Modern Library's Best NovelsI remembered that list well. When it came out I was in college and I used it to guide my book selections for a long time. Lawrence, Henry James, Graham Greene, and more. The first thing I noticed: no Toni Morrison. How could any list possibly exclude all of her books? The Best Novels list was pulled from a list of possible novels. Their stated goal was to get people talking about great works of literature, and of course to sell books.
Back Away From that 100 Best Novels List
To vote on existing books from the list, beside each book there is a link vote for this book clicking it will add that book to your votes. To vote on books not in the list or books you couldn't find in the list, you can click on the tab add books to this list and then choose from your books, or simply search. Discover new books on Goodreads. Sign in with Facebook Sign in options. Join Goodreads. I took exception with the Modern Library List as there are: 1 multiple entries for the same author, 2 only works written in English, and 3 glaring omissions. This is a work in progress.
To vote on existing books from the list, beside each book there is a link vote for this book clicking it will add that book to your votes. Discover new books on Goodreads. Sign in with Facebook Sign in options. Join Goodreads. List Challenge The average Goodreads member has read 20 out of books on this list — how many have you read? All Votes.
Skip to main content. Modern Library Best Novels. Only 15 left in stock more on the way. Stallcup Phoenix, Arizona United States. It seems odd that this is a largely forgotten or ignored book, especially because many American novels maintain some greater popularity and are frequently taught, not because they are especially great books, but because they offer a revealing portrait of their time. In the case of The Magnificent Ambersons, it is hard to think of many American novels that create a more fascinating portrait of their time in this case, America around the turn of the century and are equally well written. The book primarily traces the fortunes of the Amberson family as Midwestern America transitions from a rural, small-town society with certain seemingly permanent social distinctions based on land, tradition and "cultivation" a society based on who you are, i.