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The Mother of All Book Lists: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

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Book lists have been making the Internet rounds for years now. I’m sure most if not all of you have seen the BBC’s “The Big Read” book list, first published back in 2003, in which the BBC claimed that most people had only read 6 of the 100 books featured on the list (I’ve read 41, thank you very much…which is more than a little depressing). Well, for those of you who thought that 100 books weren’t enough, in 2006 the Goliath of all book lists came out in the form of “1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die.”

A literary reference book put together by over a hundred literary critics around the world and edited by Professor of English at Sussex University, Peter Boxall, it contains, you guessed it, 1001 different novels, short stories, and short story collections that all these literary types thought were so important that you just *had* to read them before you were on your death bed. It also has a synopsis for each book listed, as well as an explanation as to why it was chosen.

The list was so successful that every two years an updated version of the list has been released, with newly published books being added and old ones removed in order to keep the number at a consistent 1001. The different lists can be found here at Lists of Bests, which puts them into a checklist form so that you can see what percentage of them you’ve read: 2006 2008 2010 2012.

Here is the complete 2012 list of 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. I’ve bolded the ones I’ve read myself, which is embarrassingly few (I may or may not be at 7%…pretty depressing, but all the more motivating to hit up the local library!). How many have you read, dear reader? Are any of your favorites missing from this list that you think should be included?

  • Art of Fielding~Chad Harbach
  • There But For The: A Novel~Ali Smith
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad~Jennifer Egan
  • The Sense of an Ending~Julian Barnes
  • The Marriage Plot~Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Nemesis~Philip Roth
  • Freedom~Jonathan Franze
  • A Gate at the Stairs~Lorrie Moore
  • Cain~Jose Saramago
  • 1Q84~Haruki Murakami
  • American Rust~Philipp Meyer
  • The Children’s Book~A.S. Byatt
  • Cost: A Novel~Roxana Robinson
  • The White Tiger: A Novel~Aravind Adiga
  • Home: A Novel~Marilynne Robinson
  • Kieron Smith, Boy~James Kelman
  • Blind Side of the Heart~Julia Franck
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao~Junot Diaz
  • The Gathering~Anne Enright
  • Half of a Yellow Sun~Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • The Inheritance of Loss~Kiran Desai
  • Against the Day~Thomas Pynchon
  • Carry Me Down~M. J. Hyland
  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog~Muriel Barbery
  • The Sea~John Banville
  • The History of Love~Nicole Krauss
  • Measuring the World: A Novel~Daniel Kehlmann
  • The Line of Beauty: A Novel~Alan Hollinghurst
  • 2666: A Novel~Robert Bolano
  • The Book About Blance and Marie: A Novel~Per Olov Enquist
  • The Master: A Novel~Colm Toibin
  • Suite Francaise~Irene Nemirovsky
  • The Swarm: A Novel~Frank Schatzing
  • Cloud Atlas: A Novel~David Mitchell
  • Your Face Tomorrow: Fever and Spear (Vol. 1)~Javier Marias
  • A Tale of Love and Darkness~Amos Oz
  • What I Loved: A Novel~ Siri Hustvedt
  • The Number Thirteen Lady~Jose Carlos Somoza
  • The Successor: A Novel~Ismail Kadare
  • Vernon God Little~DBC Pierre
  • The Namesake: A Novel~Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Everything is Illuminated: A Novel~Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Nowhere Man~Aleksander Hemon
  • Snow~Orhan Pamuk
  • Platform~Michel Houellebecq
  • The Corrections: A Novel~Jonathan Franzen
  • Life of Pi~Yann Martel
  • Austerlitz~W.G. Sebald
  • Soldiers of Salamis~Javier Cercas
  • Atonement~Ian McEwan
  • I’m Not Scared~Niccolo Ammaniti
  • The Feast of the Goat: A Novel~Mario Vargas Llosa
  • The Devil and Miss Prym: A Novel of Temptation~Paulo Coehlo
  • Spring Flowers, Spring Frost: A Novel~Ismail Kadare
  • White Teeth: A Novel~Zadie Smith
  • The Human Stain: A Novel American Trilogy~Philip Roth
  • Under the Skin: A Novel~Michel Faber
  • Celestial Harmonies: A Novel~Peter Esterhazy
  • Bartleby & Co.~Enrique Vila-Matas
  • Fear and Trembling: A Novel~Amelie Nothomb
  • The Museum of Unconditional Surrender~Dubravka Ugresic
  • In Search of Klingsor~Jorge Volpi
  • Pavel’s Letters~Monika Maron
  • S.: A Novel about the Balkans~Slavenka Drakulic
  • Disgrace: A Novel~J.M. Coetzee
  • The Savage Detectives: A Novel~Roberto Bolano
  • Dirty Havana Trilogy: A Novel in Stories~Pedro Juan Gutierrez
  • The Elementary Particles~Michel Houellebecq
  • The Heretic~Miguel Deliber
  • All Soul’s Day~Nooteboom Cees
  • The Hours: A Novel~Michael Cunningham
  • Veronika Decides to Die: A Novel of Redemption~Paulo Coehlo
  • The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel~Barbara Kingsolver
  • Crossfire~Miyuki Miyabe
  • Underworld~Don DeLillo
  • Memoirs of a Geisha: A Novel~Arthur Golden
  • Life of Insects~Victor Pelevin
  • Margot and the Angels~Kristien Hemmerechts
  • The God of Small Things~Arundhati Roy
  • Silk~Alessandro Baricco
  • Fall On Your Knees~Ann-Marie MacDonald
  • A Light Comedy~Eduardo Mendoza
  • Forever a Stranger and Other Stories~Hella S. Haasse
