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

Joyce Carol Oates

1. The Possessed by Fyodor Dostoevsky (1872).
2. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust (1913–27).
3. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (1847).
4. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville (1851).
5. Ulysses by James Joyce (1922).
6. Independent People by Halldór Laxness (1934).
7. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner (1936).
8. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez (1967).
9. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller (1934).
10. The Stranger by Albert Camus (1942).

 

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Charles Palliser

 

1. Adolphe by Benjamin Constant (1816).
2. At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O'Brien (1939).
3. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg (1824).
4. Anton Reiser by Karl Philipp Moritz (1785-90).
5. The Golovlyev Family by Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin (1876).
6. The Slaves of Solitude by Patrick Hamilton (1947).
7. The Tale of Genji by Shikibu Murasaki (c. 1001–1010 c.e.).
8. The Dukays by Lajos Zilahy. (1949)
9. Effi Briest by Theodor Fontane (1896).
10. The Maias by Eca de Queiroz (1888).

 

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