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The Hungry Mind Review's 100 Best 20th Century Books

Rank Author Novel and Year
1Henry Adams The Education of Henry Adams (1918)
2James Agee and Walker Evans Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (1941)
3Dorothy Allison Bastard out of Carolina (1992)
4Rudolfo Anaya Bless Me Ultima (1972)
5Sherwood Anderson Winesburg, Ohio (1919)
6Maya Angelou I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1970)
7Gloria Anzaldúa Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza (1987)
8James Baldwin Go Tell It on the Mountain (1953)
9James Baldwin The Price of the Ticket: Collected Nonfiction (1985)
10Edward Ball Slaves in the Family (1998)
11Saul Bellow Herzog (1964)
12Paul Bowles The Sheltering Sky (1948)
13William Burroughs Naked Lunch (1959)
14Truman Capote In Cold Blood (1966)
15Raymond Carver Cathedral (1983)
16Willa Cather O Pioneers! (1913)
17Willa Cather Death Comes for the Archbishop (1927)
18John Cheever Collected Stories (1978)
19Sandra Cisneros House on Mango Street (1984)
20Don DeLillo White Noise (1985)
21Joan Didion Slouching Towards Bethlehem (1968)
22Vine Deloria Jr. Custer Died for Your Sins (1983)
23John Dos Passos U.S.A. (1930)
24Theodore Dreiser An American Tragedy (1925)
25W.E.B. DuBois The Souls of Black Folk (1903)
26Ralph Ellison Invisible Man (1952)
27Louise Erdrich Love Medicine (1984)
28William Faulkner The Sound and the Fury (1926)
29William Faulkner As I Lay Dying (1930)
30William Faulkner Go Down, Moses (1940)
31F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby (1925)
32M.F.K. Fisher The Art of Eating (1954)
33Francisco Goldman The Ordinary Seaman (1997)
34Alex Haley Roots (1976)
35Joseph Heller Catch-22 (1961)
36Ernest Hemingway The Sun Also Rises (1926)
37Ernest Hemingway The Short Stories (1938)
38Michael Herr Dispatches (1984)
39Chester Himes My Life of Absurdity: The Autobiography (1976)
40Linda Hogan Mean Spirit (1990)
41bell hooks Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism (1982)
42Zora Neale Hurston Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937)
43Henry James The Wings of the Dove (1902)
44LeRoi Jones (Amira Baraka) Blues People: Negro Music in White America (1963)
45Jack Kerouac On the Road (1957)
46Ken Kesey One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1962)
47Jamaica Kincaid Annie John (1983)
48Maxine Hong Kingston Woman Warrior (1976)
49Jerzy Kosinski The Painted Bird (1976)
50Harper Lee To Kill a Mockingbird (1960)
51Li-Young Lee The Winged Seed (1995)
52Sinclair Lewis Babbitt (1922)
53Cormac McCarthy The Crossing (1994)
54Carson McCullers The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1940)
55Norman Mailer The Naked and the Dead (1948)
56Bernard Malamud The Magic Barrel (1958)
57Malcolm X and Alex Haley The Autobiography of Malcolm X (1965)
58Rollo May Love and Will (1969)
59Thomas Merton The Seven Storey Mountain (1948)
60Henry Miller Tropic of Cancer (1934)
61N. Scott Momaday House Made of Dawn (1968)
62Wright Morris Field of Vision (1956)
63Toni Morrison Sula (1973)
64Toni Morrison Song of Solomon (1977)
65Toni Morrison Beloved (1987)
66Toni Morrison Jazz (1992)
67Vladimir Nabokov Lolita (1958)
68John G. Neihardt Black Elk Speaks (1932)
69Flannery O'Connor A Good Man is Hard to Find (1955)
70Charles Olson Call Me Ishmael (1947)
71Tillie Olson Tell Me a Riddle (1961)
72Jon Okada No-No Boy (1977)
73Grace Paley Collected Stories (1994)
74Walker Percy The Moviegoer (1961)
75Katherine Anne Porter Flowering Judas and Other Stories (1930)
76Thomas Pynchon Gravity's Rainbow (1973)
77Adrienne Rich On Lies, Secrets and Silence (1979)
78Philip Roth Portnoy's Complaint (1969)
79J.D. Salinger The Catcher in the Rye (1951)
80May Sarton At Seventy (1984)
81Leslie Marmon Silko Ceremony (1977)
82Isaac B. Singer The Collected Stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer (1982)
83Gertrude Stein The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (1993)
84John Steinbeck The Grapes of Wrath (1937)
85William Styron Sophie's Choice (1979)
86James Thurber A Thurber Carnival (1945)
87Jean Toomer Cane (1923)
88Mark Twain Letters from the Earth (1962)
89John Updike Rabbit, Run (1960)
90Gore Vidal The United States: Essays (1952-1992)
91Kurt Vonnegut Slaughterhouse Five (1969)
92Alice Walker The Color Purple (1982)
93Robert Penn Warren All the Kings Men (1946)
94Nathanael West The Day of the Locust (1939)
95John Edgar Wideman Philadelphia Fire (1990)
96William Carlos Williams In the American Grain (1925)
97Edmund Wilson To the Finland Station (1940)
98Thomas Wolfe You Can't Go Home Again (1941)
99Richard Wright Native Son (1940)
100Wakako Yamauchi Songs My Mother Taught Me (1994)

Source: The Hungry Mind Review.

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