The Books of the Century, 1950–1959

Best Books by Decade: 2010-20192000-20091990-19991980-19891970-19791960-19691950-19591940-19491930-19391920-19291910-19191900-1909


  1. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (‘The
  2. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (‘Fahrenheit
  3. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White (‘Charlotte's
  4. Lord of the Flies by William Golding (‘Lord
  5. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (‘Lolita'
  6. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (‘The
  7. East of Eden by John Steinbeck (‘East
  8. Night (The Night Trilogy, #1) by Elie Wiesel (‘Night
  9. On the Road by Jack Kerouac (‘On
  10. The Chronicles of Narnia (Chronicles of Narnia, #1-7) by C.S. Lewis (‘The
  11. The Crucible by Arthur Miller (‘The
  12. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss (‘How
  13. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury (‘The
  14. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (‘Invisible
  15. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes (‘Flowers
  16. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss (‘The
  17. Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote (‘Breakfast
  18. Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1) by Chinua Achebe (‘Things
  19. The Once and Future King (The Once and Future King #1-4) by T.H. White (‘The
  20. The End of the Affair by Graham Greene (‘The
  21. Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak (‘Doctor
  22. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett (‘Waiting
  23. The Fall by Albert Camus (‘The
  24. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Chronicles of Narnia, #3) by C.S. Lewis (‘The
  25. The Magician’s Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, #6) by C.S. Lewis (‘The
  26. A Separate Peace by John Knowles (‘A
  27. Foundation (Foundation #1) by Isaac Asimov (‘Foundation
  28. The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia, #5) by C.S. Lewis (‘The
  29. Horton Hears a Who! by Dr. Seuss (‘Horton
  30. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare (‘The
  31. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (‘The
  32. I, Robot (Robot, #0.1) by Isaac Asimov (‘I,
  33. Under the Net by Iris Murdoch (‘Under
  34. Prince Caspian (Chronicles of Narnia, #2) by C.S. Lewis (‘Prince
  35. The Talented Mr. Ripley (Ripley, #1) by Patricia Highsmith (‘The
  36. The Tin Drum by Günter Grass (‘The
  37. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams (‘Cat
  38. Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger (‘Nine
  39. The Bell by Iris Murdoch (‘The
  40. Exodus by Leon Uris (‘Exodus'
  41. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (‘Atlas
  42. The Borrowers (The Borrowers, #1) by Mary Norton (‘The
  43. Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger (‘Franny
  44. The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia, #4) by C.S. Lewis (‘The
  45. The Quiet American by Graham Greene (‘The
  46. The Greek Passion by Nikos Kazantzakis (‘The
  47. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson (‘Harold
  48. Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg (‘Howl
  49. Hawaii by James A. Michener (‘Hawaii'
  50. The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut (‘The
  51. A Murder Is Announced (Miss Marple, #5) by Agatha Christie (‘A
  52. A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O’Connor (‘A
  53. Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar (‘Memoirs
  54. Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein (‘Starship
  55. My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier (‘My
  56. A Bear Called Paddington (Paddington, #1) by Michael Bond (‘A
  57. On the Beach by Nevil Shute (‘On
  58. Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin (‘Go
  59. The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk (‘The
  60. The Last Battle (Chronicles of Narnia, #7) by C.S. Lewis (‘The
  61. The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa (‘The
  62. Casino Royale (James Bond, #1) by Ian Fleming (‘Casino
  63. A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry (‘A
  64. Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke (‘Childhood's
  65. A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute (‘A
  66. The Daughter of Time (Inspector Alan Grant, #5) by Josephine Tey (‘The
  67. The Long Goodbye (Philip Marlowe, #6) by Raymond Chandler (‘The
  68. Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik (‘Little
  69. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham (‘The
  70. Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs (‘Naked
  71. I Am Legend and Other Stories by Richard Matheson (‘I
  72. My Family and Other Animals (Corfu Trilogy, #1) by Gerald Durrell (‘My
  73. 4:50 from Paddington (Miss Marple #8) by Agatha Christie (‘4:50
  74. Beezus and Ramona (Ramona, #1) by Beverly Cleary (‘Beezus
  75. The Foundation Trilogy (Foundation, #1-3) by Isaac Asimov (‘The
  76. Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene (‘Our
  77. Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence (‘Inherit
  78. Bonjour tristesse by Françoise Sagan (‘Bonjour
  79. The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac (‘The
  80. A Night to Remember by Walter Lord (‘A
  81. The Third Man by Graham Greene (‘The
  82. Please Don’t Eat the Daisies by Jean Kerr (‘Please
  83. Mrs. McGinty’s Dead (Hercule Poirot, #30) by Agatha Christie (‘Mrs.
  84. The Visit by Friedrich Dürrenmatt (‘The
  85. Katherine by Anya Seton (‘Katherine'
  86. Billiards at Half-Past Nine by Heinrich Böll (‘Billiards
  87. The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester (‘The
  88. The Chrysalids by John Wyndham (‘The
  89. The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer (‘The
  90. Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis (‘Till
  91. The Miracle Worker by William Gibson (‘The
  92. A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas (‘A
  93. The Mandarins by Simone de Beauvoir (‘The
  94. Justine (The Alexandria Quartet #1) by Lawrence Durrell (‘Justine
  95. Seize the Day by Saul Bellow (‘Seize
  96. Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith (‘Strangers
  97. Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov (‘Pnin'
  98. Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov (‘Speak,
  99. Goodbye, Columbus and Five Short Stories by Philip Roth (‘Goodbye,
  100. The 13 Clocks by James Thurber (‘The

Best Books by Decade: 2010-20192000-20091990-19991980-19891970-19791960-19691950-19591940-19491930-19391920-19291910-19191900-1909


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