New York Times Book ListsThe book -- in which an immensely long account of a single day in the lives of a group of Dubliners becomes a metaphor for the human condition and the author experiments with language almost to the point of unintelligibility -- heads the list of novels drawn up by the editorial board of Modern Library, which has been publishing classic English-language literature at affordable prices since and is now a division of Random House. The list is to be released on Friday at a workshop for young publishers known as the Radcliffe Publishing Course at Radcliffe College of Harvard University. Schlesinger Jr. Woolsey, who called the book ''a sincere and serious attempt to devise a new literary method for the observation and description of mankind. Scott Fitzgerald's magical tale of romance, mystery and violence among rich Long Island socialites in the 's; another work by Joyce, ''A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man,'' his autobiographical account of a young man's intellectual awakening''; ''Lolita,'' Vladimir Nabokov's tale of the aging Humbert Humbert's doomed passion for the nymphet Dolores Haze, and ''Brave New World,'' Aldous Huxley's satirical horror tale of a civilization where humans are literally made to order. These five novels originally tied for first place, with each winning the support of 9 of the editorial board's 10 members.
The 100 greatest novels of all time: The list
This list represents books reviewed since Dec. By Omar El Akkad. This haunting debut novel imagines the events that lead up to and follow the Second American Civil War at the turn of the 22nd century. By Elizabeth Strout. This audacious novel is about small-town characters struggling to make sense of past family traumas.
How We Picked the List
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In May, Time. Just ask our theater critic, Richard Zoglin. For the books project, Grossman and I each began by drawing up inventories of our nominees. Once we traded notes, it turned out that more than 80 of our separately chosen titles matched. Even some of the less well-known ones, like At-Swim Two Birds. We decided then that we would more or less divide the remaining slots between us. That would allow each of us to include books that the other might not have chosen.
The 12th book in the Virgil Flowers series. A fight between university departments turns deadly. A young man who was gifted with a mysterious power becomes part of a war between slavers and the enslaved. Children with special talents are abducted and sequestered in an institution where the sinister staff seeks to extract their gifts through harsh methods. In a quiet town on the North Carolina coast in , a young woman who survived alone in the marsh becomes a murder suspect. A sibling relationship is impacted when the family goes from poverty to wealth and back again over the course of many decades. The MSNBC host argues that the global oil and gas industry has weakened democracies and bolstered authoritarians.