Posted by: buggy | 24 December, 2005

The Modern Library of New York’s 100 Classics

Bugg's Take

It's Christmas Eve.

In the words of a popular Christmas jingle… "He's making a list, and checking it twice."

I stumbled across this list the day before yesterday.

It's the Modern Library of New York's 100 Best Novels of the Twentieth Century.

I decided to see just how many classics I've read to this point.

The answer….

*drumroll please*

a whopping 4 out of 100. (as at 26 Dec 2005)

Ok, so one of my New Year's resolutions is going to be to up that statistic by a bit.

Next on my reading list:

Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger
A House for Mr Biswas by V.S. Naipaul

The complete list follows: (titles I've read have been crossed off the laundry list)

1. Ulysses – James Joyce
2. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgaerld
3. The Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man – James Joyce
4. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
5. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
6. The Sound And The Fury – William Faulkner
7. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
8. Darkness At Noon – Arthur Koestler
9. Sons and Lovers – D.H. Lawrence
10.The Grapes Of Wrath – John Steinbeck
11. Under The Volcano – Malcolm Lowry
12. The Way Of All Flesh – Samuel Butler
13. 1984 – George Orwell
14. I, Claudius – Robert Graves
15. To The Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf
16. An American Tragedy – Theodore Dreiser
17. The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter – Carson McCullers
18. Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegut
19. Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison
20. Native Son – Richard Wright
21. Henderson The Rain King – Saul Bellow
22. Appointment in Samarra – John O'Hara
23. U.S.A (Trilogy) – John Dos Passos
24. Winesburg, Ohio – Shwerwood Anderson
25. A Passage To India – E.M. Forster
26. The Wings Of The Dove – Henry James
27. The Ambassadors – Henry James
28. Tender Is The Night – F. Scott Fitzgerald
29. The Studs Lonigan Trilogy – James T. Farrell
30. The Good Soldier – Ford Madox Ford
31. Animal Farm – George Orwell
32. The Golden Bowl – Henry James
33. Sister Carrie – Theodore Dreiser
34. A Handful Of Dust – Evelyn Waugh
35. As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner
36. All The King's Men – Robert Penn Warren
37. The Bride of San Luis Ray – Thornton Wilder
38. Howards End – E.M Forster
39. Go Tell It On The Mountain – James Baldwin
40. The Heart Of The Matter – Graham Greene
41. Lord Of The Flies – William Golding
42. Deliverance – James Dickey
43. A Dance To The Music Of Time (series) – Anthony Powell
44. Point Counter Point – Aldous Huxley
45. The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemmingway
46. The Secret Agent – Joseph Conrad
47. Nostromo – Joseph Conrad
48. The Rainbow – D.H. Lawrence
49. Women In Love – D.H. Lawrence
50. Tropic Of Cancer – Henry Miller
51. The Naked And The Dead – Norman Mailer
52. Portnoy's Complaint – Philip Roth
53. Pale Fire – Vladimir Nabokov
54. Light in August – William Faulkner
55. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
56. The Maltese Falcon – Dashiell Hammet
57. Parade's End – Ford Madox Ford
58. The Age Of Innocence – Edith Wharton
59. Zuleika Dobson – Max Beerbohm
60. The Moviegoer – Walker Percy
61. Death Comes For The Archbishop – Willa Cather
62. From Here to Eternity – James Joyce
63. The Wapshot Chronicle – John Cheever
64. The Catcher In The Rye – J.D. Salinger
65. A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
66. Of Human Bondage – W. Somerset Maugham
67. Heart Of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
68. Main Street – Sinclair Lewis
69. The House Of Mirth – Edith Wharton
70. The Alexandria Quartet – Lawrence Durell
71. A High Wind In Jamaica – Richard Hughes
72. A House For Mr Biswas – V.S. Naipaul
73. A Farewell To Arms – Ernest Hemingway
74. The Day Of The Locust – Nathanael West
75. Scoop – Evelyn Waugh
76. The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie – Muriel Spark
77. Finnegan's Wake – James Joyce
78. Kim – Rudyard Kipling
79. A Room With A View – E.M. Forster
80. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
81. The Adventures Of Augie March – Saul Bellow
82. Angle Of Repose – Wallace Stegner
83. A Bend In The River – V.S. Naipaul
84. The Death Of The Heart – Elizabeth Bowen
85. Lord Jim – Joseph Conrad
86. Ragtime – E.L. Doctrow
87. The Old Wives' Tale – Arnold Bennett
88. The Call Of The Wild – Jack London
89. Loving – Henry Green
90. Midnight's Children – Salman Rushdie
91. Tobacco Road – Erskine Caldwell
92. Ironweed – William Kennedy
93. The Magus – John Fowles
94. Wide Sargasso Sea – Jean Rhys
95. Under The Net – Iris Murdoch
96. Sophie's Choice – William Styron
97. The Sheltering Sky – Paul Bowles
98. The Postman Always Rings Twice – James M. cain
99. The Ginger Man – J.P. Donleavy
100.The Maginficent Ambersons – Booth Tarkington

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Responses

  1. i got 2, and if you include movies made out of them, 4 more

  2. Rats… i’ve only read 2 of them..


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