  • Fugitive Pieces: A Novel~Anne Michaels
  • Hallucinating Foucault~Patricia Duncker
  • Infinite Jest~David Foster Wallace
  • Clay Machine-Gun~Victor Pelevin
  • Alias Grace: A Novel~Margaret Atwood
  • The Unconsoled~Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Morvern Callar~Alan Warner
  • Santa Evita~Tomas Eloy Martinez
  • The Reader~Bernhard Schlink
  • A Fine Balance~Rohinton Mistry
  • Love’s Work: A Reckoning with Life~Gillian Rose
  • The End of the Story: A Novel~Lydia Davis
  • Late-Night News~Petros Markaris
  • Troubling Love~Elena Ferrante
  • Whatever~Michel Houellebecq
  • Land~Park Kyong-ni
  • Our Lady of the Assassins~Fernardo Vallejo
  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: A Novel~Haruki Murakami
  • Periera Declares: A Testimony~Antonio Tabucchi
  • City Sister Silver~Jachym Topol
  • How Late It Was, How Late: A Novel~James Kelman
  • Corelli’s Mandolin: A Novel~Louis de Bernieres
  • On Love: A Novel~Alain de Botton
  • Disappearance~David Dabydeen
  • The Invention of Curried Sausage~Uwe Timm
  • Waiting for the Dark, Waiting for the Light: A Novel~Ivan Klima
  • The Shipping News~E. Annie Proulx
  • Birdsong: A Novel of Love and War~Sebastian Faulks
  • Looking for the Possible Dance~A.L. Kennedy
  • The Twins~Tessa De Loo
  • Deep River~Shusaku Endo
  • What a Carve Up!~Jonathan Coe
  • A Suitable Boy: A Novel~Vikram Seth
  • The Stone Diaries~Carol Shields
  • The Virgin Suicides: A Novel~Jeffrey Eugenides
  • The Holder of the World~Bharati Mukherjee
  • Remembering Babylon: A Novel~David Malouf
  • The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll~Alvaro Mutis
  • The Secret History~Donna Tartt
  • Before Night Falls: A Memoir~Reinaldo Arenas
  • Life is a Caravanserai~Emine Sevgi Ozdamar
  • The Discovery of Heaven~Harry Mulisch
  • Uncle Petros and Goldbach’s Conjecture: A Novel of Mathematical Obsession~Apostolos Doxiadis
  • Triple Mirror of the Self~Zulfikar Ghose
  • All the Pretty Horses (The Border Trilogy, Book 1)~Cormac McCarthy
  • Possessing the Secret of Joy: A Novel~Alice Walker
  • The English Patient~Michael Ondaatje
  • Indigo~Marina Warner
  • The Crow Road~Iain Banks
  • Written on the Body~Jeanette Winterson
  • The Club Dumas~Arturo Perez-Reverte
  • Smilla’s Sense of Snow: A Novel~Peter Høeg
  • The Butcher Boy~Patrick McCabe
  • Asphodel~Hilda Doolittle
  • Memories of Rain: A Novel~Sunetra Gupta
  • Hideous Kinky~Esther Freud
  • Arcadia~Jim Crace
  • Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China~Jung Chang
  • Mao II: A Novel~Don DeLillo
  • Typical~Padgett Powell
  • Regeneration~Pat Barker
  • Astradeni~Eugenia Fakinou
  • Faceless Killers~Henning Mankell
  • The Laws~Connie Palmen
  • American Psycho~Bret Easton Ellis
  • Vertigo~W.G. Sebald
  • The Daughter~Pavlos Matesis
  • Get Shorty: A Novel~Elmore Leonard
  • Amongst Women~John McGahern
  • Stone Junction~Jim Dodge
  • The Things They Carried~Tim O’Brien
  • The Midnight Examiner~William Kotzwinkle
  • The Shadow Lines: A Novel~Amitav Ghosh
  • The Buddha of Suburbia~Hanif Kureishi
  • Like Life~Lorrie Moore
  • Sexing the Cherry~Jeanette Winterson
  • Moon Palace~Paul Auster
  • London Fields~Martin Amis
  • The Remains of the Day~Kazuo Ishiguro
  • The Melancholy of Resistance~Laszlo Krasznahorkai
  • The Great Indian Novel~Shashi Tharoor
  • The Trick is to Keep Breathing: A Novel~Janice Galloway
  • The History of the Siege of Lisbon~Jose Saramago
  • Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments, with Recipes, Romances and Home Remedies~Laura Esquivel
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany~John Irving
  • Inland~Gerald Murnane
  • Obabakoak: Stories from a Village~Bernardo Atxaga
  • Gimmick!~Joost Zwagerman
  • Foucault’s Pendulum~Umberto Eco
  • Paradise of the Blind: A Novel~Duong Thu Huong
  • Wittgenstein’s Mistress~David Markson
  • The Satanic Verses: A Novel~Salman Rushdie
  • The Swimming-Pool Library~Alan Hollinghurst
  • Oscar and Lucinda~Peter Carey
  • The Last World~Christoph Ransmayr
  • The First Garden~Anne Hebert
  • Nervous Conditions~Tsitsi Dangarembga
  • Cigarettes~Harry Mathews
  • Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency~Douglas Adams
  • Kitchen~Banana Yoshimoto
  • The Radiant Way~Margaret Drabble
  • The Afternoon of a Writer~Peter Handke
  • The Black Dahlia~James Ellroy
  • The Bonfire of the Vanities~Tom Wolfe
  • Black Box~Amos Oz
  • The New York Trilogy~Paul Auster
  • All Souls~Javier Marias
  • Beloved~Toni Morrison
  • Of Love and Shadows: A Novel~Isabel Allende
  • Pigeon~Patrick Suskind
  • World’s End~T.C. Boyle
  • The Enigma of Arrival~V.S. Naipaul
  • Ballad of Georg Henig~Viktor Paskov
  • The Taebek Mountains~Jo Jung-Rae
  • The Lost Language of Cranes: A Novel~David Leavitt
  • Anagrams~Lorrie Moore
  • Matigari: A Novel~Ngugi wa Thiong’o
  • The Old Devils~Kingsley Amis
  • Memory of Fire~Eduardo Galeano
  • An Artist of the Floating World~Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Extinction: A Novel~Thomas Bernhard
  • Watchmen~ Alan Moore
  • The Drowned and the Saved~Primo Levi
  • The Beautiful Mrs. Seidenman
  • Ancestral Voices~Etienne Van Heerden
  • Love in the Time of Cholera~Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • The Parable of the Blind~Gert Hofmann
  • Annie John: A Novel~Jamaica Kincaid
  • The Cider House Rules: A Novel~John Irving
  • Simon and the Oaks~Marianne Fredriksson
  • Contact~Carl Sagan
  • Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West~Cormac McCarthy
  • Perfume: The Story of a Murderer~Patrick Suskind
  • Hawksmoor~Peter Ackroyd
  • The Handmaid’s Tale~Margaret Atwood
  • Reasons to Live~Amy Hempel
  • Half of Man is Woman~Zhang Xianliang
  • White Noise~Don DeLillo
  • Love Medicine~Louise Erdrich
  • The Young Man~Botho Strauss
  • Legend (Drenai Tales, Book 1)~David Gemmell
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being: A Novel~Milan Kundera
  • Dictionary of the Khazars: A Lexicon Novel in 100,000 Words~Milorad Pavic
  • The Busconductor Hines~James Kelman
  • Empire of the Sun~J. G. Ballard
  • The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis~Jose Saramago
  • The Lover~Marguerite Duras
  • Democracy~Joan Didion
  • The Wasp Factory~Iain Banks
  • Neuromancer~William Gibson
  • Nights at the Circus~Angela Carter
  • Larva: A Midsummer Night’s Babel~Julian Rios
  • Blood and Guts in High School: A Novel~Kathy Acker
  • Professor Marten’s Departure~Jaan Kross
  • Flaubert’s Parrot~Julian Barnes
  • Money: A Suicide Note~Martin Amis
  • Shame: A Novel~Salman Rushdie
  • The Witness~Juan Jose Saer
  • Fado Alexandrino~Antonio Lobo Antunes
  • The Christmas Oratorio: A Novel~Goran Tunstrom
  • LaBrava: A Novel~Elmore Leonard
  • Waterland~Graham Swift
  • Life and Times of Michael K: A Novel~J. M. Coetzee
  • The Piano Teacher~Elfriede Jelinek
  • The Sorrow of Belgium~Hugo Claus
  • Baltasar and Blimunda~Jose Saramago
  • The Book of Disquiet~Fernando Pessoa
  • If Not Now, When?~Primo Levi
  • A Boy’s Own Story: A Novel~Edmund White
  • The Color Purple~Alice Walker
  • Wittgenstein’s Nephew: A Novel~Thomas Bernhard
  • A Pale View of Hills~Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Schindler’s List~Thomas Keneally
  • The House of the Spirits: A Novel~Isabel Allende
  • On the Black Hill~Bruce Chatwin
  • July’s People~Nadine Gordimer
  • Couples, Passersby~Botho Strauss
  • Rabbit is Rich~John Updike
  • Lanark~Alasdair Gray
  • The War of the End of the World~Mario Vargas Llosa
  • Leaden Wings~Jie Zhang
  • The House with the Blind Glass Windows~Herbjorg Wassmo
  • Summer in Baden-Baden~Leonid Tsypkin
  • Waiting for the Barbarians: A Novel~J. M. Coetzee
  • Midnight’s Children: A Novel~Salman Rushdie
  • Broken April~Ismail Kadare
  • Smell of Sadness~Alfred Kossman
  • Rituals~Cees Nooteboom
  • A Confederacy of Dunces~John Kennedy Toole
  • Clear Light of Da~Anita Desai
  • The Name of the Rose~Umberto Eco
  • Southern Seas~Manuel Vazquez Montalban
  • Smiley’s People: A George Smiley Novel~John le Carre
  • Fool’s Gold~Maro Douka
  • The Book of Laughter and Forgetting~Milan Kundera
  • A Dry White Season~Andre Brink
  • A Bend in the River~V.S. Naipual
  • Burger’s Daughter~Nadine Gorminder
  • So Long a Letter~Mariama Ba
  • If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler~Italo Calvino
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy~Douglas Adams
  • The Cement Garden~Ian McEwan
  • The Virgin in the Garden~A.S. Byatt
  • The Back Room~Carmen Martin Gaite
  • Life: A User’s Manual~Georges PErec
  • The Sea, The Sea~Iris Murdoch
  • The Singapore Grip~J.G. Farrell
  • Requiem for a Dream: A Novel~Hubert Selby Jr.
  • The Beggar Maid: Stories of Flo and Rose~Alice Munro
  • Delta of Venus~Anais Nin
  • The Shining~Stephen King
  • Dispatches~Michael Herr
  • The Wars~Timothy Findley
  • Song of Solomon~Toni Morrison
  • The House of the Star~Clarice Lispector
  • Quartet in Autumn~Barbara Pym
  • The Engineer of Human Souls~Josef Skvorecky
  • In the Heart of the Country: A Novel~J. M. Coetzee
  • Almost Transparent Blue~Ryu Murakami
  • Kiss of the Spider Woman~Manuel Puig
  • The Left-Handed Woman~Peter Handke
  • Interview with the Vampire~Anne Rice
  • Cutter and Bone~Newton Thornburg
  • Blaming~Elizabeth Taylor
  • Patterns of Childhood~Christa Wolf
  • The Autumn of the Patriarch~Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • W, or the Memory of Childhood~Georges Perec
  • A Dance to the Music of Time (series)~Anthony Powell
  • Correction: A Novel~Thomas Bernhard
  • The Dead Father~Donald Barthelme
  • Fateless~Imre Kertesz
  • Willard and His Bowling Trophies~Richard Brautigan
  • Woman at Point Zero~Nawal El Saadawi
  • Humboldt’s Gift~Saul Bellow
  • The Year of the Hare: A Novel~Arto Paasilinna
  • The Commandant~Jessica Anderson
  • Ragtime: A Novel~E. L. Doctorow
  • The Port~Antun Soljan
  • The Fan Man~William Kotzwinkle
  • Dusklands~J. M. Coetzee
  • The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum~Heinrich Boll
  • The Diviners~Margaret Laurence
  • The Dispossessed: A Novel~Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Fear of Flying~Erica Jong
  • A Question of Power~Bessie Head
  • The Siege of Krishnapur~J. G. Farrell
  • The Castle of Crossed Destinies~Italo Calvino
  • Crash~ J. G. Ballard
  • The Honorary Consul~Graham Greene
  • Gravity’s Rainbow~Thomas Pynchon
  • Invisible Cities~Italo Calvino
  • Optimist’s Daughter~Eudora Welty
  • The Twilight Years~Sawak Ariyoshi
  • The Summer Book~Tove Jansson
  • G: A Novel~John Berger
  • Surfacing~Margaret Atwood
  • In a Free State: A Novel~V. S. Naipaul
  • House Mother Normal: A Geriatric Comedy~B. S. Johnson
  • Lives of Girls and Women: A Novel~Alice Munro
  • The Book of Daniel: A Novel~E. L. Doctorw
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream~Hunter S. Thompson
  • Group Portrait with Lady~Heinrich Boll
  • Cataract~Mykhaylo Osadchyi
  • Rabbit Redux~John Updike
