Best Literature of All Time – The Critics’ Picks: By Author, Part 2

To make the list found below (and Part 1), I have taken my ‘Best Literature of All Time’ meta-list and organized it by author, in chronological order by author’s date of birth.  The meta-list is a compilation of over 25 different ‘Best Literature of All Time’ lists I found in books, magazines and the Internet (the ‘original source lists’).  For each author, I have provided dates of birth and death, the author’s country of origin, and, if different, the country where the author did most of his or her writing, and, where there is any chance of confusion, the language or languages that the author’s books were written in.  Below the author’s name, I have listed the works that were included on two or more of the original source lists.  They are organized by rating, with the work or works that were on the most original source lists first, down to the works on two lists, if any.  If there is more than one work with the same rating, they are organized in chronological order, from oldest to newest.  The entry for each work consists of: a number in parentheses indicating the number of original source lists the work was on; the main title of the book, in boldface, and an alternative title (if any) in parentheses; the date the work was written and/or published; and the type or category of literature of the work.  (Note: In the case of plays, the date is usually the date the play was first performed.)

Although most of the works on the list are individual books, some are bodies of work, particularly an author’s entire output of poetry, short stories or other form.  To distinguish these from individual books, I have underlined and italicized the entries, and left the date of publication blank.  If a particular poem or short story has received special notice, I have indicated it in boldface.

This list includes authors who were born after 1870.  For authors born before 1870, click on: Great Authors and their Masterworks, Part 1: 850 BCE – 1870.

STEPHEN CRANE (1871-1900) [US]
(4)  The Red Badge of Courage (1895) [fiction: novel]
(2)  Poems
(2)  Stories, incl. The Open Boat

JOHN MILLINGTON SYNGE (1871-1909) [Ireland]
(4)  The Playboy of the Western World (1907) [drama]
(3)  Riders to the Sea (1904) [drama]

MARCEL PROUST (1871-1922) [France]
(17)  In Search of Lost Time (Remembrance of Things Past) (1913-1927) [fiction: novel]

THEODORE DREISER (1871-1945) [US]
(6)  An American Tragedy (1925) [fiction: novel]
(5)  Sister Carrie (1900) [fiction: novel]

MAX BEERBOHM (1872-1956) [UK]
(3)  Zuleika Dobson (1911) [fiction: novel]

HAYIM NAHMAN BIALIK (1873-1934) [Ukraine, Germany, Israel] [Hebrew, Yiddish]
(2)  Shirot Bialik: The Epic Poems [poetry]

HENRI BARBUSSE (1873-1935) [France]
(2)  Under Fire (1916) [fiction: novel]

FORD MADOX FORD (1873-1939) [UK]
(4)  The Good Soldier (1915) [fiction: novel]
(4)  Parade’s End (1924-1928) [fiction: novel]

WILLA CATHER (1873-1947) [US]
(5)  My Ántonia (1918) [fiction: novel]
(4)  Death Comes for the Archbishop (1927) [fiction: novel]
(3)  A Lost Lady (1923) [fiction: novel]
(2)  The Professor’s House (1925) [fiction: novel]

MARIANO AZUELA (1873-1952) [Mexico]
(2)  The Underdogs (1915) [fiction: novel]

WALTER DE LA MARE (1873-1956) [UK]
(2)  Poems

HUGO VON HOFMANNSTHAL (1874-1929) [Austria]
(2)  Prose
(2)  Poems and Verse Plays
(2)  Plays and Libretti

KARL KRAUS (1874-1936) [Austria]
(2)  The Last Days of Mankind (1922) [drama]

G.K. CHESTERTON (1874-1936) [UK]
(2)  The Man Who Was Thursday (1908) [fiction: novel]
(2)  The Father Brown Stories (1911-1935) [fiction: short stories]

LUCY MAUD MONTGOMERY (1874-1942) [Canada]
(2)  Anne of Green Gables (1908) [fiction: children’s novel]

GERTRUDE STEIN (1874-1946) [US, France] [English]
(8)  The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (1933) [non-fiction: biography]
(2)  Three Lives (1909) [fiction: novellas]
(2)  The Making of Americans (1906-1908, pub. 1925) [fiction: novel]

ROBERT FROST (1874-1963) [US]
(5)  Poems, incl. Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening

WINSTON S. CHURCHILL (1874-1965) [UK]
(2)  A History of the English-Speaking Peoples (1956-1958) [non-fiction: history]

SOMERSET MAUGHAM (1874-1965) [UK]
(4)  Of Human Bondage (1915) [fiction: novel]
(2)  The Moon and Sixpence (1919) [fiction: novel]
(2)  Cakes and Ale (1930) [fiction: novel]

RAINER MARIA RILKE (1875-1926) [Czech Republic, Austria] [German]
(3)  New Poems: First Part and Other Part (1907) [poetry]
(3)  Selected Poetry (1894-1926) [poetry]
(2)  The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge (1910) [fiction: autobiographical novel]

JOHN BUCHAN (1875-1940) [UK: Scotland]
(2)  The Thirty-Nine Steps (1915) [fiction: crime novel]

EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS (1875-1950) [US]
(2)  Tarzan of the Apes (1914) [fiction: novel]

THOMAS MANN (1875-1955) [Germany]
(10)  The Magic Mountain (1924) [fiction: novel]
(8)  Buddenbrooks (1901) [fiction: novel]
(5)  Death in Venice (1912) [fiction: novella]
(4)  Doctor Faustus (1947) [fiction: novel]
(2)  Joseph and His Brothers (1933-1943) [fiction: novel]

JACK LONDON (1876-1916) [US]
(5)  The Call of the Wild (1903) [fiction: novel]
(2)  Martin Eden (1909) [fiction: novel]

SHERWOOD ANDERSON (1876-1941) [US]
(5)  Winesburg, Ohio (1919) [fiction: stories]

THOMAS MOFOLO (1876-1948) [Lesotho] [Sesotho]
(2)  Chaka (1931) [fiction: novel]

G.H. HARDY (1877-1947) [UK]
(2)  A Mathematician’s Apology (1940) [non-fiction: mathematics/memoir]

HERMAN HESSE (1877-1962) [Germany, Switzerland] [German]
(4)  The Glass Bead Game (Magister Ludi) (1943) [fiction: novel]
(3)  Siddhartha (1922) [fiction: novel]
(3)  Steppenwolf (1927) [fiction: novel]

RAYMOND ROUSSEL (1877-1933) [France]
(2)  Locus Solus (1914) [fiction: novel]

ALFRED DÖBLIN (1878-1957) [Germany]
(4)  Berlin Alexanderplatz (1929) [fiction: novel]

CARL SANDBURG (1878-1967) [US]
(2)  Abraham Lincoln (1926-1939) [non-fiction: biography]
(2)  Poems

UPTON SINCLAIR (1878-1968) [US]
(4)  The Jungle (1906) [fiction: novel]

WALLACE STEVENS (1879-1955) [US]
(6)  Collected Poems (1921-1954) [poetry]

E.M. FORSTER (1879-1970) [UK]
(8)  A Passage to India (1924) [fiction: novel]
(5)  Howards End (1910) [fiction: novel]
(4)  A Room With a View (1908) [fiction: novel]
(2)  Where Angels Fear to Tread (1905) [fiction: novel]

ALEXANDER BLOK (1880-1921) [Russia]
(2)  The Twelve and Other Poems (1904-1918) [poetry]

LYTTON STRACHEY (1880-1932) [UK]
(3)  Eminent Victorians (1918) [non-fiction: biography]

PREMCHAND (1880-1936) [India] [Hindi, Urdu]
(3)  Stories

ROBERT MUSIL (1880-1942) [Austria]
(7)  The Man Without Qualities (1930, 1933, 1943) [fiction: novel]
(3)  The Confusions of Young Törless (1906) [fiction: novel]

SEAN O’CASEY (1880-1964) [Ireland]
(5)  Juno and the Paycock (1924) [drama]
(4)  The Plough and the Stars (1926) [drama]
(2)  The Shadow of a Gunman (1923) [drama]

LU XUN (Lu Hsun) (1881-1936) [China]
(8)  Stories
(3)  The True Story of Ah Q (1921-1922) [fiction: novella]

JAMES JOYCE (1882-1941) [Ireland]
(17)  Ulysses (1922) [fiction: novel]
(9)  Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) [fiction: novel]
(6)  Dubliners (1914) [fiction: stories]
(6)  Finnegan’s Wake (1939) [fiction: novel]

VIRGINIA WOOLF (1882-1941) [UK]
(10)  To the Lighthouse (1927) [fiction: novel]
(8)  Mrs. Dalloway (1925) [fiction: novel]
(6)  A Room of One’s Own (1929) [non-fiction: essay]
(4)  Orlando: A Biography (1928) [fiction: novel]
(4)  The Waves (1931) [fiction: novel]
(2)  The Years (1937) [fiction: novel]
(2)  Between the Acts (1941) [fiction: novel]

JEAN GIRAUDOUX (1882-1944) [France]
(4)  The Madwoman of Chaillot (1945) [drama]

A.A. MILNE (1882-1956) [UK]
(5)  Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) [fiction: children’s novel]

JAROSLAV HAŠEK (1883-1923) [Czech Republic]
(4)  The Good Soldier Švejk (1926) [fiction: novel]

FRANZ KAFKA (1883-1924) [Czech Republic] [German]
(15)  Stories, incl. The Metamorphosis
(14)  The Trial (1925) [fiction: novel]
(8)  The Castle (1926) [fiction: novel]
(3)  Amerika (1927) [fiction: novel]
(2)  The Blue Octavo Notebook (1917-1919) [non-fiction: journals]
(2)  Diaries (1910-1923) [non-fiction: journals]
(2)  Parables, fragments, aphorisms

KAHLIL GIBRAN (1883-1931) [Lebanon, US] [English, Arabic]
(2)  The Prophet (1923) [fiction: poetry/essays]

JOHN MAYNARD KEYNES (1883-1946) [UK]
(5)  The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money (1936) [non-fiction: economics]

NIKOS KAZANTZAKIS (1883-1957) [Greece]
(4)  Zorba the Greek (1946) [fiction: novel]

WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS (1883-1963) [US]
(3)  Paterson (1946-1958) [poetry]
(3)  Poems

YEVGENY ZAMYATIN (1884-1937) [USSR]
(2)  We (1921) [fiction: novel]

ARTHUR RANSOME (1884-1967) [UK]
(2)  Swallows and Amazons (1930) [fiction: children’s literature]

