Modern Library 100 Best Novels

Modern Library 100 Best Novels

Modern Library 100 Best Novels

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Modern Library's 100 Best Novels is a list of the best English-languageDarkness at Noon was originally written in German. However, since the original German text was lost, and German versions, published under the title Sonnenfinsternis (literally "solar eclipse") are back translations from English, it is reasonable to consider the English version the canonical text. novels of the 20th century as selected by the Modern Library. Both Modern Library and Random House USA, the parent company, are US companies. Critics have argued that this is responsible for a very American view of the greatest novels. Most British, Canadian and Australian academics, and even Random House UK, have differing lists of "greatest novels."

In the spring of 1998, the Modern Library polled its editorial board to find the best 100 novels of the 20th century. The board consisted of Daniel J. Boorstin, A. S. Byatt, Christopher Cerf, Shelby Foote, Vartan Gregorian, Edmund Morris, John Richardson, Arthur Schlesinger Jr., William Styron and Gore Vidal.

Ulysses by James Joyce topped the list, followed by The Great Gatsby and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. The most recent novel in the list is Ironweed (1983) by William Kennedy, and the oldest is Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, which was actually first published in 1899. Joseph Conrad has four novels on the list, the most of any author. William Faulkner, E. M. Forster, Henry James, James Joyce, D. H.......
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