Late-Twentieth-Century Literature

1961 to 2000 CE
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1961
On Heroes and Tombs
Ernesto Sabato
Argentina
Novel
 
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Muriel Spark
England
Novel
 
Solaris
Stanislaw Lem
Poland
Novel
 
Zima Junction
Yevgeny Yevtushenko
Russia
Poetry
 
A House for Mr Biswas
V.S. Naipaul
Trinidad
Novel
 
Catch 22
Joseph Heller
USA
Novel
 
The Moviegoer
Walker Percy
USA
Novel
 
Franny and Zooey
J.D. Salinger
USA
Novel
1962
The Green House
Mario Vargas Llosa
Peru
Novel
 
The Death of Artemio Cruz
Carlos Fuentes
Mexico
Novel
 
Pale Fire
Vladimir Nabokov
Russia
Novel
 
A Clockwork Orange
Anthony Burgess
England
Novel
 
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Edward Albee
USA
Drama
 
The Reivers
William Faulkner
USA
Novel
 
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Ken Kesey
USA
Novel
 
Ship of Fools
Katherine Anne Porter
USA
Novel
1963
The Garden Party
Vaclav Havel
Czech.
Drama
 
The Clown
Heinrich Boll
Germany
Novel
 
Hopscotch
Julio Cortazar
Argentina
Novel
 
Selected Poems
Octavio Paz
Mexico
Poetry
 
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
John Le Carré
England
Novel
 
The Crucible
Arthur Miller
USA
Drama
 
Another Country
James Baldwin
USA
Novel
 
Cat's Cradle
Kurt Vonnegut
USA
Novel
 
Herzog
Saul Bellow
USA
Novel
 
The Swimmer
John Cheever
USA
Story
1965
Dune
Frank Herbert
USA
Novel
1965–1970
Sea of Fertility
Yukio Mishima
Japan
Novels
1966
Canada
Novel
 
The Magus
John Fowles
England
Novel
 
Black Sheep
Georgette Heyer
England
Novel
 
Wide Sargasso Sea
Jean Rhys
England
Novel
 
Season of Migration to the North
Tayeb Salih
Sudan
Novel
 
Giles Goat-Boy
John Barth
USA
Novel
 
In Cold Blood
Truman Capote
USA
Novel
 
The Crying of Lot 49
Thomas Pynchon
USA
Novel
 
Live or Die
Anne Sexton
USA
Poetry
1967
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Gabriel García Márquez
Colombia
Novel
 
The Silent Cry
Oe Kenzaburo
Japan
Novel
 
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
Tom Stoppard
USA
Drama
 
The Chosen
Chaim Potok
USA
Novel
 
The Confessions of Nat Turner
William Styron
USA
Novel
 
Camp Concentration
Thomas Disch
USA
Novel
1968
2001: A Space Odyssey
Arthur C. Clarke
England
Novel
 
Cancer Ward
Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Russia
Novel
 
The First Circle
Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Russia
Novel
 
Belle du Seigneur
Albert Cohen
Switzerland
Novel
 
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
USA
Novel
 
The Lion in Winter
James Goldman
USA
Drama
 
Couples
John Updike
USA
Novel
 
Myra Breckinridge
Gore Vidal
USA
Novel
1969
Selected Poetry
Irving Layton
Canada
Poetry
 
Little Painted Mouths
Manuel Puig
Argentina
Novel
 
The French Lieutenant’s Woman
John Fowles
England
Novel
 
Slaughterhouse Five
Kurt Vonnegut
USA
Novel
 
them
Joyce Carol Oates
USA
Novel
 
The Godfather
Mario Puzo
USA
Novel
1970
Fifth Business
Robertson Davies
Canada
Novel
 
Kamouraska
Anne Hébert
Canada
Novel
 
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Maya Angelou
USA
Memoir
 
Deliverance
James Dickey
USA
Novel
1971
Lives of Girls and Women
Alice Munro
Canada
Stories
 
Crow
Ted Hughes
England
Novel
 
In a Free State
V.S. Naipaul
Trinidad
Novel
 
The Bell Jar
Sylvia Plath
USA
Novel
 
Angle of Repose
Wallace Stegner
USA
Novel
1971–1983
USA
Novels
1972
All Creatures Great and Small
James Herriot
England
Stories
 
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Hunter S. Thompson
USA
Novel
 
The Sunlight Dialogues
John Gardner
USA
Novel
1973
Gravity’s Rainbow
Thomas Pynchon
USA
Novel
 
Burr
Gore Vidal
USA
Novel
1974
Canada
Novel
 
The Conservationist
Nadine Gordimer
S. Africa
Novel
 
The Dispossessed
USA
Novel
 
The Black Prince
Iris Murdoch
England
Novel
1975
The Periodic Table
Primo Levi
Italy
Memoir
 
The Monkey Wrench Gang
Edward Abbey
USA
Novel
 
Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror
John Ashbery
USA
Poetry
 
Ragtime
E.L. Doctorow
USA
Novel
1976
Roots: The Saga of an American Family
Alex Haley
USA
Novel
1977
The Wars
Timothy Findley
Canada
Novel
 
Song of Solomon
Toni Morrison
USA
Novel
1978
The Sea, the Sea
Iris Murdoch
England
Novel
 
Life a User’s Manual
Georges Perecs
France
Novel
 
Buried Child
Sam Shepard
USA
Drama
1978–2004
The Dark Tower
Stephen King
USA
Novels
1979
If On a Winter’s Night a Traveller
Italo Calvino
Italy
Novel
 