  • The Sea of Fertility~Yukio Mishima
  • The Bluest Eye~Toni Morrison
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings~Maya Angelou
  • A World for Julius: A Novel~Alfredo Bryce Echenique
  • Jahrestage~Uwe Johnson
  • Play It As It Lays: A Novel~Joan Didion
  • Fifth Business~Robertson Davies
  • Here’s to You, Jesusa!~Elena Poniatowska
  • Season of Migration to the North~Tayeb Salih
  • Heartbreak Tango~Manuel Puig
  • Moscow Stations~Venedikt Yerofeev
  • The Case Worker~Gyorgy Konrad
  • Tent of Miracles~Jorge Amado
  • Pricksongs & Descants: Fictions~Robert Coover
  • Blind Man with a Pistol~Chester Himes
  • Slaughterhouse-Five: A Novel~Kurt Vonnegut
  • The French Lieutenant’s Woman~JohnFowles
  • Jakob the Liar~Jurek Becker
  • Portnoy’s Complaint~Philip Roth
  • The Godfather~Mario Puzo
  • Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle~Vladimir Nabokov
  • Them~Joyce Carol Oates
  • A Void~Georges Perec
  • The First Circle: A Novel~Aleksander I. Solzhenitsyn
  • Myra Breckinridge/Myron~Gore Vidal
  • Cancer Ward~Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
  • Belle du Seigneur~Albert Cohen
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey~Arthur C. Clarke
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?~Philip Dick
  • The Quest for Christa T.~Christa Wolf
  • The German Lesson~Siegried Lenz
  • In WatermelonSugar~Richard Brautigan
  • Kestrel for a Knave~Barry Hines
  • The Cathedral~Oles Honchar
  • Eva Trout, or Changing Scenes~Elizabeth Bowen
  • The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test~Tom Wolfe
  • The Day of the Dolphin~Robert Merle
  • No Laughing Matter~Angus Wilson
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude~Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • The Manor~Isaac Bashevis Singer
  • Pilgrimage (13 Volumes)~Dorothy Richardson
  • Z~Vassilis Vassilikos
  • Miramar~Naguib Mahfouz
  • The Third Policeman~Flann O’Brien
  • Wide Sargasso Sea~Jean Rhys
  • The Master and Margarita~Mikhail Bulgakov
  • The Magus~John Fowles
  • The Vice-Consul~Marguerite Duras
  • Marks of Identity~Juan Goytisolo
  • Giles Goat-Boy~John Barth
  • The Crying of Lot 49~Thomas Pynchon
  • To Each His Own~Leonard Sciascia
  • Silence~Shusaku Endo
  • Dead and the Dervish~Mesa Selimovic
  • In Cold Blood~Truman Capote
  • Things~Georges Perec
  • Everything That Rises Must Converge~Flannery O’Connor
  • Garden, Ashes~Danilo Kis
  • The River Between~Ngugi Wa Thiong’o
  • Closely Watched Trains~Bohumil Hrabal
  • Back to Oegstgeest~Jan Wolkers
  • The Passion According to G.H.~Clarice Lispector
  • Sometimes a Great Notion~Ken Kesey
  • Three Trapped Tigers~Guillermo Cabrera Infante
  • Arrow of God~Chinua Achebe
  • The Ravishing of Lol V. Stein~Marguerite Duras
  • Herzog~Saul Bellow
  • V.~Thomas Pynchon
  • Cat’s Cradle~Kurt Vonnegut
  • The Graduate~Charles Webb
  • Manon des Sources~Marcel Pagnol
  • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold: A George Smiley Novel~John le Carre
  • The Girls of Slender Means~Muriel Spark
  • Inside Mr. Enderby~Anthony Burgess
  • The Bell Jar~Sylvia Plath
  • Dog Years~Gunter Grass
  • The Third Wedding Wreath~Costas Taktsis
  • One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich~Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  • The Garden of the Finzi-Continis~Giorgio Bassani
  • The Time of the Hero~Mario Vargas Llosa
  • The Death of Artemio Cruz: A Novel~Carlos Fuentes
  • The  Lonely Girl~Edna O’Brien
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest~Ken Kesey
  • A Clockwork Orange~Anthony Burgess
  • Pale Fire~Vladimir Nabokov
  • Time of Silence~Luis Martin-Santos
  • The Golden Notebook: A Novel
  • Labyrinths~Jorge Luis Borges
  • Stranger in a Strange Land~Robert A. Heinlein
  • Memoirs of a Peasant Boy~Xose Neira Vilas
  • Faces in the Water~Janet Frame
  • No One Writes to the Colonel~Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Franny and Zooey~J. D. Salinger
  • A Severed Head~Iris Murdoch
  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie: A Novel~Muriel Spark
  • Cat and Mouse~Gunter Grass
  • Solaris~Stansilaw Lem
  • Catch-22~Joseph Heller
  • The Shipyard~Juan Carlos Onetti
  • God’s Bits of Wood~Sembene Ousmane
  • Bebo’s Girl~Carlo Cassola
  • The Country Girls~Edna O’Brien
  • Halftime: A Novel~Martin Walser
  • The Magician of Lublin: A Novel~Isaac Bashevis Singer
  • To Kill a Mockingbird~Harper Lee
  • Rabbit, Run~John Updike
  • Promise at Dawn: A Memoir~Romain Gary
  • Absolute Beginners~Colin MacInnes
  • Billy Liar~Keith Waterhouse
  • Naked Lunch~William S. Burroughs
  • The Tin Drum~Gunter Grass
  • Cider with Rosie~Laurie Lee
  • Down Second Avenue~Ezekiel Mphahlele
  • Billiards at Half-Past Nine~Heinrich Boll
  • Pluck the Bud and Destroy the Offspring~Kenzaburo Oe
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s~Truman Capote
  • Deep Rivers~Jose Maria Arguedas
  • The Leopard: A Novel~Giuseppe Di Lampedusa
  • The Guide: A Novel~R. K. Narayan
  • The Bitter Glass~Eilis Dillon
  • Things Fall Apart~Chinua Achebe
  • Saturday Night and Sunday Morning~Alan Sillitoe
  • Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon~Jorge Amado
  • Borstal Boy~Brendan Behan
  • The Bell~Iris Murdoch
  • The Once and Future King~T. H. White
  • The Birds~Tarjel Vesaas
  • Jealousy~Alain Robbe-Grillet
  • Voss~Patrick White
  • The Midwich Cuckoos~John Wyndham
  • Blue of Noon~Georges Bataille
  • Homo Faber: A Report~Max Frisch
