Posted by: bluesyemre | September 16, 2014

Have you read the 200 ‘best American novels’?

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Susanna Rowson, “Charlotte Temple” (1791)
Hugh Henry Brackenridge, “Modern Chivalry” (1792–1815)
Hannah W. Foster, “The Coquette” (1797)
Charles Brockden Brown, “Wieland” (1798)
Lydia Maria Child, “Hobomok” (1824)
James Fenimore Cooper, “The Prairie” (1827)
Catharine Maria Sedgwick, “Hope Leslie” (1827)
John Pendleton Kennedy, “Swallow Barn” (1832)
Robert Montgomery Bird, “Sheppard Lee” (1836)
Edgar Allan Poe, “The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket” (1838)
Johnson Jones Hooper, “Some Adventures of Captain Simon Suggs” (1845)
George Lippard, “The Quaker City, the Monks of Monk Hall” (1845)
James Fenimore Cooper, “The Crater” (1847)
Herman Melville, “Redburn” (1849)
Nathaniel Hawthorne, “The Scarlet Letter” (1850)
Ik Marvel (Donald G. Mitchell), “Reveries of a Bachelor” (1850)
Susan Warner, “The Wide, Wide World” (1850)
Nathaniel Hawthorne, “The House of the Seven Gables” (1851)
Herman Melville, “Moby-Dick; or The Whale” (1851)
Nathaniel Hawthorne, “The Blithedale Romance” (1852)
Harriet Beecher Stowe, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” (1852)
Fanny Fern (Sara Willis Parton), “Ruth Hall” (1855)
Herman Melville, “The Confidence-Man” (1857)
Harriet E. Wilson, “Our Nig” (1859)
Rebecca Harding Davis, “Life in the Iron Mills” (1861)
Harriet Jacobs, “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl” (1861)
Elizabeth Drew Stoddard, “The Morgesons” (1862)
John W. DeForest, “Miss Ravenel’s Conversion” (1867)
Louisa May Alcott, “Little Women” (1868–1869)
Louisa May Alcott, “Work” (1873)
Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward, “The Story of Avis” (1877)
Albion Tourgée, “A Fool’s Errand” (1879)
George Washington Cable, “The Grandissimes” (1880)
Henry James, “The Portrait of a Lady” (1881)
William Dean Howells, “A Modern Instance” (1882)
Sarah Orne Jewett, “A Country Doctor” (1884)
Mark Twain, “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” (1885)
Henry James, “The Bostonians” (1886)
Henry James, “The Princess Casamassima” (1886)
Edward Bellamy, “Looking Backward: 2000–1887” (1888)
E.D.E.N. Southworth, “The Hidden Hand” (1888)
Mark Twain, “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” (1889)
William Dean Howells, “A Hazard of New Fortunes” (1890)
Stephen Crane, “Maggie: A Girl of the Streets” (1893)
Henry Blake Fuller, “The Cliff-Dwellers” (1893)
Mark Twain, “Pudd’nhead Wilson” (1894)
Stephen Crane, “The Red Badge of Courage” (1895)
Harold Frederic, “The Damnation of Theron Ware” (1896)
Kate Chopin, “The Awakening” (1899)
Frank Norris, “McTeague” (1899)
L. Frank Baum, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” (1900)
Theodore Dreiser, “Sister Carrie” (1900)
Frank Norris, “The Octopus” (1901)
Henry James, “The Wings of the Dove” (1902)
Owen Wister, “The Virginian” (1902)
Henry James, “The Ambassadors” (1903)
Jack London, “The Call of the Wild” (1903)
Edith Wharton, “The House of Mirth” (1905)
Upton Sinclair, “The Jungle” (1906)
Gertrude Stein, “Three Lives” (1909)
