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Stole this list from Amy from Luton. Thank you. What a great list. Did Donald Barthelme give this out at some course he taught? Where did this come from? Here’s the list (green, I own; blue, I’ve read previously; red, I’ve read since starting):

1. At Swim Two Birds – Flann O’Brien

2. The Third Policeman – Flann O’Brien

3. Collected Short Stories – Isaac Babel

4. Labyrinths – Borges
5. Other Inquisitions – Borges
6. One Hundred Years Of Solitude – Garcia Marquez
7. Correction – Thomas Bernhard
8. Nog – Rudy Wurlitzer
9. Gimpel The Fool – Isaac B. Singer

10. The Assistant – Bernard Malamud

11. The Magic Barrel – Bernard Malamud

12. Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison

13. Under The Volcano – Malcom Lowry
14. Entire – Samuel Beckett
15. Hunger – Knut Hamsun

16. I’m Not Stiller – Max Frisch

17. Man In The Holocene – Max Frisch

18. Seven Gothic Tales – Dinesen
19. Gogol’s Wife – Tommaso Landolfi
20. V – Thomas Pynchon
21. The Lime Twig – John Hawkes

22. Blood Oranges – John Hawkes

23. Little Disturbances Of Man – Grace Paley

24. I, Etc., – Susan Sontag

25. Tell Me A Riddle – Tillie Olson

26. Hero With A Thousand Faces – Campbell

27. Henderson The Rain King – Bellow

28. The Coup – John Updike

29. Rabbit, Run – John Updike
30. The Paris Review Interviews – Various
31. How We Live – ed, Rust Hills
32. Superfiction – ed, Joe David Bellamy
33. Pushcart Prize Anthologies (no specific years given!)
The Pushcart Prize V

The Pushcart Prize IX

The Pushcart Prize XXV
34. The Writer On Her Work – ed, Sternburg
35. Manifestos Of Surrealism – Andre Breton
36. Documents Of Modern Art – ed, Motherwell
37. Against Interpretation – Susan Sontag
38. A Homemade World – Hugh Kenner
39. Letters – Flaubert

40. Sexual Perversity In Chicago – Mamet
41. The Changeling – Joy Williams
42. The New Fiction – ed, Joe David Bellamy
43. Going After Cacciato -Tim O’Brien

44. The Palm-Wine Drunkard – Amos Tutola

45. Searching For Caleb – Ann Tyler
46. Thank You – Kenneth Koch
47. Collected Poems – Frank O’Hara
48. Rivers And Mountains – John Ashbery
49. Tragic Magic – Wesley Brown

50. Mythologies – Roland Barthes
51. The Pleasure Of The Text – Barthes
52. For A New Novel – Robbe-Grillet

53. Falling In Place – Ann Beattie

54. In The Heart Of The Heart Of The Country – William Gass

55. Fiction And The Figures Of Life – Gass

56. The World Within The Word – Gass

57. Advertisements For Myself – Mailer

58. A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess

59. Journey To The End Of The Night – Celine

60. The Box Man – Kobo Abe

61. Invisible Cities – Italo Calvino

62. A Sorrow Beyond Dreams – Peter Handke

63. Kaspar And Other Plays – Peter Handke

64. Nadja – Andre Breton

65. Chimera – John Barth
66. Lost In The Funhouse – John Barth
67. The Moviegoer – Walker Percy

68. Black Tickets – Jayne Anne Phillips

69. Collected Stories – Peter Taylor

70. The Pure And The Impure – Colette
71. Will You Please Be Quiet, Please – Carver
72. Collected Stories – John Cheever
73. I Would Have Saved Them If I Could – Leonard Michaels
74. Collected Stories – Eudora Welty
75. The Oranging Of America – Max Apple
76. Collected Stories – Flannery O’Connor
77. Mumbo Jumbo – Ishmael Reed

78. Song Of Solomon – Toni Morrison

79. The Death Of Artemio Cruz – Carlos Fuentes

80. The Book Of Laughter And Forgetting – Milan Kundera

81. The Rhetoric Of Fiction – Wayne C. Booth

P.S. The lists must stop! 8 years ago


Tikabelle 2 years ago


luxperpetuawell, at least i've done a tiny bit of reading.

okay, tallying up what’s happened in the last couple o’ years, it appears i am at 17/81. there are a couple of things i’ve read so long ago i don’t remember them, or half-read, so i left them off.

personal ratings of what i’ve already read, continued:

1. V – Thomas Pynchon B
2. The Lime Twig – John Hawkes B
3. Rabbit, Run – John Updike B
4. Going After Cacciato – Tim O’Brien B+
5. A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess A
6. Invisible Cities – Italo Calvino A+
7. Chimera – John Barth B
8. I Would Have Saved Them If I Could – Leonard Michaels A+
9. Collected Stories – Flannery O’Connor A+
10. Nog – Rudy Wurlitzer B
11. At Swim-Two-Birds – Flann O’Brien A-
12. The Third Policeman – Flann O’Brien A
13. Invisible Man – Ellison A+ (probably the best American novel of the 20th c.)
14. In the Heart of the Heart of the Country – Gass B+
15. The Moviegoer – Percy A
16. Mumbo Jumbo – Ishmael Reed A-
17. A Homemade World – Kenner B (haha, read this for quals) 3 years ago


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