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The Complete List
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A - B
The Adventures of Augie March
Saul Bellow

All the King's Men
Robert Penn Warren
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American Pastoral
Philip Roth
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An American Tragedy
Theodore Dreiser

Animal Farm
George Orwell
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Appointment in Samarra
John O'Hara
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Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret
Judy Blume

The Assistant
Bernard Malamud
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At Swim-Two-Birds
Flann O'Brien

Atonement
Ian McEwan
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Beloved
Toni Morrison
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The Berlin Stories
Christopher Isherwood
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The Big Sleep
Raymond Chandler
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The Blind Assassin
Margaret Atwood
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Blood Meridian
Cormac McCarthy

Brideshead Revisited
Evelyn Waugh
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The Bridge of San Luis Rey
Thornton Wilder
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C - D
Call It Sleep
Henry Roth
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Catch-22
Joseph Heller
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The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger
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A Clockwork Orange
Anthony Burgess
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The Confessions of Nat Turner
William Styron
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The Corrections
Jonathan Franzen
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The Crying of Lot 49
Thomas Pynchon
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A Dance to the Music of Time
Anthony Powell
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The Day of the Locust
Nathanael West
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Death Comes for the Archbishop
Willa Cather

A Death in the Family
James Agee

The Death of the Heart
Elizabeth Bowen
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Deliverance
James Dickey
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Dog Soldiers
Robert Stone
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F - G
Falconer
John Cheever
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The French Lieutenant's Woman
John Fowles
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The Golden Notebook
Doris Lessing
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Go Tell it on the Mountain
James Baldwin
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Gone With the Wind
Margaret Mitchell
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The Grapes of Wrath
John Steinbeck
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Gravity's Rainbow
Thomas Pynchon
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The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald
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H - I
A Handful of Dust
Evelyn Waugh
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The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter
Carson McCullers
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The Heart of the Matter
Graham Greene

Herzog
Saul Bellow
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Housekeeping
Marilynne Robinson
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A House for Mr. Biswas
V.S. Naipaul
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I, Claudius
Robert Graves
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Infinite Jest
David Foster Wallace
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Invisible Man
Ralph Ellison
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L - N
Light in August
William Faulkner
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The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
C.S. Lewis

Lolita
Vladimir Nabokov
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Lord of the Flies
William Golding

The Lord of the Rings
J.R.R. Tolkien
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Loving
Henry Green
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Lucky Jim
Kingsley Amis
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The Man Who Loved Children
Christina Stead
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Midnight's Children
Salman Rushdie

Money
Martin Amis
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The Moviegoer
Walker Percy
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Mrs. Dalloway
Virginia Woolf

Naked Lunch
William Burroughs
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Native Son
Richard Wright
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Neuromancer
William Gibson

Never Let Me Go
Kazuo Ishiguro
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1984
George Orwell
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O - R
On the Road
Jack Kerouac
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Ken Kesey
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The Painted Bird
Jerzy Kosinski

Pale Fire
Vladimir Nabokov
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A Passage to India
E.M. Forster

Play It As It Lays
Joan Didion

Portnoy's Complaint
Philip Roth
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Possession
A.S. Byatt
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The Power and the Glory
Graham Greene

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Muriel Spark
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Rabbit, Run
John Updike
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Ragtime
E.L. Doctorow
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The Recognitions
William Gaddis
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Red Harvest
Dashiell Hammett

Revolutionary Road
Richard Yates

S - T
The Sheltering Sky
Paul Bowles
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Slaughterhouse-Five
Kurt Vonnegut
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Snow Crash
Neal Stephenson

The Sot-Weed Factor
John Barth

The Sound and the Fury
William Faulkner

The Sportswriter
Richard Ford
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The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
John le Carre
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The Sun Also Rises
Ernest Hemingway
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Their Eyes Were Watching God
Zora Neale Hurston
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Things Fall Apart
Chinua Achebe

To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee
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To the Lighthouse
Virginia Woolf
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Tropic of Cancer
Henry Miller
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U - W
Ubik
Philip K. Dick

Under the Net
Iris Murdoch

Under the Volcano
Malcolm Lowry
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Watchmen
Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons

White Noise
Don DeLillo
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White Teeth
Zadie Smith
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Wide Sargasso Sea
Jean Rhys


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