Edith Wharton, “Ethan Frome” (1911)
Mary Austin, “A Woman of Genius” (1912)
Willa Cather, “O Pioneers!” (1913)
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, “Herland” (1915)
Edith Wharton, “Summer” (1917)
Booth Tarkington, “The Magnificent Ambersons” (1918)
Willa Cather, “My Ántonia” (1918)
Sinclair Lewis, “Main Street” (1920)
Edith Wharton, “The Age of Innocence” (1920)
E. E. Cummings, “The Enormous Room” (1922)
Jean Toomer, “Cane” (1923)
William Carlos Williams, “The Great American Novel” (1923)
Willa Cather, “The Professor’s House” (1925)
Theodore Dreiser, “An American Tragedy” (1925)
Ellen Glasgow, “Barren Ground” (1925)
F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The Great Gatsby” (1925)
Anita Loos, “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” (1925)
John Dos Passos, “Manhattan Transfer” (1925)
Gertrude Stein, “The Making of Americans” (1925)
Anzia Yezierska, “Bread Givers” (1925)
Ernest Hemingway, “The Sun Also Rises” (1926)
Edna Ferber, “Show Boat” (1926)
Thornton Wilder, “The Bridge of San Luis Rey” (1927)
Nella Larsen, “Quicksand” (1928)
Claude McKay, “Home to Harlem” (1928)
William Faulkner, “The Sound and the Fury” (1929)
Ernest Hemingway, “A Farewell to Arms” (1929)
Thomas Wolfe, “Look Homeward, Angel” (1929)
William Faulkner, “As I Lay Dying” (1930)
Dashiell Hammett, “The Maltese Falcon” (1930)
Willa Cather, “Shadows on the Rock” (1931)
William Faulkner, “Light in August” (1932)
Ellen Glasgow, “The Sheltered Life” (1932)
Nathanael West, “Miss Lonelyhearts” (1933)
Daniel Fuchs, “Summer in Williamsburg” (1934)
Henry Roth, “Call It Sleep” (1934)
Djuna Barnes, “Nightwood” (1936)
William Faulkner, “Absalom, Absalom!” (1936)
Margaret Mitchell, “Gone with the Wind” (1936)
John Dos Passos, “U.S.A.” (1930–1936)
Zora Neale Hurston, “Their Eyes Were Watching God” (1937)
Pietro di Donato, “Christ in Concrete” (1939)
Katherine Anne Porter, “Pale Horse, Pale Rider” (1939)
John Steinbeck, “The Grapes of Wrath” (1939)
Nathanael West, “The Day of the Locust” (1939)
Raymond Chandler, “Farewell, My Lovely” (1940)
Ernest Hemingway, “For Whom the Bell Tolls” (1940)
Carson McCullers, “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter” (1940)
Richard Wright, “Native Son” (1940)
James M. Cain, “Mildred Pierce” (1941)
Jane Bowles, “Two Serious Ladies” (1943)
William Saroyan, “The Human Comedy” (1943)
Joel Townsley Rogers, “The Red Right Hand” (1945)
Anne Petry, “The Street” (1946)
Robert Penn Warren, “All the King’s Men” (1946)
Jean Stafford, “The Mountain Lion” (1947)
Truman Capote, “Other Voices, Other Rooms” (1948)
Norman Mailer, “The Naked and the Dead” (1948)
Paul Bowles, “The Sheltering Sky” (1949)
Carson McCullers, “The Ballad of the Sad Café” (1951)
J. D. Salinger, “The Catcher in the Rye” (1951)
Conrad Aiken, “Ushant” (1952)
Ralph Ellison, “Invisible Man” (1952)
Flannery O’Connor, “Wise Blood” (1952)
E. B. White, “Charlotte’s Web” (1952)
James Baldwin, “Go Tell It on the Mountain” (1953)
Saul Bellow, “The Adventures of Augie March” (1953)
Ray Bradbury, “Fahrenheit 451” (1953)
Gwendolyn Brooks, “Maud Martha” (1953)
Raymond Chandler, “The Long Goodbye” (1953)