D. H. LAWRENCE (1885-1930) [UK]
(11)  Sons and Lovers (1913) [fiction: novel]
(6)  The Rainbow (1915) [fiction: novel]
(6)  Women in Love (1920) [fiction: novel]
(5)  Lady Chatterley’s Lover (1928) [fiction: novel]
(2)  Stories

SINCLAIR LEWIS (1885-1951) [US]
(4)  Main Street (1920) [fiction: novel]
(4)  Babbitt (1922) [fiction: novel]

ISAK DINESEN (1885-1962) [Denmark]
(8)  Out of Africa (1937) [non-fiction: memoir]

FRANÇOIS MAURIAC (1885–1970) [France]
(2)  Thérèse Desqueyroux (1927) [fiction: novel]

EZRA POUND (1885-1972) [US, UK, Italy]
(4)  The Cantos (1917–1972) [poetry]
(2)  Personae: Collected Poems (1926) [poetry]

HENRY ALAIN-FOURNIER (1886-1914) [France]
(3)  Le Grand Meaulnes (1913) [fiction: novel]

HERMANN BROCH (1886-1951) [Austria]
(3)  The Death of Virgil (1945) [fiction: novel]

JUN’ICHIRŌ TANIZAKI (1886-1965) [Japan]
(3)  The Makioka Sisters (1948) [fiction: novel]
(2)  Seven Japanese Tales (1910-1961) [fiction: short stories]

GEORG TRAKL (1887-1914) [Austria]
(2)  Poems

MARIANNE MOORE (1887-1972) [US]
(5)  Poems

SAINT-JOHN PERSE (1887-1975) [France]
(2)  Anabasis (1924) [poetry]
(2)  Amers (1957) [poetry]
(2)  Birds (1963) [poetry]
(2)  Exile and Other Poems (1911-1975) [poetry]

KATHERINE MANSFIELD (1888-1923) [New Zealand, UK]
(3)  Stories (1912-1923) [fiction: stories]
(2)  The Garden Party (1922) [fiction: stories]

FERNANDO PESSOA (1888-1935) [Portugal]
(5)  The Book of Disquiet (1935) [fiction: novel]
(2)  Poems

T.E. LAWRENCE (1888-1935) [UK]
(2)  The Seven Pillars of Wisdom (1922) [non-fiction: memoir]

EUGENE O’NEILL (1888-1953) [US]
(8)  Long Day’s Journey Into Night (1940) [drama]
(4)  The Iceman Cometh (1939) [drama]
(3)  Mourning Becomes Electra (1931) [drama]
(2)  Strange Interlude (1928) [drama]

RAYMOND CHANDLER (1888-1959) [US]
(5)  The Big Sleep (1939) [fiction: crime novel]
(2)  The Long Goodbye (1953) [fiction: crime novel]

T. S. ELIOT (1888-1965) [US, UK]
(8)  Poems, incl. The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, The Waste Land, The Hollow Men
(6)  Murder in the Cathedral (1935) [drama]
(3)  The Cocktail Party (1949) [drama]
(2)  Sweeney Agonistes (1926) [drama]
(2)  The Family Reunion (1939) [drama]
(2)  The Confidential Clerk (1953) [drama]
(2)  Selected Essays (1939-1957) [non-fiction: essays]
(2)  The Elder Statesman (1958) [drama]

JOHN CROWE RANSOM (1888-1974) [US]
(2)  Poems

ADOLF HITLER (1889-1945) [Austria, Germany]
(2)  Mein Kampf (1925) [non-fiction: memoir/political philosophy]

GEORGE S. KAUFMAN (1889-1961) [US] and MOSS HART (1904-1961) [US]
(2)  You Can’t Take It With You (1936) [drama]

JEAN COCTEAU (1889-1963) [France]
(4)  Les Enfants Terribles (1929) [fiction: novel]
(3)  Orpheus (1925) [drama]
(2)  The Infernal Machine (1934) [drama]

ANNA AKHMATOVA (1889-1966) [USSR]
(4)  Poems, incl. Requiem

CONRAD AIKEN (1889-1973) [US]
(2)  Poems

H.P. LOVECRAFT (1890-1937) [US]
(2)  At the Mountains of Madness (1936) [fiction: novella]

KAREL CAPEK (1890-1938) [Czech Republic]
(2)  R.U.R. (1921) [drama]

BORIS PASTERNAK (1890-1960) [USSR]
(8)  Doctor Zhivago (1957) [fiction: novel]

AGATHA CHRISTIE (1890-1976) [UK]
(3)  The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926) [fiction: crime novel]

JEAN RHYS (1890-1979) [Dominica, UK]
(4)  Wide Sargasso Sea (1966) [fiction: novel]

KATHERINE ANNE PORTER (1890-1980) [US]
(4)  Collected Stories (1965) [fiction: short stories]

OSIP MANDELSTAM (1891-1938) [USSR]
(2)  Poems

MIKHAIL BULGAKOV (1891-1940) [USSR]
(7)  The Master and Margarita (1929-1939; pub. 1966) [fiction: novel]

ZORA NEALE HURSTON (1891-1960) [US]
(4)  Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937) [fiction: novel]

HENRY MILLER (1891-1980) [US]
(5)  Tropic of Cancer (1934) [fiction: novel]

AKUTAGAWA RYUNOSUKE (1892-1927) [Japan]
(3)  Rashomon and Other Stories (1915) [fiction: short stories]

CÉSAR VALLEJO (1892-1938) [Peru]
(2)  Poems

MARINA TSVETAEVA (1892-1941) [USSR]
(2)  Poems

KONSTANTIN PAUSTOVSKY (1892-1968) [USSR]
(2)  Years of Hope: The Story of a Life (1946) [non-fiction: memoir]

REINHOLD NIEBUHR (1892-1971) [US]
(3)  The Nature and Destiny of Man (1943) [non-fiction: religion]

PEARL BUCK (1892-1973) [US]
(5)  The Good Earth (1931) [fiction: novel]

J.R.R. TOLKIEN (1892-1973) [UK]
(6)  The Lord of the Rings (1956) [fiction: fantasy novels]
(3)  The Hobbit (1937) [fiction: fantasy novel]

IVO ANDRIĆ (1892-1975) [Bosnia, Serbia] [Serbo-Croatian]
(3)  The Bridge on the Drina (1945) [fiction: novel]

JAMES M. CAIN (1892-1977) [US]
(4)  The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934) [fiction: crime novel]

ARCHIBALD MACLEISH (1892-1982) [US]
(2)  Collected Poems 1917-1952 (1952) [poetry]
(2)  J.B. (1958) [drama]

REBECCA WEST (1892-1983) [UK]
(2)  Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (1941) [non-fiction: travel/history]

DUMAS MALONE (1892-1986) [US]
(2)  Jefferson and His Time (1948-1981) [non-fiction: history/biography]

WILFRED OWEN (1893-1918) [US]
(2)  Poems

VLADIMIR MAYAKOVSKY (1893-1930) [USSR]
(4)  Poems
(3)  The Bedbug (1929) [drama]

DEAN ACHESON (1893-1971) [US]
(2)  Present at the Creation (1969) [non-fiction: memoir]

MAO ZEDONG (1893-1976) [China]
(5)  Quotations From Chairman Mao Tse-Tung (1964-1976) [non-fiction: sayings]

JOSEPH ROTH (1894-1939) [Austria]
(3)  The Radetzky March (1932) [fiction: novel]

ISAAK BABEL (1894–1940) [USSR]
(4)  Stories

DASHIELL HAMMETT (1894-1961) [US]
(5)  The Maltese Falcon (1929) [fiction: crime novel]
(2)  The Thin Man (1934) [fiction: crime novel]

LOUIS-FERDINAND CÉLINE (1894-1961) [France]
(10)  Journey to the End of the Night (1932) [fiction: novel]

E. E. CUMMINGS (1894-1962) [US]
(2)  Poems

ALDOUS HUXLEY (1894-1963) [UK]
(9)  Brave New World (1932) [fiction: novel]
(3)  Point Counter Point (1928) [fiction: novel]
(2)  Antic Hay (1923) [fiction: novel]
(2)  Eyeless in Gaza (1936) [fiction: novel]

JEAN TOOMER (1894-1967) [US]
(2)  Cane (1923) [fiction: novel]

JEAN GIONO (1895-1970) [France]
(2)  The Horseman on the Roof (1951) [fiction: novel]

EDMUND WILSON (1895-1972) [US]
(2)  Patriotic Gore (1962) [non-fiction: criticism]

L.P. HARTLEY (1895-1972) [UK]
(2)  The Go-Between (1953) [fiction: novel]

DAVID JONES (1895-1974) [UK]
(3)  In Parenthesis (1937) [poetry: epic]
(2)  The Anathemata (1952) [poetry]

ALBERT COHEN (1895-1981) [Switzerland] [French]
(2)  Belle du Seigneur (1968) [fiction: novel]

ROBERT GRAVES (1895-1985) [UK]
(3)  Goodbye to All That (1929) [non-fiction: memoir]
(3)  I, Claudius (1934) [fiction: novel]
(2)  Poems

LEWIS MUMFORD (1895-1990) [US]
(2)  The City in History (1961) [non-fiction: history/urban studies]

F. SCOTT FITZGERALD (1896-1940) [US]
(11)  The Great Gatsby (1925) [fiction: novel]
(6)  Tender is the Night (1934) [fiction: novel]
(2)  This Side of Paradise (1920) [fiction: novel]

MARJORIE KINNAN RAWLINGS (1896-1953) [US]
(2)  The Yearling (1938) [fiction: novel]

GIUSEPPE TOMASI DI LAMPEDUSA (1896-1957) [Italy]
(6)  The Leopard (1958) [fiction: novel]

TRISTAN TZARA (1896-1953) [Romania, France] [French]
(2)  Seven Dada Manifestos (1918-1921?) [non-fiction: criticism]

ANDRÉ BRETON  (1896-1966) [France]
(5)  Nadja (1928) [fiction: novel]
(2)  Poems

JOHN DOS PASSOS (1896-1970) [US]
(6)  The 42nd Parallel (USA Trilogy I) (1930) [fiction: novel]
(6)  1919 (USA Trilogy II) (1932) [fiction: novel]
(6)  The Big Money (USA Trilogy III) (1936) [fiction: novel]
(2)  Manhattan Transfer (1925) [fiction: novel]

WILLIAM FAULKNER (1897-1962) [US]
(12)  The Sound and the Fury (1929) [fiction: novel]
(8)  Absalom, Absalom! (1936) [fiction: novel]
(7)  As I Lay Dying (1930) [fiction: novel]
(6)  Light in August (1932) [fiction: novel]
(5)  Stories
(2)  The Hamlet (1940) [fiction: novel]
(2)  A Fable (1954) [fiction: novel]

