100 Best

Gregory Alan Bolcer (gbolcer@gambetta.ICS.uci.edu)
Mon, 20 Jul 1998 17:33:07 -0700

"Ulysees" by James Joyce tops the top 100
English-language novels of the 20th century.
Some argue that

When James Joyce published Ulysses in 1922 and revolutionized
all of our expectations about how books should work,
was he so different from Gutenberg himself? You
couldn't see it at the time, but Joyce was a
highly skilled technician, tinkering around with a
book-machine, making it do things it had never done
before. His contemporaries saw him as an artist (or a
pornographer, depending on who you talked to), but
from our vantage point, he could just as easily be a
programmer, writing code for the printing press
platform. Joyce wrote software for hardware originally
conjured up by Gutenberg.... Both innovations came
from startling imaginative leaps, and both changed
the way we look at the world. Gutenberg built
a machine that Joyce souped up with some innovative
programming, and Joyce hollered out a variation on a
theme originally penned by Gutenberg himself. They
were both artists. They were both engineers. Only
the four hundred years that separated them kept
their shared condition from view. -- Steven Johnson,
Author of Interface Culture.

Johnson makes the argument that there was no greater
change to printed text in the 20th century than when
Joyce printed his novel in 1922. More interesting,
some of the art crowd believe HTML was directly


Here's the rest...

(* = read, ' = tried to read, ` = own it)

' 1. "Ulysses," James Joyce
* 2. "The Great Gatsby," F. Scott Fitzgerald
3. "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man," James Joyce
4. "Lolita," Vladimir Nabokov
* 5. "Brave New World," Aldous Huxley
6. "The Sound and the Fury," William Faulkner
* 7. "Catch-22," Joseph Heller
8. "Darkness at Noon," Arthur Koestler
9. "Sons and Lovers," D.H. Lawrence
* 10. "The Grapes of Wrath," John Steinbeck
11. "Under the Volcano," Malcolm Lowry
12. "The Way of All Flesh," Samuel Butler
* 13. "1984," George Orwell
' 14. "I, Claudius," Robert Graves
' 15. "To the Lighthouse," Virginia Woolf
16. "An American Tragedy," Theodore Dreiser
17. "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter," Carson McCullers
* 18. "Slaughterhouse Five," Kurt Vonnegut
` 19. "Invisible Man," Ralph Ellison
` 20. "Native Son," Richard Wright
21. "Henderson the Rain King," Saul Bellow
22. "Appointment in Samarra," John O'Hara
23. "U.S.A." (trilogy), John Dos Passos
24. "Winesburg, Ohio," Sherwood Anderson
* 25. "A Passage to India," E.M. Forster
' 26. "The Wings of the Dove," Henry James
` 27. "The Ambassadors," Henry James
* 28. "Tender Is the Night," F. Scott Fitzgerald
29. "The Studs Lonigan Trilogy," James T. Farrell
30. "The Good Soldier," Ford Maddox Ford
* 31. "Animal Farm," George Orwell
` 32. "The Golden Bowl," Henry James
33. "Sister Carrie," Theodore Dreiser
34. "A Handful of Dust," Evelyn Waugh
35. "As I Lay Dying," William Faulkner
* 36. "All the King's Men," Robert Penn Warren
37. "The Bridge of San Luis Rey," Thornton Wilder
` 38. "Howards End," E.M. Forster
39. "Go Tell It on the Mountain," James Baldwin
40. "The Heart of the Matter," Graham Greene
* 41. "Lord of the Flies," William Golding
' 42. "Deliverance," James Dickey
43. "A Dance to the Music of Time" (series), Anthony Powell
44. "Point Counter Point," Aldous Huxley
* 45. "The Sun Also Rises," Ernest Hemingway
* 46. "The Secret Agent," Joseph Conrad
47. "Nostromo," Joseph Conrad
48. "The Rainbow," D.H. Lawrence
49. "Women in Love," D.H. Lawrence
' 50. "Tropic of Cancer," Henry Miller
51. "The Naked and the Dead," Norman Mailer
52. "Portnoy's Complaint," Philip Roth
53. "Pale Fire," Vladimir Nabokov
54. "Light in August," William Faulkner
` 55. "On the Road," Jack Kerouac
' 56. "The Maltese Falcon," Dashiell Hammett
57. "Parade's End," Ford Maddox Ford
58. "The Age of Innocence," Edith Wharton
59. "Zuleika Dobson," Max Beerbohm
60. "The Moviegoer," Walker Percy
61. "Death Comes to the Archbishop," Willa Cather
* 62. "From Here to Eternity," James Jones
63. "The Wapshot Chronicles," John Cheever
* 64. "The Catcher in the Rye," J.D. Salinger
* 65. "A Clockwork Orange," Anthony Burgess
66. "Of Human Bondage," W. Somerset Maugham
* 67. "Heart of Darkness," Joseph Conrad
68. "Main Street," Sinclair Lewis
69. "The House of Mirth," Edith Wharton
70. "The Alexandria Quartet," Lawrence Durrell
71. "A High Wind in Jamaica," Richard Hughes
72. "A House for Ms. Biswas," V.S. Naipaul
73. "The Day of the Locust," Nathaniel West
* 74. "A Farewell to Arms," Ernest Hemingway
75. "Scoop," Evelyn Waugh
76. "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie," Muriel Spark
* 77. "Finnegans Wake," James Joyce
* 78. "Kim," Rudyard Kipling
* 79. "A Room With a View," E.M. Forster
80. "Brideshead Revisited," Evelyn Waugh
81. "The Adventures of Augie March," Saul Bellow
82. "Angle of Repose," Wallace Stegner
83. "A Bend in the River," V.S. Naipaul
84. "The Death of the Heart," Elizabeth Bowen
* 85. "Lord Jim," Joseph Conrad
86. "Ragtime," E.L. Doctorow
87. "The Old Wives' Tale," Arnold Bennett
* 88. "The Call of the Wild," Jack London
89. "Loving," Henry Green
90. "Midnight's Children," Salman Rushdie
91. "Tobacco Road," Erskine Caldwell
* 92. "Ironweed," William Kennedy
93. "The Magus," John Fowles
94. "Wide Sargasso Sea," Jean Rhys
95. "Under the Net," Iris Murdoch
96. "Sophie's Choice," William Styron
97. "The Sheltering Sky," Paul Bowles
' 98. "The Postman Always Rings Twice," James M. Cain
99. "The Ginger Man," J.P. Donleavy
100. "The Magnificent Ambersons," Booth Tarkington