The McCaffery 100

Larry McCaffery’s list of the 100 best 20th century novels in English is meant to be an alternative to more mainstream ones like that of the Modern Library. He is more open to experimental works and SF, showing a wider view of what modern fiction has to offer. Covering the list has been a project of mine. Underlined  titles indicate ones I have read before starting the blog.You can also check the McCaffery 100 tag

Nabokov, PALE FIRE

Joyce, ULYSSES

Pynchon, GRAVITY’S RAINBOW

Coover, THE PUBLIC BURNING

Faulkner, THE SOUND AND THE FURY

Beckett, TRILOGY: MOLLOY, MALONE DIES, THE UNNAMABLE

Stein, THE MAKING OF THE AMERICANS

Burroughs, NOVA TRILOGY: THE SOFT MACHINE, NOVA EXPRESS, THE TICKET THAT EXPLODED

Nabokov, LOLITA

Joyce, FINNEGANS WAKE

Federman, TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT

Morrison, BELOVED

WrightGOING NATIVE

Lowery, UNDER THE VOLCANO

Gass, IN THE HEART OF THE HEART OF THE COUNTRY

Gaddis, JR

Ellison, INVISIBLE MAN

DeLillo, UNDERWORLD

Hemingway, THE SUN ALSO RISES

Joyce, A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN

Fitzgerald, THE GREAT GATSBY

James, THE AMBASSADORS

Lawrence, WOMEN IN LOVE

Barthelme, SIXTY STORIES

Vollmann, THE RIFLES

Gaddis, THE RECOGNITIONS

Conrad, HEART OF DARKNESS

Heller, CATCH 22

Orwell, NINETEEN EIGHTY FOUR

Hurston, THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD

Faulkner, ABSALOM! ABSALOM!

Delany, DHALGREN

Steinbeck, THE GRAPES OF WRATH

Ducornet, FOUR ELEMENTS TETROLOGY: THE STAIN, ENTERING FIRE, THE FOUNTAINS OF NEPTUNE, THE JADE CABINET

Gibson, CYBERSPACE TRILOGY: NEUROMANCER, COUNT ZERO, MONA LISA OVERDRIVE

Miller, TROPIC OF CANCER

McElroy, LOOKOUT CARTRIDGE

Ballard, CRASH

Rushdie, MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN

Barth, THE SOT-WEED FACTOR

Metcalf, GENOA

Huxley, BRAVE NEW WORLD

Forster, A PASSAGE TO INDIA

Federman, DOUBLE OR NOTHING

O’Brien, AT SWIM TWO BIRDS

McCarthy, BLOOD MERIDIAN

Hawkes, THE CANNIBAL

Wright, NATIVE SON

West, THE DAY OF THE LOCUST

Barnes, NIGHTWOOD

Robinson, HOUSEKEEPING

Vonnegut, SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE

DeLillo, LIBRA

O’Conner, WISE BLOOD

LeGuin, ALWAYS COMING HOME

Dos Passos, USA TRILOGY: THE 42ND PARALLEL, 1919, THE BIG MONEY

Lessing, THE GOLDEN NOTEBOOK

  1. it all keeps adding up…

Salinger, THE CATCHER IN THE RYE

Hammett, RED HARVEST

Carver, WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT LOVE

Joyce, DUBLINERS

Toomer, CANE

Wharton, THE HOUSE OF MIRTH

Hoban, RIDLEY WALKER

Eastlake, CHECKERBOARD TRILOGY: GO IN BEAUTY, THE BRONC PEOPLE, PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST WITH 26 HORSES

Elkin, THE FRANCHISER

Auster, NEW YORK TRILOGY: CITY OF GLASS, GHOSTS, THE LOCKED ROOM

Robbins, SKINNY LEGS AND ALL

Wallace, INFINITE JEST

  1. for the grunge bible tells me so
  2. infinite confessions
  3. the agony and the Xtasy
  4. like Starship Troopers but with tennis
  5. i see queen map hath been with you
  6. your (large, square) head asplode
  7. on being blue
  8. marijuancholia
  9. figurants traced in dope smoke

Marcus, THE AGE OF WIRE AND STRING

Mathews, TLOOTH

Coover, PRICKSONGS AND DESCANTS

Dick, THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE

Ellis, AMERICAN PSYCHO

Fowles, THE FRENCH LIEUTENANT’S WOMAN

Wolfe, BOOK OF THE NEW SUN TETROLOGY: THE SHADOW OF THE TORTURER, THE CLAW OF THE CONCILIATOR, THE SWORD OF LICTOR, THE CITADEL OF THE AUTARCH

Burgess, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE

Kennedy, ALBANY TRILOGY: LEGS, BILLY PHELAN’S GREATEST GAME, IRONWEED

Gass, THE TUNNEL

Gass, OMENSETTER’S LUCK

Bowles, THE SHELTERING SKY

Theroux, DARCANOVILLE’S CAT

Sukenick, UP

Reed, YELLOW BACK RADIO BROKE DOWN

Anderson, WINESBERG OHIO

Vollmann, YOU BRIGHT AND RISEN ANGELS

Mailer, THE NAKED AND THE DEAD

Coover, THE UNIVERSAL BASEBALL ASSOCIATION, J. HENRY WAUGH, PROP.

Katz, CREAMY AND DELICIOUS

Coetzee, WAITING FOR THE BARBARIANS

Sturgeon, MORE THAN HUMAN

Sorrentino, MULLIGAN STEW

Wolfe, LOOK HOMEWARD, ANGEL

Dreiser, AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY

Mooney, EASY TRAVELS TO OTHER PLANETS

Erickson, TOURS OF THE BLACK CLOCK

Acker, IN MEMORIUM TO IDENTITY

Delany, HOGG

 

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