenzie: The Man of Feeling.

Heinrich Mann: Professor Unrat.

Thomas Mann: Buddenbrooks; Death in Venice; The Magic Mountain; and Doctor Faustus.

Frederic Manning: Her Privates We.

Katherine Mansfield: The Garden Party.

Peter Manson: Adjunct: An Undigest.

Alessandro Manzoni: The Betrothed.

Sandor Marai: Embers.

Javier Marias: A Heart So White.

David Markson: Wittgenstein’s Mistress; and Vanishing Point.

Yann Martel: Life of Pi.

Harry Mathews: Cigarettes.

Charles Robert Maturin: Melmoth the Wanderer; and The Albigenses.

William Somerset Maugham: Of Human Bondage; Cakes and Ale; and The Razor’s Edge.

Guy de Maupassant: A Woman’s Life; Bel-Ami; and Pierre and Jean.

Daphne du Maurier: Rebecca.

Margaret Mazzantini: Don’t Move.

Patrick McCabe: The Butcher Boy.

Horace McCoy: They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?

Ian McEwan: The Cement Garden; The Comfort of Strangers; The Child in Time; Black Dogs; Enduring Love; Amsterdam; Atonement; and Saturday.

John McGahern: Amongst Women; and That They May Face the Rising Sun.

Heather McGowan: Schooling.

Zakes Mda: The Heart of Redness.

Herman Melville: Moby-Dick; and Billy Budd, Foretopman.

Anne Michaels: Fugitive Pieces.

Henry Miller: Tropic of Cancer; and Tropic of Capricorn.

Mishima: The Sea of Fertility.

Mishra: The Romantics.

Rohinton Mistry: A Fine Balance; and Family Matters.

Margaret Mitchell: Gone With the Wind.

David Mitchell: Cloud Atlas.

Nancy Mitford: The Pursuit of Love; and Love in a Cold Climate.

Lorrie Moore: Anagrams; and Like Life.

Alberto Moravia: The Time of Indifference; Disobedience; and A Ghost at Noon.

William Morris: News from Nowhere.

Toni Morrison: The Bluest Eye; Sula; Song of Solomon; Beloved; and Jazz.

Harry Mulisch: The Discovery of Heaven.

Multatuli: Max Havelaar.

Haruki Murakami: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle; Sputnik Sweetheart; After the Quake; and Kafka on the Shore.

Iris Murdoch: Under the Net; The Bell; A Severed Head; The Nice and the Good; The Black Prince; and The Sea, The Sea.

Robert Musil: Young Törless; and The Man Without Qualities.

Gabriel García Márquez: One Hundred Years of Solitude; Autumn of the Patriarch; and Love in the Time of Cholera.

Vladimir Nabokov: Lolita; Pnin; Pale Fire; and Ada.

V.S. Naipaul: In A Free State; A Bend in the River; and Enigma of Arrival.

Thomas Nashe: The Unfortunate Traveller.

Anaïs Nin: Delta of Venus.

Cees Nooteboom: Rituals.

Cees Nooteboom: All Souls Day.

Amélie Nothomb: Fear and Trembling.

Joyce Carol Oates: Them; Marya; Black Water; and Blonde.

Kenzaburo Oe: Pluck the Bud and Destroy the Offspring.

Michael Ondaatje: The English Patient.

George Orwell: Burmese Days; Keep the Aspidistra Flying; Coming Up for Air; Animal Farm; and Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Ovid: Metamorphoses.

Flann O’Brien: At Swim-Two-Birds; The Third Policeman; and The Poor Mouth.

Edna O’Brien: The Country Girls; Girl With Green Eyes; August is a Wicked Month; and In the Forest.

Tim O’Brien: The Things They Carried.

Flannery O’Connor: Wise Blood; The Violent Bear it Away; and Everything That Rises Must Converge.

Ardal O’Hanlon: The Talk of the Town.

Jamie O’Neill: At Swim, Two Boys.

Emine Özdamar: Life is a Caravanserai.

Marcel Pagnol: Manon des Sources.

Chuck Palahniuk: Choke.

Pier Paulo Pasolini: The Ragazzi.

John Dos Passos: Manhattan Transfer; and U.S.A.

Boris Pasternak: Doctor Zhivago.

Walter Pater: Marius the Epicurean.

Alan Paton: Cry, the Beloved Country.

Cesare Pavese: The Moon and the Bonfires.

Milorad Pavi: Dictionary of the Khazars.

Octavio Paz: The Labyrinth of Solitude.

David Peace: Nineteen Seventy Seven.

Mervyn Peake: Titus Groan; and Gormenghast.

Victor Pelevin: The Clay Machine-Gun; and The Life of Insects.

Georges Perec: Things; A Man Asleep; A Void/Avoid; W, or the Memory of Childhood; and Life: A User’s Manual.

