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List:  Brothers Judd Top 100 of the 20th Century: Novels


The Wanderer or The End of Youth (1912) - Alain-Fournier (1886-1914)  (Grade:A)

Zuleika Dobson or An Oxford Love Story (1911) - Max Beerbohm (1872-1956)  (Grade:A)

The Exorcist (1971) - William Peter Blatty (1928-)  (Grade:A+)

Dandelion Wine (1957) - Ray Bradbury (08/22/1920-06/05/2012)  (Grade:A+)

Red Sky at Morning (1968) - Richard Bradford (1932-)  (Grade:A)

A Clockwork Orange (1962) - Anthony Burgess (1917-1993)  (Grade:A)

The Man Who Was Thursday : A Nightmare (1908) - G. K. Chesterton (05/29/1874-06/14/1936)  (Grade:A-)

Heart of Darkness (1902) - Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)  (Grade:A)

The Hound of the Baskervilles (1901) - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)  (Grade:A+)

The Witchfinder: an Amos Walker Mystery (1998) - Loren D. Estleman (1952-)  (Grade:A+)

Dune (1965) - Frank Herbert (1920-1986)  (Grade:A+)

Good-Bye, Mr. Chips (1934) - James Hilton (1900-1954)  (Grade:A+)

From Here to Eternity (1951) - James Jones (1921-1977)  (Grade:A+)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1962) - Ken Kesey (1935-)  (Grade:A+)

Shoeless Joe (1982) - W. P. Kinsella (-)  (Grade:A+)

Barabbas (1951) - Par Lagerkvist (1891-1974)  (Grade:A+)

To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) - Harper Lee (1926-)  (Grade:A+)

Babbitt (1922) - Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951)  (Grade:A)

The Call of the Wild (1903) - Jack London (1876-1916)  (Grade:A)

The Underground Man (1971) - Ross MacDonald (12/13/1915-07/11/1983)  (Grade:A+)

The Galton Case (1959) - Ross MacDonald (12/13/1915-07/11/1983)  (Grade:A)

The Fixer (1966) - Bernard Malamud (04/26/1914-03/18/1986)  (Grade:A+)

The Sand Pebbles (1962) - Richard McKenna (1913-1964)  (Grade:A+)

Hopeful Monsters (1990) - Nicholas Mosley (1923-)  (Grade:A)

Master and Commander (1969) - Patrick O'Brian (12/12/1914-01/02/2000)  (Grade:A+)

Coming Up for Air (1939) - George Orwell (06/25/1903-1949)  (Grade:A+)

Cool Hand Luke (1965) - Donn Pearce (-)  (Grade:A+)

True Grit (1968) - Charles Portis (12/28/1933-)  (Grade:A+)

The Emperor's Tomb (1938) - Joseph Roth (1894-1939)  (Grade:A+)

The Killer Angels (1974) - Michael Shaara (1929-1988)  (Grade:A+)

In God We Trust : All Others Pay Cash (1966) - Jean Shepherd (1921-1999)  (Grade:A)

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (1963) - Aleksandr Isaevich Solzhenitsyn (12/11/1918-8/03/2008)  (Grade:A+)

The Lord of the Rings [The Hobbit (1937), The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King] (1948) - J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973)  (Grade:A+)

The Sands of Karakorum (1953) - James Ramsey Ullman (-)  (Grade:A+)

The Book of the Dun Cow (1978) - Walter M. Wangerin, Jr. (02/13/1944-)  (Grade:A+)

The Aerodrome : A Love Story (1941) - Rex [Ernest] Warner (1905-1986)  (Grade:A+)

The Return of the Soldier (1918) - Rebecca West (1892-1983)  (Grade:A+)

3)   The Big Sleep (1939) - Raymond Chandler (1888-1959)  (Grade:A+)

4)   The Chosen (1967) - Chaim Potok (1929-)  (Grade:A+)

5)   All the King's Men (1946) - Robert Penn Warren (1905-1989)  (Grade:A+)

6)   Possession: A Romance (1990) - A.S. [Antonia Susan] Byatt (1936-)  (Grade:A+)

11)   The Maltese Falcon (1930) - Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961)  (Grade:A+)

15)   Of Mice and Men (1937) - John Steinbeck (1902-1968)  (Grade:A+)

17)   Bang the Drum Slowly (1956) - Mark Harris (1922-)  (Grade:A+)

18)   Shane (1949) - Jack Warner Schaefer (-)  (Grade:A+)

19)   The Catcher in the Rye (1951) - J. D. Salinger (1919-)  (Grade:A+)

19)   Franny and Zooey (1961) - J. D. Salinger (1919-)  (Grade:A+)

21)   The Roots of Heaven (1956) - Romain Gary (05/08/1914-12/02/1980)  (Grade:A+)

