15 February

J Peder Zane's The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books [2007]:


Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (1877)

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (1857)

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (1869)

Lolita by Vladimir Nabakov (1955)

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (1884)

Hamlet by William Shakespeare (1600)

The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald (1925)

In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust (1913-27)

The stories of Anton Chekhov (1860-1904)

Middlemarch by George Eliot (1871-72)

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes (1605, 1615)

Moby-Dick by Herman Melville (1851)

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (1860-61)

Ulysses by James Joyce (1922)

The Odyssey by Homer (ninth century B C E?)

Dubliners by James Joyce (1916)

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky (1866)

King Lear by William Shakespeare (1605)

Emma by Jane Austen (1816)

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez (1967)

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner (1929)


To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf (1927)


The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky (1880)


The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri (1321)


The stories of Flannery O'Connor (1925-64)


Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne (1759-67)


Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (1813)


Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (1847)


The Bible


Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov (1962)


Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner (1936)


The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James (1881)


To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (1960)


The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer (1380s?)


Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (1899)


Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (1925)


Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (1952)


Bleak House by Charles Dickens (1853)


The Trial by Franz Kafka (1925)


Beloved by Toni Morrison (1987)


Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (1847)


The Stranger by Albert Camus (1942)


The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (1939)


All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren (1946)


The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford (1915)


The Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger (1951)


Persuasion by Jane Austen (1817)

Macbeth by William Shakespeare (1606)


The Oresteia by Aeschylus (458 B C E)

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (1850)

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (1865)

The Red and the Black by Stendhal (1830)

Rabbit Angstrom--Rabbit, Run (1960), Rabbit Redux (1971), Rabbit Is Rich (1981), Rabbit at Rest (1990)--by John Updike

The stories of Isaac Babel (1894-1940)

Tender Is the Night by F Scott Fitzgerald (1934)

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce (1916)

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (1962)

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut (1969)

The stories of John Cheever (1912-82)

Paradise Lost by John Milton (1667)

The Aeneid by Virgil (19 B C E)

Blood Merdian: Or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy (1985)

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman (1855-91)

Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol (1842)

The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann (1924)

The stories of Eudora Welty (1909-2001)

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov (1966)

Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens (1864-65)

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner (1930)

The Hamlet by William Faulkner (1940)

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway (1926)

The Iliad by Homer (ninth century B C E?)

The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio (1351-53)

The Possessed by Fyodor Dostoevsky (1872)

The Man Who Loved Children by Christina Stead (1940)

The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal (1839)

The stories of Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)

Independent People by Halldór Laxness

The Arabian Nights: Tales From a Thousand and One Nights (c. 1450)

Notes From Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky (1864)

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (1937)

The Stand by Stephen King (1978)

The Tempest by William Shakespeare (1610)

Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson (1919)

Don Juan by Lord Byron (1819)

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (1719)

Tom Jones by Henry Fielding (1749)

A Passage to India by E M Forster (1924)

Clarissa by Samuel Richardson (1747-48)

Candide by Voltaire (1759)

Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges (1964)

The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler (1953)

Mrs. Bridge (1959) and Mr. Bridge (1969) by Evan S Connell

Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy (1891)

The stories of Franz Kafka (1883-1924)

1984 by George Orwell (1948)

Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift (1726, 1735)

The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West (1956)

A Death in the Family by James Agee (1957)

Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino (1972)

The poems of Emily Dickinson (1830-86)

Howards End by E M Forster (1921)

The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene (1940)

The stories of Alice Munro (1931- )

A Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell (1951-75)

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark (1961)

Stones for Ibarra by Harriet Doerr (1984)

The Tin Drum by Günter Grass (1959)

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (1595)

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens (1849-50)

Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser (1900)

The Bear by William Faulkner (1942)

For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway (1940)

Jesus' Son by Denis Johnson (1992)

The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa (1958)

Ship of Fools by Katherine Anne Porter (1962)

The Oedipus trilogy by Sophocles (496-406 B C E)

East of Eden by John Steinbeck (1952)

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (1886)

Daniel Deronda by George Eliot (1874-76)

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez (1985)

The Transit of Venus by Shirley Hazzard (1980)

So Long, See You Tomorrow by William Maxwell (1979)

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison (1977)

Germinal by Émile Zola (1884)

Ask the Dust by John Fante (1939)

Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford (1928)

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (1989)

The Ambassadors by Henry James (1903)

Nine Stories by J D Salinger (1953)

Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray (1847-48)

Native Son by Richard Wright

Bhagavadgita (fifth century B C E)

The Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe (1962)

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (1958)

The Untouchable by John Banville (1997)

Ill Seen, Ill Said by Samuel Beckett (1981)

The Book of Leviathan by Peter Blegvad (2001)

The Outward Room by Millen Brand (1937)


Casa Guidi Windows by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1851)


Answered Prayers by Truman Capote (1987)


The Golden Argosy edited by Van H Cartmell and Charles Grayson


The Professor's House by Willa Cather (1925)


The Awakening by Kate Chopin (1899)


Disgrace by J M Coetzee (1999)

Waiting for the Barbarians by J M Coetzee (1980)

Geek Love by Katherine Dunn (1989)

Love Medicine by Louise Eldrich (1984)

J R by William Gaddis (1975)

I, Claudius by Robert Graves (1934)

The Golden Bowl by Henry James (1904)

The Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T E Lawrence (1925)

The Screwtape Letters by C S Lewis (1942)

Embers by Sándor Márai (1942)

The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville (1857)

The Birthday Party (1958) and The Homecoming (1965) by Harold Pinter

The Time of the Doves by Mercè Rodoreda (1962)

Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare (1606)

The Makioka Sisters by Junichiro Tanizaki (1943-48)

L'Assommoir (The Dram Shap) by Émile Zola (1877)


Nana by Émile Zola (1880)



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