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101 Great Books Series: Part 2 by Umair Mirxa

While the first list spanned nearly four millennia, the second list of 101 Great Books is spread over a mere four decades, at 44 years. The time it takes to travel from one great work of literature to the next is no longer measured in centuries or decades but in short months, quickly passed.

In the list that follows, you will find the works of such greats as Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, Hardy, Verne, Wilde, James, Joyce, and Conan Doyle.

Click here for the first part of this series: 101 Great Books – from 2100 BCE to 1871 CE  

  1. Around the World in Eighty Days – Jules Verne – 1872
  2. Under the Greenwood Tree – Thomas Hardy – 1872
  3. Torrents of Spring – Ivan Turgenev – 1872
  4. A Pair of Blue Eyes – Thomas Hardy – 1873
  5. Far From the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy – 1874
  6. The Mysterious Island – Jules Verne – 1874
  7. The Way We Live Now – Anthony Trollope – 1875
  8. Daniel Deronda – George Eliot – 1876
  9. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – Mark Twain – 1876
  10. Black Beauty – Anna Sewell – 1877
  11. The American – Henry James – 1877
  12. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy – 1878
  13. The Return of the Native – Thomas Hardy – 1878
  14. Ben-Hur – Lew Wallace – 1880
  15. The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoyevsky – 1880
  16. Heidi – Johanna Spyri – 1881
  17. The Portrait of a Lady – Henry James – 1881
  18. The Prince and the Pauper – Mark Twain – 1881
  19. Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson – 1882
  20. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood – Howard Pyle – 1883
  21. Pinocchio – Carlo Collodi – 1883
  22. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain – 1884
  23. King Solomon’s Mines – H. Rider Haggard – 1885
  24. Germinal – Émile Zola – 1885
  25. Jo’s Boys – Louisa May Alcott – 1886

Click here for the third part of this series: 101 Great Books – from 1917 to 1952

  1. Kidnapped – Robert Louis Stevenson – 1886
  2. The Death of Ivan Ilych – Leo Tolstoy – 1886
  3. The Mayor of Casterbridge – Thomas Hardy – 1886
  4. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson – 1886
  5. The Bostonians – Henry James – 1886
  6. Little Lord Fauntleroy – Frances Hodgson Burnett – 1886
  7. A Study in Scarlet – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – 1887
  8. The Woodlanders – Thomas Hardy – 1887
  9. Allan Quatermain – H. Rider Haggard – 1887
  10. The Canterville Ghost – Oscar Wilde – 1887
  11. The Black Arrow – Robert Louis Stevenson – 1888
  12. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court – Mark Twain – 1889
  13. Three Men in a Boat – Jerome K. Jerome – 1889
  14. Hunger – Knut Hamsun – 1890
  15. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde – 1890
  16. The Sign of the Four – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – 1890
  17. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy – 1891
  18. The Turn of the Screw – Henry James – 1891
  19. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – 1892
  20. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – 1894
  21. The Prisoner of Zenda – Anthony Hope – 1894
  22. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy – 1895
  23. The Red Badge of Courage – Stephen Crane – 1895
  24. The Time Machine – H.G. Wells – 1895
  25. The Island of Dr. Moreau – H.G. Wells – 1896

Click here for the fourth part of this series: 101 Great Books – from 1953 to 1976

  1. Dracula – Bram Stoker – 1897
  2. The Invisible Man – H.G. Wells – 1897
  3. Moonfleet – John Meade Falkner – 1898
  4. The War of the Worlds – H.G. Wells – 1898
  5. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad – 1899
  6. The Awakening – Kate Chopin – 1899
  7. Umrao Jaan Ada – Mirza Hadi Ruswa – 1899
  8. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – L. Frank Baum – 1900
  9. Lord Jim – Joseph Conrad – 1900
  10. Sister Carrie – Theodore Dreiser – 1900
  11. The Wings of the Dove – Henry James – 1901
  12. The Hound of the Baskervilles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – 1902
  13. The Wings of the Dove – Henry James – 1902
  14. The Ambassadors – Henry James – 1903
  15. The Call of the Wild – Jack London – 1903
  16. The Story of King Arthur and His Knights – Howard Pyle – 1903
  17. The Way of All Flesh – Samuel Butler – 1903
  18. Peter Pan – J.M. Barrie – 1904
  19. Nostromo – Joseph Conrad – 1904
  20. The Golden Bowl – Henry James – 1904
  21. The Sea Wolf – Jack London – 1904
  22. A Little Princess – Frances Hodgson Burnett – 1905
  23. The House of Mirth – Edith Wharton – 1905
  24. The Return of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – 1905
  25. The Scarlet Pimpernel – Baroness Orczy – 1905

Click here for the fifth part of this series: 101 Great Books – from 1977 to 1999

  1. The Jungle – Upton Sinclair – 1906
  2. The Railway Children – E. Nesbit – 1906
  3. White Fang – Jack London – 1906
  4. The Secret Agent – Joseph Conrad – 1907
  5. A Room with a View – E.M. Forster – 1908
  6. Anne of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery – 1908
  7. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame – 1908
  8. Anne of Avonlea – L.M. Montgomery – 1909
  9. The Phantom of the Opera – Gaston Leroux – 1909
  10. Howards End – E.M. Forster – 1910
  11. Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton – 1911
  12. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett – 1911
  13. Tarzan of the Apes – Edgar Rice Burroughs – 1912
  14. In Search of Lost Time – Marcel Proust – 1913
  15. O Pioneers! – Willa Cather – 1913
  16. Sons and Lovers – D.H. Lawrence – 1913
  17. Dubliners – James Joyce – 1914
  18. Of Human Bondage – W. Somerset Maugham – 1915
  19. The Good Soldier – Ford Madox Ford – 1915
  20. The Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka – 1915
  21. The Rainbow – D.H. Lawrence – 1915
  22. The Song of the Lark – Willa Cather – 1915
  23. The Voyage Out – Virginia Woolf – 1915
  24. Victory – Joseph Conrad – 1915
  25. The Valley of Fear – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – 1915
  26. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce – 1916

Click here for the sixth part of this series: 101 Great Books – from 2000 to 2017

 

Have I missed a book which should be on the list? Do you think there is a better option from the time period which deserves to be on this list?

Let me know what you think in the comments section below.


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