The Lists Used to Make the Master


100 Novels for the College-bound student [MUM]

1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die by Peter Boxall [PB]

Easton Press’s 100 Greatest Books Ever Written [EP]

Everyman’s Library Essential Sets [EL]

The Guardian’s 1000 Novels everyone must read [G]

Great Books of the Western World [GB]

Harvard Classics (Dr. Eliot’s Five Foot Shelf) and the Harvard Classics Shelf of Fiction [HC]

How to Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren (1972 edition) [HRB]

The Observer’s 100 Greatest Novels of All Time [O]

St. John’s College reading list [SJC]

The Western Canon by Harold Bloom [HB]

The 100 Most Influential Books Ever Written by Martin Seymour-Smith [MSS]


All-TIME 100 Novels [AT]

Hugo Award for Best Novel [HA]

Larry McCaffery’s “20th Century Greatest Hits” [LM]

The Man Booker Prize [MBP]

Modern Library 100 Best Novels (The Board’s List) [MLB]

Modern Library 100 Best Novels (The Reader’s List) [MLR]

National Book Award (1950-2010) [NBA]

Nebula Award for Best Novel [NA]

New York Times “What is the Best Work of American Fiction of the Last 25 Years? [NYT]

Nobel Prize for Literature [NP]

PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction [PFA]

The Pulitzer Prize, Novel category (1917-1947) and Fiction category (1948-2010) [PP]

Radcliffe’s Rival 100 Best Novels List [RR]

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