• Keith Mathison

My Great Works of Literature List


I've mentioned a few times on this blog that I am currently in the process of working through the great works of Western literature. I have known for a long time that I did not receive a great education in literature, so I decided to go back and re-read the few works I had already read and also read as many as possible of those I had not read. I also decided to do it in chronological order (with the ancient and medieval works, that is often an approximation). With the input of several friends, I put together a list to help me as I proceed. A few readers of this blog have asked me about this list, so I thought I would share it. Perhaps others would like to work through it as well. There are a lot of books on the list, and it will probably take me a decade or more if I live long enough to complete it.


If I live long enough to complete this list, I hope to compile a list of the great works of non-Western literature and read those. Aside from Plato and Boethius, I left philosophy classics off this list because I regularly have to dip into them as part of my job. I included Plato and Boethius only because of the genre in which they write.

Ancient and Classical Era Literary Works (to AD 600)

1. Homer, Iliad.

2. Homer, Odyssey.

3. Hesiod, Theogony.

4. Aesop’s Fables.

5. Pindar, Odes.

6. Aeschylus – tragedies

7. Sophocles – tragedies

8. Euripides – tragedies

9. Aristophanes – comedies

10. Plato – Early Dialogues

11. Plato – Middle Dialogues

12. Plato – Late Dialogues

13. Menander, Plays.

14. Theocritus, Idylls.

15. Apollonius, Argonautica (Jason and the Golden Fleece)

16. Plautus, Comedies

17. Terence, Comedies

18. Cicero, Speeches

19. Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca/The Library of Greek Mythology

20. Virgil, Aeneid.

21. Horace, Odes.

22. Propertius, Poems.

23. Ovid, Metamorphoses.

24. Seneca, Phaedra and other plays

25. Petronius, Satyricon.

26. Martial, Epigrams.

27. Plutarch, Lives.

28. Juvenal, Satires.

29. Apuleius, The Golden Ass.

30. Quintus, Posthomerica.

31. The Alexander Romance.

32. Augustine, Confessions.

33. Boethius, Consolation of Philosophy.

Medieval Era Literary Works (600–1400)

1. The Anglo-Saxon World: An Anthology, Kevin Crossley-Holland (Oxford’s World Classics)

2. The First Poems in English (Penguin Classics – poems dated from 700-1000) republished as: The Earliest English Poems

3. The Complete Old English Poems (translated by Craig Williamson)

4. Early Irish Myths and Sagas – Penguin Classics

5. The Tain.

6. One Thousand and One Nights.

7. The Book of Taliesin.

8. Beowulf.

9. The Song of Roland.

10. Geoffrey of Monmouth, History of the Kings of Britain.

11. The Poem of the Cid.

12. Chrétien de Troyes, Arthurian Romances.

13. Tristan and Iseult.

14. Tales of the Elders of Ireland.

15. Marie de France, Lais.

16. The Owl and the Nightingale.

17. The Mabinogion.

18. The Nibelungenlied.

19. Wolfram von Eschenbach, Parzival and Titurel.

20. Guillaume de Lorris & Jeun de Meun, The Romance of the Rose.

21. Poetic Edda.

22. Snorri Sturluson, The Prose Edda.

23. Sir Orfeo.

24. Select Icelandic Sagas

25. Icelandic folk tales

26. Dante, Vita Nuova.

27. Dante, The Divine Comedy.

28. Dafydd ap Gwilym – poems

29. Petrarch, Canzoniere.

30. Boccaccio, Decameron.

31. John Mandeville, The Book of Marvels and Travels.

32. William Langland, Piers Plowman.

33. Geoffrey Chaucer, The House of Fame.

34. Geoffrey Chaucer, Troilus and Criseyde.

35. Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales.

36. The Gawain Poet, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight; The Pearl.

37. Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse.

