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Best English Language Novels of the 20th Century

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Rated 2 points - posted 11 years ago by arollison in category Books.
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The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald Report Abuse
One of the most well known novels. Many high school students are required to read and analyze the novel.
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The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck Report Abuse
This novel was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize for Literature.
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Cannery Row is better
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Lord of the Flies, William Golding Report Abuse
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To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee Report Abuse
This novel won the Pulitzer Prize. The novel was an instant success when published and has become a classic of modern American fiction.
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Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf Report Abuse
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Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien Report Abuse
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While Hollywood turned this into a household name, Lord of the Rings is simply unique in because of its epic feeling, background stories (as further ellaborated in Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales of Numenore and Middle Earth, and so forth) and the unprecedented impact it's made on modern day culture. While the Middle Earth cycle could easily stand up against every collection of myths in history, it becomes even more remarkable as it's mostly the product of a single man's creative spark.
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Ken Kesey Report Abuse
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Nineteen Eighty Four, George Orwell Report Abuse
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Animal Farm, George Orwell Report Abuse
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Ulysses, James Joyce Report Abuse
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THE HOUND OF BASKERVILLES Report Abuse
IT IS A FANTASTIC BOOK
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The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger Report Abuse
About 250,000 copies of this novel are sold each year. It has total sales of more than sixty-five million.
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Charlotte's Web, E.B. White Report Abuse
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Watership Down, Richard Adams Report Abuse
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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark Report Abuse
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Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell Report Abuse
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Lady Chatterley's Lover, D.H. Lawrence Report Abuse
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The Color Purple - Alice Walker Report Abuse
The Color Purple received the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award. Later, it was turned into a movie and musical with the same name.
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Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison Report Abuse
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For Whom The Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway Report Abuse
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Hemingway's books resd well, but endings leave much to be desired.
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Beloved, Toni Morrison Report Abuse
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Don't like it
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Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut Report Abuse
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The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien Report Abuse
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Watchmen, Alan Moore Report Abuse
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The Man In The Grey Flannem Suit Report Abuse
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Native Son, Richard Wright Report Abuse
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Pitfall Street Barry Tebb Report Abuse
This novel-set in a working class area of Leeds in the mid nineteen fifties-is a tour-de-force-far outreaching Keith Waterhouse's "There Is a Happy Land",which has a similar background.Tebb is primarily known for his poetry but this novel -a lyrical and at times hilarious autobiographical account of a nascent poet's trials-should be far better known.The novel moves along a time line from the early 40's to the late 60's and is most definitely not politically correct-though this is a subjective reaction but probably the reason why it failed to get the coverage it deserved.It is available on Amazon at a ridiculously low price and for anyone wanting a read utterly dissimilar to Martin Amis or Beryl Baimbridge then this is certainly a flamboyant and at times outrageous antidote.
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The Stand, Stephen King Report Abuse
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Sophie's Choice, William Styron Report Abuse
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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith Report Abuse
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