  • Deadbeats~Ward Ruyslinck
  • The Manila Rope~Veijo Meri
  • On the Road~Jack Kerouac
  • Pnin~Vladimir Nabokov
  • Doctor Zhivago~Boris Pasternak
  • The Glass Bees~Ernst Junger
  • Justine: A Novel~Lawrence Durrell
  • Giovanni’s Room~James Baldwin
  • The Floating Opera~John Barth
  • The Roots of Heaven~Romain Gary
  • The Lonely Londoners~Samuel Selvon
  • The Lord of the Rings~J. R. R. Tolkien
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley~Patricia Highsmith
  • Lolita~Vladimir Nabokov
  • The Devil to Pay in the Backlands~Joao Guimaraes Rosa
  • The Last Temptation of Christ~Nikos Kazantzakis
  • The Tree of Man~Patrick White
  • The Trusting and the Maimed~James Plunkett
  • The Quiet American~Graham Greene
  • The Burning Plain and Other Stories~ Juan Rulfo
  • The Recognitions~William Gaddis
  • The Ragazzi~Pier Paolo Pasolini
  • I’m Not Stiller~Max Frisch
  • The Unknown Soldier~Vaino Linna
  • The Sound of Waves~Yukio Mishima
  • Death in Rome~Wolfgang Koeppen
  • Bonjour Tristesse~Francoise Sagan
  • The Mandarins~Simone de Beauvoir
  • Lord of the Flies~William Golding
  • Under the Net~Iris Murdoch
  • Story of O~Pauline Reage
  • Ghost at Noon~Alberto Moravia
  • A Day in Spring~Ciril Kosmac
  • The Dark Child: The Autobiography of an African Boy~Camara Laye
  • The Go-Between~L. P. Hartley
  • The Long Goodbye~Raymond Chandler
  • The HotHouse: A Novel~Wolfgang Koeppen
  • The Lost Steps~Alejo Carpentier
  • Lucky Jim~Kingsley Amis
  • Junky: The Definitive Text of ‘Junk’~William S. Burroughs
  • Casino Royale~Ian Fleming
  • Go Tell It on the Mountain~James Baldwin
  • Thousand Cranes~Yasunari Kawabata
  • Excellent Women~Barbara Pym
  • The Judge and His Hangman~Friedrich Durrenmatt
  • Invisible Man~Ralph Ellison
  • The Old Man and the Sea~Ernest Hemingway
  • Wise Blood~Flannery O’Connor
  • The Hive: A Novel~Camilo Jose Cela
  • Memoirs of Hadrian~Marguerite Yourcenar
  • The Day of the Triffids~John Wyndham
  • Malone Dies~Samuel Beckett
  • Foundation~Isaac Asimov
  • The Opposing Shore~Julien Gracq
  • The Catcher in the Rye~J. D. Salinger
  • The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt~Albert Camus
  • Molloy~Samuel Beckett
  • End of Affair~Graham Greene
  • Barabbas~Par Lagerkvist
  • The Guiltless~Hermann Broch
  • The Abbot C~Georges Bataille
  • The Labyrinth of Solitude and Other Writings~Octavio Paz
  • The 13 Clocks~James Thurber
  • Gormenghast (Book Two of the Gormenghast Trilogy)~Mervyn Peake
  • The Moon and the Bonfires~Cesare Pavese
  • A Town Like Alice~Nevil Shute
  • The Grass is Singing: A Novel~Doris Lessing
  • I, Robot~Isaac Asimov
  • The Garden Where the Brass Band Played~Simon Vestdijk
  • The Case of Comrade Tulayev~Victor Serge
  • Love in a Cold Climate~Nancy Mitford
  • The Heat of the Day~Elizabeth Bowen
  • The Kingdom of This World: A Novel~Alejo Carpentier
  • The Man with the Golden Arm~Nelson Algren
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four~George Orwell
  • Death Sentence~Maurice Blanchot
  • This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen~Tadeusz Borowski
  • In the Heart of the Seas~Shmuel Yosef Agnon
  • Cry, the Beloved Country~Alan Paton
  • All About H. Hatterr~G. V. Desani
  • Disobedience~Alberto Moravia
  • Ashes and Diamonds~Jerzy Andrzejewski
  • Journey to the Alcarria: Travels Through the Spanish Countryside~Camilo Jose Cela
  • Froth on the Daydream~Boris Vian
  • Midaq Alley~Naguib Mahfouz
  • Doctor Faustus: The Life of the German Composer Adrian Leverkuhn as Told by a Friend~Thomas Mann
  • The Plague~Albert Camus
  • Exercises in Style~Raymond Queneau
  • If This is a Man~Primo Levi
  • Under the Volcano: A Novel~Malcolm Lowry
  • The Path to the Spiders’ Nests~Italo Calvino
  • A House in the Uplands~Erskine Caldwell
  • Back~Henry Green
  • Zorba the Greek~Nikos Kazantzakis
  • Titus Groan~Mervyn Peake
  • Death of Virgil~Hermann Broch
  • Andrea~Carmen Laforet
  • The Tin Flute~Gabrielle Roy
  • Bosnian Chronicle Pb~Ivo Andric
  • Brideshead Revisited~Evelyn Waugh
  • Arcanum 17~Andre Breton
  • Christ Stopped at Eboli: The Story of a Year~Carlo Levi
  • The Bridge on the Drina~Ivo Andric
  • Animal Farm~George Orwell
  • Loving~Henry Green
  • Pippi Longstocking~Astrid Lindgren
  • Transit~Anna Seghers
  • The Razor’s Edge~W. Somerset Maugham
  • Dangling Man~Saul Bellow
  • The Little Prince~Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • Joseph and His Brothers: The Stories of Jacob, Young Joseph, Joseph in Egypt, Joseph the Provider~Thomas Mann
  • The Glass Bead Game: A Novel~Hermann Hesse
  • Chess Story~Stefan Zweig
  • Embers~Sandor Marai
  • The Stranger~Albert Camus
  • Conversations in Sicily~Elio Vittorini
  • The Harvesters~Cesare Pavese
  • The Living and the Dead~Patrick White
  • Broad and Alien is the World~Ciro Alegria
  • The Man Who Loved Children: A Novel~Christina Stead
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls~Ernest Hemingway
  • The Power and the Glory~Graham Greene
  • The Tartar Steppe~Dino Buzzati
  • Native Son~Richard Wright
  • Finnegans Wake~James Joyce
  • At Swim-Two-Birds~Flann O’Brien
  • Good Morning, Midnight~Jean Rhys
  • The Grapes of Wrath~John Steinbeck
  • Goodbye to Berlin~Christopher Isherwood
  • The Big Sleep~Raymond Chandler
  • On the Edge of Reason~Miroslav Krleza
  • Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day~Winifred Watson
  • Nausea~Jean-Paul Sartre
  • Rebecca~Daphne Du Maurier
  • Alamut~Vladimir Bartol
  • Cause for Alarm~Eric Ambler
