Lamont’s 100 Best Novels

This is a list of the 100 best novels, compiled by William H F Lamont for the magazine Books Abroad, Vol. 21 No.1, Winter 1947. (with apologies for the moment to those who like names properly accented – it was tiring enough just compiled this. I will try to sort you out at a later date).

Cervantes, Miguel de – Sp. – Don Quixote, 1615
Prévost, Abbé Antoine – Fr. – Manon Lescaut, 1731
Fielding, Henry – Br. – Tom Jones, 1749
Voltaire – Fr. – Candide, 1759
Laclos, Pierre Choderlos de – Fr. – Dangerous Acquaintances, 1782
Goethe, Johann W. – Ge. – Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship, 1796
Austen, Jane – Br. – Pride and Prejudice, 1813
Scott, Sir Walter – Br. – Heart of Midlothian, 1818
Manzoni, Alessandro – It. – The Betrothed, 1825
Beyle, Marie-Henri (Stendhal) – Fr. – The Red and the Black, 1830
Balzac, Honoré de – Fr. – Père Goriot, 1835
Lermontov, Mikhail – Ru. – A Hero of Our Time, 1839
Gogol, Nicolai – Ru. – Dead Souls, 1842
Balzac, Honoré de – Fr. – Cousin Bette, 1846
Brontë, Charlotte – Br. – Jane Eyre, 1847
Brontë, Emily – Br. – Wuthering Heights, 1847
Thackeray, William M – Br. – Vanity Fair, 1848
Dickens, Charles – Br. – David Copperfield, 1850
Hawthorne, Nathaniel – Am. – Scarlet Letter, 1850
Melville, Herman – Am. – Moby Dick, 1851
Thackeray, William M. – Br. – Henry Esmond, 1852
Flaubert, Gustave – Fr. – Madame Bovary, 1857
Goncharov, Ivan – Ru. – Oblomov, 1858
Eliot, George – Br. – Adam Bede, 1859
Dickens, Charles – Br. – Great Expectations, 1861
Hugo, Victor – Fr. – Les Miserables, 1862
Turgenev, Ivan – Ru. – Fathers and Sons, 1862
Dostoievsky, Theodor – Ru. – Crime and Punishment, 1866
Tolstoi, Count Leo – Ru. – War and Peace, 1869
Kivi, Alexis (Stenvall) – Fi. – Seven Brothers, 1870
Leskov, Nikolai – Ru. – Cathedral Folk, 1872
Pérez Galdós, Benito – Sp. – Doña Perfecta, 1876
Tolstoi, Count Leo – Ru. – Anna Karenina, 1876
Zola, Emile – Fr. – Dram Shop, 1877
Hardy, Thomas – Br. – Return of the Native, 1878
Meredith, George – Br. – The Egotist, 1879
Dostoievsky, Theodor – Ru. – Brothers Karamazov, 1880
Keller, Gottfried – Ss-Ge. – Green Henry, 1880
Saltykov, Mikhail (Shchedrin) – Ru. – The Golovlyov Family, 1880
Verga, Giovanni – It. – House by the Medlar Tree, 1881
James, Henry – Am. – Portrait of a Lady, 1881
Twain, Mark – Am. – Huckleberry Finn, 1884
Howells, William D – Am. – Rise of Silas Lapham, 1885
France, Anatole – Fr. – Thaïs, 1890
Jacobsen, Jens Peter – Da. – Niels Lyhne, 1891
Huch, Ricarda – Ge. – Eros Invincible, 1893
D’Annunzio, Gabriele – It. – The Triumph of Death, 1894
Fontane, Theodor – Ge. – Effi Briest, 1895
Sienkiewicz, Henryk – Po. – Quo Vadis? 1895
Fogazzaro, Antonio – It. – The Patriot, 1896
Heidenstam, Verner von – Sw. – The Charles Men, 1898