38. Medieval English Verse (Penguin classics – 13th and 14th centuries)

Renaissance Era Literary Works (1400–1600)

1. John Lydgate, Poems (1400 – 1410)

2. Christine de Pisan, The Book of the City of Ladies (by 1405)

3. François Villon, Poems (1431 – 1474)

4. Thomas Malory, Le Morte d'Arthur (1485)

5. William Dunbar, Poems (late 15th century)

6. Thomas Wyatt, Poems (early 16th century)

7. John Skelton, Poems (early 16th century)

8. Stephen Hawes, Poems (1509)

9. Erasmus, The Praise of Folly (1511)

10. François Rabelais, The Life of Gargantua and of Pantagruel (@ 1532 – 1564)

11. The Facetious Nights of Straparola (1550 – 1553)

12. Thomas More, Utopia (1551)

13. Henry Howard, Poems (1557)

14. Marguerite de Navarre, Heptaméron (1558)

15. Luis Vaz de Camoes, The Lusiads (1572)

16. George Gascoigne, Poems (1573)

17. Anthology of Elizabethan Prose Fiction (1573 – 1597)

18. Nicholas Breton, Poems (1577)

19. Sir Philip Sidney, Poems (1578)

20. Samuel Daniel, Poems (1585)

21. Shakespeare – plays (1589 – 1612)

22. Shakespeare – poems

23. Robert Greene, Poems (1590)

24. Michael Drayton, Poems (1590)

25. Robert Southwell, Poems (1591)

26. Thomas Campion, Poems (1591)

27. Christopher Marlowe, The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus (1592)

28. Christopher Marlowe, Poems

29. Arden of Faversham (1592)

30. Thomas Nashe, The Unfortunate Traveller (1594)

31. Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene (1596)

32. Edmund Spenser, Poems

33. Sir John Davies, Poems (1599)

34. Alexander Hume, Poems (1599)

35. New Oxford Book of Sixteenth Century Verse

17th Century Literary Works (1600–1700)

1. Fulke Greville, Poems (1554 – 1628)

2. Ben Jonson, Poetry (1572 – 1637)

3. Ben Jonson, Plays (1572 – 1637)

4. The Sons of Ben, Ben Jonson and the Cavalier Poets (Norton Critical Editions)

5. Thomas Heywood, A Woman Killed with Kindness (1603)

6. Thomas Middleton and Thomas Dekker, The Roaring Girl (1611)

7. Emilia Lanyer, Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum (1611)

8. Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote (1612)

9. Lady Mary Wroth, Poems (1620)

10. Thomas Middleton and William Rowley, The Changeling (1622)

11. John Donne – The Temple, Sacred Poems (1633)

12. George Herbert, Poems (1633)

13. Richard Crashaw, Poems (1634)

14. Johannes Kepler, Somnium (1634)

15. Giambattista Basile, The Tale of Tales (1634)

16. Pierre Corneille, Le Cid (1637)

17. Henry Vaughan, Poems (1646)

18. Robert Herrick, Hesperides (1648)

19. Anne Bradstreet – Poems (@1650)

20. Margaret Cavendish, Poems (1653)

21. Cyrano de Bergerac, Comical History of the States and Empires of the Moon (1656)

22. John Dryden, Poems (1660)

23. Samuel Pepys, Diary (1660–1669)

24. Molière, Tartuffe (1664)

25. Jean Racine – Plays (1664 – 1691)

26. Margaret Cavendish, The Blazing World (1666)

27. John Milton, Paradise Lost (1667)

28. Henry Neville, The Isle of Pines (1668)

29. Hans Jakob von Grimmelshausen, The Adventures of Simplicius Simplicissimus (1668)

30. John Milton, Paradise Regained (1671)

31. John Milton, Poems

32. Andrew Marvell, Poems (1621 – 1678)

33. Thomas Traherne, Centuries (1674?)

34. John Wilmot, Poems (1675)

35. Edward Taylor, Poems

36. John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress (1678)

37. John Bunyan, The Holy War (1682)

38. John Dryden, The Hind and the Panther (1687)

39. John Dryden - Poems

40. Aphra Behn, The Fair Jilt (1688)

41. Aphra Behn, Oroonoko (1688)

42. Charles Perrault, Histories or Tales from Past Times, with Morals or Mother Goose Tales (1697)

43. The New Oxford Book of Seventeenth-Century Verse


18th Century Literary Works

1. Jonathan Swift, A Tale of a Tub (1704)

2. Isaac Watts, Horae Lyricae: Poems, Chiefly of the Lyric Kind (1709)

3. Alexander Pope – Poems (1711)

4. Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe (1719)

5. Daniel Defoe, Captain Singleton (1720)

6. Daniel Defoe, Moll Flanders (1722)

7. Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels (1726)