  • Brighton Rock~Graham Greene
  • U.S.A.: The 42nd Parallel/1919/The Big Money~John Dos Passos
  • Murphy~Samuel Beckett
  • Of Mice and Men~John Steinbeck
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God~Zora Neale Hurston
  • The Hobbit~J. R. R. Tolkien
  • The Blind Owl~Sadegh Hedayat
  • Ferdydurke~Witold Gombrowicz
  • In Parenthesis~David Jones
  • Out of Africa~Karen Blixen
  • Rickshaw Boy: A Novel~She Lao
  • Summer Will Show~Sylvia Townsend Warner
  • Eyeless in Gaza: A Novel~Aldous Huxley
  • The Thinking Reed~Rebecca West
  • Gone with the Wind~Margaret Mitchell
  • Keep the Aspidistra Flying~George Orwell
  • The War with the Newts~Karel Capek
  • Absalom, Absalom!~William Faulkner
  • At the Mountains of Madness: And Other Tales of Terror~H. P. Lovecraft
  • Nightwood~Djuna Barnes
  • Independent People~Halldor Laxness
  • Untouchable~Mulk Raj Anand
  • The Last of Mr. Norris~Christopher Isherwood
  • They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?~Horace McCoy
  • Auto-da-Fe~Elias Canetti
  • The Nine Tailors~Dorothy L. Sayers
  • The Bells of Basel~Louis Aragon
  • On the Heights of Despair~E.M. Cioran
  • The Postman Always Rings Twice~James M. Cain
  • Tropic of Cancer~Henry Miller
  • Tender is the Night~F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Thank You, Jeeves~P. G. Wodehouse
  • The Street of Crocodiles~Bruno Schulz
  • Call It Sleep: A Novel~Henry Roth
  • Miss Lonelyhearts~Nathanael West
  • Murder Must Advertise~Dorothy Sayers
  • The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas~Gertrude Stein
  • Testament of Youth~Vera Brittain
  • A Day Off~Storm Jameson
  • Man’s Fate~Andre Malraux
  • Cheese~Willem Elsschot
  • Man Without Qualities: The Like of It Now Happens~Robert Musil
  • Viper’s Tangle~Francois Mauriac
  • Brave New World~Aldous Huxley
  • Cold Comfort Farm~Stella Gibbons
  • The Forbidden Realm~J. J. Slauerhoff
  • The Radetzky March~Joseph Roth
  • The Return of Philip Latinowicz~Miroslav Krleza
  • Journey to the End of the Night~Louis-Ferdinand Celine
  • The Thin Man~Dashiell Hammett
  • To the North~Elizabeth Bowen
  • The Waves~Virginia Woolf
  • Insatiability~Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz
  • Monica~Saunders Lewis
  • The Apes of God~Wyndham Lewis
  • Her Privates We~Frederic Manning
  • The Maltese Falcon~Dashiell Hammett
  • Look Homeward, Angel~Thomas Wolfe
  • Passing~Nella Larsen
  • A Farewell to Arms~Ernest Hemingway
  • I Thought of Daisy~Edmund Wilson
  • Living~Henry Green
  • The Time of Indifference: A Novel~Alberto Moravia
  • All Quiet on the Western Front: A Novel~Erich Maria Remarque
  • Berlin Alexanderplatz: The Story of Franz Biberkopf~Alfred Deoblin
  • The Holy Terrors~Jean Cocteau
  • Retreat Without Song~Shahan Shahnur
  • Story of the Eye~Georges Bataille
  • Orlando: A Biography~Virginia Woolf
  • Lady Chatterley’s Lover~D. H. Lawrence
  • The Well of Loneliness~Radclyffe Hall
  • Parade’s End~Ford Madox Ford
  • Some Prefer Nettles~Junichiro Tanizaki
  • Decline and Fall~Evelyn Waugh
  • Quicksand~Nella Larsen
  • Nadja~Andre Breton
  • Steppenwolf: A Novel~Hermann Hesse
  • Remembrance of Things Past~Marcel Proust
  • To the Lighthouse~Virginia Woolf
  • Tarka the Otter~Henry Williamson
  • The Case of Sergeant Grischa~Arnold Zweig
  • Amerika~Franz Kafka
  • The Sun Also Rises~Ernest Hemingway
  • Blindness~Henry Green
  • The Castle~Franz Kafka
  • Alberta and Jacob~Cora Sandel
  • The Good Soldier Svejk: And His Fortunes in the World War~Jaroslav Hasek
  • Under Satan’s Sun~Georges Bernanos
  • One, No One, and One Hundred Thousand~Luigi Pirandello
  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd: A Hercule Poirot Mystery~Agatha Christie
  • The Making of Americans~Gertrude Stein
  • Chaka~Thomas Mofolo
  • Mrs. Dalloway~Virginia Woolf
  • The Great Gatsby~F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Counterfeiters: A Novel~Andre Gide
  • The Trial~Franz Kafka
  • The Artamonov Business~Maxim Gorky
  • The Professor’s House~Willa Cather
  • The New World~Heruy Walda-Selasse
  • The Green Hat~Michael Arlen
  • The Magic Mountain~Thomas Mann
  • We~Yevgeny Zamyatin
  • A Passage to India~E. M. Forster
  • Zeno’s Conscience: A Novel~Italo Svevo
  • The Devil in the Flesh~Raymond Radiguet
  • Amok and Other Stories~Stefan Zweig
  • Kristin Lavransdatter~Sigrid Undset
  • The Enormous Room~E. E. Cummings
  • Siddhartha~Hermann Hesse
  • The Forest of the Hanged~Liviu Rebreanu
  • Life and Death of Harriett Frean~May Sinclair
  • Claudine’s House~Colette
  • Babbit~Sinclair Lewis
  • Ulysses~James Joyce
  • Life of Christ~Giovanni Papini
  • Crome Yellow~Aldous Huxley
  • The Age of Innocence~Edith Wharton
  • Main Street~Sinclair Lewis
  • Women in Love~D. H. Lawrence
  • Storm of Steel~Ernst Jnger
  • Tarr~Wyndham Lewish
  • The Return of the Soldier~Rebecca West
  • Growth of the Soil~Knut Hamsun
  • The Home and the World~Rabindranath Tagore
  • Pallieter~Felix Timmermans
  • The Underdogs: A Novel of the Mexican Revolution~Mariano Azuela
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man~James Joyce
  • Under Fire; The Story of a Squad~Henri Barbusse
  • Rashomon and Other Stories~Ryunosuke Akutagawa
  • The Good Soldier~Ford Madox Ford
  • Of Human Bondage~W. Somerset Maugham
  • The Rainbow~D. H. Lawrence
  • The 39 Steps~John Buchan
  • Kokoro~Natsume Soseki
  • Locus Solus~Raymond Roussel
  • Tarzan of the Apes~Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Platero and I~Juan Ramon Jimenez
