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Cover of The Real Deal by Paritosh Uttam

Cover of Dreams in Prussian Blue by Paritosh Uttam

The Modern Library Top 200 is the list of the 200 best novels in English published since 1950, selected by Carmen Callil and Colm Toibin.

Reading score: 93/200

† Yet to read.

Rank   TitleAuthor
1The Adventures of Augie March Saul Bellow
2Anecdotes of Destiny Karen Blixen
3Angel Elizabeth Taylor
4The Ballad of the Sad Café Carson McCullers
5The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger
6A Dance to the Music of Time Anthony Powell
7December Bride Sam Hanna Bell
8East of Eden John Steinbeck
9The Echoing Grove Rosamond Lehmann
10The Financial Expert R. K. Narayan
11The Flint Anchor Sylvia Townsend Warner
12The Fountain Overflows Rebecca West
13From the Terrace John O’Hara
14Go Tell It on the Mountain James Baldwin
15The Go-Between L. P. Hartley
16The Grand Sophy Georgette Heyer
17A Heritage and its History Ivy Compton-Burnett
18Invisible Man Ralph Ellison
19A Legacy Sybille Bedford
20The Little Disturbances of Man :
Stories of Women and Men at Love
Grace Paley
21Lolita Vladimir Nabokov
22The Long Goodbye Raymond Chandler
23Lord of the Flies William Golding
24Lucky Jim Kingsley Amis
25Molloy; Malone Dies; The Unnamable Samuel Beckett
26A Murder Is Announced Agatha Christie
27My Cousin Rachel Daphne du Maurier
28Naked Lunch William S. Burroughs
29The Natural Bernard Malamud
30Nothing Henry Green
31The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway
32On the Road Jack Kerouac
33Owls Do Cry Janet Frame
34The Palm-wine Drinkard Amos Tutuola
35Power Without Glory Frank Hardy
36Private Life of an Indian Prince Mulk Raj Anand
37 The Recognitions William Gaddis
38 Saturday Night and Sunday Morning Alan Sillitoe
39The Sword of Honour Trilogy Evelyn Waugh
40The Talented Mr. Ripley Patricia Highsmith
41Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe
42The Tortoise and the Hare Elizabeth Jenkins
43Train to Pakistan Khushwant Singh
44The West Pier Patrick Hamilton
45Wise Blood Flannery O’Connor
46The Balkan Trilogy Olivia Manning
47The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath
48Catch-22 Joseph Heller
49The Confessions of Nat Turner William Styron
50Cotter’s England Christina Stead
51Girl with Green Eyes Edna O’Brien
52The Godfather Mario Puzo
53The Golden Notebook Doris Lessing
54A Grain of Wheat Ngûgî wa Thiong’o
55The Group Mary McCarthy
56Happiness, and other stories Mary Lavin
57Heartland Wilson Harris
58Herzog Saul Bellow
59A House for Mr. Biswas V. S. Naipaul
60In the Heart of the Country
& Other Stories
William H. Gass
61The Interpreters Wole Soyinka
62Jeeves in the Offing P. G. Wodehouse
63A Jest of God Margaret Laurence
64The Jewel in the Crown Paul Scott
65Last Exit to Brooklyn Hubert Selby, Jr.
66The Little Girls Elizabeth Bowen
67The Magus John Fowles
68Memoirs of a Peon Frank Sargeson
69The Nice and the Good Iris Murdoch
70The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Muriel Spark
71Rabbit Angstrom: A Tetrology John Updike
72The Reivers William Faulkner
73Riders in the Chariot Patrick White
74Ship of Fools Katherine Anne Porter
75The Spy Who Came in From the Cold John le Carré
76That’s How It Was Maureen Duffy
77To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
78The Unfortunates B. S. Johnson
79Wide Sargasso Sea Jean Rhys
80A Bend in the River V. S. Naipaul
81Black List, Section H Francis Stuart
82A Book of Common Prayer Joan Didion
83Burger’s Daughter Nadine Gordimer
84The Cement Garden Ian McEwan
85Changing Places David Lodge
86The Day of the Jackal Frederick Forsyth
87The Executioner’s Song Norman Mailer
88Falconer John Cheever
89Fifth Business Robertson Davies
90From the Fifteenth District Mavis Gallant
91Gravity’s Rainbow Thomas Pynchon
92Heat and Dust Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
