'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.

Beloved
By Toni Morrison

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Beloved
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Underworld
By Don DeLillo

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Underworld
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Blood Meridian
Or the Evening Redness in the West
By Cormac McCarthy

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Blood Meridian
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Rabbit Angstrom
Rabbit, Run, Rabbit Redux, Rabbit Is Rich, & Rabbit at Rest
By John Updike

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Rabbit Angstrom
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John Updike

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American Pastoral
By Philip Roth

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American Pastoral
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Philip Roth

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