  • Ragged Trousered Philanthropists~Robert Tressell
  • Sons and Lovers~D. H. Lawrence
  • Death in Venice and Other Stories~Thomas Mann
  • The Charwoman’s Daughter~James Stephens
  • Ethan Frome~Edith Wharton
  • Fantomas~Marcel Allain
  • Impressions of Africa~Raymond Roussel
  • Howards End~E. M. Forster
  • The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge~Rainer Maria Rilke
  • Strait is the Gate~Andre Gide
  • A Room with a View~E. M. Forster
  • The Inferno~Henri Barbusse
  • The Old Wives’ Tale~Arnold Bennett
  • The House on the Borderland~William Hope Hodgson
  • Mother: The Great Revolutionary Novel~Maxim Gorky
  • The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale~Joseph Conrad
  • The Jungle~Upton Sinclair
  • The Forsyte Saga~John Galsworthy
  • Young Torless~Robert Musil
  • Solitude~Victor Catala
  • Mann: Professor Unrat~Heinrich Mann
  • The House of Mirth~Edith Wharton
  • Nostromo~Joseph Conrad
  • Hadrian the Seventh~Fr. Rolfe
  • The Way of All Flesh~Samuel Butler
  • Memoirs of My Nervous Illness~Daniel Paul Schreber
  • The Call of the Wild~Jack London
  • The Riddle of the Sands~Erskine Childers
  • The Ambassadors~Henry James
  • The Immoralist~Andre Gide
  • The Wings of the Dove~Henry James
  • Heart of Darkness~Joseph Conrad
  • The Hound of Baskervilles~Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Buddenbrooks~Thomas Mann
  • Kim~Rudyard Kipling
  • None but the Brave~Arthur Schnitzler
  • Sister Carrie~Theodore Dreiser
  • Sandokan: The Tigers of Mompracem~Emilio Salgari
  • Some Experiences of an Irish R. M.~Edith Somerville
  • Eclipse of the Crescent Moon~Geza Garbonyi
  • Der Stechlin~Theodor Fontane
  • The Awakening~Kate Chopin
  • Dom Casmurro~MacHado De Assis
  • As a Man Grows Older~Italo Svevo
  • The War of the Worlds~H. G. Wells
  • The Fruits of the Earth~Andre Gide
  • Pharaoh~Boleslaw Prus
  • Compassion~Benito Perez Galdos
  • What Maisie Knew~Henry James
  • Dracula~Bram Stoker
  • Quo Vadis~Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • The Island of Dr. Moreau~H.G. Wells
  • The Time Machine~H. G. Wells
  • Effi Briest~Theodor Fontane
  • Jude the Obscure~Thomas Hardy
  • The Viceroys~Federico De Roberto
  • The Diary of a Nobody~George Grossmith
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes~Arthur Conan Doyle
  • News from Nowhere~William Morris
  • New Grub Street~George Gissing
  • The Saga of Gosta Berling~Selma Lagerlof
  • Tess of the D’Urbervilles~Thomas Hardy
  • La’Bas~Joris-Karl Huysmans
  • The Picture of Dorian Grey~Oscar Wilde
  • Kreutzer Sonata~Leo Tolstoy
  • Thais
  • La bete Humaine~Emile Zola
  • By the Open Sea~August Strindberg
  • Hunger: A Novel~Knut Hamsun
  • Eline Vere~Louis Couperus
  • The Child of Pleasure~Gabriele D’Annunzio
  • Under the Yoke: A Romance of Bulgarian Liberty~Ivan Minchov Vazov
  • Pierre and Jean~Guy de Maupassant
  • The People of Hemso~August Strindberg
  • The House of Ulloa~Emilia Pardo Bazan
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde~Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Quest~Frederik van Eeden
  • King Solomon’s Mines~H. Rider Haggard
  • Germinal~Emile Zola
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn~Mark Twain
  • Marius The Epicurean, His Sensations and Ideas~Walter Pater
  • Bel-Ami~Guy de Maupassant
  • The Regent’s Wife~Clarin Leopoldo Alas
  • Against the Grain~J. K. Huysmans
  • The Death of Ivan Ilyich~Leo Tolstoy
  • A Woman’s Life~Guy de Maupassant
  • Treasure Island~Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Bouvard and Pecuchet~Gustave Flaubert
  • The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas~Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis
  • I Malavoglia: The House by the Medlar Tree~Giovanni Verga
  • The Portrait of a Lady~Henry James
  • Nana~Emile Zola
  • Ben Hur~Lew Wallace
  • The Red Room~August Strindberg
  • Martin Fierro~Jose Hernandez
  • Anna Karenina~Leo Tolstoy
  • Drunkard~Emile Zola
  • The Crime of Father Amaro~Jose Maria Eca de Queiros
  • Pepita Jimenez~Juan Valera
  • Far From the Madding Crowd~Thomas Hardy
  • The Enchanted Wanderer~Nicolai Leskov
  • Around the World in 80 Days~Jules Verne
  • In a Glass Darkly~Joseph Sheridan LeFanu
  • The Possessed: The Devils~Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Erewhon~Samuel Butler
  • Spring Torrents~Ivan Turgenev
  • Middlemarch~George Eliot
  • Alice Through the Looking-Glass~Lewis Carroll
  • King Lear of the Steppes~Ivan Turgenev
  • War and Peace~Leo Tolstoy
  • Sentimental Education~Gustave Flaubert
  • Phineas Finn~Anthony Trollope
  • Maldoror and Poems~Lautreamont
  • The Idiot~Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Little Women~Louisa May Alcott
  • The Moonstone~Wilkie Collins
  • Therese Raquin~Emile Zola
  • The Last Chronicle of Barset~Anthony Trollope
  • Crime and Punishment~Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth~Jules Verne
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland~Lewis Carroll
  • Uncle Silas~J. Sheridan LeFanu
  • Notes from the Underground~Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • The Water-Babies~Charles Kingsley
  • Les Miserables~Victor Hugo
  • Fathers and Sons~Ivan Turgenev
  • Silas Marner~George Eliot
  • Great Expectations~Charles Dickens
  • Max Havelaar: Or the Coffee Auctions of the Dutch Trading Company~Multatuli
  • The Mill on the Floss~George Eliot
  • The Woman in White~Wilkie COllins