93The Human Factor Graham Greene
94The Ice Age Margaret Drabble
95Injury Time Beryl Bainbridge
96Interview with the Vampire Anne Rice
97The Lost Salt Gift of Blood Alistair MacLeod
98Master and Commander Patrick O’Brian
99The Murderer Roy A. K. Heath
100The Optimist’s Daughter Eudora Welty
101Plumb Maurice Gee
102Ragtime E. L. Doctorow
103Saville David Storey
104The Siege of Krishnapur J. G. Farrell
105Sleepless Nights Elizabeth Hardwick
106St. Urbain’s Horseman Mordecai Richler
107Tirra Lirra by the River Jessica Anderson
108The Year of the French Thomas Flanagan
109An Artist of the Floating World Kazuo Ishiguro
110Beloved Toni Morrison
111Black Robe Brian Moore
112Blood Meridian Cormac McCarthy
113The Bonfire of the Vanities Tom Wolfe
114The Book of Evidence John Banville
115A Boy’s Own Story Edmund White
116Breathing Lessons Anne Tyler
117The Color Purple Alice Walker
118A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole
119Cracking India Bapsi Sidhwa
120A Dark-Adapted Eye Barbara Vine
121Double Whammy Carl Hiaasen
122Earthly Powers Anthony Burgess
123Ellen Foster Kaye Gibbons
124Empire of the Sun J. G. Ballard
125A Flag for Sunrise Robert Stone
126Flaubert’s Parrot Julian Barnes
127Forty-seventeen Frank Moorhouse
128Housekeeping Marilynne Robinson
129In Custody Anita Desai
130In the Skin of a Lion Michael Ondaatje
131The Joy Luck Club Amy Tan
132Lamb Bernard MacLaverty
133Lanark Alasdair Gray
134Lonesome Dove Larry McMurtry
135Machine Dreams Jayne Anne Phillips
136The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love Oscar Hijuelos
137Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie
138Misery Stephen King
139Money Martin Amis
140Nation of Fools: Scenes from Indian Life Balraj Khanna
141On the Black Hill Bruce Chatwin
142Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit Jeanette Winterson
143Oscar and Lucinda Peter Carey
144The Other Garden Francis Wyndham
145Paris Trout Pete Dexter
146Puffball Fay Weldon
147Red Dragon Thomas Harris
148Riddley Walker Russell Hoban
149Schindler’s Ark Thomas Keneally
150So Long, See You Tomorrow William Maxwell
151The Sportswriter Richard Ford
152The Sugar Mother Elizabeth Jolley
153A Summons to Memphis Peter Taylor
154The Transit of Venus Shirley Hazzard
155Where I'm Calling From:
Selected Stories
Raymond Carver
156Age of Iron J.M. Coetzee
157Alias Grace Margaret Atwood
158American Pastoral Philip Roth
159American Psycho Bret Easton Ellis
160Amongst Women John McGahern
161Asylum Patrick McGrath
162Birdsong Sebastian Faulks
163The Blue Flower Penelope Fitzgerald
164The Butcher Boy Patrick McCabe
165Captain Corelli’s Mandolin Louis de Bernières
166Cloudstreet Tim Winton
167Cold Mountain Charles Frazier
168Death and Nightingales Eugene McCabe
169Downriver Iain Sinclair
170A Fine Balance Rohinton Mistry
171The Folding Star Alan Hollinghurst
172Freedom Song: Three Novels Amit Chaudhuri
173Friend of My Youth: Stories Alice Munro
174Get Shorty Elmore Leonard
175The Great World David Malouf
176A Home at the End of the World Michael Cunningham
177How Late It Was, How Late James Kelman
178The Lady from Guatemala V. S. Pritchett
179Last Orders Graham Swift
180Mating Norman Rush
181My Idea of Fun Will Self
182The Night in Question Tobias Wolff
183Original Sin P. D. James
184Possession A. S. Byatt
185Quarantine Jim Crace
186Reading Turgenev William Trevor
187The Redundancy of Courage Timothy Mo
188The Regeneration Trilogy Pat Barker
189A River Sutra Gita Mehta
190The Secret History Donna Tartt
191The Shipping News E. Annie Proulx
192The Snapper Roddy Doyle
193A Suitable Boy Vikram Seth
194A Thousand Acres Jane Smiley
195The Tortilla Curtain T. Coraghessan Boyle
196Trainspotting Irvine Welsh
197Underworld Don DeLillo
198The Virgin Suicides Jeffrey Eugenides
199What a Carve Up! Jonathan Coe
200Wise Children Angela Carter