GEORGES BATAILLE (1897-1962) [France]
(2)  Blue of Noon (1935-1936) [fiction: novella]

THORNTON WILDER (1897-1975) [US]
(6)  Our Town (1938) [drama]
(4)  The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1927) [fiction: novel]
(4)  The Skin of Our Teeth (1942) [drama]

KENNETH BURKE (1897-1993) [US]
(2)  A Rhetoric of Motives (1950) [non-fiction: criticism]

FEDERICO GARCÍA LORCA (1898-1936) [Spain]
(5)  Gypsy Ballads (1928) [poetry]
(4)  Blood Wedding (1932) [drama]
(4)  Selected Poems (1918-1936) [poetry]
(3)  The House of Bernarda Alba (1936) [drama]
(2)  Yerma (1934) [drama]

BERTOLT BRECHT (1898-1956) [German]
(5)  Mother Courage and Her Children (1938-1939) [drama]
(5)  The Caucasian Chalk Circle (1943-1945) [drama]
(4)  The Good Woman of Setzuan (1939-1942) [drama]
(3)  The Threepenny Opera (1928) [drama] 
(2)  Galileo (1937-1939) [drama]

C.S. LEWIS (1898-1963) [UK]
(3)  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950) [fiction: children’s literature]

ERICH MARIA REMARQUÉ (1898-1970) [German]
(7)  All Quiet on the Western Front (1929) [fiction: novel]

HART CRANE (1899-1932) [US]
(2)  Poems, incl. The Bridge

NEVIL SHUTE (1899-1960) [UK, Australia]
(3)  A Town Like Alice (1950) [fiction: crime novel]

ERNEST  HEMINGWAY (1899-1961) [US]
(10)  The Old Man and the Sea (1952) [fiction: novel]
(8)  The Sun Also Rises (1926) [fiction: novel]
(7)  For Whom The Bell Tolls (1940) [fiction: novel]
(6)  A Farewell to Arms (1929) [fiction: novel]
(4)  Complete Short Stories (1923-1961) [fiction: stories]
(2)  In Our Time (1925) [fiction: short stories]
(2)  A Moveable Feast (1964) [non-fiction: memoir]

LAO SHE (1899-1966) [China]
(3)  Rickshaw Boy (Camel Xiangzi) (1937) [fiction: novel]

YASUNARI KAWABATA (1899-1972) [Japan]
(5)  Snow Country (1948) [fiction: novel]
(2)  The Sound of the Mountain (1949-1954) [fiction: novel]

NOËL COWARD
(1899-1973) [US]
(2)  Private Lives (1930) [drama]

ELIZABETH BOWEN (1899-1973) [Ireland]
(2)  The House in Paris (1935) [fiction: novel]
(2)  The Death of the Heart (1938) [fiction: novel]

MIGUEL ÁNGEL ASTURIAS (1899-1974) [Guatemala]
(2)  Men of Maize (1949) [fiction: novel]

VLADIMIR NABOKOV (1899-1977) [Russia, Germany, US] [Russian, English]
(12)  Lolita (1955) [fiction: novel]
(6)  Pale Fire (1962) [fiction: novel]
(4)  Speak, Memory (1951) [non-fiction: memoir]
(2)  Ada or Ardor (1969) [fiction: novel]

BRUCE CATTON (1899-1978) [US]
(2)  A Stillness at Appomattox (1953) [non-fiction: history]

E.B. WHITE (1899-1985) [US]
(2)  Charlotte’s Web (1952) [fiction: children’s novel]

JORGE LUIS BORGES (1899-1986) [Argentina]
(11)  Ficciones (1944) [fiction: stories]
(11)  Labyrinths (1962) [fiction/non-fiction: stories/essays]
(7)  The Aleph and Other Stories (1949) [fiction: stories]
(6)  Dreamtigers (The Maker) (1960) [fiction/non-fiction: stories/essays/poems]
(2)  A Personal Anthology (1961) [fiction/non-fiction: stories/essays/poems]

THOMAS WOLFE (1900-1938) [US]
(4)  Look Homeward, Angel (1929) [fiction: novel]

ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPÉRY (1900-1944) [France]
(8)  The Little Prince (1943) [fiction: children’s literature]
(2)  Night Flight (1931) [fiction: novel]

MARGARET MITCHELL (1900-1949) [US]
(9)  Gone With The Wind (1936) [fiction: novel]

RICHARD HUGHES (1900-1976) [UK]
(2)  A High Wind in Jamaica (1929) [fiction: novel]

JACQUES PRÉVERT (1900-1977) [France]
(2)  Paroles (1946) [poetry]

SÁNDOR MÁRAI (1900-1989) [Hungary]
(2)  Embers (1942) [fiction: novel]

LEWIS GRASSIC GIBBON (1901-1935) [UK: Scotland]
(2)  Sunset Song (A Scots Quair I) (1932) [fiction: novel]

ANDRÉ MALRAUX (1901-1976) [France]
(5)  Man’s Fate (1933) [fiction: novel]

LANGSTON HUGHES (1902-1967) [US]
(3)  Poems

JOHN STEINBECK (1902-1968) [US]
(12)  The Grapes of Wrath (1940) [fiction: novel]
(5)  Of Mice and Men (1937) [fiction: novella]
(2)  East of Eden (1952) [fiction: novella]

STEVIE SMITH (1902-1971) [UK]
(2)  Poems

CHRISTINA STEAD (1902-1983) [Australia]
(2)  The Man Who Loved Children (1940) [fiction: novel]

STELLA GIBBONS (1902-1989) [UK]
(2)  Cold Comfort Farm (1932) [fiction: novel]

ISAAC BASHEVIS SINGER (1902-1991) [US] [Yiddish]
(3)  The Family Moskat (1950) [fiction: novel]

ERIK ERIKSON (1902-1994) [Germany, US] [English]
(2)  Gandhi’s Truth (1969) [non-fiction: psychology/biography]

HALLDÓR LAXNESS (1902-1998) [Iceland]
(6)  Independent People (1935) [fiction: novel]

NATHANAEL WEST (1903-1940) [US]
(3)  Miss Lonelyhearts (1933) [fiction: novel]
(3)  The Day of the Locust (1939) [fiction: novel]

GEORGE ORWELL (1903-1950) [UK]
(15)  Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) [fiction: novel]
(8)  Animal Farm (1945) [fiction: novel]
(3)  Homage to Catalonia (1938) [non-fiction: memoir]
(2)  Burmese Days (1934) [fiction: novel]
(2)  Essays

EVELYN WAUGH (1903-1966) [UK]
(5)  Brideshead Revisited (1945) [fiction: novel]
(4)  A Handful of Dust (1934) [fiction: novel]
(3)  Scoop (1938) [fiction: novel]
(2)  Vile Bodies (1930) [fiction: novel]

JOHN WYNDHAM (1903-1969) [UK]
(4)  Day of the Triffids (1951) [fiction: sci-fi novel]

RAYMOND QUENEAU (1903-1976) [France]
(2)  Zazie in the Metro (1959) [fiction: novel]

ERSKINE CALDWELL (1903-1987) [US]
(3)  Tobacco Road (1932) [fiction: novel]

MARGUERITE YOURCENAR (1903-1987) [Belgium, France] [French]
(5)  Memoirs of Hadrian (1951) [fiction: novel]

ALAN PATON (1903-1988) [South Africa]
(5)  Cry, The Beloved Country (1948) [fiction: novel]

BRUNO BETTELHEIM (1903-1990) [Austria, U.S.] [English]
(3)  The Uses of Enchantment (1976) [non-fiction: psychology/criticism]

A.J. LIEBLING (1904-1963) [US]
(2)  The Sweet Science (1956) [non-fiction: sports essays]

PABLO NERUDA (1904-1973) [Chile]
(4)  Selected Poems (1923-1974) [poetry]
(3)  Residence on Earth (1933-1935) [poetry]
(3)  Canto General (1943) [poetry: epic]

JAMES T. FARRELL (1904-1979) [US]
(3)  Young Lonigan (Studs Lonigan Trilogy I) (1932) [fiction: novel]
(3)  The Young Manhood of Studs Lonigan (Studs Lonigan Trilogy II) (1934) [fiction: novel]
(3)  Judgment Day (Studs Lonigan Trilogy III) (1935) [fiction: novel]

ALEJO CARPENTIER (1904-1980) [Cuba]
(4)  The Lost Steps (1953) [fiction: novel]
(3)  The Kingdom of This World (1949) [fiction: novella]

CHRISTOPHER ISHERWOOD (1904-1986) [UK, US]
(3)  The Berlin Stories (1945) [fiction: short novels]

GRAHAM GREENE (1904-1991) [UK]
(5)  The Power and the Glory (1940) [fiction: novel]
(4)  Brighton Rock (1938) [fiction: novel]
(4)  The Heart of the Matter (1948) [fiction: novel]
(3)  The Quiet American (1955) [fiction: novel]
(2)  The Third Man (1949) [fiction: novella]
(2)  The End of the Affair (1951) [fiction: novella]

WILLIAM L. SHIRER (1904-1993) [US]
(2)  The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (1960) [non-fiction: history]

RICHARD EBERHART (1904-2005) [US]
(2)  Collected Poems, 1930-1976 (1976) [poetry]

GEORGE F. KENNAN (1904-2005) [US]
(2)  Memoirs 1925-1963 (1967, 1972) [non-fiction: memoirs]

ATTILA JÓZSEF (1905-1937) [Hungary]
(2)  Perched on Nothing’s Branch (1922-1937) [poetry]

JOHN O’HARA (1905-1970) [US]
(4)  Appointment in Samarra (1934) [fiction: novel]
(3)  Stories, incl. The Doctor’s Son

HENRY GREEN (1905-1973) [UK]
(5)  Loving (1945) [fiction: novel]
(2)  Party Going (1939) [fiction: novel]

JEAN-PAUL SARTRE (1905-1980) [France]
(5)  Nausea (1938) [fiction: novel]
(4)  No Exit (1944) [drama]
(3)  Being and Nothingness (1943) [non-fiction: philosophy]
(2)  The Age of Reason (Roads to Freedom I) [fiction: novel]
(2)  The Words (1964) [non-fiction: memoir]

AYN RAND (1905-1982) [Russia, US] [English]
(2)  The Fountainhead (1943) [fiction: novel]

ARTHUR KOESTLER (1905-1983) [Hungary, UK] [German]
(3)  Darkness at Noon (1940) [fiction: novel]

