What other books to add to the list? I have a few thoughts, let me know what you think.

From other lists come another 20 ideas:

Waiting for Godot - Samuel Beckett
Death Comes for the Archbishop - Willa Cather
Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison
Sound and the Fury - William Faulkner
Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
Passage to India - E. M. Forster
Magic Mountain - Thomas Mann
100 Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
Remembrance of Things Past - Marcel Proust
Catcher in the Rye - J. D. Salinger
Henderson The Rain King - Saul Bellow
Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
In Cold Blood - Truman Capote
The Civil War - Shelby Foote
Portnoy's Complaint - Philip Roth
The Age Of Innocence - Edith Wharton
The Magnificent Ambersons - Booth Tarkington
Absalom, Absalom! - William Faulkner

I include a second Faulkner; I once heard Norman Mailer say he'd never read Absalom, Absalom. Hence, I must perforce include it.

As for earlier works I'm considering:

Moby Dick - Melville
Middlemarch - Eliot
Faust - Gothe
The Prince - Machiavelli
Tom Jones - Fielding
Candide - Voltaire
Great Expectations - Dickens
Vanity Fair - Thackery
Eugene Onegin - Pushkin
The Picture of Dorian Gray - Wilde
Don Quixote - Cervantes


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