Classic Authors of the 20th Century—Primarily 1950-2000

AUTHOR

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Edward Abbey

The Monkeywrench Gang

James Agee

A Death in the Family

Jorge Amado

Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon

Kingsley Amis

Lucky Jim

James Baldwin

Go Tell It on the Mountain

Toni Cade Bambara

The Sea Birds Are Still Alive: Collected Stories

John Barth

The Floating Opera

Donald Barthelme

Sixty Stories

Samuel Beckett

Waiting for Godot (play)

Paul Bowles

The Sheltering Sky

Richard Brautigan

Dreaming of Babylon

Charles Bukowski

Ham on Rye

Anthony Burgess

A Clockwork Orange

William S. Burroughs

Naked Lunch

Italo Calvino

If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler

Truman Capote

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Angela Carter

Burning Your Boats: the Collected Short Stories

Raymond Carver

Where I’m Calling From: Selected Stories

Bruce Chatwin

The Songlines

John Cheever

The Stories of John Cheever

Laurie Colwin

Family Happiness

A.J. Cronin

Keys of the Kingdom

Roald Dahl

The Roald Dahl Omnibus

Robertson Davies

Fifth Business

James Dickey

Deliverance

Harriet Doerr

Stones for Ibarra

Michael Dorris

A Yellow Raft in Blue Water

Allen Drury

Advise and Consent

Lawrence Durrell

Justine

Ralph Ellison

Invisible Man

Penelope Fitzgerald

The Bookshop

Janet Frame

An Angel at My Table (biography)

William Gaddis

Agape Agape

Paul Gallico

Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris

John Gardner

October Light

Rumer Godden

In This House of Brede

William Golding

Lord of the Flies

Graham Greene

The Heart of the Matter

Alex Haley

Roots

Joseph Heller

Catch-22

Shirley Jackson

The Lottery; and Other Stories

James Jones

The Thin Red Line

Nikos Kazantzakis

Zorba the Greek

Jack Kerouac

On the Road

Ken Kesey

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Arthur Koestler

Darkness at Noon

Jerzy Kosinski

Being There

Primo Levi

The Periodic Table

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Gift from the Sea (nonfiction)

Norman Mailer

The Naked and the Dead

Bernard Malamud

The Assistant

William Maxwell

They Came Like Swallows

Mary McCarthy

The Group

Carson McCullers

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

James Michener

Chesapeake

Yukio Mishima

The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea

Nancy Mitford

The Pursuit of Love

Iris Murdoch

A Fairly Honourable Defeat

Vladimir Nabokov

Lolita

Anais Nin

A Spy in the House of Love

Flannery O’Connor

The Complete Stories

John O’Hara

Appointment in Samarra

Boris Pasternak

Doctor Zhivago

Alan Paton

Cry, the Beloved Country

Walker Percy

The Moviegoer

Katherine Anne Porter

Pale Horse, Pale Rider:: Three Short Novels

Chaim Potok

My Name is Asher Lev

Anthony Powell

A Dance to the Music of Time

V.S. Pritchett

Complete Collected Stories

Mario Puzo

The Godfather

Barbara Pym

Excellent Women

Mordecai Richler

Barney’s Version

Conrad Richter

The Trees

Henry Roth

Call It Sleep

J.D. Salinger

Catcher in the Rye

May Sarton

Journal of a Solitude (biography)

Paul Scott

The Jewel in the Crown

W.G. Sebald

The Emigrants

Mary Lee Settle

Blood Tie

Irwin Shaw

The Young Lions

Carol Shields

The Stone Diaries

Isaac Bashevis Singer

The Collected Stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer

Betty Smith

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

C.P. Snow

Strangers and Brothers

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Elizabeth Spencer

The Light in the Piazza

Wallace Stegner

Crossing to Safety

William Styron

Sophie’s Choice

Peter Taylor

A Summons to Memphis

Leon Uris

QB VII

Kurt Vonnegut

Slaughterhouse-five

Irving Wallace

The Word

Robert Penn Warren

All the King’s Men

Eudora Welty

The Ponder Heart

Mary Wesley

The Camomile Lawn

Patrick White

Voss

Elie Wiesel

Night

Tennessee Williams

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (play)

Herman Wouk

The Caine Mutiny