LILLIAN HELLMAN (1905-1984) [US]
(3)  The Little Foxes (1939) [drama]

MIKHAIL SHOLOKHOV (1905-1984) [Russia]
(2)  And Quiet Flows the Don (1928-1940) [fiction: novel]

ENCHI FUMIKO (1905-1986) [Japan]
(2)  The Waiting Years (1957) [fiction: novel]
(2)  Masks (1958) [fiction: novel]

ROBERT PENN WARREN (1905-1989) [US]
(6)  All the King’s Men (1946) [fiction: novel]
(2)  Promises: Poems 1954-1956 (1957) [poetry]

ELIAS CANETTI (1905-1994) [Bulgaria, UK] [German]
(2)  Auto-da-Fé (1935) [fiction: novel]

ANTHONY POWELL (1905-2000) [UK]
(3)  A Dance to the Music of Time (1951-1975) [fiction: novels]

CLIFFORD ODETS (1906-1963) [US]
(2)  Awake and Sing! (1935) [drama]

T.H. WHITE (1906-1964) [UK]
(3)  The Once and Future King (1958) [fiction: novel]

DINO BUZZATI (1906-1972) [Italy]
(3)  The Tartar Steppe (1940) [fiction: novel]

HANNAH ARENDT (1906-1975) [Germany, US] [English]
(2)  The Origins of Totalitarianism (1951) [non-fiction: political philosophy]

SAMUEL BECKETT (1906-1989) [Ireland, France] [English, French]
(11)  Waiting for Godot (1953) [drama]
(5)  Molloy (Three Novels I) (1951) [fiction: novel]
(5)  Malone Dies (Three Novels II) (1951) [fiction: novel]
(5)  The Unnameable (Three Novels III) (1953) [fiction: novel]
(4)  Endgame (1957) [drama]
(3)  Krapp’s Last Tape (1958) [drama]
(2)  Murphy (1938) [fiction: novel]
(2)  Watt (1945) [fiction: novel]
(2)  How It Is (1961) [fiction: novel]

HENRY ROTH (1906-1995) [US]
(3)  Call It Sleep (1934) [fiction: novel]

R.K. NARAYAN (1906-2001) [India] [English]
(2)  The Guide (1958) [fiction: novel]
(2)  The Financial Expert (1952) [fiction: novel]

LÉOPOLD SÉDAR SENGHOR (1906-2001) [Senegal] [French]
(2)  Poems

LOUIS MACNEICE (1907-1963) [Ireland]
(2)  Poems

RACHEL CARSON (1907-1964) [US]
(4)  Silent Spring (1962) [non-fiction: science/environment]

W. H. AUDEN (1907-1973) [UK, US]
(4)  Poems

ROBERT HEINLEIN (1907-1988) [US]
(2)  Stranger in a Strange Land (1961) [fiction: sci-fi novel]

DAPHNE DUMAURIER (1907-1989) [UK]
(7)  Rebecca (1938) [fiction: novel]

ALBERTO MORAVIA (1907-1990) [Italy]
(2)  The Time of Indifference (1929) [fiction: novel]
(2)  A Ghost at Noon (Contempt) (1954) [fiction: novel]

LEON EDEL (1907-1997) [US, Canada]
(3)  Henry James: A Life (1953-1972) [non-fiction: biography]

ASTRID LINDGREN (1907-2002) [Sweden]
(3)  Pippi Longstocking (1945) [fiction: children’s novel]

RICHARD WRIGHT (1908-1960) [US]
(8)  Native Son (1940) [fiction: novel]
(2)  Black Boy (1945) [non-fiction: memoir]

THEODORE ROETHKE (1908-1963) [US]
(2)  Poems

JOÃO GUIMARÃES ROSA (1908-1967) [Brazil]
(4)  The Devil to Pay in the Backlands (1956) [fiction: novel]

WILLIAM SAROYAN (1908-1981) [US]
(3)  The Time of Your Life (1939) [drama]

MERCÈ RODOREDA (1908-1983) [Spain] [Catalan]
(2)  The Time of the Doves (1962) [fiction: novel]

SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR (1908-1986) [France]
(8)  The Second Sex (1949) [non-fiction: sociology]

WILLIAM MAXWELL (1908-2000) [US]
(3)  So Long, See You Tomorrow (1980) [fiction: novel]

DEE BROWN (1908-2002) [US]
(2)  Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (1970) [non-fiction: history]

CLAUDE LÉVI-STRAUSS (1908-2009) [France]
(2)  Tristes Tropiques (1955) [non-fiction: anthropology/memoir]

JAMES AGEE (1909-1955) [US] 
(4)  Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (with Walker Evans) (1941) [non-fiction: journalism/essay]
(2)  A Death in the Family (1957) [fiction: novel]

MALCOLM LOWRY (1909-1957) [UK]
(8)  Under the Volcano (1947) [fiction: novel]

T. HARRY WILLIAMS (1909-1979) [US]
(2)  Huey Long (1969) [non-fiction: biography]

NELSON ALGREN (1909-1981) [US]
(3)  The Man with the Golden Arm (1949) [fiction: novel]

JOSEPH P. LASH (1909-1987) [US]
(2)  Eleanor and Franklin (1971) [non-fiction: biography]

WALLACE STEGNER (1909-1993) [US]
(4)  Angle of Repose (1971) [fiction: novel]

EUGÈNE IONESCO (1909-1994) [Romania, France] [French]
(4)  The Bald Soprano (1950) [drama]
(3)  The Chairs (1952) [drama]
(2)  Rhinoceros (1959) [drama]

EUDORA WELTY (1909-2001) [US]
(2)  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty (1980) [fiction: short stories]

ERNST GOMBRICH (1909-2001) [Austria, UK] [English]
(3)  The Story of Art (1950) [non-fiction: art history/criticism]

JEAN GENET (1910-1986) [France]
(3)  Our Lady of the Flowers (1942-1943) [fiction: novel]
(2)  The Balcony (1955-1959) [drama]

JEAN ANOUILH (1910-1987) [France]
(2)  Antigone (1944) [drama]

PAUL BOWLES (1910-1999) [US, Morocco]
(3)  The Sheltering Sky (1949) [fiction: novel]

JULIEN GRACQ (1910-2007) [France]
(3)  The Opposing Shore (1951) [fiction: novel]

FLANN O’BRIEN (1911-1966) [Ireland]
(3)  At Swim-Two-Birds (1939) [fiction: novel]
(3)  The Third Policeman (1939-1940) [fiction: novel]

MERVYN PEAKE (1911-1968) [UK]
(4)  Titus Groan (The Gormenghast Trilogy I) (1946) [fiction: fantasy novel]
(4)  Gormenghast (The Gormenghast Trilogy II) (1950) [fiction: fantasy novel]
(3)  Titus Alone (The Gormenghast Trilogy III) (1959) [fiction: fantasy novel]

ELIZABETH BISHOP (1911-1979) [US]
(3)  The Complete Poems: 1927-1979 (1983) [poetry]

MARSHALL MCLUHAN (1911-1980) [Canada]
(2)  The Medium is the Message (1967) [non-fiction: media theory]

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS (1911-1983) [US]
(6)  A Streetcar Named Desire (1947) [drama]
(4)  The Glass Menagerie (1944) [drama]
(3)  Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955) [drama]

MAX FRISCH (1911-1991) [Switzerland] [German]
(4)  I’m Not Stiller (1954) [fiction: novel]

WILLIAM GOLDING (1911-1993) [UK]
(5)  Lord of the Flies (1954) [fiction: novel]
(2)  Rites of Passage (1980) [fiction: novel]

NAGUIB MAHFOUZ (1911-2006) [Egypt] [Arabic]
(4)  Palace Walk (The Cairo Trilogy I) (1956) [fiction: novel]
(3)  Palace of Desire (The Cairo Trilogy II) (1957) [fiction: novel]
(3)  Sugar Street (The Cairo Trilogy III) (1957) [fiction: novel]
(2)  Children of Gebelawi (1959) [fiction: novel]

JOHN CHEEVER (1912-1982) [US]
(7)  The Stories of John Cheever (1978) [fiction: short stories]
(3)  The Wapshot Chronicle (1957) [fiction: novel]

ELSA MORANTE (1912-1985) [Italy]
(2)  History (1974) [fiction: novel]

BARBARA TUCHMAN (1912-1989) [US]
(2)  The Guns of August (1962) [non-fiction: history]
(2)  A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century (1978) [non-fiction: history]

LAWRENCE DURRELL (1912-1990) [UK]
(4)  Justine (The Alexandria Quartet I) (1957) [fiction: novel]
(4)  Balthazar (The Alexandria Quartet II) (1958) [fiction: novel]
(4)  Mountolive (The Alexandria Quartet III) (1958) [fiction: novel]
(4)  Clea (The Alexandria Quartet IV) (1960) [fiction: novel]

PATRICK WHITE (1912-1990) [Australia]
(4)  Voss (1957) [fiction: novel]

STUDS TERKEL (1912-2008) [US]
(2)  Working (1974) [non-fiction: oral history]

PAUL ÉLUARD (1913-1952) [France]
(2)  Poems

ALBERT CAMUS (1913-1960) [France]
(15)  The Stranger (1942) [fiction: novel]
(6)  The Plague (1947) [fiction: novel]
(3)  The Fall (1956) [fiction: novel]
(2)  The Rebel (1951) [non-fiction: philosophy/essays]

WILLIAM INGE (1913-1973) [US]
(2)  Picnic (1953) [drama]

ROBERT HAYDEN (1913-1980) [US]
(2)  Collected Poems (1985) [poetry]

LEWIS THOMAS (1913-1993) [US]
(6)  The Lives of a Cell (1974) [non-fiction: science]
(2)  The Medusa and the Snail (1979) [non-fiction: science]

ROBERTSON DAVIES (1913-1995) [Canada]
(2)  Fifth Business (The Deptford Trilogy I) (1970) [fiction: novel]

AIMÉ CÉSAIRE (1913-2008) [France]
(2)  Poems

DYLAN THOMAS (1914-1953) [UK: Wales]
(3)  Collected Poems 1934-1952 (1952) [poetry]

ROMAIN GARY (1914-1980) [France]
(2)  The Roots of Heaven (1956) [fiction: novel]

JULIO CORTÁZAR (1914-1984) [Argentina]
(2)  Hopscotch (1963) [fiction: novel]

BERNARD MALAMUD (1914-1986) [US]
(4)  The Fixer (1966) [fiction: novel]

