This 3 yr reading list is distilled, over-tweaked and highly refined over a two month period. The length is based on what I should be able to conservatively read per year (including secondary lit and some bios). I tried to select representative works of each author. The authors country of origin is unsystematically and entirely subjective representative of world literarary fiction. It is obviuosly heavy leaning toward's works written in english, as I am lamentably monolingual!
It is gleaned from too many Online ?best of?, ?most meaningful?, lists, multiple lit forums (including our own influential ?50 favorite lists?), lets see, Bloom?s Canon... many Lit Crit books on ?Novels of-______ period or Country?.
As stated before, the Moderns are more heavily weighted as there were simply so many major works that influenced subsequent authors. I reduced the 19 cent list, as I have found I luv reading works from this period and I want to leave a good selection that I can read for the first time later. I will savor going through most of Dickens, Tolstoy, Turgenev, Balzac and Zola....
Authors/works that would have otherwise been listed but are not because I recently read them:
Balzac, Stendhal, Eca Dequeiros, Proust, Don Quixote, Madame Bovary and Blood Meridian, Tristram Shandy
Authors/works otherwise should be listed if I hadn?t been over-exposed back in the day:
Austen, Hardy, Solzhenitsyn, Hemingway, Twain, Fitzgerald, Barthelme, Burgess, Waugh, Durrell, Kesey, One Hundred Years Of Solitude.
Authors who are not listed just ?cause I simply don?t care for 'em or what I have read didn?t impress: Maugham, Lessing, Orwell, Steinbeck, Drieser, Miller.
Many great works obviously had to be left out, but I get the satisfaction that they will be the first TBR after this list is read though... Authors I have to wait three years to read: Tanizaki, Mishima, Musil, Updike, Welty, Storm, Koepen, Lagerkvist, Undset, Yan, Moore, Manzoni, Roussel, Moravia, Carey, MANY authors from India! This was hard and I am not so intractable that I won't swap some out...
Authors whose works are acknowledged ?must- reads? but whose english translations do the work a disservice: Bely?s Petersburg, Doblin?s Alexanderplatz... I think Latin American fiction is somewhat over-representated, but my god, if you delve into it, there is a reason they call it the "boom". Eastern lit is for sure way under-represented and that will be my heavily 'attacked' by me after this..But oh well..
(It is in no particular order and my reading selection will be random from each list)
Dead Souls? Gogol
On the Eve/Rudin? Turgenev
Great Expectations? Dickens
The Idiot-- Dostoevsky (Pevear tr)
Brothers Karamazov? Dostoevsky (Pevear tr)
Sentimental Education? Flaubert
Anna Karenina? Tolstoy (Pevear tr)
Moby Dick? Melville
Stories? Chekhov (Pevear tr)
Posthumous Papers...- De Assis
Dom Casmuro- De Assis
Aspern Papers/TOTS? James
Portrait of a Lady--James
The Good Soldier? Ford
Portrait of the Artist ? Joyce
Complete Stories? Kafka
Mrs. Dalloway? Woolf
To The Lighthouse? Woolf
Magic Mountain? Mann
The Rainbow? Lawrence
Howards End? Forster
Lord Jim? Conrad
Sound and the Fury- Faulkner
As I Lay Dying- Faulkner
Zeno?s Conscience- Svevo
Age of Innocence- Wharton
My Antonia? Cather
Man?s Fate? Malraux
At Swim 2 Birds? O?Brien
Journey To The End..--Celine
Jacob Von Gunten? Walser
Tartar Steppe? Buzatti
The Immoralist-- Gide