Meg Wolitzer's Top Ten List

Francine Prose threw down the gauntlet in the literary gender wars with her 1998 essay in Harper’s, “Scent of a Woman’s Ink.”

Meg Wolitzer picked it up and threw it back down again – smack – last Sunday in The New York Times Book Review. Her title says it all: “The Second Shelf: Are there different rules for men and women in the world of literary fiction?” (Hint: the answer isn’t negative, though I wouldn’t call it positive, if you know what I mean.).

Read her provocative piece here.

 

See Francine’s and Meg’s Top Ten Lists below.

 

Meg Wolitzer’s Top Ten List

1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

2. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

3. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster

4. Mrs. Bridge by Evan S. Connell

5. Dubliners by James Joyce

6. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

7. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

8. Hard Times by Charles Dickens

9. Goodbye Columbus by Philip Roth

10. My Antonia by Willa Cather

 

Francine Prose’s Top Ten List

1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

2. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendahl

3. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust

4. The Stories of Anton Chekhov

5. The Stories of John Cheever

6. The Stories of Mavis Gallant

7. Moby-Dick  by Herman Melville

8. Middlemarch by George Eliot

9.One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

10. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

 

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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