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101 Great Books Series: Part 3 by Umair Mirxa

The third list in this series of 101 Great Books spans 35 years. It is the era of Joyce and Woolf, Faulkner and Steinbeck, and Hemingway and Fitzgerald. It is during these years that we were blessed with such legendary works of literature as Ulysses, The Hobbit, The Catcher in the Rye, The Great Gatsby, and The Little Prince.

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

  1. His Last Bow – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – 1917
  2. Growth of the Soil – Knut Hamsun – 1917
  3. My Ántonia – Willa Cather – 1918
  4. Main Street – Sinclair Lewis – 1920
  5. The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton – 1920
  6. This Side of Paradise – F. Scott Fitzgerald – 1920
  7. Women in Love – D.H. Lawrence – 1920
  8. Babbitt – Sinclair Lewis – 1922
  9. Jacob’s Room – Virginia Woolf – 1922
  10. One of Ours – Willa Cather – 1922
  11. Siddhartha – Hermann Hesse – 1922
  12. The Beautiful and the Damned – F. Scott Fitzgerald – 1922
  13. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – F. Scott Fitzgerald – 1922
  14. The Velveteen Rabbit – Margery Williams Bianco – 1922
  15. Ulysses – James Joyce – 1922
  16. Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf – 1923
  17. Bambi, a Life in the Woods – Felix Salten – 1923
  18. A Passage to India – E.M. Forster – 1924
  19. Billy Budd, Sailor – Herman Melville – 1924
  20. An American Tragedy – Theodore Dreiser – 1925
  21. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald – 1925
  22. The Trial – Franz Kafka – 1925
  23. The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway – 1926
  24. Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne – 1926
  25. Death Comes for the Archbishop – Willa Cather – 1927

Click here for the second part of this series: 101 Great Books – from 1872 to 1916

  1. The Bridge of San Luis Rey – Thornton Wilder – 1927
  2. To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf – 1927
  3. The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes – 1927
  4. Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D.H. Lawrence – 1928
  5. Orlando – Virginia Woolf – 1928
  6. Point Counter Point – Aldous Huxley – 1928
  7. A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway – 1929
  8. A Room of One’s Own – Virginia Woolf – 1929
  9. All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque – 1929
  10. The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner – 1929
  11. As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner – 1930
  12. The Maltese Falcon – Dashiel Hammett – 1930
  13. The Good Earth – Pearl S. Buck – 1931
  14. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley – 1932
  15. Light in August – William Faulkner – 1932
  16. Tender is the Night – F. Scott Fitzgerald – 1933
  17. Appointment In Samarra – John O’Hara – 1934
  18. I, Claudius – Robert Graves – 1934
  19. Murder on the Orient Express – Agatha Christie – 1934
  20. The Postman Always Rings Twice – James M. Cain – 1934
  21. Tropic of Cancer – Henry Miller – 1934
  22. It Can’t Happen Here – Sinclair Lewis – 1935
  23. Absalom, Absalom! – William Faulkner – 1936
  24. Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell – 1936
  25. Three Comrades – Erich Maria Remarque – 1936

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

  1. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck – 1937
  2. Journey by Moonlight – Antal Szerb – 1937
  3. Rickshaw Boy – Lao She – 1937
  4. The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien – 1937
  5. Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston – 1937
  6. Alamut – Vladimir Bartol – 1938
  7. Nausea – Jean-Paul Sartre – 1938
  8. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier – 1938
  9. Scoop – Evelyn Waugh – 1938
  10. The Sword in the Stone – T.H. White – 1938
  11. And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie – 1939
  12. Finnegans Wake – James Joyce – 1939
  13. The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler – 1939
  14. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck – 1939
  15. The Right Hand of the Grand Master – Konstantine Gamsakhurdia – 1939
  16. Darkness at Noon – Arthur Koestler – 1940
  17. For Whom the Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway – 1940
  18. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter – Carson McCullers – 1940
  19. The Tartar Steppe – Dino Buzzati – 1940
  20. The Adventures of Superman – George Lowther – 1942
  21. The Stranger – Albert Camus – 1942
  22. Ten Years of Marriage – Su Qing – 1943
  23. The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand – 1943
  24. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – 1943
  25. Earth and High Heaven – Gwethalyn Graham – 1944

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

  1. Animal Farm – George Orwell – 1945
  2. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh – 1945
  3. The Egyptian – Mika Waltari – 1945
  4. The Tin Flute – Gabrielle Roy – 1945
  5. All the King’s Men – Robert Penn Warren – 1946
  6. Zorba the Greek – Nikos Kazantzakis – 1946
  7. Doctor Faustus – Thomas Mann – 1947
  8. The Pearl – John Steinbeck – 1947
  9. The Plague – Albert Camus – 1947
  10. Under the Volcano – Malcolm Lowry – 1947
  11. Cry, the Beloved Country – Alan Paton – 1948
  12. The Heart of the Matter – Graham Greene – 1948
  13. The Ides of March – Thornton Wilder – 1948
  14. The Naked and the Dead – Norman Mailer – 1948
  15. Confessions of a Mask – Yukio Mishima – 1949
  16. Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell – 1949
  17. The Beginning and the End – Naguib Mahfouz – 1950
  18. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis – 1950
  19. Fires on the Plain – Ooka Shohei – 1951
  20. Memoirs of Hadrian – Marguerite Yourcenar – 1951
  21. The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger – 1951
  22. The Daughter of Time – Josephine Tey – 1951
  23. Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White
  24. East of Eden – John Steinbeck – 1952
  25. Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison – 1952
  26. The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway – 1952

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

Honorable Mentions
  • Farmer Giles of Ham – J.R.R. Tolkien – 1949
  • My Cousin Rachel – Daphne du Maurier – 1951
  • Prince Caspian – C.S. Lewis – 1951
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – C.S. Lewis – 1952

Which book[s] would you add to this list? Which would you see removed? Let me know in the comments section below.


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