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100 Best American Novels of the 20th Century
About a year ago I put an end to my indiscriminate reading habits. I resolved to read, at least for the time being, only American novels. But I quickly understood that, even within that limited scope, I could be almost as indiscriminate as before. Therefore, to give my reading purpose and focus, I decided to make a project of it. I would compile a list of the Best American Novels, — A month into this exercise, I suddenly understood what I was doing.
Gulliver's Travels Jonathan Swift A wonderful satire that still works for all ages, despite the savagery of Swift's vision. Tom Jones Henry Fielding The adventures of a high-spirited orphan boy: an unbeatable plot and a lot of sex ending in a blissful marriage. Clarissa Samuel Richardson One of the longest novels in the English language, but unputdownable. Tristram Shandy Laurence Sterne One of the first bestsellers, dismissed by Dr Johnson as too fashionable for its own good. But Emma never fails to fascinate and annoy.
List of some of the best American novels from classic writers, like Nathaniel Hawthorne, to more modern names, like Stephen King, with room for the list to grow. There is an option to add your favorite American novels to the list if yours is not already on there.
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Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe By the end of the 19th century, no book in English literary history had enjoyed more editions, spin-offs and translations. Clarissa by Samuel Richardson Tom Jones by Henry Fielding Tom Jones is a classic English novel that captures the spirit of its age and whose famous characters have come to represent Augustan society in all its loquacious, turbulent, comic variety.
The 10 best food and drink books of all time. The 15 best comedy books of all time. Fathoms deep in allusion and nautical nomenclature. Buy Moby-Dick from the Telegraph Bookshop. Caught between her entitled taste for luxury and her yearning for true love, Lily Bart, the beautiful and intelligent heroine of this acutely observed novel slowly slithers down the rungs of superficial New York society to a tragic end. It was the main reason he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Buy Independence Day from the Telegraph Bookshop.