Randall Jarrell, “Pictures from an Institution” (1954)
William Gaddis, “The Recognitions” (1955)
Patricia Highsmith, “The Talented Mr. Ripley” (1955)
James Baldwin, “Giovanni’s Room” (1956)
John Cheever, “The Wapshot Chronicle” (1957)
Jack Kerouac, “The Dharma Bums” (1958)
Vladimir Nabokov, “Lolita” (1958)
Shirley Jackson, “The Haunting of Hill House” (1959)
Paule Marshall, Brown Girl, “Brownstones” (1959)
Philip Roth, “Goodbye, Columbus” (1959)
H.D., “Bid Me to Live” (1960)
Harper Lee, “To Kill a Mockingbird” (1960)
John Updike, “Rabbit, Run” (1960)
Robert A. Heinlein, “Stranger in a Strange Land” (1961)
Joseph Heller, “Catch-22” (1961)
Tillie Olsen, “Tell Me a Riddle” (1961)
Walker Percy, “The Moviegoer” (1961)
Richard Yates, “Revolutionary Road” (1961)
William Faulkner, “The Reivers” (1962)
Vladimir Nabokov, “Pale Fire” (1962)
Katherine Anne Porter, “Ship of Fools” (1962)
Mary McCarthy, “The Group” (1963)
Sylvia Plath, “The Bell Jar” (1963)
Frank Herbert, “Dune” (1965)
Peter Matthiessen, “At Play in the Fields of the Lord” (1965)
May Sarton, “Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing” (1965)
Richard Fariña, “Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me” (1966)
Bernard Malamud, “The Fixer” (1966)
Samuel R. Delany, “The Einstein Intersection” (1967)
William Styron, “The Confessions of Nat Turner” (1967)
N. Scott Momaday, “House Made of Dawn” (1968)
Philip Roth, “Portnoy’s Complaint” (1969)
Ursula K. Le Guin, “The Left Hand of Darkness” (1969)
Joyce Carol Oates, “them” (1969)
Toni Morrison, “The Bluest Eye” (1970)
Alice Walker, “The Third Life of Grange Copeland” (1970)
Wallace Stegner, “Angle of Repose” (1971)
Ishmael Reed, “Mumbo Jumbo” (1972)
Isaac Bashevis Singer, “Enemies, A Love Story” (1972)
Eudora Welty, “The Optimist’s Daughter” (1972)
Tony Hillerman, “Dance Hall of the Dead” (1973)
Erica Jong, “Fear of Flying” (1973)
Toni Morrison, “Sula” (1973)
Thomas Pynchon, “Gravity’s Rainbow” (1973)
Diane Johnson, “The Shadow Knows” (1974)
Alison Lurie, “The War Between the Tates” (1974)
E. L. Doctorow, “Ragtime” (1975)
Maxine Hong Kingston, “The Woman Warrior” (1975)
Bharati Mukherjee, “Wife” (1975)
Joanna Russ, “The Female Man” (1975)
Toni Morrison, “Song of Solomon” (1977)
Leslie Marmon Silko, “Ceremony” (1977)
Meridel Le Sueur, “The Girl” (1978)
Helen Barolini, “Umbertina” (1979)
Octavia E. Butler, “Kindred” (1979)
Toni Cade Bambara, “The Salt Eaters” (1980)
Marilynne Robinson, “Housekeeping” (1980)
Tina de Rosa, “Paper Fish” (1980)
Joyce Carol Oates, “A Bloodsmoor Romance” (1982)
Anne Tyler, “Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant” (1982)
Alice Walker, “The Color Purple” (1982)
Edmund White, “A Boy’s Own Story” (1982)
Paula Gunn Allen, “The Woman Who Owned the Shadows” (1983)
Cynthia Ozick, “The Cannibal Galaxy” (1983)
Sandra Cisneros, “The House on Mango Street” (1984)
Louise Erdrich, “Love Medicine” (1984)
William Gibson, “Neuromancer” (1984)
Don DeLillo, “White Noise” (1985)
Jamaica Kincaid, “Annie John” (1985)
Cormac McCarthy, “Blood Meridian” (1985)
Toni Morrison, “Beloved” (1987)

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