22)   Empire of the Sun (1984) - J. G. Ballard (1930-)  (Grade:A+)

23)   Mariette in Ecstasy (1991) - Ron Hansen (1947-)  (Grade:A+)

25)   How Green Was My Valley (1939) - Richard Llewellyn (1906-1983)  (Grade:A+)

27)   The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) - L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)  (Grade:A+)

29)   Darkness at Noon (1941) - Arthur Koestler (1905-1983)  (Grade:A+)

33)   Deliverance (1970) - James Dickey (1923-1997)  (Grade:A+)

34)   Archangel (1995) - Paul Watkins (1964-)  (Grade:B-)

38)   Forever Flowing (1970) - Vasily Grossman (1905-1964)  (Grade:A+)

39)   Ordinary People (1976) - Judith Guest (-)  (Grade:A+)

40)   Schindler's List (1982) - Thomas Keneally (-)  (Grade:A)

42)   Independent People: An Epic (1946) - Halldor Laxness (1902-1998)  (Grade:A+)

44)   Wise Blood (1952) - Flannery O'Connor (1925-1968)  (Grade:A+)

45)   The First Man (1995) - Albert Camus (1913-1960)  (Grade:A+)

46)   A Mapmaker's Dream: The Meditations of Fra Mauro, Cartographer to the Court of Venice (1996) - James Cowan (-)  (Grade:A+)

47)   A River Runs Through It (1976) - Norman MacLean (1902-1990)  (Grade:A+)

48)   A Personal Matter (1969) - Kenzaburo Oe (1935-)  (Grade:A+)

51)   All the Pretty Horses (1992) - Cormac McCarthy (07/20/1933-)  (Grade:A+)

53)   The Radetzky March (1932) - Joseph Roth (1894-1939)  (Grade:A+)

54)   The Old Man and the Sea (1952) - Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)  (Grade:A+)

55)   Things Fall Apart (1958) - Chinua Achebe (1930-)  (Grade:A+)

56)   Tarzan of the Apes (1912) - Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950)  (Grade:A+)

57)   I, Claudius (1934) - Robert Graves (1895-1985)  (Grade:A+)

58)   Fontamara (1933) - Ignazio Silone (1900-1978)  (Grade:A+)

60)   Fatherland (1992) - Robert Harris (1957-)  (Grade:A+)

61)   The Lathe of Heaven (1971) - Ursula K. LeGuin (1929-)  (Grade:A)

62)   The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950) - C.S. Lewis (1898-1963)  (Grade:A+)

63)   Katherine (1995) - Anchee Min (01/14/1957-)  (Grade:A)

65)   The Kid from Tomkinsville (1940) - John R. Tunis (1889-1975)  (Grade:A+)

66)   The Heart of the Matter (1948) - Graham Greene (1904-1991)  (Grade:A)

67)   Double Indemnity (1935) - James M Cain (7/1/1892-10/27/77)  (Grade:A+)

70)   The Last Hurrah (1956) - Edwin O'Connor (1918-1968)  (Grade:A+)

73)   Lolita (1955) - Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977)  (Grade:A)

74)   Red Dragon (1981) - Thomas Harris (04/11/1940-)  (Grade:A)

75)   Flowers for Algernon (1966) - Daniel Keyes (-)  (Grade:A+)

76)   The Lilies of the Field (1962) - William Edmund Barrett (1900-1986)  (Grade:A+)

78)   The Bridge over the River Kwai (1952) - Pierre Boulle (1912-1994)  (Grade:A+)

79)   The Book of Ebenezer Le Page () - G.B. Edwards (-)  (Grade:A+)

80)   The Searchers (1954) - Alan Le May (-)  (Grade:A+)

81)   The Speed Queen (1997) - Stewart O'Nan (-)  (Grade:A+)

83)   Appointment in Samarra (1934) - John O'Hara (1905-1970)  (Grade:A)

85)   The Golden Warrior: the Story of Harold and William (1949) - Hope Muntz (-)  (Grade:A+)

87)   The Loved One (1948) - Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966)  (Grade:A)

88)   The Talented Mr. Ripley (1955) - Patricia Highsmith (01/19/1921-1995)  (Grade:A)

89)   The Age of Innocence (1920) - Edith Wharton (1862-1937)  (Grade:A)

91)   The Princess Bride : S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure: The 'Good Parts' Version, Abridged (1973) - William Goldman (1931-)  (Grade:A)

93)   The Magnificent Ambersons (1918) - Newton Booth Tarkington (07/29/1869-05/19/1946)  (Grade:A)

97)   Bright Lights, Big City (1984) - Jay McInerney (1955-)  (Grade:A)

99)   Catch-22 (1961) - Joseph Heller (1923-1999)  (Grade:A)

100)   Charlotte's Web (1952) - E. B. White (1899-1985)  (Grade:A+)