Scott Turow's Top Ten List

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    Scott Turow (born 1949) is an American novelist, practicing attorney and literary activist. He debuted with the acclaimed memoir, One L: The Turbulent True Story of a First Year at Harvard Law School (1977). A decade later he published his first novel, the blockbuster Presumed Innocence (1987). He followed with a string of bestselling legal thrillers including The Burden of Proof (1990), Pleading Guilty (1993), Personal Injuries (1999, Time Magazine Fiction Book of the Year), Reversible Errors (2002, Heartland Prize), Innocent (2010) and Identical (2013). His other books include a nonfiction reflection on the death penalty, Ultimate Punishment (2003, Robert F. Kennedy Book Award). He has been active in a number of charitable causes including organizations that promote literacy, education and legal rights and is a past president of the Authors Guild. To lean more, visit Scott’s official website.

    With Scott's brief comments.

    1. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce (1916), which first showed me that fiction could articulate what I took as wild and private dreams.

     

     

     

    2. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (1877), because of the powerful and intimate rendition of these webbed lives.

     

     

     

    3. Rabbit AngstromRabbit, Run (1960), Rabbit Redux (1971), Rabbit Is Rich (1981), Rabbit at Rest (1990) by John Updike, because of their acute observation and moral courage.

     

     

     

    4. Herzog by Saul Bellow (1964), for its extraordinary language, intellectual power and its observations of Chicago.

     

     

     

    5. Tell Me a Riddle by Tillie Olsen (1961), for its inventiveness and power.

     

     

     

    6. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (1844), for its spectacular plot.

     

     

     

    7. The works of William Shakespeare (1564–1616), for their miraculous language and extraordinary observations about humanity.

     

     

     

    8. The Bear by William Faulkner (1942), for telling the quintessential American story from inside the American mind.

     

     

     

    9. Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1934), an extremely contemporary book that anticipated much of our current preoccupation with gender.

     

     

     

    10. The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett (1932), for its elegance and perfect mystery.

    New List

    David Mitchell

    1. The Duel by Anton Chekhov (1891).
    2.1984by George Orwell (1948).
    3.Heart of Darknessby Joseph Conrad (1899).
    4.Sense and Sensibilityby Jane Austen (1811).
    5.The Master and Margaritaby Mikhail Bulgakov (1966).
    6.As I Lay Dyingby William Faulkner (1930).
    7.Tom Jonesby Henry Fielding (1749).
    8.Labyrinthsby Jorge Luis Borges (1964).
    9.W, or The Memory of Childhoodby Georges Perec (1975).
    10.The Makioka Sistersby Junichiro Tanizaki (1943–48).
    Wild Card:Lolly Willowesby Sylvia Townsend Warner (1926).



     

    Classic List

    Top Ten African-American Works

    1. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (1952). 
    2. Beloved by Toni Morrison (1987). 
    3. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison (1977). 
    4. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (1937). 
    5. Native Son by Richard Wright (1945). 
    6. A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry (1959). 
    7. Another Country by James Baldwin (1962). 
    8. Cane by Jean Toomer (1923). 
    9. Lucy by Jamaica Kincaid (1990). 
    10. Manchild in the Promised Land by Claude Brown (1965). 

     





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