8. Jonathan Swift, A Modest Proposal (1729)

9. Jonathan Swift, Poems

10. Charles Wesley, Poems (1739)

11. Samuel Richardson, Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded (1740)

12. Ludwig Holberg, Niels Klim’s Underground Travels (1741)

13. Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones (1749)

14. Cao Xueqin, Dream of the Red Chamber (mid 18th century)

15. Thomas Gray, Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard (1751)

16. Voltaire, Micromégas (1752)

17. Samuel Johnson, The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia (1759)

18. Samuel Johnson, Poems

19. Voltaire, Candide (1759)

20. Laurence Sterne, Tristram Shandy (1759 – 1767)

21. Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Julie, or the New Heloise (1761)

22. Christopher Smart, Poems (1763)

23. Horace Walpole, The Castle of Otranto (1764)

24. Oliver Goldsmith, The Vicar of Wakefield (1766)

25. Augustus Toplady, Poems (1772)

26. Pierre Beaumarchais, The Barber of Seville (1773)

27. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, The Sorrows of Young Werther (1774)

28. Romantic Poets

a. Robert Burns, Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect

b. William Blake, Songs of Innocence and Experience

c. William Wordsworth, Lyrical Ballads

d. Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner; Kubla Khan; Christabel, The Conversation Poems

e. Lord Byron, Don Juan, Irish Avatar

f. Percy Bysse Shelley, Prometheus Unbound, Ozymandius

g. John Keats, Ode to a Nightingale

h. Felicia Dorothea Hemans, Casabianca

i. Anna Barbauld, Eighteen Hundred and Eleven

j. Charlotte Turner Smith, Elegaic Sonnets

k. The Penguin Book of Romantic Poetry (Penguin Classics)

29. William Cowper, Poems (1777)

30. Matthew Lewis, The Monk (1796)

31. The New Oxford Book of Eighteenth-Century Verse

19th Century Literary Works

1. James Montgomery, Poems (1806)

2. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust (1808)

3. Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility (1811)

4. Johann David Wyss, Swiss Family Robinson (1812)

5. The Brothers Grimm, Fairy Tales (1812 – 1858)

6. Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (1813)

7. Jane Austen, Mansfield Park (1814)

8. E. T. A. Hoffmann, The Golden Pot (1814)

9. Jane Austen, Emma (1815)

10. Walter Scott, Rob Roy (1817)

11. Walter Scott, The Heart of Midlothian (1818)

12. Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey (1818)

13. Jane Austen, Persuasion (1818)

14. Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (1818)

15. Walter Scott, Ivanhoe (1819)

16. Washington Irving, The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. (1819 - 1820)

17. Charles Maturin, Melmoth the Wanderer (1820)

18. John Clare – Poems (1820)

19. Elizabeth Barrett Browning – Poems (1820)

20. James Fennimore Cooper, The Pioneers (1823)

21. Washington Irving, Tales of a Traveller (1824)

22. Alexander Pushkin, Eugene Onegin (1825 – 1833)

23. James Fennimore Cooper, The Last of the Mohicans (1826)

24. Henry Francis Lyte, Poems (1826)

25. Mary Shelley, The Last Man (1826)

26. James Fennimore Cooper, The Prairie (1827)

27. Edgar Allan Poe – Poems (1827 – 1849)

28. Alfred, Lord Tennyson – Poetry (1829)

29. John Greenleaf Whittier, Poems (1831)

30. Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1831)

31. Edgar Allan Poe – Tales (1832 – 1849)

32. Elias Lönnrot, The Kalevala (1835)

33. Hans Christian Andersen, Fairy Tales (1835 – 1872)

34. Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers (1837)

35. Edgar Allan Poe, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket (1838)

36. Charles Dickens – short stories (1838 – 1868)

37. Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist (1839)

38. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – poetry (1839 – 1882)

39. Charles Dickens, Nicholas Nickleby (1839)

40. Robert Browning, Poems (1840)

41. James Fennimore Cooper, The Pathfinder (1840)

42. Charles Dickens, The Old Curiosity Shop (1841)

43. James Fennimore Cooper, The Deerslayer (1841)

44. Charles Dickens, Barnaby Rudge (1841)

45. Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Engebretsen Moe, Norwegian Folk Tales (1842 – 1843)

46. Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol; The Chimes; The Cricket on the Hearth; The Battle of Life; The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain (1843 – 1848)

