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The novel 100 : a ranking of the greatest novels of all time
Author:
Burt, Daniel S.
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Publication Information:
New York : Facts on File, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
xi, 468 pages ; 24 cm
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Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780816045570

9780816045587
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Book

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Summary

Which novels are truly great - and why? This reference profiles 100 great novels drawn from all cultures and periods of literature. Each entry provides a plot summary and assessment, with an emphasis on facts about the novel's creation, critical reception, and contribution to literary history. Other features include a list of honourable mentions and a selected bibliography of representative critical works on each novel.


Author Notes

Daniel S. Burt holds a Ph.D. from New York University and has taught literature at Wesleyan University since 1989. He has also taught English at New York University and worked as a freelance editor. He reside in Middletown, CT.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Booklist Review

Burt's revised edition adds 25 books to his ranking of the greatest novels (making it in reality The Novel 125) while reevaluating those from his original (2004) work. Among the additions are Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, Jane Austen's Persuasion, Charles Dickens' David Copperfield, and Philip Roth's American Pastoral. The selections are arranged in order of a subjective ranking, with Don Quixote being number one. Each entry begins with a quote about the novel by another figure in the literary world, followed by roughly four to six pages of analysis of the work's content, creation, reception, and importance. Burt also includes a list of the novels by year of publication and an alphabetical list by author of A Second Hundred (Honorable Mentions). This reference is a unique approach to the study of the novel and a worthwhile supplementary resource for high-school, public, and undergraduate libraries. Also available as an e-book.--Harless, Carol Sue Copyright 2010 Booklist


Library Journal Review

Next to reading fiction, fiction lovers love to rank fiction and debate the relative merits of their favorite works. Thus the popularity of "best books" reference works. One of the latest, but not the least, is The Novel 100. Burt, who has taught university courses in the novel for over 20 years, has authored several other works of literary rankings, such as What Historical Novel Do I Read Next? and The Literary 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Novelists, Playwrights, and Poets of All Time. He identifies a great novel as one that has defined or modified the genre and remained influential over time. All but ten of Burt's top 100 were written in the 19th or 20th centuries, and aside from one representative each from Japanese, Chinese, African, and Arabic literature, all are products of Western civilization (e.g., Cervantes's Don Quixote, Joyce's Ulysses, Camus's The Stranger, and Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms). The chosen titles fit squarely within the academic literary canon, which has grown to encompass writers of varying gender, race, and ethnicity. Entries for each title average about three pages and provide a concise, scholarly, and thought-provoking analysis that puts the work in its historical context and distills its significance for the genre. A plot synopsis is included, but students looking for a simple Cliff Notes-style abstract will be disappointed. Fiction lovers, on the other hand, will be delighted. Chafing under the limitation of a mere 100 titles, Burt concludes his work with "A Second Hundred (Honorable Mentions)" list. His stated goal is to provoke debate over literary values and encourage a deep reading of literature, and he certainly succeeds. Highly recommended for all libraries.-Nadie Cohen-Baker, Univ. of Georgia, Athens (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Excerpts

Excerpts

Which novels are truly great, and why? Much more than another list of best works, The Novel 100 is a unique reference that profiles 100 great novels drawn from all cultures and periods of literature. Each entry provides a plot summary and assessment, with an emphasis on facts about the novel's creation, critical reception, and contribution to literary history. Other features include a list of honorable mentions and a selected bibliography of representative critical works on each novel. In consultation with other scholars, Daniel S. Burt selected novels that reflect the culture of the times in which they were written and that continue to influence the novel as a genre. A concise reference and a starting point for further study or lively debate, The Novel 100 provodes a fascinating, accessible introduction to major novels from around the world. Among the works selected are: Crime and Punishment (Feodor Dostoyevsky) Dream of the Red Chamber (Cao Xuequin) The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald) The Magic Mountain (Thomas Mann) Native Son (Richard Wright) One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel García M‡rquez) Pere Goriot (Honoré de Balzac) Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen) The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne) Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe) Ulysses (James Joyce) War and Peace (Leo Tolstoy). Excerpted from The Novel 100: A Ranking of the Greatest Novels of All Time by Daniel S. Burt All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.