A Bend in the River
V.S. Naipaul
Trinidad
Novel
 
Burgher’s Daughter
Nadine Gordimer
S. Africa
Novel
 
The Ghost Writer
USA
Novel
 
Sophie’s Choice
William Styron
USA
Novel
1980
A Part of Speech
Joseph Brodsky
Russia
Poetry
1981
Obasan
Joy Kogawa
Canada
Novel
 
The White Hotel
D.M. Thomas
England
Novel
 
Midnight's Children
Salman Rushdie
India
Novel
 
What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
Raymond Carver
USA
Stories
1982
Schindler’s List
Thomas Keneally
Australia
Novel
 
Shoeless Joe
W.P. Kinsella
Canada
Novel
 
Noises Off
Michael Frayn
England
Drama
 
Baltasar and Blimunda
José Sagamago
Portugal
Novel
 
"Master Harold"...and the Boys
Athol Fugard
S. Africa
Drama
 
The Changing Light at Sandover
James Merrill
USA
Poetry
 
The Color Purple
Alice Walker
USA
Novel
1983
The Life and Times of Michael K
J.M. Coetzee
S. Africa
Novel
 
Ironweed
William Kennedy
USA
Novel
 
LaBrava
Elmore Leonard
USA
Novel
1984
Neuromancer
William Gibson
Canada
Novel
 
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Milan Kundera
Czech.
Novel
 
Money
Martin Amis
England
Novel
 
Empire of the Sun
J.G. Ballard
England
Novel
 
Hotel du Lac
Anita Brookner
England
Novel
 
Bright Lights, Big City
Jay McInerney
USA
Novel
 
Foreign Affairs
Alison Lurie
USA
Novel
 
Glengarry Glen Ross
David Mamet
USA
Drama
1985
Black Robe
Brian Moore
Canada
Novel
 
Gabriel García Márquez
Colombia
Novel
 
Continental Drift
Russell Banks
USA
Novel
 
White Noise
Don DeLillo
USA
Novel
 
Blood Meridian
Cormac McCarthy
USA
Novel
 
Lonesome Dove
Larry McMurtry
USA
Novel
 
The Accidental Tourist
Anne Tyler
USA
Novel
1985–1986
The New York Trilogy
Paul Auster
USA
Novels
1987
The Stone Diaries
Carol Shields
Canada
Novel
 
In the Skin of A Lion
Michael Ondaatje
Canada
Novel
 
The Radiant Way
Margaret Drabble
England
Novel
 
USA
Novel
 
Misery
Stephen King
USA
Novel
 
Beloved
Toni Morrison
USA
Novel
1988
Oscar and Lucinda
Peter Carey
Australia
Novel
 
The Satanic Verses
Salman Rushdie
India
Novel
 
The Joy Luck Club
Amy Tan
USA
Novel
 
Breathing Lessons
Anne Tyler
USA
Novel
1989
The Remains of the Day
Kazuo Ishiguro
England
Novel
 
England
Novel
 
London Fields
Martin Amis
England
Novel
 
The Storyteller
Mario Vargas Llosa
Peru
Novel
 
A Prayer for Owen Meany
USA
Novel
1989–1997
Hyperion Cantos
Dan Simmons
USA
Novels
1990
Soul Mountain
Gao Xingjian
China
Novel
 
Possession
A.S. Byatt
England
Novel
 
Omeros
Derek Walcott
St. Lucia
Poetry
 
Six Degrees of Separation
John Guare
USA
Drama
 
Get Shorty
Elmore Leonard
USA
Novel
1991
Generation X
Douglas Coupland
Canada
Novel
 
The Book of Disquiet
Fernando Pessoa
Portugal
Novel
1991–1995
Regeneration
Pat Barker
England
Novels
1992
The English Patient
Michael Ondaatje
Canada
Novel
 
The Crow Road
Iain Banks
Scotland
Novel
 
Angels in America
Tony Kushner
USA
Drama
 
Oleanna
David Mamet
USA
Drama
1993
Away
Jane Urquhart
Canada
Novel
 
Birdsong
Sebastian Faulks
England
Novel
 
Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha
Roddy Doyle
Ireland
Novel
 
The Shipping News
Annie Proulx
United States
Novel
1994
Captain Corelli's Mandolin
Louis de Bernieres
England
Novel
1994–1995
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
Haruki Murakami
Japan
Novel
1995
A Fine Balance
Rohinton Mistry
Canada
Novel
 
The Information
Martin Amis
England
Novel
 
Blindness
José Sagamago
Portugal
Novel
1995–2000
His Dark Materials
Philip Pullman
England
Novels
1996
Selected Stories
Mavis Gallant
Canada
Stories
 
Fall on Your Knees
Ann-Marie MacDonald
Canada
Novel
 
Infinite Jest
David Foster Wallace
USA
Novel
1997
Underworld
Don DeLillo
USA
Novel
 
Mason and Dixon
Thomas Pynchon
USA
Novel
 
American Pastoral
USA
Novel
1998
The Hours
Michael Cunningham
USA
Novel
 
The Poisonwood Bible
Barbara Kingsolver
USA
Novel
 
USA
Novel
1999
Barney’s Version
Mordecai Richler
Canada
Novel
 
The Life and Times of Michael K
J.M. Coetzee
S. Africa
Novel
 
Hearts in Atlantis
Stephen King
USA
Story
 
Interpreter of Maladies
Jhumpa Lahiri
USA
Stories
 
White Teeth
Zadie Smith
England
Novel

 
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