JOHN HERSEY (1914-1993) [US]
(3)  Hiroshima (1946) [non-fiction: journalism]

RALPH ELLISON (1914-1994) [US]
(12)  Invisible Man (1952) [fiction: novel]

MARGUERITE DURAS (1914-1996) [France]
(4)  The Lover (1984) [fiction: novel]
(2)  The Ravishing of Lol V. Stein (1964) [fiction: novel]

WILLIAM BURROUGHS (1914-1997) [US]
(3)  Naked Lunch (1959) [fiction: novel]

OCTAVIO PAZ (1914-1998) [Mexico]
(4)  The Labyrinth of Solitude (1963) [non-fiction: essays]
(2)  Poems

PATRICK O’BRIAN (1914-2000) [UK]
(2)  Master and Commander (1969) [fiction: novel]

THOR HEYERDAHL (1914-2002) [Norway]
(2)  The Kon-Tiki Expedition (1948) [non-fiction: memoir/anthropology]

THEODORE H. WHITE (1915-1986) [US]
(2)  The Making of the President 1960 (1961) [non-fiction: journalism]

SAUL BELLOW (1915-2005) [US]
(6)  The Adventures of Augie March (1953) [fiction: novel]
(5)  Herzog (1964) [fiction: novel]
(4)  Henderson the Rain King (1959) [fiction: novel]
(3)  Seize the Day (1956) [fiction: novel]
(3)  Humboldt’s Gift (1975) [fiction: novel]

ARTHUR MILLER (1915-2005) [US]
(6)  Death of a Salesman (1949) [drama]
(3)  The Crucible (1952) [drama]

WALKER PERCY (1916-1990) [US]
(5)  The Moviegoer (1961) [fiction: novel]

SHELBY FOOTE (1916-2005) [US]
(2)  The Civil War (1958-1974) [non-fiction: history]

CARSON MCCULLERS (1917-1967) [US]
(4)  The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1940) [fiction: novel]

ROBERT LOWELL (1917-1977) [US]
(3)  Poems

HEINRICH BÖLL (1917-1985) [Germany]
(2)  Billiards at Half-Past Nine (1959) [fiction: novel]
(2)  The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (1974) [fiction: novel]

JUAN RULFO (1917-1986) [Mexico]
(4)  Pedro Páramo (1955) [fiction: novel]

ANTHONY BURGESS (1917-1993) [UK]
(5)  A Clockwork Orange (1962) [fiction: novel]

PETER TAYLOR (1917-1994) [US]
(2)  A Summons to Memphis (1986) [fiction: novel]

R.W.B. LEWIS (1917-2002) [US]
(2)  Edith Wharton: A Biography (1975) [non-fiction: biography]

ARTHUR M. SCHLESINGER, JR. (1917-2007) [US]
(2)  The Age of Jackson (1945) [non-fiction: history]
(2)  A Thousand Days (1965) [non-fiction: history/biography]

ARTHUR C. CLARKE (1917-2008) [UK, Sri Lanka]
(2)  2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) [fiction: sci-fi novel]

WILLIAM H. MCNEILL (1917- ) [US]
(2)  The Rise of the West (1963) [non-fiction: history]

RICHARD ELLMANN (1918-1987) [US]
(2)  James Joyce (1959) [non-fiction: biography]
(2)  Oscar Wilde (1987) [non-fiction: biography]

WALTER JACKSON BATE (1918-1999) [US]
(3)  Samuel Johnson (1977) [non-fiction: biography]

MURIEL SPARK (1918-2006) [UK: Scotland]
(3)  The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961) [fiction: novel]

ALEKSANDR SOLZHENITSYN (1918-2008) [Russia]
(5)  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (1962) [fiction: novel]
(5)  The Gulag Archipelago (1973) [non-fiction: history/essay]
(4)  The Cancer Ward (1967) [fiction: novel]
(3)  The First Circle (1968) [fiction: novel]

JAMES MACGREGOR BURNS (1918- ) [US]
(2)  Roosevelt: The Soldier of Freedom (1970) [non-fiction: biography]

PRIMO LEVI (1919-1987) [Italy]
(5)  If This Is a Man (Survival in Auschwitz) (1947) [non-fiction: memoir]
(3)  The Periodic Table (1975) [fiction: novel]
(2)  If Not Now, When? (1984) [fiction: novel]

IRIS MURDOCH (1919-1999) [Ireland, UK]
(3)  Under the Net (1954) [fiction: novel]
(3)  The Sea, The Sea (1978) [fiction: novel]
(2)  The Black Prince (11973) [fiction: novel]

J. D. SALINGER (1919-2010) [US]
(10)  The Catcher in the Rye (1951) [fiction: novel]
(2)  Franny and Zooey (1961) [fiction: novellas]

DORIS LESSING (1919- ) [Zimbabwe, UK]
(6)  The Golden Notebook (1962) [fiction: novel]

PAUL CELAN (1920-1970) [Romania, France] [German]
(5)  Poems, incl. Death Fugue 

FRANK HERBERT (1920-1986) [US]
(2)  Dune (1965) [fiction: sci-fi novel]

ISAAC ASIMOV (1920-1992) [Russia, US] [English]
(3)  Foundation (Foundation Trilogy I) (1951) [fiction: sci-fi novel]
(2)  I, Robot (1950) [fiction: sci-fi short stories]

HOWARD NEMEROV (1920-1991) [US]
(2)  The Collected Poems (1977) [poetry]

AMOS TUTUOLA (1920-1997) [Nigeria] [English]
(4)  The Palm-Wine Drinkard (1946) [fiction: novel]

MARIO PUZO (1920-1999) [US]
(3)  The Godfather (1969) [fiction: novel]

RAY BRADBURY (1920-2012) [US]
(2)  The Martian Chronicles (1950) [fiction: sci-fi short stories]

JAMES JONES (1921-1977) [US]
(3)  From Here to Eternity (1951) [fiction: novel]

FRIEDRICH DÜRRENMATT (1921-1990) [Switzerland] [German]
(5)  The Visit (1956) [drama]

PATRICIA HIGHSMITH (1921-1995) [US]
(3)  The Talented Mr. Ripley (1955) [fiction: crime novel]

JOHN RAWLS (1921-2002) [US]
(2)  A Theory of Justice (1971) [non-fiction: political philosophy]

BETTY FRIEDAN (1921-2006) [US]
(4)  The Feminine Mystique (1963) [non-fiction: sociology]

STANISLAW LEM (1921-2006) [Poland]
(3)  Solaris (1961) [fiction: sci-fi novel]

RICHARD WILBUR (1921- ) [US]
(3)  Things of This World (1956) [poetry]
(2)  New and Collected Poems (1988) [poetry]

JACK KEROUAC (1922-1969) [US]
(6)  On the Road (1957) [fiction: novel]

PHILIP LARKIN (1922-1985) [UK]
(2)  Poems

HOWARD MOSS (1922-1987) [US]
(2)  New Selected Poems (1971) [poetry]

KINGSLEY AMIS (1922-1995) [UK]
(3)  Lucky Jim (1953) [fiction: novel]
(2)  The Old Devils (1986) [fiction: novel]

THOMAS KUHN (1922-1996) [US]
(5)  The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1962) [non-fiction: science]

WILLIAM GADDIS (1922-1998) [US]
(3)  The Recognitions (1955) [fiction: novel]

KURT VONNEGUT, JR. (1922-2007) [US]
(5)  Slaughterhouse-Five (1969) [fiction: novel]
(3)  Cat’s Cradle (1963) [fiction: novel]

ALAIN ROBBE-GRILLET (1922-2008) [France]
(4)  Jealousy (1957) [fiction: novel]

JOSÉ SARAMAGO (1922-2010) [Portugal]
(2)  Baltasar and Blimunda (1982) [fiction: novel]
(2)  Blindness (1995) [fiction: novel]

BRENDAN BEHAN (1923-1964) [Ireland] [English, Irish]
(2)  The Hostage (1958) [drama]

ITALO CALVINO (1923-1985) [Italy]
(5)  Invisible Cities (1972) [fiction: novel]
(5)  If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler (1979) [fiction: novel]
(4)  The Baron in the Trees (Our Ancestors Trilogy II) (1957) [fiction: novel] 
(2)  The Path to the Nest of Spiders (1947) [fiction: novel]
(2)  The Cloven Viscount (Our Ancestors Trilogy I) (1952) [fiction: novel]
(2)  The Non-Existent Knight (Our Ancestors Trilogy III) (1959) [fiction: novel]

JAMES DICKEY (1923-1997) [US]
(3)  Deliverance (1970) [fiction: novel]

JOSEPH HELLER (1923-1999) [US]
(6)  Catch-22 (1961) [fiction: novel]

ALAN DUGAN (1923-2003) [US]
(2)  Poems (1961) [poetry]

NORMAN MAILER (1923-2007) [US]
(4)  The Naked and the Dead (1948) [fiction: novel]
(3)  Armies of the Night (1968) [non-fiction: journalism/memoir]
(3)  The Executioner’s Song (1980) [fiction: novel]
(2)  Ancient Evenings (1983) [fiction: novel]

NADINE GORDIMER (1923- ) [South Africa]
(3)  The Conservationist (1974) [ficition: novel]
(2)  The Burger’s Daughter (1979) [fiction: novel]

TRUMAN CAPOTE (1924-1984) [US]
(7)  In Cold Blood (1966) [non-fiction novel]
(2)  Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1958) [fiction: novel]

JAMES BALDWIN (1924-1987) [US]
(4)  Go Tell It on the Mountain (1953) [fiction: novel]
(3)  Notes of a Native Son (1955) [non-fiction: essays]

E.P. THOMPSON (1924-1993) [UK]
(2)  The Making of the English Working Class (1963) [non-fiction: social history]

KOBO ABE (1924-1993) [Japan]
(3)  The Woman in the Dunes (1962) [fiction: novel]

PAUL FUSSELL (1924-2012) [US]
(4)  The Great War and Modern Memory (1975) [non-fiction: criticism]

MICHEL TOURNIER (1924- ) [France]
(3)  The Ogre (1970) [fiction: novel]
(2)  Friday (1967) [fiction: novel]

JOHN LEONARD CLIVE (1924- ) [UK]
(2)  Thomas Babington Macaulay (1973) [non-fiction: biography]

FRANZ FANON (1925-1961) [France, Algeria] [French]
(3)  The Wretched of the Earth (1961) [non-fiction: history/political philosophy]

FLANNERY O’CONNOR (1925-1964) [US]
(8)  Complete Stories (1971) [fiction: stories]
(3)  Wise Blood (1952) [fiction: novel]
(2)  The Violent Bear It Away (1960) [fiction: novel]

