Modern Classics

Classics must resonate with an audience and have continued readership. Modern classics are generally written after WWI. They are also popularly known as "contemporary classics."

The Three Electroknights
Of Dogs and Walls
Three Japanese Short Stories
I Have More Souls Than One
The Custard Heart
Till September Petronella
Fame
Madness
The Black Ball
Deception
The Cracked Looking-Glass
The Haunted Boy
The Woman in Black and Other Ghost Stories: The Collected Ghost Stories of Susan Hill
Four Russian Short Stories
Fight Club 2 #3
To Kill a Mockingbird
1984
Animal Farm
The Catcher in the Rye
The Great Gatsby
Lord of the Flies
Fahrenheit 451
The Handmaid's Tale (The Handmaid's Tale, #1)
Of Mice and Men
The Bell Jar
Brave New World
Lolita
Slaughterhouse-Five
Catch-22 (Catch-22, #1)
A Clockwork Orange
Siddhartha by Hermann HesseThe Alchemist by Paulo CoelhoThe Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-ExupéryTao Te Ching by Lao TzuThe Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
Inspiring Books
1,645 books — 1,452 voters

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine HansberryFences by August WilsonDutchman & The Slave by Amiri BarakaPorgy & Bess by George GershwinFor Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbo... by Ntozake Shange
African American Plays
24 books — 26 voters
Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas PynchonThe Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas PynchonV. by Thomas PynchonMason & Dixon by Thomas PynchonAgainst the Day by Thomas Pynchon
Ranking the works of Thomas Pynchon
9 books — 246 voters

The Sound and the Fury by William FaulknerAs I Lay Dying by William FaulknerLight in August by William FaulknerAbsalom, Absalom! by William FaulknerGo Down, Moses by William Faulkner
Best of William Faulkner
85 books — 56 voters
The Color Purple by Alice WalkerBeloved by Toni MorrisonThe Darkest Child by Delores PhillipsAmericanah by Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieKindred by Octavia E. Butler
Contemporary Black Women's Literature
341 books — 200 voters


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