The Rainbow is perhaps DH Lawrence’s finest work, showing him for the radical, protean, thoroughly modern writer he was. Stephen Crane’s account of a young man’s passage to manhood through soldiery is a blueprint for the great American war novel. Jerome K Jerome’s accidental classic about messing about on the Thames remains a comic gem. Inspired by the author’s fury at the corrupt state of England, and dismissed by critics at the time, The Way We Live Now is recognised as Trollope’s masterpiece.
Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie (1981).
Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler (1988).
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39. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett (1929). Their selections were then weighted according to the order and the results were tabulated. The influence of William Faulkner’s immersive tale of raw Mississippi rural life can be felt to this day. 67. Laurence Sterne’s vivid novel caused delight and consternation when it first appeared and has lost little of its original bite. An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro (1986). Here’s a list of important Penguin Classics. A guilty pleasure it may be, but it is impossible to overlook the enduring influence of a tale that helped to define the jazz age. In his Booker-winning masterpiece, Coetzee’s intensely human vision infuses a fictional world that both invites and confounds political interpretation.
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The middle volume of John Dos Passos’s USA trilogy is revolutionary in its intent, techniques and lasting impact.