'Beloved' Tops Peers' List of Top Novels Toni Morrison's 1987 work Beloved is the best American novel of the past quarter-century. That's according to a vote of writers and critics who were invited to weigh in with their choices by The New York Times Book Review.

'Beloved' Tops Peers' List of Top Novels

'Beloved' Tops Peers' List of Top Novels

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Toni Morrison's 1987 work Beloved is the best American novel of the past quarter-century. That's according to a vote of writers and critics who were invited to weigh in with their choices by The New York Times Book Review.

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The 124 literary lights who responded to the Times invitation gave multiple mentions to five Philip Roth novels -- especially American Pastoral. Cormac McCarthy has four books on the list: Blood Meridian plus his Border Trilogy. John Updike also has four: each of the novels in his Rabbit Angstrom series, which began with 1960's Rabbit, Run, but stretches into the 1990s.

Times Book Review editor Sam Tanenhaus discusses the list... and the process... with Debbie Elliott.

The 'New York Times' List

The New York Times asks authors to weigh in on the Best Work of American Fiction of the Last 25 Years.

WINNER

 

Beloved

Toni Morrison

 

RUNNERS-UP:

 

Underworld

Don DeLillo

 

Blood Meridian

Cormac McCarthy

 

Rabbit Angstrom: The Four Novels

John Updike

Rabbit at Rest

Rabbit Is Rich

Rabbit Redux

Rabbit, Run

 

American Pastoral

Philip Roth

 

ALSO RECEIVING MULTIPLE VOTES

 

A Confederacy of Dunces

John Kennedy Toole

 

Housekeeping

Marilynne Robinson

 

Winter's Tale

Mark Helprin

 

White Noise

Don DeLillo

 

The Counterlife

Philip Roth

 

Libra

Don DeLillo

 

Where I'm Calling From

Raymond Carver

 

The Things They Carried

Tim O'Brien

 

Mating

Norman Rush

 

Jesus' Son

Denis Johnson

 

Operation Shylock

Philip Roth

 

Independence Day

Richard Ford

 

Sabbath's Theater

Philip Roth

 

Border Trilogy

Cormac McCarthy

'Cities of the Plain'

'The Crossing'

'All the Pretty Horses'

 

The Human Stain

Philip Roth

 

The Known World

Edward P. Jones

 

The Plot Against America

Philip Roth