  • Oblomov~Ivan Aleksandrovich Goncharov
  • Adam Bede~George Eliot
  • Indian Summer~Adalbert Stifter
  • Madame Bovary~Gustave Flaubert
  • North and South~Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Green Henry~Gottfried Keller
  • Walden~Henry David Thoreau
  • Bleak House~Charles Dickens
  • Cranford~Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin~Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • The House of the Seven Gables~Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Moby Dick~Herman Melville
  • The Scarlet Letter~Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • David Copperfield~Charles Dickens
  • The Tenant at Wildfell Hall~Anne Bronte
  • Wuthering Heights~Emily Bronte
  • Vanity Fair~William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Jane Eyre~Charlotte Bronte
  • The Count of Monte Cristo~Alexandre Dumas
  • The Devil’s Pool~George Sand
  • Facundo: Civilization and Barbarism~Domingo Faustino Sarmiento
  • The Three Musketeers~Alexandre Dumas
  • The Pit and the Pendulum~Edgar Allen Poe
  • Lost Illusions~Honore De Balzac
  • Dead Souls~Nikolai Gogol
  • A Hero of Our Time~Mikhail Lermontov
  • Camera Obscura~Hildebrand
  • The Fall of the House of Usher~Edgar Allen Poe
  • The Charterhouse of Parma~Stendhal
  • The Lion of Flanders~Hendrik Conscience
  • Oliver Twist~Charles Dickens
  • The Nose~Nikolai Gogol
  • Father Goriot~Honore De Balzac
  • Eugenie Grandet~Honore De Balzac
  • Eugene Onegin~Alexander Pushkin
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame~Victor Hugo
  • The Red and the Black: A Novel of Post-Napoleonic France~Stendhal
  • The Betrothed~Alessandro Manzoni
  • The Last of the Mohicans~James Fenimore Cooper
  • Life of a Good-For-Nothing~Joseph Von Eichendorff
  • Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner~James Hogg
  • The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr~E. T. A. Hoffmann
  • Melmoth the Wanderer~Charles Robert Maturin
  • Ivanhoe~Walter Scott
  • Frankenstein~Mary Shelley
  • Rob Roy~Walter Scott
  • Emma~Jane Austen
  • Mansfield Park~Jane Austen
  • Pride and Prejudice~Jane Austen
  • Sense and Sensibility~Jane Austen
  • Michael Kohlhaas~Heinrich von Kleist
  • Elective Affinities: A Novel~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Rameau’s Nephew~Denis Diderot
  • Henry Von Ofterdingen: A Novel~Novalis
  • Castle Rackrent~Maria Edgeworth
  • Hyperion~Friedrich Holderlin
  • The Nun~Denis Diderot
  • Jacques the Fatalist~Denis Diderot
  • Camilla~Fanny Burney
  • The Monk, A Romance~M. G. Lewis
  • Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • The Mysteries of Udolpho~Ann Radcliffe
  • The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African Written by Himself~Olaudah Equiano
  • Caleb Williams~William Godwin
  • The Dream of the Red Chamber~Cao Xueqin
  • Justine~Marquis de Sade
  • Vathek~William Beckford
  • Anton Reiser~Karl Philipp Moritz
  • The 120 Days of Sodom~Marquis de Sade
  • Confessions~Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • Dangerous Liaisons~Pierre-Ambrois-Francois Choderlos de Laclos
  • Reveries of the Solitary Walker~Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • Evelina~Fanny Burney
  • The Sorrows of Young Werther~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Humphry Clinker~Tobias Smollett
  • The Man of Feeling~Henry Mackenzie
  • A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy~Laurence Sterne
  • The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman~Laurence Sterne
  • The Vicar of Wakefield~Oliver Goldsmith
  • The Castle of Otranto~Horace Walpole
  • Emile~Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • Julie; Or, the New Eloise~Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia~Samuel Johnson
  • Candide~Voltaire
  • The Female Quixote or the Adventures of Arabella~Charlotte Lennox
  • Peregrine Pickle~Tobias George Smollett
  • Fanny Hill~John Cleland
  • The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling~Henry Fielding
  • Clarissa~Samuel Richardson
  • Pamela~Samuel Richardson
  • Memoirs of the Extraordinary Life, Works and Discoveries of Martinus Scriblerus~Alexander Pope
  • Joseph Andrews~Henry Fielding
  • A Modest Proposal~Jonathan Swift
  • Gulliver’s Travels~Jonathan Swift
  • Moll Flanders~Daniel Defoe
  • Love in Excess; or, The Fatal Enquiry~Eliza Fowler Haywood
  • Robinson Crusoe~Daniel Defoe
  • Oroonoko~Aphra Behn
  • The Princess of Cleves~Madame de Lafayette
  • The Adventurous Simplicissimus Being the Description of the Life of a Strange Vagabond Named Melchoir Sternfels von Fuchshaim
  • The Conquest of New Spain~Bernal Diaz del Castillo
  • The Trials of Persiles and Sigismunda: A Northern Story~Miguel de Cervantes
  • Don Quixote~Miguel de Cervantes
  • The History of Thomas of Reading: Or the Six Worthy Yeomen of the West~Thomas Deloney
  • The Unfortunate Traveller and Other Works~Thomas Nashe
  • Monkey: Folk Novel of China~Wu Ch’eng-en
  • The Lusiad~Luis de Camoens
  • Gargantua and Pantagruel~Francoise Rabelais
  • Lazarillo de Tormes~Anonymous
  • Armadis of Gaul~Vasco de Lobeira
  • Celestina~Fernando de Rojas
  • Tirant lo Black II~Joanot Martorell
  • The Golden Ass: The Transformations of Lucius~Apuleius
  • The Water Margin: Outlaws of the Marsh~Shi Naian
  • Three Kingdoms~Luo Guanzhong
  • The Tale of Genji~Murasaki Shikibu
  • The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter
  • The Thousand And One Nights
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