Anthony Burgess's List of the Best 99 Novels Books
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Anthony Burgess's List of the Best 99 Novels

A list of the best 99 novels of all time between 1939 and 1983 compiled by Anthony Burgess, one of the greatest literary critics of all time. Anthony Burgess is well known for reviewing over 350 books in just over two years, and that was just at the start of his career. In the 1980's, when Anthony was asked to list his favorite books, this is the list he made. Being ninety-nine novels, this list is entirely comprised of fictional stories, but beyond that, all genres have been included. If you're new to reading, or an old bibliophile, this list of the best 99 novels should help you decide what to add next to your bookshelf or e-reader.
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  1. #162 on the original list V.S. Naipaul Published in 1979.

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  2. A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight Published in 1951.

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  3. John Kennedy Toole Published in 1980.

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  4. Anthony Powell Published in 1951.

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  5. Chinua Achebe Published in 1966.

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  6. Christopher Isherwood Published in 1964.

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  7. Aldous Huxley Published in 1939.

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  8. Pamela Hansford Johnson Published in 1962.

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  9. Norman Mailer Published in 1983.

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  10. James Baldwin Published in 1962.

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  11. Aldous Huxley Published in 1948.

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  12. Brian O'Nolan Published in 1939.

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  13. Len Deighton Published in 1970.

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  14. #203 on the original list Evelyn Waugh Published in 1945.

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  15. #21 on the original list Joseph Heller Published in 1961.

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  16. Mordecai Richler Published in 1968.

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  17. Gore Vidal Published in 1981.

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  18. Alexander Theroux Published in 1981.

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  19. Dubin's lives Bernard Malamud Published in 1979.

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  20. L. P. Hartley Published in 1960.

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  21. Robert Nye Published in 1976.

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  22. James Plunkett Published in 1977.

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  23. #92 on the original list James Joyce Published in 1939.

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  24. #34 on the original list Ernest Hemingway Published in 1940.

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  25. John Barth Published in 1966.

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