Luigi Pirandello: One, None and a Hundred Thousand.

Sylvia Plath: The Bell Jar.

James Plunkett: The Trusting and the Maimed.

Edgar Allan Poe: The Fall of the House of Usher; The Pit and the Pendulum; and The Purloined Letter.

Anthony Powell: A Dance to the Music of Time.

Padgett Powell: Typical.

E. Annie Proulx: The Shipping News.

Marcel Proust: Remembrance of Things Past.

Mario Puzo: The Godfather.

Thomas Pynchon: V.

Thomas Pynchon: The Crying of Lot 49; Gravity’s Rainbow; Vineland ; and Mason & Dixon.

Raymond Queneau: Exercises in Style.

Françoise Rabelais: Gargantua and Pantagruel.

Ann Radcliffe: The Mysteries of Udolpho.

Raymond Radiguet: The Devil in the Flesh.

Erich Maria Remarque: All Quiet on the Western Front.

Jean Rhys: Quartet; Good Morning, Midnight; and Wide Sargasso Sea.

Anne Rice: Interview with the Vampire.

Samuel Richardson: Pamela; and Clarissa.

Dorothy Richardson: Pilgrimage.

Alain Robbe-Grillet: Jealousy.

Frederick Rolfe: Hadrian the Seventh.

Gillian Rose: Love’s Work.

Somerville and Ross: The Real Charlotte; and Some Experiences of an Irish R.M.

Joseph Roth: The Radetzky March.

Henry Roth: Call it Sleep.

Philip Roth: Portnoy’s Complaint; The Breast; Operation Shylock; Sabbath’s Theater; American Pastoral; The Human Stain; and The Plot Against America.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Julie; or, the New Eloise; Émile; or, On Education; Reveries of a Solitary Walker; and Confessions.

Raymond Roussel: Impressions of Africa; and Locus Solus.

Arundhati Roy: The God of Small Things.

Salman Rushdie: Grimus; Midnight’s Children; Shame; The Satanic Verses; The Moor’s Last Sigh; The Ground Beneath Her Feet; and Fury.

Akutagawa Ryunosuke: Rashomon.

Pauline Réage: The Story of O

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra: Don Quixote.

Marquis de Sade: The 120 Days of Sodom; and Justine.

Françoise Sagan: Bonjour Tristesse.

Carl Sagan: Contact.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: The Little Prince.

J.D. Salinger: The Catcher in the Rye; and Franny and Zooey.

José Saramago: The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis; The History of the Siege of Lisbon; and The Double.

Jean-Paul Sartre: Nausea.

George Saunders: Pastoralia.

Dorothy L. Sayers: Murder Must Advertise; and The Nine Tailors.

Bernhard Schlink: The Reader.

Sir Walter Scott: Rob Roy; Ivanhoe; and The Monastery.

W.G. Sebald: Vertigo; The Emigrants; The Rings of Saturn; and Austerlitz.

Anna Seghers: Transit.

Will Self: Great Apes; and How the Dead Live.

Sam Selvon: The Lonely Londoners.

Victor Serge: The Case of Comrade Tulayev.

Vikram Seth: A Suitable Boy.

Akhil Sharma: An Obedient Father.

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley: Frankenstein.

Carol Shields: The Stone Diaries; and Unless.

Nevil Shute: A Town Like Alice.

Henryk Sienkiewicz: Quo Vadis.

Alan Sillitoe: Saturday Night and Sunday Morning.

Upton Sinclair: The Jungle.

May Sinclair: Life and Death of Harriett Frean.

Iain Sinclair: Downriver; London Orbital; and Dining on Stones.

Dan Sleigh: Islands.

Zadie Smith: White Teeth; and On Beauty.

Tobias George Smollett: Roderick Random; Peregrine Pickle; and Humphrey Clinker.

Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich; The First Circle; Cancer Ward.

Natsume Soseki: Kokoro.

Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre: Fantômas.

Muriel Spark: Memento Mor; The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie; The Girls of Slender Means; and The Driver’s Seat.

Gertrude Stein: Three Lives; The Making of Americans; and The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas.

John Steinbeck: Of Mice and Men; The Grapes of Wrath; and Cannery Row.

Stendhal: The Red and the Black; and The Charterhouse of Parma.

James Stephens: The Charwoman’s Daughter.

Neal Stephenson: Cryptonomicon.

Laurence Sterne: Tristram Shandy; and A Sentimental Journey.

Robert Louis Stevenson: Treasure Island; Kidnapped; The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; and The Master of Ballantrae.

Bram Stoker: Dracula.

Harriet Beecher Stowe: Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, Life Among the Lonely.

August Strindberg: The Red Room; The People of Hemsö; and By the Open Sea.

