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The Lit'ry Life: The 100 Great Novels in English

Every successful editor knows that, when all else fails, you can never go wrong with a list. Time Magazine's critics Lev Grossman and Richard Lacayo have conjured up a list of the best English language novels, although it has an asterisk next the word "great." Presented in alphabetical order by title, each of the novels on the list is afforded a brief appreciation. In order to be considered for inclusion, however, a book had to have been published after Time Magazine's debut in 1923, before which time, they appear to believe, nothing happened. Since most of the greatest novels were published in the 18th and 19th century, that makes for a severely truncated list of "greats."