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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Modern Library's 100 Best Novels is a 1998 list of the best English-language novels published during the 20th century,Template:Efn as selected by Modern Library from among 400 novels published by Random House, which owns Modern Library. The purpose of the list was to "bring the Modern Library to public attention" and stimulate sales of its books. A separate Modern Library 100 Best Nonfiction list of the 100 best non-fiction books of the 20th century was created the same year.

Editors' list

During early 1998, the Modern Library polled its editorial board to find their opinions of the best 100 novels. The board of review consisted of Daniel J. Boorstin, A. S. Byatt, Christopher Cerf, Shelby Foote, Vartan Gregorian, Edmund Morris, John Richardson, Arthur Schlesinger Jr., William Styron and Gore Vidal. All but Gregorian were published by Random House or an affiliate.

Ulysses by James Joyce topped the list, followed by F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. The most recent novel in the list is William Kennedy's Ironweed, published during 1983; the oldest is The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler, which was written between 1873 and 1884, but not published until 1902. Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, serialized in 1899, is the only novel published in the 19th century; it was later republished in book form during 1902. Conrad has four novels on the list, the most of any author. William Faulkner, E. M. Forster, Henry James, James Joyce, D. H. Lawrence, and Evelyn Waugh each have three novels. There are ten other authors with two novels.

The following table shows the top ten novels from the editors' list:

# Year Title Author
1 1922 Ulysses Template:Sortname
2 1925 The Great Gatsby Template:Sortname
3 1916 A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man Template:Sortname
4 1955 Lolita Template:Sortname
5 1932 Brave New World Template:Sortname
6 1929 The Sound and the Fury Template:Sortname
7 1961 Catch-22 Template:Sortname
8 1940 Darkness at Noon Template:Sortname
9 1913 Sons and Lovers Template:Sortname
10 1939 The Grapes of Wrath Template:Sortname

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