The Novel 100: A Ranking of the Greatest Novels of All Time

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Millions of us ravenously devour novels every year. It’s not surprising that we also wrestle with them, judge them, press them on our friends (often demanding them back), and quietly “misplace” the ones we can’t warm up to. The unspoken word here is “ranking.” Whenever we say “Pride and Prejudice is a better book than Sense and Sensibility”or Jane Eyre or Moby-Dick, we are evaluating and, in some way, ranking these old familiars. So what are the hundred best novels, anyway. And which comes first? eighth? ...

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New York 2007 Hard cover First edition. Barnes and Noble edition. New in new dust jacket. FINE/FINE-DJ/ binding straight and tight/ clean and no marks/EXCELLENT CONDITION 614 p. ... Includes index. Table of Contents; Introduction; Novels by year of Publication; The Second One-Hundred LIBRARY JOURNAL: "STUDENTS LOOKING FOR A SIMPLE CLIFF'SNOTES-STYLE ABSTRACT WILL BE DISAPPOINTED. FICTION LOVERS, ON THE OTHER HAND, WILL BE DELIGHTED (Burt's) stated goal is to provoke debate over literary values and encourage a deep reading of literature, and he certainly succeeds." Book will come in a new plastic jacket. Read more Show Less

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Millions of us ravenously devour novels every year. It’s not surprising that we also wrestle with them, judge them, press them on our friends (often demanding them back), and quietly “misplace” the ones we can’t warm up to. The unspoken word here is “ranking.” Whenever we say “Pride and Prejudice is a better book than Sense and Sensibility”or Jane Eyre or Moby-Dick, we are evaluating and, in some way, ranking these old familiars. So what are the hundred best novels, anyway. And which comes first? eighth? ninety-eighth? It’s anybody’s right to say; no such list can be purely objective.

After teaching literature for more than twenty years, Daniel S. Burt has an informed view of his own, and he puts it forward in The Novel 100. He identifies a great novel as one that has defined or modified the genre and remained influential over time. Each entry provides a plot summary and assessment of the novel, as well as details about its creation, historical context, critical reception, and contribution to literary history. Because there are more candidates for inclusion than there are spots, he concludes the book with “A Second Hundred (Honorable Mentions)” list.

Of course, the open secret is that The Novel 100 isn’t really about pigeonholes. Nor is it an invitation to a fistfight. Its purpose is to start readers off on a lifetime friendship with great books. And what are a few small differences of opinion between friends?

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Next to reading fiction, fiction lovers love to rank fiction and debate the relative merits of their favorite works. Thus the popularity of "best books" reference works. One of the latest, but not the least, is The Novel 100. Burt, who has taught university courses in the novel for over 20 years, has authored several other works of literary rankings, such as What Historical Novel Do I Read Next? and The Literary 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Novelists, Playwrights, and Poets of All Time. He identifies a great novel as one that has defined or modified the genre and remained influential over time. All but ten of Burt's top 100 were written in the 19th or 20th centuries, and aside from one representative each from Japanese, Chinese, African, and Arabic literature, all are products of Western civilization (e.g., Cervantes's Don Quixote, Joyce's Ulysses, Camus's The Stranger, and Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms). The chosen titles fit squarely within the academic literary canon, which has grown to encompass writers of varying gender, race, and ethnicity. Entries for each title average about three pages and provide a concise, scholarly, and thought-provoking analysis that puts the work in its historical context and distills its significance for the genre. A plot synopsis is included, but students looking for a simple Cliff Notes-style abstract will be disappointed. Fiction lovers, on the other hand, will be delighted. Chafing under the limitation of a mere 100 titles, Burt concludes his work with "A Second Hundred (Honorable Mentions)" list. His stated goal is to provoke debate over literary values and encourage a deep reading of literature, and he certainly succeeds. Highly recommended for all libraries.-Nadie Cohen-Baker, Univ. of Georgia, Athens Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760794029
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble
  • Publication date: 8/20/2007
  • Pages: 624

Meet the Author

Dr. Daniel S. Burt has taught at New York University and Wesleyan University. His books include What Historical Novel Do I Read Next? and The Literary 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Novelists, Playwrights, and Poets of All Time.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Don Quixote 1
2 War and Peace 5
3 Ulysses 10
4 In Search of Lost Time 14
5 The Brothers Karamazov 19
6 Moby-Dick 24
7 Madame Bovary 29
8 Middlemarch 33
9 The Magic Mountain 38
10 The Tale of Genji 43
11 Emma 47
12 Bleak House 52
13 Anna Karenina 57
14 Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 62
15 Tom Jones 67
16 Great Expectations 71
17 Absalom, Absalom! 76
18 The Ambassadors 80
19 One Hundred Years of Solitude 84
20 The Great Gatsby 89
21 To the Lighthouse 94
22 Crime and Punishment 98
23 The Sound and the Fury 103
24 Vanity Fair 108
25 Invisible Man 113
26 Finnegans Wake 117
27 The Man without Qualities 121
28 Gravity's Rainbow 125
29 The Portrait of a Lady 130
30 Women in Love 134
31 The Red and the Black 138
32 Tristram Shandy 142
33 Dead Souls 146
34 Tess of the D'Urbervilles 151
35 Buddenbrooks 156
36 Le Pere Goriot 160
37 A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man 165
38 Wuthering Heights 169
39 The Tin Drum 173
40 Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable 178
41 Pride and Prejudice 183
42 The Scarlet Letter 187
43 Fathers and Sons 192
44 Nostromo 196
45 Beloved 200
46 An American Tradegy 204
47 Lolita 209
48 The Golden Notebook 213
49 Clarissa 218
50 Dream of the Red Chamber 222
51 The Trial 226
52 Jane Eyre 230
53 The Red Badge of Courage 234
54 The Grapes of Wrath 239
55 Petersburg 244
56 Things Fall Apart 248
57 The Princess of Cleves 252
58 The Stranger 257
59 My Antonia 261
60 The Counterfeiters 265
61 The Age of Innocence 269
62 The Good Soldier 274
63 The Awakening 278
64 A Passage to India 282
65 Herzog 287
66 Germinal 291
67 Call It Sleep 295
68 U.S.A. Trilogy 300
69 Hunger 304
70 Berlin Alexanderplatz 309
71 Cities of Salt 313
72 The Death of Artemio Cruz 317
73 A Farewell to Arms 321
74 Brideshead Revisited 325
75 The Last Chronicle of Barset 331
76 The Pickwick Papers 335
77 Robinson Crusoe 338
78 The Sorrows of Young Werther 342
79 Candide 346
80 Native Son 350
81 Under the Volcano 355
82 Oblomov 359
83 Their Eyes Were Watching God 364
84 Waverley 369
85 Snow Country 373
86 Nineteen Eighty-Four 377
87 The Betrothed 381
88 The Last of the Mohicans 385
89 Uncle Tom's Cabin 390
90 Les Miserables 395
91 On the Road 399
92 Frankenstein 404
93 The Leopard 408
94 The Catcher in the Rye 412
95 The Woman in White 417
96 The Good Soldier Svejk 422
97 Dracula 426
98 The Three Musketeers 431
99 The Hound of the Baskervilles 436
100 Gone with the Wind 441
Novels by Year of Publication 445
A Second Hundred (Honorable Mentions) 448
Index 453
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