Novelists not on the Modern LIbrary list

There seem to be many who object to the failure to include “To Kill A Mockingbird” on the Modern Library list of top 20th Century novels.

What other authors would you have included? I have always liked John Updike. Any others?


The Modern Library list is silly because it’s just American (and a few British) authors from the first half of the 20th century. And suspiciously coincides with a great number of Modern Library published titles.

However, it does not follow that To Kill a Mockingbird, Tolkein, Heinlein, and Rand are great literature. Popular, yes. Great, no.

Too easy to snipe that little list. As above noted, no Proust, no Musil, no Mann, no nothing that isn’t anglo.

Gaddis, The Recognitions (1953? or thereabouts) would fit. I would put few titles much later than the 1950s on the list – not enough time has passed to assess correctly the cultural significance of a more recent novel.

The OP is referring to this thread, which includes the list of novels and discussion of what is and is not included.