My 100 Favorite Works of Literature

In chronological order.

1. The Odyssey, by Homer (8th Century BCE)
2. Oedipus Rex, by Sophocles (429 BCE)
3. Gargantua & Pantagruel, by François Rabelais (1532-1534)
4. Henry IV, Part 1, by William Shakespeare (1597)
5. Hamlet, by William Shakespeare (1603)
6. Macbeth, by William Shakespeare (1606)
7. Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes (1605, 1615)
8. Gulliver’s Travels, by Jonathan Swift (1726)
9. A Treatise of Human Nature, by David Hume (1740)
10. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, by Laurence Sterne (1760)
11. Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen (1813)
12. Emma, by Jane Austen (1815)
13. The Voyage of the Beagle, by Charles Darwin (1839)
14. The Overcoat and Other Stories, by Nikolai Gogol (1842)
15. Tales, by Edgar Allen Poe (1843)
16. Cousin Bette, by Honoré de Balzac (1846)
17. Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte (1847)
18. Moby Dick, by Herman Melville (1851)
19. Tales, by Nathaniel Hawthorne (1837, 1846, 1852)
20. Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whitman (1855)
21. The Origin of Species, by Charles Darwin (1859)
22. Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens (1861)
23. Fathers and Sons, by Ivan Turgenev (1862)
24. Crime & Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky (1866)
25. Middlemarch, by George Eliot (1871)
26. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain (1884)
27. Beyond Good and Evil, by Frederick Nietzsche (1886)
28. The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde (1895)
29. Jude The Obscure, by Thomas Hardy (1895)
30. Lord Jim, by Joseph Conrad (1899)
31. The Wings of the Dove, by Henry James (1902)
32. The Golden Bowl, by Henry James (1904)
33. Nostromo, by Joseph Conrad (1904)
34. The House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton (1905)
35. Sons and Lovers, by D.H. Lawrence (1913)
36. Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, by Ludwig Wittgenstein (1918)
37. Ulysses, by James Joyce (1922)
38. The Magic Mountain, by Thomas Mann (1924)
39. The Trial, by Franz Kafka (1925)
40. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925)
41. Mrs. Dalloway, by Virginia Woolf (1925)
42. The Castle, by Franz Kafka (1926)
43. The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway (1926)
44. Seven Pillars of Wisdom, by T.E. Lawrence (1926)
45. Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather (1927)
46. To the Lighthouse, by Virginia Woolf (1927)
47. The Sound and the Fury, by William Faulkner (1929)
48. Selected Poems, by T.S. Eliot (1934)
49. A Handful of Dust, by Evelyn Waugh (1934)
50. U.S.A., by John Dos Passos (1930-1936)
51. Absalom, Absalom, by William Faulkner (1936)
52. Nausea, by Jean-Paul Sartre (1938)
53. At Swim-Two-Birds, by Flann O’Brien (1939)
54. The Glass Bead Game, by Herman Hesse (1943)
55. Under the Volcano, by Malcolm Lowry (1947)
56. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger (1951)
57. Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison (1952)
58. Three Novels: Molloy, Molone Dies, The Unnameable, by Samuel Beckett (1951-1953)
59. Waiting for Godot, by Samuel Beckett (1953)
60. A Woman in Berlin, by Marta Hillers (1954)
61. Lord of the Flies, by William Golding (1954)
62. Lucky Jim, by Kingsley Amis (1954)
63. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkein (1956)
64. Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov (1955)
65. The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956, by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1958)
66. The Tin Drum, by Günter Grass (1959)
67. The Alexandria Quartet, by Lawrence Durrell (1957-1960)
68. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, by William L. Shirer (1960)
69. Catch-22, by Joseph Heller (1961)
70. Labyrinths, by Jorge Luis Borges (1962)
71. V., by Thomas Pynchon (1963)
72. Cat’s Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut (1963)
73. Giles Goat Boy, by John Barth (1966)
74. One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Márquez (1967)
75. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, by Tom Wolfe (1967)
76. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, by Hunter Thompson (1971)
77. A Theory of Justice, by John Rawls (1971)
78. Complete Poems 1904-1962, by E.E. Cummings (1972)
79. Gravity’s Rainbow, by Thomas Pynchon (1973)
80. Breakfast of Champions, by Kurt Vonnegut (1973)
81. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, by Robert Pirsig (1974)
82. The Selfish Gene, by Richard Dawkins (1976)
83. The Stories of John Cheever, by John Cheever (1978)
84. A People’s History of the United States, by Howard Zinn (1980)
85. Midnight’s Children, by Salman Rushdie (1981)
86. White Noise, by Don DeLillo (1985)
87. A Short History of the Movies, by Gerald Mast (1986)
88. World’s End, by T.C. Boyle (1987)
89. Beloved, by Toni Morrison (1987)
90. And the Band Played On, by Randy Shilts (1987)
91. Where I’m Calling From, by Raymond Carver (1988)
92. Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-1963, by Taylor Branch (1988)
93. Infinite Jest, by David Foster Wallace (1996)
94. The God of Small Things, by Arundhati Roy (1997)
95. American Pastoral, by Philip Roth (1997)
96. We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families, by Philip Gourevitch (1998)
97. Life, by Richard Fortey (1998)
98. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, by Dave Eggers (2000)
99. Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides (2002)
100. The Omnivore’s Dilemma, by Michael Pollan (2006)

4 thoughts on “My 100 Favorite Works of Literature

  1. Darrick

    Hello, long-time fan of the lists you make, I enjoy making lists myself and I’ve been working on a top 100 favorite works of literature. I noticed we have a large majority of similarities between your list and mine and I noticed something that made me wonder. Have you read any novels by Jules Verne? He has so many spectacular stories. Once again, love the lists, keep it up.

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    1. beckchris

      Darrick: Thanks for the feedback. I’d love to see your list! Love Jules Verne: I’ve read 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Journey to the Center of the Earth, and From the Earth to the Moon, although I must admit it was many years ago.

      John B.

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