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The Modern Library Top 100 stops at 1983; what comes after

by Rob Neufeld

The Modern Library list for best English language novels of the 20th century is 80% pre-1960.  Its most recent pick is Ironweed by William Kennedy (1983).  It seems as if the choices were based on the weight of established opinion rather than the experience of reading.  Here is my list for post-1980 novels.

See also the review of The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad (book discussion pick for Sept. 12, 2013; no. 46 on the Modern Library list).

GREATEST ENGLISH LANGUAGE NOVELS SINCE 1980

 

Rabbit Is Rich by John Updike (Knopf, 1981)

A Gathering of Old Men by Ernest J. Gaines (Knopf, 1983)

Ironweed by William Kennedy (Viking, 1983)

Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns (Houghton Mifflin, 1984)

White Noise by Don DeLillo (Viking, 1985)

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry (Simon & Schuster, 1985)

The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy (Houghton Mifflin, 1986)

Deadwood by Pete Dexter (Random House, 1986)

A Perfect Spy by John Le Carré (Knopf, 1986)

Maus by Art Spiegelman (Pantheon, 1991)

Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons (Algonquin, 1987)

A Southern Family by Gail Godwin (William Morrow, 1987)

Beloved by Toni Morrison (Knopf, 1987)

Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood (McClelland and Stewart, 1988)

The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos (FSG, 1989)

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan (G.P. Putnam’s, 1989)

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien (Houghton Mifflin, 1990)

Father Melancholy’s Daughter by Gail Godwin (William Morrow, 1991)

A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley (Knopf, 1991)

Bastard out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison (Dutton, 1992)

The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx (Scribners, 1993)

In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez (Algonquin, 1994)

Independence Day by Richard Ford (Knopf, 1995)

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (Bloomsbury, 1997-2007)

The Voyage of the Narwhal by Andrea Barrett (W.W. Norton, 1998)

Power by Linda Hogan (W.W. Norton, 1998)

The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break by Steven Sherrill (John F. Blair, 2000)

Atonement by Ian McEwan (Jonathan Cape, 2001)

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett (HarperCollins, 2001)

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (FSG, 2002)

Persepolis I and II by Marjane Satrapi (Pantheon, 2003 & 2004)

One Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (Hyperion, 2009)

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (Knopf, 2010)

Abducted by Circumstance by David Madden (U. of Tenn. Pr., 2010)

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (Knopf, 2011)

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett (HarperCollins, 2011)

Canada by Richard Ford (Ecco, 2012)

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini (Riverhead, 2013)

 

UNDER CONSIDERATION

 

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Money by Martin Amis

The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster

The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks

World’s End by T.C. Boyle

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess

Possession by A.S. Byatt

The Country of Your Final Destination by Peter Cameron

Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee

L.A. Confidential by James Ellroy

The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Foer

The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

Lanark by Alasdair Gray

A Map of the World by Jane Hamilton

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro

Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

That They May Face the Rising Sun by John McGahern

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer

Clockers by Richard Price

Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

American Pastoral by Phillip Roth

Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

White Teeth by Zadie Smith

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

All Clear by Connie Willis

 

NOTE ON SOME NOTEWORTHY NON-INCLUSIONS

 

There are some great authors—such as William Trevor and Ron Rash—whom I’d want to include for their short stories.

There are other authors whose body of work I love, but for whom I cannot attest to a single favorite.

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