Blásco Ibáñez, Vicente – Sp. – The Cabin, 1898
Conrad, Josef – Br. – Lord Jim, 1900
Pereda, José María de – Sp. – Sotileza, 1900
van Eeden, Frederick – Du. – Deeps of Deliverance, 1900
Lagerlöf, Selma – Sw. – Jerusalem, 1901
Mann, Thomas – Ge. – Buddenbrooks, 1901
Cunha, Euclydes da – Bz. – Rebellion in the Backlands, 1902
Zeromski, Stefan – Po. – Ashes, 1904
Couperus, Louis – Du. – Old People and Things that Pass, 1906
Bennett, Arnold – Br. – Old Wives’ Tale, 1908
Richardson, Henry H – Br. – Maurice Guest, 1908
Reymont, Wladyslaw – Po. – The Peasants, 1909
Hauptmann, Gerhart – Ge. – Fool in Christ, 1910
Dreiser, Theodore – Am. – Jennie Gerhardt, 1911
Lawrence, David H – Br. – Sons and Lovers, 1913
Maugham, W. Somerset – Br. – Of Human Bondage, 1915
Hamsun, Knut – No. – Growth of the Soil, 1917
Kafka, Franz – Au-Ge. – The Trial, 1917
Azuela, Mariano – Me. – The Underdogs, 1918
Cabell, James Branch – Am. – Jurgen, 1919
Wassermann, Jakob – Au-Ge. – World’s Illusion, 1919
Bergman, Hjalmar – Sw. – God’s Orchid, 1919
Sillanpää, Frans – Fi. – Meek Heritage, 1919
Deledda, Grazia – It. – The Mother, 1920
Bojer, Johan – No. – Last of the Vikings, 1921
Jensen, Johannes – Da. – The Long Journey, 1922
Galsworthy, John – Br. – Forsyte Saga, 1922
Lewis, Sinclair – Am. – Babbitt, 1922
Undset, Sigrid – No. – Kristin Lavransdatter, 1922
Barrios, Eduardo – Ch. – Brother Ass, 1922
Rivera, José – Co. – The Vortex, 1924
Mann, Thomas – Ge. – The Magic Mountain, 1924
Glasgow, Ellen – Am. – The Romantic Comedians, 1925
Gunnarsson, Gunnar – Ic. – Ships in the Sky, 1925
Joyce, James – Br. – Ulysses, 1926
Güiraldes, Ricardo – Ar. – Shadows of the Pampas, 1926
Proust, Marcel – Fr. – Remembrance of Things Past, 1926
Mauriac, François – Fr. – Thérèse, 1927
Gallegos, Rómulo – Ve. – Doña Bárbara, 1929
Wolfe, Thomas – Am. – Look Homeward, Angel, 1929
Broch, Hermann – Au-Ge. – The Sleepwalkers, 1931
Gorky, Maxim – Ru. – Other Fires, 1932
Werfel, Franz – Au-Ge. – Forty Days of Musa Dagh, 1933
Malraux, André – Fr. – Man’s Fate, 1933
Giono, Jean – Fr. – Song of the World, 1934
Farrell, James – Am. – Studs Lonigan, 1935
Romains, Jules – Fr. – Verdun, 1938
Sholokhov, Mikhail – Ru. – Quiet Don, 1928; Don Flows Home, 1938
Tolstoi, Alexei – Ru. – Road to Calvary, 1941

Key:

Am – American 11
Ar – Argentine 1
Au-Ge – Austro-German 4
Br- British 19
Bz – Brazilian 1
Ch- Chilean 1
Co- Colombian 1
Da – Danish 2
Du- Dutch 2
Fi – Finnish 2
Fr – French 15
Ge – German 6
Ic – Icelandic 1
It – Italian 5
Me – Mexican 1
No- Norwegian 3
Po- Polish 3
Ru – Russian 13
Sp – Spanish 4
Ss-Ge – Swiss-German 1
Sw- Swedish 3
Ve – Venezuelan 1

Percentages:

Foreign fiction 70%
English language fiction 30%
Contemporary fiction 24%
Fiction published before 1922 76%

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