What Is the Best Work of American Fiction of the Last 25 Years?

The New York Times

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See the link below for the original article, along with links to the original reviews.
Early this year, the Book Review’s editor, Sam Tanenhaus, sent out a short letter to a couple of hundred prominent writers, critics, editors and other literary sages, asking them to please identify “the single best work of American fiction published in the last 25 years.” [Read A. O. Scott’s essay. See a list of the judges.] Following are the results.
THE WINNER:
Beloved
Toni Morrison
(1987)
* Review
THE RUNNERS-UP:
Underworld
Don DeLillo
(1997)
* Review
Blood Meridian
Cormac McCarthy
(1985)
* Review
Rabbit Angstrom: The Four Novels
John Updike
(1995)
* Review: ‘Rabbit at Rest’
(1990)
* Review: ‘Rabbit Is Rich’
(1981)
* Review: ‘Rabbit Redux’
(1971)
* Review: ‘Rabbit, Run’
(1960)
American Pastoral
Philip Roth
(1997)
* Review
THE FOLLOWING BOOKS ALSO RECEIVED MULTIPLE VOTES:
A Confederacy of Dunces
John Kennedy Toole
(1980)
* Review
Housekeeping
Marilynne Robinson
(1980)
(This book was not reviewed by The Times.)
Winter’s Tale
Mark Helprin
(1983)
* Review
White Noise
Don DeLillo
(1985)
* Review
The Counterlife
Philip Roth
(1986)
* Review
Libra
Don DeLillo
(1988)
* Review
Where I’m Calling From
Raymond Carver
(1988)
* Review
The Things They Carried
Tim O’Brien
(1990)
* Review
Mating
Norman Rush
(1991)
* Review
Jesus’ Son
Denis Johnson
(1992)
* Review
Operation Shylock
Philip Roth
(1993)
* Review
Independence Day
Richard Ford
(1995)
* Review
Sabbath’s Theater
Philip Roth
(1995)
* Review
Border Trilogy
Cormac McCarthy
(1999)
* Review: ‘Cities of the Plain’
(1998)
* Review: ‘The Crossing’
(1994)
* Review: ‘All the Pretty Horses’
(1992)
The Human Stain
Philip Roth
(2000)
* Review
The Known World
Edward P. Jones
(2003)
* Review
The Plot Against America
Philip Roth
(2004)
* Review


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