Troy Jollimore's Top Ten List

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Troy Jollimore (born 1971) is a Canadian poet and philosopher. His debut book of poems, Tom Thomson in Purgatory (2006), won the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry and was a finalist for the Poet’s Prize. It reflected his blend of lyricism, weighty themes and light humor that characterized his two subsequent collections, The Solipsist (2008) and At Lake Scugog (2011). His poems have appeared in publications including The New Yorker, The Believer, McSweeney's and Poetry. His philosophical works include Friendship and Agent-Relative Morality (2001), Love's Vision (2011) and On Loyalty (2012).

1. Strangers in Paradise: Stories by Lee K. Abbott (1986).
2. The Infinities by John Banville (2010).
3. No Country for Old Men (screenplay) by Joel and Ethan Coen (2007).
4. Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin (1983).
5. Island: The Collected Stories by Alistair MacLoed (2000).
6. The Love of a Good Woman: Stories by Alice Munro (1998).
7. Running in the Family by Michael Ondaatje (1982).
8. Mason & Dixon by Thomas Pynchon (1997).
9. Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson (1980).
10. The Fever by Wallace Shawn (1990).

New List

Francine Prose

1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (1877).
2. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal (1839). (See below.)
3. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust (1913–27).
4. The stories of Anton Chekhov (1860–1904).
5. The stories of John Cheever (1912–82).
6. The stories of Mavis Gallant (1922– ).
7. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville (1851).
8. Middlemarch by George Eliot (1871–72).
9. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez (1967).

 

Classic List

Amy Bloom

 

1. The Deptford trilogy by Robertson Davies (1983).
2.Persuasion by Jane Austen (1817).
3. His Dark Materialsby Philip Pullman (1995–2000).
4.The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields (1995).
5.The Known World by Edward P. Jones (2003).
6. The Beggar Maid by Alice Munro (1978).
7. The Plot Against Americaby Philip Roth.
8. The Hours by Michael Cunningham (1998).
9. Fancies and Goodnights by John Collier (1951).
10. Larry’s Party by Carol Shields (1997).

 

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