The 100 Best Novels Written In English

Robert-McCrumAfter two years of full consideration, Robert McCrum (the Associate Editor of The Observer) reached a verdict on his selection of the top 100 greatest English novels. In this article, he reflected on his choices. I am not too sure many of us would agree with his date-based first ten novels, but this is nevertheless an interesting list. I have only read four of the earliest ten. They are as follows:

The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan (1678)

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (1719)

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift (1726)

Clarissa by Samuel Richardson (1748)

Tom Jones by Henry Fielding (1749)

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne (1759)

Emma by Jane Austen (1816)

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (1818)

Nightmare Abbey by Thomas Love Peacock (1818)

The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe (1838)

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