47. Charles Dickens, Martin Chuzzlewit (1844)

48. Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo (1844 – 1846)

49. Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers (1844)

50. Alexandre Dumas, Twenty Years After (1845)

51. Alexandre Dumas, The Vicomte of Bragelonne (1847)

52. Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre (1847)

53. Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights (1847)

54. Emily Brontë, Poems

55. Ralph Waldo Emerson – Poems (1847)

56. William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair (1847 – 1848)

57. Charles Dickens, Dombey and Son (1848)

58. Anne Brontë, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848)

59. Anne Brontë, Poems

60. Matthew Arnold, Poems (1849)

61. Charles Dickens, David Copperfield (1850)

62. Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter (1850)

63. Nathaniel Hawthorne, The House of the Seven Gables (1851)

64. Herman Melville, Moby Dick (1851)

65. George Meredith, Poems (1851)

66. Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852)

67. Charlotte Brontë, Villette (1853)

68. Charlotte Brontë, Poems

69. Charles Dickens, Bleak House (1853)

70. Charles Dickens, Hard Times (1854)

71. Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass (1855)

72. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Song of Hiawatha (1855)

73. Alexander Afanasyev, Russian Fairy Tales (1855 – 1867)

74. William Morris - Poems

75. Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary (1856)

76. George Meredith, The Shaving of Shagpat (1856)

77. Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit (1857)

78. George Macdonald, Phantastes (1858)

79. Emily Dickinson – Poems (1858)

80. Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities (1859)

81. George Meredith, The Ordeal of Richard Feverel (1859)

82. George Eliot, Adam Bede (1859)

83. Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White (1859)

84. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations (1861)

85. Victor Hugo, Les Misérables (1862)

86. Ivan Turgenev, Fathers and Sons (1862)

87. Christina Rosetti, Goblin Market and Other Poems (1862)

88. Jules Verne, Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864)

89. Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend (1865)

90. Algernon Swinburne, Poems (1865)

91. Henrik Ibsen, Brand (1865)

92. Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865)

93. Christina Rosetti, The Prince’s Progress (1866)

94. Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment (1866)

95. George MacDonald, The Golden Key (1867)

96. Mark Twain, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Other Sketches (1867)

97. Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone (1868)

98. Louisa May Alcott, Little Women (1868 – 1869)

99. Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Idiot (1868 – 1869)

100. Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace (1869)

101. Jules Verne, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870)

102. Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass (1871)

103. Lewis Carroll, Poems

104. George Eliot, Middlemarch (1871 – 1872)

105. George Eliot, Poems

106. Fyodor Dostoevsky, Demons (1871 – 1872)

107. Jules Verne, Around the World in Eighty Days (1872)

108. George Macdonald, The Princess and the Goblin (1872)

109. Samuel Butler, Erewhon: or, Over the Range (1872)

110. Walter Pater – Works (1873 ff)

111. Thomas Hardy, Far From the Madding Crowd (1874)

112. Alice Meynell, Poems (1875)

113. Mark Twain, Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876)

114. Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina (1878)

115. Thomas Hardy, The Return of the Native (1878)

116. George Meredith, The Egoist (1879)

117. Gerard Manley Hopkins – Poems (1879)

118. Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov (1880)

119. Lew Wallace, Ben-Hur (1880)

120. Joel Chandler Harris, Uncle Remus: His Songs and Sayings (1880)

121. Christina Rosetti, A Pageant (1881)

122. Mark Twain, The Prince and the Pauper (1881)

123. Christina Rosetti, The Face of the Deep (1882)

124. Carlo Collodi, The Adventures of Pinocchio (1883)

125. Howard Pyle, The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood (1883)

126. Joel Chandler Harris, Nights with Uncle Remus (1883)

127. Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island (1883)

128. Edwin Abbott, Flatland (1884)

129. Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn (1884)

130. Leo Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilyich (1886)

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

132. Robert Louis Stevenson, Kidnapped (1886)

133. Thomas Hardy, The Woodlanders (1887)

134. Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet (1887)

135. Rider Haggard, She (1887)

136. Francis Thompson, Poems (1888)

137. Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1889)

138. Andrew Lang, Fairy Books (25 collections published between 1889 – 1913)

139. Arthur Conan Doyle, The Sign of the Four (1890)

140. Arthur Machen, The Great God Pan (1890)

141. Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890 – 1891)

142. Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d'Urbervilles (1891)

143. Thomas Hardy, Poems

144. Arthur Conan Doyle – 5 books of Sherlock short stories (1891 – 1927)

145. George du Maurier, Peter Ibbetson (1891)

146. Robert Louis Stevenson, South Seas Tales (1892)

147. Robert Louis Stevenson, Poems

148. Ambrose Bierce, Tales of Soldiers and Civilians (1892)

149. Charlotte Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper (1892)

150. W. B. Yeats, Irish Fairy Tales (1892)

151. W. B. Yeats, Poems

152. George and Weedon Grossmith, The Diary of a Nobody (1892)

153. Mark Twain, Pudd’nhead Wilson (1894)

154. Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book (1894)

155. Anthony Hope, The Prisoner of Zenda (1894)

156. George Macdonald, Lilith (1895)

157. Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Ernest (1895)

158. Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage (1895)

159. H. G. Wells, The Time Machine (1895)

160. H. G. Wells, The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896)

161. Rudyard Kipling, Captains Courageous (1896)

162. A. E. Housman, Poems (1896)

163. Bram Stoker, Dracula (1897)

164. Edmond Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac (1897)

165. H. G. Wells, The Invisible Man (1897)

166. H. G. Wells, The War of the Worlds (1898)

167. Anton Chekhov, About Love (1898)

168. Henry James, Turn of the Screw (1898)

169. Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness (1899)

170. Michael Newton, ed. Victorian Fairy Tales

171. Nineteenth-Century American Poetry (Penguin Classics)

172. The New Oxford Book of Victorian Verse

Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literary Works

1. L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)

2. Scottish Fairy Tales (1901)

3. Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles (1901 – 1902)

4. A. E. W. Mason, The Four Feathers (1902)

5. Jack London, The Call of the Wild (1903)

6. Samuel Butler, The Way of All Flesh (1903)

7. O. Henry, short stories (1904)

8. G. K. Chesterton, The Napoleon of Notting Hill (1904)

9. Emma Orczy, The Scarlet Pimpernel (1905)

10. Upton Sinclair, The Jungle (1906)

11. Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary (1906)

12. Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows (1908)

13. G. K. Chesterton, The Man Who Was Thursday (1908)

14. E. M. Forster, Howard’s End (1910)

15. G. K. Chesterton, The Ball and the Cross (1910)

16. J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan (1911)

17. Frances Burnett, The Secret Garden (1911)

18. G. K. Chesterton, Lepanto, and other poems (1911)

19. G. K. Chesterton, The Complete Father Brown Stories (1911)

20. Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera (1911)

21. G. K. Chesterton, Manalive (1911)

22. Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan of the Apes (1912)

23. Arthur Conan Doyle, The Lost World (1912)

24. Willa Cather, O Pioneers! (1913)

25. Marcel Proust, In Search of Lost Time: Vol. I: Swann’s Way (1913)

26. Edgar Rice Burroughs, At the Earth’s Core (1914)

27. G. K. Chesterton, The Flying Inn (1914)

28. Arthur Conan Doyle, The Valley of Fear (1914 – 1915)

29. Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis (1915)

30. John Buchan, The Thirty-Nine Steps (1915)

31. James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916)

32. Edwin Muir, Poems (1918)

33. Wilfrid Owen, Poems (1920)

34. Sigrid Undset, Kristin Lavransdatter (1920)

35. Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence (1920)

36. F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise (1920)

37. Sinclair Lewis, Main Street (1920)

38. Yevgeny Zamyatin, We (1920 – 1921)

39. Janet Lewis, Poems (1922)

40. T. S. Eliot, The Waste Land (1922)

41. T. S. Eliot, Poems

42. Rafael Sabatini, Captain Blood (1922)

43. F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Beautiful and Damned (1922)

44. James Joyce, Ulysses (1922)

45. E. R. Eddison, The Worm Ouroboros (1922)

46. Robert Frost – Poems (1923)

47. P. G. Wodehouse, The Inimitable Jeeves (1923)

48. P. G. Wodehouse, Leave it to Psmith (1923)

49. Dorothy Sayers, Whose Body? (1923)

50. Felix Salten, Bambi: A Life in the Woods (1923)

51. Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Land That Time Forgot (1924)

