May 12, 2006

Best American Fiction of last 25 years

New York Times ponders, What Is the Best Work of American Fiction of the Last 25 Years?

All reviews, otherwise mentioned, are NY Times reviews

Early this year, the Book Review's editor, Sam Tanenhaus, sent out a short letter to a couple of hundred prominent writers, critics, editors and other literary sages, asking them to please identify "the single best work of American fiction published in the last 25 years." [Read A. O. Scott's essay. See a list of the judges.] Following are the results.


§ Beloved, Toni Morrison (1987) - Review


§ Underworld, Don DeLillo - Review
§ Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy (1985) - Review
§ Rabbit Angstrom: The Four Novels, John Updike (1995)
o Review: 'Rabbit at Rest' (1990)

o Review: 'Rabbit Is Rich' (1981)

o Review: 'Rabbit Redux' (1971)

o Review: 'Rabbit, Run' (1960)

§ American Pastoral, Philip Roth (1997) - Review


§ A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole (1980) - Review
§ Housekeeping, Marilynne Robinson (1980) - (This book was not reviewed by The Times. Read a review from the Guardian here.)
§ Winter's Tale, Mark Helprin (1983) - Review
§ White Noise, Don DeLillo (1985) - Review
§ The Counterlife, Philip Roth (1986) - Review
§ Libra, Don DeLillo (1988) - Review
§ Where I'm Calling From, Raymond Carver (1988) - Review
§ The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien (1990) - Review
§ Mating, Norman Rush (1991) - Review
§ Jesus' Son, Denis Johnson (1992) - Review
§ Operation Shylock, Philip Roth (1993) - Review
§ Independence Day, Richard Ford (1995) - Review
§ Sabbath's Theater, Philip Roth (1995) - Review
§ Border Trilogy, Cormac McCarthy (1999)

o Review: 'Cities of the Plain' (1998)

o Review: 'The Crossing' (1994)

o Review: 'All the Pretty Horses' (1992)

§ The Human Stain, Philip Roth (2000) - Review
§ The Known World, Edward P. Jones (2003) - Review
§ The Plot Against America, Philip Roth (2004) - Review

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