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The 20 Best Novels of the 20th Century *

Composite

Rank

Sons and Lovers, by D. H. Lawrence 1
Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad 2
Sister Carrie, by Theodore Dreiser 3
Of Human Bondage, by W. Somerset Maugham 4
The House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton 5
Anthem, by Ayn Rand 6
The Call of the Wild, by Jack London 7
The Way of All Flesh, by Samuel Butler 8
The Golden Bowl, by Henry James 9
Winesburg, Ohio, by Sherwood Anderson 10
The Ambassadors, by Henry James  11
Nostromo, by Joseph Conrad 12
Kim, by Rudyard Kipling 13
The Secret Agent, by Joseph Conrad 14
My Antonia, by Willa Cather 15
The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Arthur Conan Doyle 16
Tarzan of the Apes, by Edgar Rice Burroughs 17
The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton 18
The Man Who Was Thursday, by G. K. Chesterton 19
Main Street, by Sinclair Lewis 20
Special Requests
The Scariest Book of All Time**: Dracula, by Bram Stoker
A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, illustrated by John Leech

(*) The best out-of-US-copyright, English-language novels as ranked by the byGosh.com composite index.  See Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

(**) As chosen by a Cable News Network informal survey.

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