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David Bowie's 100 Best Books

I've added publication dates and fixed small typos, as well as adding links online. Fantasy, and other speculative, titles in bold. List originally compiled by DavidBowie.com

  • 1984 by George Orwell (1949)
  • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (1962)
  • A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (1980)
  • A Grave for a Dolphin by Alberto Denti di Pirajno (1956)
  • A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn (1980)
  • A People’s Tragedy by Orlando Figes (1996) (review)
  • All The Emperor’s Horses by David Kidd (1955) - original publication is available for New Yorker subscribers
  • As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner (1930)
  • Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom: The Golden Age of Rock by Nik Cohn (1969)
  • Beano (1938) (enjoy!)
  • Before The Deluge by Otto Friedrich (1972)
  • Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin (1929)
  • Beyond The Brillo Box by Arthur C. Danto (1992) (review)
  • Billy Liar by Keith Waterhouse (1959) (review)
  • Black Boy by Richard Wright (1945)
  • Blast by Wyndham Lewis (1914)
  • City of Night by John Rechy (1963) (review)
  • Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler (1940)
  • David Bomberg by Richard Cork (1987) (review)
  • Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess (1980)
  • English Journey by J.B. Priestley (1934) (review)
  • Fingersmith by Sarah Waters (2002)
  • Flaubert’s Parrot by Julian Barnes (1984)
  • Hall's Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art by James A. Hall (1974)
  • Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd (1985)
  • Herzog by Saul Bellow (1964)
  • Iliad by Homer
  • In Between The Sheets by Ian McEwan (1978)
  • In Bluebeard’s Castle by George Steiner (1971) (review)
  • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (1966)
  • Infants of The Spring by Wallace Thurman (1932)
  • Inferno by Dante Alighieri (1320)
  • Inside The Whale and Other Essays by George Orwell (1940)
  • Interviews with Francis Bacon by David Sylvester (1987)
  • Journey into the Whirlwind by Eugenia Ginzburg (1967) (review)
  • Kafka was the Rage by Anatole Broyard (1993)
  • Lady Chatterly’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence (1928)
  • Last Exit to Brooklyn by Hubert Selby, Jr. (1964) (review)
  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (1955)
  • Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (1856)
  • Maldodor by Comte de Lautréamont (1869) [French]
  • McTeague by Frank Norris (1899)
  • Metropolitan Life by Fran Lebowitz (1978)
  • Money by Martin Amis (1984)
  • Mr. Norris Changes Trains by Christopher Isherwood (1935)
  • Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder by Lawrence Weschler (1995) (review)
  • Mystery Train by Greil Marcus (1975) (review)
  • Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter (1984)
  • Nowhere to Run: The Story of Soul Music by Gerri Hirshey (1984)
  • Octobriana and The Russian Underground by Peter Sadecky (1971)
  • On Having No Head by Douglas Harding (1986)
  • On The Road by Jack Kerouac (1957)
  • Passing by Nella Larson (1929) (review)
  • Private Eye (1961)
  • Puckoon by Spike Milligan (1963)
  • Raw (1980)
  • Room at the Top by John Braine (1957)
  • Selected Poems by Frank O’Hara (1974)
  • Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson by Camille Paglia (1990)
  • Silence: Lectures And Writing by John Cage (1961) (review)
  • Strange People by Frank Edwards (1961)
  • Sweet Soul Music: Rhythm and Blues and the Southern Dream of Freedom by Peter Guralnick (1986)
  • Tadanori Yokoo by Tadanori Yokoo (1978)
  • Tales of Beatnik Glory by Ed Saunders (1975)
  • Teenage by Jon Savage (2007)
  • The 42nd Parallel by John Dos Passos (1930)
  • The Age of American Unreason by Susan Jacoby (2008)
  • The American Way of Death by Jessica Mitford (1963)
  • The Bird Artist by Howard Norman (1911)
  • The Bridge by Hart Crane (1930) (review)
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (2007)
  • The Coast of Utopia by Tom Stoppard (2002) (review)
  • The Day of The Locust by Nathanael West (1939)
  • The Divided Self by R. D. Laing (1960)
  • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin (1963) (review)
  • The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels (1979) (review)
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925)
  • The Hidden Persuaders by Vance Packard (1957)
  • The Insult by Rupert Thomson (1996)
  • The Leopard by Giusseppe Di Lampedusa (1958)
  • The Life and Times of Little Richard by Charles White (1984)
  • The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov (1967)
  • The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind by Julian Jaynes (1976)
  • The Outsider by Colin Wilson (1956)
  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark (1961) (review)
  • The Quest for Christa T by Christa Wolf (1968) (review)
  • The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With The Sea by Yukio Mishima (1963) (review)
  • The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin (1986)
  • The Sound of the City: The Rise of Rock and Roll by Charlie Gillete (1970)
  • The Stranger by Albert Camus (1942)
  • The Street by Ann Petry (1946) (review)
  • The Trial of Henry Kissinger by Christopher Hitchens (2001)
  • The Waste Land by T.S. Elliot (1930)
  • Transcendental Magic, Its Doctine and Ritual by Eliphas Lévi (1854-6)
  • Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh (1930)
  • Viz (1979)
  • White Noise by Don DeLillo (1985)
  • Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon (1995)
  • Writers at Work: The Paris Review Interviews edited by Malcolm Cowley (1977)
  • Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton (1842)

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List compiled by DavidBowie.com. A version of this article first appeared on Pornokitsch (January 2016).

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