MALCOLM X (with Alex Haley) (1925-1965) [US]
(4)  The Autobiography of Malcolm X (1965) [non-fiction: memoir/biography]

YUKIO MISHIMA (1925-1970) [Japan]
(3)  The Sea of Fertility (tetralogy) (1970) [fiction: novels]
(2)  The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea (1963) [fiction: novel]

DONALD JUSTICE (1925-2004) [US]
(2)  Poems

WILLIAM STYRON (1925-2006) [US]
(6)  Sophie’s Choice (1979) [fiction: novel]

WILLIAM WHARTON (1925-2008) [US]
(2)  Birdy (1979?) [fiction: novel]

GORE VIDAL (1925-2012) [US]
(3)  Myra Breckenridge (1968) [fiction: novel]

ELMORE LEONARD (1925- ) [US]
(2)  Get Shorty (1990) [fiction: crime novel]

JUSTIN KAPLAN (1925- ) [US]
(2)  Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain (1966) [non-fiction: biography]

RICHARD YATES (1926-1992) [US]
(2)  Revolutionary Road (1961) [fiction: novel]

JAMES MERRILL (1926-1995) [US]
(3)  The Changing Light at Sandover (1982) [poetry]

ALLEN GINSBERG (1926-1997) [US]
(3)  Poems, incl. Howl

GINA BERRIAULT (1926-1999) [US]
(2)  Women in their Beds (1996) [fiction: short stories]

A.R. AMMONS (1926-2001) [US]
(2)  Collected Poems 1951-1971 (1972) [poetry]

JOHN FOWLES (1926-2005) [UK]
(3)  The Magus (1966) [fiction: novel]
(3)  The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1969) [fiction: novel]

HARPER LEE (1926 -) [US]
(6)  To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) [fiction: novel]

J.P. DONLEAVY (1926- ) [US, Ireland]
(2)  The Ginger Man (1955) [fiction: novel]

JOHN BERGER (1926- ) [UK]
(2)  G (1972) [fiction: novel]

GABRIEL GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ (1927- ) [Colombia]
(19)  One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) [fiction: novel]
(9)  Love in the Time of Cholera (1985) [fiction: novel]
(2)  Autumn of the Patriarch (1975) [fiction: novel]

GÜNTER GRASS (1927- ) [Germany]
(8)  The Tin Drum (1959) [fiction: novel]

W. S. MERWIN (1927- ) [US]
(2)  Poems

JOHN ASHBERY (1927- ) [US]
(4)  Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror (1975) [poetry]

RUTH PRAWER JHABVALA (1927- ) [Germany, UK, India, U.S.] [English]
(2)  Heat and Dust (1975) [fiction: novel]

NEIL SIMON (1927- ) [US]
(2)  Lost in Yonkers (1991) [drama]

GALWAY KINNELL (1927- ) [US]
(3)  Selected Poems (1982) [poetry]

PETER MATTHIESSEN (1927- ) [US]
(2)  The Snow Leopard (1978) [non-fiction: nature/travel]

PHILIP K. DICK (1928-1982) [US]
(2)  Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968) [fiction: sci-fi novel]

TAYEB SALIH (1928-2009) [Sudan] [Arabic]
(2)  Season of Migration to the North (1966) [fiction: novel]

CARLOS FUENTES (1928-2012) [Mexico]
(2)  Terra Nostra (1975) [fiction: novel]

EDWARD ALBEE (1928- ) [US]
(3)  Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1962) [drama]

JAMES WATSON (1928- ) [US]
(3)  The Double Helix (1968) [non-fiction: science]

ROBERT PIRSIG (1928- ) [US]
(3)  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974) [non-fiction: philosophy]

WILLIAM KENNEDY (1928- ) [US]
(5)  Ironweed (The Albany Cycle) (1983) [fiction: novel]

WILLIAM TREVOR (1928- ) [Ireland]
(2)  Fools of Fortune (1983) [fiction: novel]
(2)  Felicia’s Journey (1994) [fiction: novel]

MAYA ANGELOU (1928- ) [US]
(2)  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969) [non-fiction: memoir]

DONALD HALL (1928- ) [US]
(2)  The One Day (1988) [poetry]

ANNE FRANK (1929-1945) [Germany, The Netherlands] [Dutch]
(6)  The Diary of a Young Girl (1947) [non-fiction: memoir]

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. (1929-1968) [US]
(2)  Why We Can’t Wait (1964) [non-fiction: essay]

MARIAMA BÂ (1929-1981) [Senegal] [French]
(2)  So Long a Letter (1981) [fiction: novel]

JOHN OSBORNE (1929-1994) [UK]
(2)  Look Back in Anger (1956) [drama]

MILAN KUNDERA (1929- ) [Czech Republic]
(5)  The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1984) [fiction: novel]
(2)  The Joke (1967) [fiction: novel]

RICHARD HOWARD (1929- ) [US]
(2)  Untitled Subjects (1969) [poetry]

URSULA K. LEGUIN (1929- ) [US]
(2)  The Left Hand of Darkness (1969) [fiction: sci-fi novel]

IMRE KERTÉSZ (1929- ) [Hungary]
(2)  Fateless (1975) [fiction: novel]

ROBERT COLES (1929- ) [US]
(2)  Children of Crisis (1967-1977) [non-fiction: psychology/sociology]

E.O. WILSON (1929- ) [US]
(2)  On Human Nature (1979) [non-fiction: science]
(2)  The Ants (1990) (with Bert Hoelldobler) [non-fiction: science]

LEON F. LITWACK (1929- ) [US]
(2)  Been in the Storm So Long: The Aftermath of Slavery (1979) [non-fiction: history]

TED HUGHES (1930-1998) [UK]
(2)  Poems

HAROLD PINTER (1930-2008) [UK]
(4)  The Caretaker (1959) [drama]
(2)  The Homecoming (1964) [drama]

FRANK MCCOURT (1930-2009) [Ireland, US]
(2)  Angela’s Ashes (1996) [non-fiction: memoir]

JOHN ARDEN (1930-2012) [UK]
(2)  Serjeant Musgrave’s Dance (1959) [drama]

JOHN BARTH (1930- ) [US]
(2)  The Floating Opera (1956) [fiction: novel]
(2)  The End of the Road (1958) [fiction: novel]
(2)  Giles Goat-Boy (1966) [fiction: novel]

CHINUA ACHEBE (1930 – ) [Nigeria] [English]
(14)  Things Fall Apart (1958) [fiction: novel]
(2)  Arrow of God (1964) [fiction: novel]

DEREK WALCOTT (1930- ) [St. Lucia] [English]
(2)  Poems

SHERWIN B. NULAND (1930- ) [US]
(2)  How We Die (1994) [non-fiction: sociology]

DONALD BARTHELME (1931-1989) [US]
(2)  The Dead Father (1975) [fiction: novel]

TOM WOLFE (1931- ) [US]
(3)  The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1968) [non-fiction: journalism]
(3)  The Right Stuff (1979) [non-fiction: history]
(3)  The Bonfire of the Vanities (1987) [fiction: novel]

JOHN LE CARRÉ (1931- ) [UK]
(3)  The Spy Who Came In From the Cold (1963) [fiction: spy novel]
(2)  Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1974) [fiction: spy novel]

TONI MORRISON (1931- ) [US]
(7)  Song of Solomon (1977) [fiction: novel]
(7)  Beloved (1987) [fiction: novel]
(2)  Jazz (1992) [fiction: novel]

E.L. DOCTOROW (1931- ) [US]
(4)  Ragtime (1975) [fiction: novel]
(4)  Billy Bathgate (1989) [fiction: novel]
(2)  World’s Fair (1985) [fiction: novel]

ALICE MUNRO (1931- ) [Canada]
(2)  Stories

WALTER ABISH (1931- ) [Austria, US] [English]
(2)  How German Is It (1980) [fiction: novel]

JOHN MCPHEE (1931- ) [US]
(2)  Annals of the Former World (1998) [non-fiction: science]

RONALD STEEL (1931- ) [US]
(2)  Walter Lippmann and the American Century (1979?) [non-fiction: biography]

SYLVIA PLATH (1932-1963) [US]
(3)  The Bell Jar (1963) [fiction: novel]
(3)  Poems

JOHN UPDIKE (1932-2009) [US] 
(6)  Rabbit, Run (1960) [fiction: novel]
(6)  Rabbit is Rich (1981) [fiction: novel]
(4)  Rabbit at Rest (1990) [fiction: novel]
(3)  Rabbit Redux (1971) [fiction: novel]

V.S. NAIPAUL (1932- ) [Trinidad & Tobago, UK]
(4)  A House for Mr. Biswas (1961) [fiction: novel]
(4)  A Bend in the River (1979) [fiction: novel]
(3)  In a Free State (1971) [fiction: novel]

GEOFFREY HILL (1932- ) [UK]
(2)  Poems

U.R. ANANTHAMURTHY (1932- ) [India] [Kannada]
(2)  Samskara (1965) [fiction: novel]

UMBERTO ECO (1932- ) [Italy]
(3)  The Name of the Rose (1980) [fiction: novel]

ATHOL FUGARD (1932) [South Africa, US]
(3)  “Master Harold” … and the Boys (1982) [drama]

JOE ORTON (1933-1967) [UK]
(2)  What the Butler Saw (1969) [drama]

J. ANTHONY LUKAS (1933-1997) [US]
(3)  Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families (1985) [non-fiction: journalism/history]

PHILIP ROTH (1933- ) [US]
(5)  American Pastoral (1997) [fiction: novel]
(4)  Portnoy’s Complaint (1969) [fiction: novel]
(4)  Operation Shylock (1993) [fiction: novel]
(3)  The Ghost Writer (1979) [fiction: novel]        
(3)  The Human Stain (2000) [fiction: novel]
(2)  The Counterlife (1986) [fiction: novel]
(2)  Patrimony: A True Story (1991) [non-fiction: memoir]
(2)  Sabbath’s Theater (1995) [fiction: novel]

DAVID MCCULLOUGH (1933- ) [US]
(2)  The Great Bridge (1972) [non-fiction: history]

CORMAC MCCARTHY (1933- ) [US]
(2)  Blood Meridian (1985) [fiction: novel]
(2)  All the Pretty Horses (1992) [fiction: novel]

BRYCE COURTENAY (1933- ) [South Africa, Australia]
(3)  The Power of One (1989) [fiction: novel]

MICHAEL FRAYN (1933- ) [UK]
(2)  Noises Off (1982) [drama]