Italo Svevo: Zeno’s Conscience.

Jonathan Swift: A Tale of a Tub; Gulliver’s Travels; and A Modest Proposal.

J. Arbuthnot, J. Gay, T. Parnell, A. Pope, J. Swift: Memoirs of Martinus Scriblerus.

Graham Swift: Waterland; and The Light of Day.

Patrick Süskind: Perfume; The Pigeon.

Antonio Tabucchi: Pereira Declares: A Testimony.

Donna Tartt: The Secret History.

William Makepeace Thackeray: Vanity Fair.

Ngugi wa Thiong’o: The River Between; Petals of Blood; and Matigari.

Jim Thompson: The Killer Inside Me.

Hunter S. Thompson: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Henry David Thoreau: Walden.

Newton Thornburg: Cutter and Bone.

James Thurber: The 13 Clocks; and The Wonderful “O”.

Uwe Timm: The Invention of Curried Sausage.

J.R.R. Tolkien: The Hobbit; and The Lord of the Rings.

Leo Tolstoy: War and Peace; Anna Karenina; The Death of Ivan Ilyich; and The Kreutzer Sonata.

John Kennedy Toole: Confederacy of Dunces.

Jean Toomer: Cane.

Jàchym Topol: City Sister Silver.

Michael Tournier: The Ogre.

Rose Tremain: The Colour.

Robert Tressell: The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

William Trevor: Fools of Fortune; Felicia’s Journey; and The Story of Lucy Gault.

Anthony Trollope: Castle Richmond; The Last Chronicle of Barset; Phineas Finn; and He Knew He Was Right.

Leonid Tsypkin: Summer in Baden-Baden.

Ivan Turgenev: On the Eve; Fathers and Sons; King Lear of the Steppes; Spring Torrents; and Virgin Soil.

Mark Twain: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Colm Tóibín: The Heather Blazing; and The Master.

John Updike: Rabbit, Run; Rabbit Redux; and Rabbit is Rich.

Giovanni Verga: The House by the Medlar Tree.

Jules Verne: Journey to the Centre of the Earth; and Around the World in Eighty Days.

Simon Vestdijk: The Garden Where the Brass Band Played.

Gore Vidal: Myra Breckinridge.

Elio Vittorini: In Sicily.

Voltaire: Candide.

Kurt Vonnegut: Cat’s Cradle; and God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater.

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr: Slaughterhouse-five; and Breakfast of Champions.

Alice Walker: The Color Purple; The Temple of My Familiar; and Possessing the Secret of Joy.

Lew Wallace: Ben-Hur.

David Foster Wallace: Infinite Jest.

Keith Waterhouse: The Castle of Otranto.

Sylvia Townsend Warner: Summer Will Show; and After the Death of Don Juan.

Marina Warner: Indigo.

Alan Warner: Morvern Callar.

Keith Waterhouse: Billy Liar.

Sarah Waters: Tipping the Velvet; and Fingersmith.

Winifred Watson: Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day.

Evelyn Waugh: Decline and Fall; Vile Bodies; A Handful of Dust; and Brideshead Revisited.

Charles Webb: The Graduate.

H.G. Wells: The Time Machine; The Island of Dr. Moreau; The Invisible Man; The War of the Worlds; and Tono-Bungay.

Irvine Welsh: Trainspotting.

Nathaniel West: Miss Lonelyhearts.

Rebecca West: The Thinking Reed; The Birds Fall Down; The Return of the Soldier; and Harriet Hume.

Edith Wharton: The House of Mirth; Ethan Frome; Bunner Sisters; Summer; The Age of Innocence: and The Glimpses of the Moon.

Patrick White: The Living and the Dead; and Voss.

T.H. White: The Once and Future King.

Edmund White: A Boy’s Own Story; and The Beautiful Room is Empty.

Oscar Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Henry Williamson: Tarka the Otter.

Angus Wilson: No Laughing Matter.

Jeanette Winterson: Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit; The Passion; Sexing the Cherry; and Written on the Body.

P.G. Wodehouse: Thank You, Jeeves.

Christa Wolf: The Quest for Christa T; and Patterns of Childhood.

Thomas Wolfe: Look Homeward, Angel.

Tom Wolfe: The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test; and The Bonfire of the Vanities.

Virginia Woolf: The Voyage Out; Night and Day; Jacob’s Room; Mrs. Dalloway; To The Lighthouse; Orlando; The Waves; The Years; and Between the Acts.

Richard Wright: Native Son.

John Wyndham: Day of the Triffids; The Midwich Cuckoos; and Chocky.

Marguerite Yourcenar: Memoirs of Hadrian.

Yevgeny Zamyatin: We.

Émile Zola: Thérèse Raquin; Drunkard; Nana; Germinal; and La Bête Humaine.

Stefan Zweig: Amok.