52. Lord Dunsany, The King of Elfland’s Daughter (1924)

53. F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (1925)

54. Langston Hughes, The Weary Blues (1925)

55. A. A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh (1926)

56. Agatha Christie, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926)

57. Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises (1926)

58. Sinclair Lewis, Elmer Gantry (1926)

59. H. P. Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu (1926)

60. Herman Hesse, Steppenwolf (1927)

61. H. P. Lovecraft, The Colour Out of Space (1927)

62. Willa Cather, Death Comes for the Archbishop (1927)

63. H. P. Lovecraft, The Dunwich Horror (1928)

64. Evelyn Waugh, Decline and Fall (1928)

65. Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms (1929)

66. Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front (1929)

67. William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury (1929)

68. Dashiell Hammett, The Maltese Falcon (1930)

69. W. H. Auden, Poems (1930)

70. Padrais Fallon, Poems (1930)

71. H. P. Lovecraft, The Shadow Over Innsmouth (1931)

72. Aldous Huxley, Brave New World (1932)

73. Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House in the Big Woods (1932)

74. James Hilton, Goodbye Mr. Chips (1934)

75. Robert Graves, I, Claudius (1934)

76. F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender is the Night (1934)

77. H. P. Lovecraft, At the Mountains of Madness (1936)

78. Margaret Mitchell, Gone With the Wind (1936)

79. Robert Penn Warren, Poems (1936)

80. Georges Bernanos, Diary of a Country Priest (1936)

81. T. S. Eliot, The Four Quartets (1936 – 1942)

82. Stevie Smith, Poems (1937)

83. John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men (1937)

84. Charles Williams, Descent Into Hell (1937)

85. J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit (1937)

86. William Faulkner, The Unvanquished (1938)

87. F. T. Prince, Poems (1938)

88. C. S. Lewis, The Space Trilogy (1938 – 1945)

89. P. G. Wodehouse, Uncle Fred in the Springtime (1939)

90. John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath (1939)

91. Agatha Christie, And Then There Were None (1939)

92. John Betjeman, Poems (1940)

93. Arthur Koestler, Darkness at Noon (1940)

94. Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940)

95. Graham Greene, The Power and the Glory (1940)

96. William Faulkner, Go Down Moses (1942)

97. Albert Camus, The Stranger (1942)

98. Edith Hamilton, Mythology (1942)

99. Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead (1943)

100. Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie (1944)

101. George Orwell, Animal Farm (1945)

102. Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited (1945)

103. R. S. Thomas, Poems (1946)

104. Alan Paton, Cry, the Beloved Country (1948)

105. George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949)

106. Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman (1949)

107. Ray Bradbury, The Martian Chronicles (1950)

108. Frederick Buechner, A Long Day’s Dying (1950)

109. C. S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia (1950 – 1956)

110. J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye (1951)

111. Jack Clemo, Poems (1951)

112. Isaac Asimov, The Foundation Trilogy (1951–53)

113. Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl (1952)

114. Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea (1952)

115. John Steinbeck, East of Eden (1952)

116. Frederick Buechner, The Seasons’ Difference (1952)

117. E. B. White, Charlotte’s Web (1952)

118. Alfred Bester, The Demolished Man (1952)

119. Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 (1953)

120. John Ashbery, Turandot and other poems (1953)

121. C. H. Sisson, Poems (1953)

122. John Berryman, Poems (1953)

123. Elizabeth Jennings, Poems (1953)

124. Arthur C. Clarke, Childhood’s End (1954)

125. William Faulkner, A Fable (1954)

126. William Golding, The Lord of the Flies (1954)

127. J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings (1954 – 1955)

128. Flannery O’Connor, A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories (1955)

129. C. S. Lewis, Till We Have Faces (1956)

130. Thomas Kinsella, Poems (1956)

131. Jack Kerouac, On the Road (1957)

132. Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged (1957)

133. T. H. White, The Once and Future King (1958)

134. Frederick Buechner, The Return of Ansel Gibbs (1958)

135. Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart (1958)

136. Daniel Keyes, Flowers for Algernon (1958)

137. Geoffrey Hill, Poems (1959)

138. Walter Miller, A Canticle for Leibowitz (1959)

139. Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House (1959)

140. Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird (1960)

141. Walker Percy, The Moviegoer (1961)

142. Robert Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land (1961)

143. Joseph Heller, Catch-22 (1961)

144. Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes (1962)

145. Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1962)

146. Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange (1962)

147. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (1962)

148. Philip Dick, The Man in the High Castle (1962)

149. Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time (1962)

150. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, We Never Make Mistakes (1963)

151. Wendell Berry, Poems (1964)

152. Evelyn Waugh, Sword of Honour (1965)

153. Frank Herbert, Dune (1965)

154. Frederick Buechner, The Final Beast (1965)

155. Walker Percy, The Last Gentleman (1966)

156. Shusako Endo, Silence (1966)

157. Daniel Keyes, Flowers for Algernon (1966)

158. S. E. Hinton, The Outsiders (1967)

159. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Cancer Ward (1968)

160. Ursula Le Guin, A Wizard of Earthsea (1968)

161. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The First Circle (1968)

162. Charles Portis, True Grit (1968)

163. Arthur C. Clarke, 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

164. Peter Beagle, The Last Unicorn (1968)

165. Ursula Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness (1969)

166. Mario Puzo, The Godfather (1969)

167. Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five (1969)

168. Frederick Buechner, The Entrance to Porlock (1970)

169. Larry Niven, Ringworld (1970)

170. Frederick Buechner, Lion Country (1971)

171. Walker Percy, Love in the Ruins (1971)

172. Frederick Forsyth, The Day of the Jackal (1971)

173. Hunter Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1971)

174. Richard Adams, Watership Down (1972)

175. Frederick Buechner, Open Heart (1972)

176. Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (1974)

177. Ursula Le Guin, The Dispossessed (1974)

178. Frederick Buechner, Love Feast (1974)

179. Alex Haley, Roots (1976)

180. J. R. R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion (1977)

181. Frederick Buechner, Treasure Hunt (1977)

182. Frederick Buechner, The Book of Bebb (1979)

183. John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces (1980)

184. Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose (1980)

185. Frederick Buechner, Godric (1980)

186. Walker Percy, The Second Coming (1980)

187. Gene Wolfe, The Book of the New Sun (1980 – 1983)

188. Stephen King, Different Seasons (1982)

189. Larry McMurtry, Lonesome Dove (1985)

190. Frederick Buechner, Brendan (1987)

191. Michael Swanwick, Vacuum Flowers (1987)

192. Toni Morrison, Beloved (1987)

193. Michael Swanwick, Stations of the Tide (1991)

194. P. D. James, The Children of Men (1992)

195. Frederick Buechner, Son of Laughter (1993)

196. Michael Swanwick, The Iron Dragon’s Daughter (1993)

197. Mary Doria Russell, The Sparrow (1996)

198. Frederick Buechner, On the Road with the Archangel (1997)

199. Michael Swanwick, Jack Faust (1997)

200. J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter (1997 – 2007)

201. Mary Doria Russell, Children of God (1998)

202. Frederick Buechner, The Storm (1998)

203. David Middleton, Beyond the Chandeleurs: Poems (1999)

204. Wendell Berry, Jayber Crow (2000)

205. Leif Enger, Peace Like a River (2001)

206. Ian McEwan, Atonement (2001)

207. Neil Gaiman, American Gods (2001)

208. Edward P. Jones, The Known World (2003)

209. Wendell Berry, Hannah Coulter (2004)

210. Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (2004)

211. Marilynne Robinson, Gilead (2004)

212. Frederick Buechner, The Christmas Tide (2005)

213. Wendell Berry, That Distant Land: The Collected Stories (2005)

214. Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go (2005)

215. Bo Giertz, The Hammer of God (2005)

216. Chris Adrian, The Children’s Hospital (2006)

217. Cormac McCarthy, The Road (2006)

218. Marilynne Robinson, Home (2008)

219. Andrew Peterson, The Wingfeather Saga (2008–2014)

220. Eugene Vodolazkin, Laurus (2012)

221. Malcolm Guite, The Singing Bowl (2013)

222. Marilynne Robinson, Lila (2014)

223. Michel Faber, The Book of Strange New Things (2014)

224. Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See (2014)

225. Scott Hawkins, The Library at Mount Char (2015)

226. Leif Enger, Virgil Wander (2018)

227. The New Oxford Book of Children’s Verse

228. Michael Hulse and Simon Rae, eds, The 20th Century in Poetry

229. Harold Bloom, The Best Poems of the English Language

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