JOAN DIDION (1934- ) [US]
(2)  Slouching Towards Bethlehem (1968) [non-fiction: essays]

JANET MALCOLM (1934- ) [US]
(2)  The Journalist and the Murderer (1990) [non-fiction: journalism]

MARK STRAND (1934-) [US]
(2)  Poems

DIANE JOHNSON (1934- ) [US]
(2)  Persian Nights (1998) [fiction: novel]

N. SCOTT MOMADAY (1934- ) [US]
(2)  House Made of Dawn (1968) [fiction: novel]

GARRY WILLS (1934- ) [US]
(2)  Lincoln At Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America (1992) [non-fiction: history]

J. G. FARRELL (1935-1979) [UK]
(3)  The Siege of Krishnapur (Empire Trilogy II) (1973) [fiction: historical novel]
(2)  Troubles (Empire Trilogy I) (1970) [fiction: historical novel]

DANILO KIŠ (1935-1989) [Serbia] [Serbo-Croatian]
(2)  A Tomb for Boris Davidovich (1976) [fiction: short stories]

KEN KESEY (1935-2001) [US]
(4)  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1962) [fiction: novel]

EDWARD SAID (1935-2003) [Palestine, US]
(3)  Orientalism (1978) [non-fiction: geopolitics]

CAROL SHIELDS (1935-2003) [US, Canada]
(4)  The Stone Diaries (1993) [fiction: novel]

FRANÇOISE SAGAN (1935-2004) [France]
(3)  Bonjour Tristesse (1954) [fiction: novel]

THOMAS KENEALLY (1935- ) [Australia]
(5)  Schindler’s Ark (Schindler’s List) (1982) [fiction: novel]

ROBERT CARO (1935-  ) [US]
(2)  The Power Broker (1974) [non-fiction: biography]
(2)  Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson (2002) [non-fiction: biography]

JOY KOGAWA (1935- ) [Canada]
(3)  Obasan (1981) [fiction: novel]

E. ANNIE PROULX (1935- ) [US]
(4)  The Shipping News (1993) [fiction: novel]

CHARLES WRIGHT (1935- ) [US]
(2)  Black Zodiac (1997) [poetry]

GEORGES PEREC (1936-1982) [France]
(3)  Life: A User’s Manual (1978) [fiction: novel]

VACLAV HAVEL (1936-2011) [Czech Republic]
(2)  The Garden Party (1963) [drama]

DON DELILLO (1936- ) [US]
(6)  White Noise (1985) [fiction: novel]
(4)  Mao II (1991) [fiction: novel]
(4)  Underworld (1997) [fiction: novel]
(2)  Libra (1988) [fiction: novel]

JAMES M. MCPHERSON (1936- ) [US]
(3)  Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era (1988) [non-fiction: history]

A.S. BYATT (1936- ) [UK]
(5)  Possession (1990) [fiction: novel]

RICHARD BACH (1936- ) [US]
(2)  Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1970) [fiction: novel]

MARIO VARGAS LLOSA (1936- ) [Peru, Spain]
(2)  Letters to a Young Novelist (1997) [non-fiction: letters]

NEIL SHEEHAN (1936- ) [US]
(3)  A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam (1988) [non-fiction: journalism/history]

ASSIA DJEBAR (1936- ) [Algeria] [French]
(2)  Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade (L’Amour, la fantasia) (1985) [fiction: novel]

LARRY MCMURTRY (1936- ) [US]
(2)  Lonesome Dove (1985) [fiction: novel]

JOHN KENNEDY TOOLE (1937-1969) [US]
(4)  A Confederacy of Dunces (1980) [fiction: novel]

HUNTER S. THOMPSON (1937-2005) [US]
(2)  Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1971) [non-fiction: journalism/memoir]

LANFORD WILSON (1937-2011) [US]
(2)  Talley’s Folly (1979) [drama]

THOMAS PYNCHON (1937- ) [US]
(5)  Gravity’s Rainbow (1973) [fiction: novel]
(3)  V. (1963) [fiction: novel]
(3)  The Crying of Lot 49 (1966) [fiction: novel]

TOM STOPPARD (1937- ) [UK]
(3)  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (1967) [drama]
(2)  Travesties (1974) [drama]

JARED DIAMOND (1937- ) [US]
(2)  Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies (1997) [non-fiction: science/history]

RICHARD RHODES (1937- ) [US]
(4)  The Making of the Atomic Bomb (1987) [non-fiction: science/history]

RAYMOND CARVER (1938-1988) [US]
(4)  Where I’m Calling From (1988) [fiction: short stories]
(2)  What We Talk Abut When We Talk About Love (1981) [fiction: short stories]
(2)  Cathedral (1983) [fiction: short stories]

ROBERT STONE (1938- ) [US]
(3)  Dog Soldiers (1974) [fiction: novel]
(2)  A Flag for Sunrise (1981) [fiction: novel]

JOYCE CAROL OATES (1938- ) [US]
(4)  Them (1969) [fiction: novel]
(2)  Black Water (1992) [fiction: novel]
(2)  Blonde (2000) [fiction: novel]

NGUGI WA THIONG’O (1938- ) [Kenya] [English, Gĩkũyũ]
(2)  A Grain of Wheat (1967) [fiction: novel]

LAUREL THATCHER ULRICH (1938- ) [US]
(2)  A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary (1990) [non-fiction: biography/history]

JOHN W. DOWER (1938- ) [US]
(2)  Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II (1999) [non-fiction: history]

HERBERT P. BIX (1938- ) [US]
(2)  Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan (2000) [non-fiction: history]

SEAMUS HEANEY (1939- ) [Ireland]
(3)  New Selected Poems: 1966-1987 (1990) [poetry]
(2)  Field Work (1976) [poetry]
(2)  Station Island (1984) [poetry]

AYI KWEI ARMAH (1939- ) [Ghana] [English]
(2)  The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born (1968) [fiction: novel]

MARGARET ATWOOD (1939- ) [Canada]
(5)  The Handmaid’s Tale (1985) [fiction: novel]
(3)  The Blind Assassin (2000) [fiction: novel]
(2)  Surfacing (1972) [fiction: novel]

MARGARET DRABBLE (1939- ) [UK]
(2)  The Radiant Way (1987) [fiction: novel]

JOSEPH BRODSKY (1940-1996) [Russia, US] [Russian, English]
(2)  A Part of Speech: Poems (1980) [poetry]

MICHAEL HERR (1940- ) [US]
(4)  Dispatches (1977) [non-fiction: memoir/journalism]

J. M. COETZEE (1940- ) [South Africa, Australia]
(4)  The Life and Times of Michael K. (1983) [fiction: novel]
(2)  Foe (1986) [fiction: novel]
(2)  Disgrace (1999) [fiction: novel]

EDMUND MORRIS (1940- ) [US]
(3)  The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt (1979) [non-fiction: biography]

RUSSELL BANKS (1940- ) [US]
(2)  Cloudsplitter (1998) [fiction: novel]

GAO XINGJIAN (1940- ) [China, France] [Chinese]
(2)  Soul Mountain (1989) [fiction: novel]

WILLIAM TAUBMAN (1940- ) [US]
(2)  Khruschev: The Man and His Era (2003) [non-fiction: biography/history]

MAXINE HONG KINGSTON (1940- ) [US]
(2)  China Men (1980) [fiction/non-fiction: stories/memoir]

FRANCES FITZGERALD (1940- ) [US]
(2)  Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam (1972) [non-fiction: journalism]

JONATHAN KWITNY (1941-1998) [US]
(2)  Endless Enemies: The Making of an Unfriendly World (1984) [non-fiction: journalism]

STEPHEN JAY GOULD (1941-2002) [US]
(2)  The Mismeasure of Man (1981) [non-fiction: science]

RICHARD DAWKINS (1941- ) [UK]
(2)  The Selfish Gene (1976) [non-fiction: science]

JOHN LEWIS GADDIS (1941- ) [US]
(2)  George F. Kennan: An American Life (2011) [non-fiction: biography]

ROBERT HASS (1941- ) [US]
(2)  Time and Materials: Poems, 1997-2005 (2007) [poetry]

ANNE TYLER (1941- ) [US]
(3)  The Accidental Tourist (1985) [fiction: novel]

JOHN IRVING (1942- ) [US]
(6)  The World According to Garp (1978) [fiction: novel]
(3)  A Prayer For Owen Meany (1989) [fiction: novel]

ISABEL ALLENDE (1942- ) [Chile, US] [Spanish]
(5)  The House of the Spirits (1982) [fiction: novel]

STEPHEN HAWKING (1942- ) [UK]
(2)  A Brief History of Time (1988) [non-fiction: science]

BOB WOODWARD (1943- ) and CARL BERNSTEIN (1944- ) [US]
(2)  All the President’s Men (1974) [non-fiction: journalism]

SAM SHEPARD (1943- ) [US]
(3)  Buried Child (1978) [drama]
(3)  True West (1980) [drama]
(2)  Fool for Love (1983) [drama]

PETER CAREY (1943- ) [Australia]
(4)  Oscar and Lucinda (1988) [fiction: novel]

MICHAEL ONDAATJE (1943- ) [Sri Lanka, Canada] [English]
(3)  The English Patient (1992) [fiction: novel]

PAT BARKER (1943- ) [UK]
(2)  Regeneration (Regeneration Trilogy I) (1991) [fiction: novel]
(2)  The Ghost Road (Regeneration Trilogy III) (1995) [fiction: novel]

ELAINE PAGELS (1943- ) [US]
(3)  The Gnostic Gospels (1989) [non-fiction: religion/history]

STEPHEN GREENBLATT (1943- ) [US]
(2)  Swerve: How the World Became Modern (2011) [non-fiction: history/criticism]

MARILYNNE ROBINSON (1943- ) [US]
(2)  Gilead (2004) [fiction: novel]

W.G. SEBALD (1944-2001) [Germany] [German]
(3)  The Rings of Saturn (1995) [non-fiction: travel/natural history]
(3)  Austerlitz (2001) [fiction: novel]
(2)  The Emigrants (1992) [fiction: novel]

ALICE WALKER (1944- ) [US]
(3)  The Color Purple (1982) [fiction: novel]

RICHARD FORD (1944- ) [US]
(2)  Independence Day (1995) [fiction: novel]

AUGUST WILSON (1945-2005) [US]
(3)  Fences (1987) [drama]
(2)  Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (1984) [drama]

DOUGLAS HOFSTADTER (1945- ) [US]
(4)  Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid (1979) [non-fiction: biography/mathematics]

