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Top 100 Novels Of The 20th Century

According to the ALA, at least 42 of the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century have been the target of ban attempts. Here they are:

The titles in bold represent banned or challenged books.

(Those with ** next to them are books I have read. I plan to work on the list over time.)

1. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald **
2. Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger **
3. The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck **
4. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee **
5. The Color Purple, Alice Walker **
6. Ulysses, James Joyce
7. Beloved, Toni Morrison **
8. The Lord of the Flies, William Golding **
9. 1984, George Orwell **

10. The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner
11. Lolita, Vladmir Nabokov **
12. Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck **

13. Charlotte’s Web, EB White **
14. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce
15. Catch-22, Joseph Heller **
16. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley **

17. Animal Farm, George Orwell **
18. The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway **
19. As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner
20. A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway **
21. Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad

22. Winnie-the-Pooh, AA Milne **
23. Their Eyes were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston **
24. Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison **
25. Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison **
26. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell **
27. Native Son, Richard Wright **
28. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey **
29. Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut **
30. For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway **

31. On the Road, Jack Kerouac
32. The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway **
33. The Call of the Wild, Jack London **
34. To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
35. Portrait of a Lady, Henry James
36. Go Tell it on the Mountain, James Baldwin **
37. The World According to Garp, John Irving **
38. All the King’s Men, Robert Penn Warren
39. A Room with a View , EM Forster
40. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
41. Schindler’s List, Thomas Keneally
42. The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton
43. The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand
44. Finnegans Wake, James Joyce
45. The Jungle, Upton Sinclair **
46. Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf
47. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Frank L. Baum **
48. Lady Chatterley’s Lover, DH Lawrence
49. A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess **

50. The Awakening, Kate Chopin **
51. My Antonia, Willa Cather **
52. Howard’s End, EM Forster
53. In Cold Blood, Truman Capote **
54. Franny and Zooey, JD Salinger **
55. Satanic Verses, Salman Rushdie
56. Jazz, Toni Morrison
57. Sophie’s Choice, William Styron **
58. Absalom, Absalom!, William Faulkner
59. Passage to India, EM Forster
60. Ethan Frome, Edith Wharton **
61. A Good Man is Hard to Find, Flannery O’Connor **
62. Tender is the Night, F. Scott Fitzgerald
63. Orlando, Virginia Woolf
64. Sons and Lovers, DH Lawrence
65. Bonfire of the Vanities, Thomas Wolfe **
66. Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut **
67. A Separate Peace, John Knowles **

68. Light in August, William Faulkner
69. The Wings of the Dove, Henry James
70. Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
71. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
72. A Hithchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams **
73. Naked Lunch, William S. Burroughs
74. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
75. Women in Love, DH Lawrence
76. Look Homeward, Angel, Thomas Wolfe
77. In Our Time, Ernest Hemingway
78. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, Gertrude Stein
79. The Maltese Falcon, Dashiell Hammett
80. The Naked and the Dead, Norman Mailer
81. The Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys
82. White Noise, Don DeLillo **
83. O Pioneers!, Willa Cather **
84. Tropic of Cancer, Henry Miller **
85. The War of the Worlds, HG Wells
86. Lord Jim, Joseph Conrad
87. The Bostonians, Henry James
88. An American Tragedy, Theodore Dreiser **
89. Death Comes for the Archbishop, Willa Cather
90. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame **
91. This Side of Paradise, F. Scott Fitzgerald
92. Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand
93. The French Lieutenant’s Woman, John Fowles **
94. Babbitt, Sinclair Lewis **
95. Kim, Rudyard Kipling
96. The Beautiful and the Damned, F. Scott Fitzgerald
97. Rabbit, Run, John Updike
98. Where Angels Fear to Tread, EM Forster
99. Main Street, Sinclair Lewis
100. Midnight’s Children , Salman Rushdie

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