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Erica Jong's 100 best Women Writer booksModern Library's top 100 novels of the 20th century
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12 green and 4 blue17 green and 12 blue
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Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell1. Ulysses by James Joyce
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Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf3. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
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Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf4. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
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The Waves by Virginia Woolf5. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
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Orlando by Virginia Woolf6. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
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Nightwood by Djuna Barnes7. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
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The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton8. Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler
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The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton9. Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence
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Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton10. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
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The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall11. Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry
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Burger's Daughter by Nadine Gordimer12. The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler
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The Dollmaker by Harriette Simpson Arnow13. 1984 by George Orwell
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The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood14. I, Claudius by Robert Graves
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My Ántonia by Willa Cather15. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
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Fear of Flying by Erica Jong (reviewed here)16. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
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Fanny by Erica Jong17. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
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Obasan by Joy Kogawa18. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
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The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing19. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
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The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing20. Native Son by Richard Wright
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The Grass Is Singing by Doris Lessing21. Henderson the Rain King by Saul Bellow
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee22. Appointment in Samarra by John O’Hara
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Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy23. U.S.A. (trilogy) by John Dos Passos
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A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley24. Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
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Her First American by Lore Segal25. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
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The Color Purple by Alice Walker26. The Wings of the Dove by Henry James
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The Third Life of Grange Copeland by Alice Walker27. The Ambassadors by Henry James
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The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley28. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Memento Mori by Muriel Spark29. The Studs Lonigan Trilogy by James T. Farrell
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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark30. The Good Solidier by Ford Madox Ford
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Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison31. Animal Farm by George Orwell
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Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys32. The Golden Bowl by Henry James
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Anya by Susan Fromberg Shaeffer33. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
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Trust by Cynthia Ozick34. A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh
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The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan35. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
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The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan36. All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren
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Chilly Scenes of Winter by Ann Beattie37. The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
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Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
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A Book of Common Prayer by Joan Didion39. Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
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Play It as It Lays by Joan Didion40. The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene
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The Group by Mary McCarthy41. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
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The Company She Keeps by Mary McCarthy42. Deliverance by James Dickey
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The Little Disturbances of Man by Grace Paley43. A Dance to the Music of Time (series) by Anthony Powell
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The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath44. Point Counter Point by Aldous Huxley
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The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers45. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
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The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen46. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
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Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor47. Nostromo by Joseph Conrad
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Anywhere But Here by Mona Simpson48. The Rainbow by D.H. Lawrence
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Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison49. Women in Love by D.H. Lawrence
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