ANNIE DILLARD (1945- ) [US]
(2)  Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (1974) [non-fiction: essays]

JOHN BANVILLE (1945- ) [Ireland]
(2)  The Sea (2005) [fiction: novel]

TOBIAS WOLFF (1945- ) [US]
(2)  This Boy’s Life (1989) [non-fiction: memoir]

TRACY KIDDER (1945- ) [US]
(2)  The Soul of a New Machine (1981) [non-fiction: science]

PHILIP PULLMAN (1946- ) [UK]
(2)  Northern Lights (The Golden Compass) (His Dark Materials I) (1995) [fiction: fantasy novel]
(2)  The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials II) (1997) [fiction: fantasy novel]
(2)  The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials III) (2000) [fiction: fantasy novel]

JAMES KELMAN (1946- ) [UK: Scotland]
(2)  How Late It Was, How Late (1994) [fiction: novel]

TIM O’BRIEN (1946- ) [US]
(4)  The Things They Carried (1990) [fiction: novel]

DAVID MAMET (1947- ) [US]
(3)  Glengarry Glen Ross (1984) [drama]
(2)  American Buffalo (1975) [drama]

STEPHEN KING (1947 – ) [US]
(2)  The Shining (1977) [fiction: novel]
(2)  The Stand (1978) [fiction: novel]

SALMAN RUSHDIE (1947- ) [India, UK] [English]
(15)  Midnight’s Children (1981) [fiction: novel]
(3)  The Satanic Verses (1988) [fiction: novel]

LAWRENCE WRIGHT (1947- ) [US]
(2)  The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 (2006) [non-fiction: journalism]

PAULO COELHO (1947- ) [Brazil]
(4)  The Alchemist (1988) [fiction: novel]

RAE ARMANTROUT (1947- ) [US]
(2)  Versed (2009) [poetry]

TAYLOR BRANCH (1947- ) [US]
(2)  Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-1963 (1988) [non-fiction: biography/history]

TONY JUDT (1948-2010) [UK, US]
(2)  Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 (2005) [non-fiction: history]

WILLIAM GIBSON (1948- ) [US, Canada]
(3)  Neuromancer (1984) [fiction: sci-fi novel]

IAN MCEWAN (1948- ) [UK]
(2)  Amsterdam (1998) [fiction: novel]
(2)  Atonement (2001) [fiction: novel]

T. CORAGHESSAN BOYLE (1948- ) [US]
(2)  World’s End (1987) [fiction: novel]

MARTIN AMIS (1949- ) [UK]
(2)  Time’s Arrow (1991) [fiction: novel]
(2)  The Information (1995) [fiction: novel]

HARUKI MURAKAMI (1949- ) [Japan]
(3)  The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (1994) [fiction: novel]

DENIS JOHNSON (1949- ) [US]
(2)  Angels (1983) [fiction: novel]
(2)  Jesus’ Son (1992) [fiction: short stories]
(2)  Tree of Smoke (2007) [fiction: novel]

RON CHERNOW (1949- ) [US]
(2)  The House of Morgan (1990) [non-fiction: biography]

PATRICK SÜSKIND (1949- ) [Germany]
(2)  Perfume (1985) [fiction: novel]

JANE SMILEY (1949- ) [US]
(2)  A Thousand Acres (1991) [fiction: novel]

WENDY WASSERSTEIN (1950-2006) [US]
(2)  The Heidi Chronicles (1988) [drama]

MANNING MARABLE (1950-2011) [US]
(2)  Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention (2011) [non-fiction: biography]

LAURA ESQUIVEL (1950- ) [Mexico]
(3)  Like Water for Chocolate (1989) [fiction: novel]

RICHARD BEN CRAMER (1950- ) [US]
(2)  What It Takes: The Way to the White House (1993) [non-fiction: journalism/politics]

GLORIA NAYLOR (1950- ) [US]
(2)  The Women of Brewster Place (1982) [fiction: novel]

PAULA VOGEL (1951- ) [US]
(2)  How I Learned to Drive (1997) [drama]

EDWARD P. JONES (1951- ) [US]
(3)  The Known World (2003) [fiction: novel]

DOUGLAS ADAMS  (1952-2001) [UK]
(5)  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (1979) [fiction: sci-fi novel]

FRANCIS FUKUYAMA (1952- ) [US]
(2)  The End of History and the Last Man (1992) [non-fiction: history/politics]

RITA DOVE (1952- ) [US]
(2)  Poems

ROHINTON MISTRY (1952- ) [India, Canada] [English]
(3)  A Fine Balance (1995) [fiction: novel]

DIANE MCWHORTER (1952?- ) [US]
(2)  Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama: The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution (2001) [non-fiction: journalism/history]

AMY TAN (1952- ) [US]
(3)  The Joy Luck Club (1989) [fiction: novel]

MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM (1952- ) [US]
(2)  The Hours (1998) [fiction: novel]

VIKRAM SETH (1952- ) [India, UK] [English]
(2)  A Suitable Boy (1993) [fiction: novel]

JOSTEIN GAARDER (1952- ) [Norway]
(2)  Sophie’s World (1991) [fiction: novel]

HILARY MANTEL (1952- ) [UK]
(2)  Wolf Hall (2009) [fiction: novel]

SEBASTIAN FAULKS (1953- ) [UK]
(2)  Birdsong (1993) [fiction: novel]

LARS SAABYE CHRISTENSEN (1953- ) [Norway]
(2)  The Half-Brother (2001) [fiction: novel]

KAZUO ISHIGURO (1954- ) [Japan, UK] [English]
(3)  The Remains of the Day (1989) [fiction: novel]

IAIN BANKS (1954- ) [UK: Scotland]
(2)  The Wasp Factory (1984) [fiction: novel]
(2)  The Crow Road (1992) [fiction: novel]

LOUIS DE BERNIÈRES (1954- ) [UK]
(3)  Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (1994) [fiction: novel]

LOUIS SACHAR (1954- ) [US]
(2)  Holes (1998) [fiction: children’s novel]

BARBARA KINGSOLVER (1955- ) [US]
(5)  The Poisonwood Bible (1998) [fiction: novel]

JAY MCINERNEY (1955- ) [US]
(2)  Bright Lights, Big City (1984) [fiction: novel]

TONY KUSHNER (1956- ) [US]
(4)  Angels in America (1992) [drama]

HA JIN (1956- ) [China, US] [English]
(5)  Waiting (1999) [fiction: novel]
(2)  War Trash (2004) [fiction: novel]

ARTHUR GOLDEN (1956- ) [US]
(2)  Memoirs of a Geisha (1997) [fiction: novel]

PETER HØEG (1957- ) [Denmark]
(2)  Smilla’s Sense of Snow (1992) [fiction: novel]

DAVID HENRY HWANG (1957- ) [US]
(2)  M. Butterfly (1988) [drama]

IRVINE WELSH (1958- ) [UK: Scotland]
(2)  Trainspotting (1993) [fiction: novel]

GEORGE SAUNDERS (1958- ) [US]
(2)  Pastoralia (2000) [fiction: novella/short stories]

ANNETTE GORDON-REED (1958- ) [US]
(2)  The Hemingses of Monticello (2008) [non-fiction: biography/history]

TED CONOVER (1958- ) [US]
(2)  Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing (2000) [non-fiction: memoir]

JEANETTE WINTERSON (1959- ) [UK]
(2)  The Passion (1987) [fiction: novel]

BEN OKRI (1959- ) [Nigeria] [English]
(2)  The Famished Road (1991) [fiction: novel]

TSITSI DANGAREMBGA (1959- ) [Zimbabwe] [English]
(3)  Nervous Conditions (1988) [fiction: novel]

JONATHAN FRANZEN (1959- ) [US]
(4)  The Corrections (2001) [fiction: novel]

JEFFREY EUGENIDES (1960- ) [US]
(2)  Middlesex (2002) [fiction: novel]

NILO CRUZ (1960- ) [Cuba, US] [English]
(2)  Anna in the Tropics (2001) [drama]

KEVIN BOYLE (1960- ) [US]
(2)  Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age (2004) [non-fiction: history]

TINA ROSENBERG (1960- ) [US]
(2)  The Haunted Land: Facing Europe’s Ghosts After Communism (1995) [non-fiction: journalism]

ARUNDHATI ROY (1961- ) [India] [English]
(5)  The God of Small Things (1997) [fiction: novel]

PHILIP GOUREVITCH (1961- ) [US]
(2)  We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families (1999) [non-fiction: journalism]

MARGARET EDSON (1961- ) [US]
(2)  Wit (1998) [drama]

NAOMI WOLF (1962- ) [US]
(2)  The Beauty Myth (1991) [non-fiction: sociology]

JENNIFER EGAN (1962- ) [US]
(2)  A Visit from the Goon Squad (2010) [fiction: novel]

YANN MARTEL (1963- ) [Canada] [English]
(4)  Life of Pi (2001) [fiction: novel]

DONNA TARTT (1963- ) [US]
(2)  The Secret History (1992) [fiction: novel]

ANDREW SOLOMON (1963- ) [US]
(2)  The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression (2001) [non-fiction: medicine/psychology]

BRET EASTON ELLIS (1964- ) [US]
(2)  American Psycho (1991) [fiction: novel]

J.K. ROWLING (1965- ) [UK]
(3)  The Harry Potter Series (1997-2007) [fiction: children’s/fantasy novels]

MARK Z. DANIELEWSKI (1966?- ) [US]
(2)  House of Leaves (2000) [fiction: novel]

JUNOT DIAZ (1968- ) [Dominican Republic, US] [English]
(2)  The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007) [fiction: novel]

ALEX ROSS (1968- ) [US]
(2)  The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century (2007) [non-fiction: criticism]

SIDDHARTHA MUKHERJEE (1970- ) [India, US] [English]
(3)  The Emperor of All Maladies (2010) [non-fiction: medicine]

DAVE EGGERS (1970- ) [US]
(2)  A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (2000) [non-fiction: memoir]

SAMANTHA POWER (1970- ) [US]
(2)  A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide (2003) [non-fiction: geopolitics]

KIRAN DESAI (1971- ) [India] [English]
(2)  The Inheritance of Loss (2006) [fiction: novel]

ZADIE SMITH (1975- ) [UK]
(2)  White Teeth (2000) [fiction: novel]

MARK STEVENS and ANNALYN SWAN [US]
(2)  de Kooning: An American Master (2006) [non-fiction: biography]

T.J. STILES [US]
(2)  The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt (2009) [non-fiction: biography]

For a list of the Best Writers of All Time and Their Best Works, go here (Part 1) and here (Part 2).

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