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Read Erica Jong's Top 100 Twentieth Century Novels by Women


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Jong’s list is based on an informal survey she did of people on her mailing list: writers and scholars, more women than men. An interesting alternative list, given the relative lack of women on the Modern Library Top 100. Jong lists the books in order of those most frequently cited by her correspondents. Green I have, blue I’ve read.

Margaret Mitchell: 1. Gone With the Wind

Anne Rice: 2. Interview With the Vampire

Virginia Woolf: 3. To the Lighthouse

4. Mrs. Dalloway

5. The Waves

6. Orlando

Djuna Barnes: 7. Nightwood

Edith Wharton: 8. The House of Mirth

9. The Age of Innocence 10. Ethan Frome

Radclyffe Hall: 11. The Well of Loneliness

Nadine Gordimer: 12. Burger’s Daughter

Harriette Simpson Arnow: 13. The Dollmaker

Margaret Atwood: 14. The Handmaid’s Tale

Willa Cather: 15. My Antonia

Erica Jong: 16. Fear of Flying

17. Fanny

Joy Kogawa: 18. Obasan

Doris Lessing: 19. The Golden Notebook

20. The Fifth Child

21. The Grass Is Singing

Harper Lee: 22. To Kill a Mockingbird

Marge Piercy: 23. Woman on the Edge of Time

Jane Smiley: 24. A Thousand Acres

Lore Segal: 25. Her First American

Alice Walker: 26. The Color Purple

27. The Third Life of Grange Copeland

Marion Zimmer Bradley: 28. The Mists of Avalon

Muriel Spark: 29. Memento Mori

30. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Dorothy Allison: 31. Bastard Out of Carolina

Jean Rhys: 32. Wide Sargasso Sea

Susan Fromberg Shaeffer: 33. Anya

Cynthia Ozick: 34. Trust

Amy Tan: 35. The Joy Luck Club 36. The Kitchen God’s Wife

Ann Beattie: 37. Chilly Scenes of Winter

Zora Neale Hurston: 38. Their Eyes Were Watching God

Joan Didion: 39. A Book of Common Prayer 40. Play It as It Lays

Mary McCarthy: 41. The Group 42. The Company She Keeps

Grace Paley: 43. The Little Disturbances of Man

Sylvia Plath: 44. The Bell Jar

Carson McCullers: 45. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

Elizabeth Bowen: 46. The Death of the Heart

Flannery O’Connor: 47. Wise Blood

Mona Simpson: 48. Anywhere But Here

Toni Morrison: 49. Song of Solomon 50. Beloved

Stella Gibbons: 51. Cold Comfort Farm

Sylvia Townsend Warner: 52. Mr. Fortune’s Maggot

Katherine Anne Porter: 53. Ship of Fools

Laura Riding: 54. Progress of Stories

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala: 55. Heat and Dust

Penelope Fitzgerald: 56. The Blue Flower

Isabel Allende: 57. The House of the Spirits

A.S. Byatt: 58. Possession

Pat Barker: 59. The Ghost Road

Rita Mae Brown: 60. Rubyfruit Jungle

Anita Brookner: 61. Hotel du Lac

Angela Carter: 62. Nights at the Circus

Daphne Du Maurier: 63. Rebecca

Katherine Dunn: 64. Geek Love

Shirley Jackson: 65. We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Barbara Pym: 66. Excellent Women

Leslie Marmon Silko: 67. Ceremony

Anne Tyler: 68. Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant 69. The Accidental Tourist

Nancy Willard: 70. Things Invisible to See

Jeanette Winterson: 71. Sexing the Cherry

Lynne Sharon Schwartz: 72. Disturbances in the Field

Rosellen Brown: 73. Civil Wars

Harriet Doerr: 74. Stones for Ibarra

Jean Stafford: 75. The Mountain Lion

Stevie Smith: 76. Novel on Yellow Paper

E. Annie Proulx: 77. The Shipping News

Rebecca Goldstein: 78. The Mind-Body Problem

P.D. James: 79. The Children of Men

Ursula Hegi: 80. Stones From the River

Fay Weldon: 81. The Life and Loves of a She-Devil

Katherine Mansfield: 82. Collected Stories

Rebecca Harding Davis: 83. Life in the Iron Mills

Louise Erdrich: 84. The Beet Queen

Ursula K. Le Guin: 85. The Left Hand of Darkness

Edna O’Brien: 86. The Country Girls Trilogy

The Country Girls (1960)

The Lonely Girl (1962)

Girls in Their Married Bliss (1964)

Margaret Drabble: 87. Realms of Gold

88. The Waterfall

Dawn Powell: 89. The Locusts Have No King

Marilyn French: 90. The Women’s Room

Eudora Welty: 91. The Optimist’s Daughter

Carol Shields: 92. The Stone Diaries

Jamaica Kincaid: 93. Annie John

Tillie Olsen: 94. Tell Me a Riddle

Gertrude Stein: 95. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas

Iris Murdoch: 96. A Severed Head

Anita Desai: 97. Clear Light of Day

Alice Hoffman: 98. The Drowning Season

Sue Townsend: 99. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole

Penelope Mortimer: 100. The Pumpkin Eater8 years ago

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