The Mookse and the Gripes Pantheon


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Welcome to The Mookse and the Gripes Pantheon, a personal list of some of my favorite authors whose work I talk about most often, here and there. My main criterion for compiling this list was this: once I finish a book by the author, I want to read everything that author has written.

The plan, then, is to do just that. This is aspirational and not necessarily something I’m going to fret about as time goes by. For me, this will function as a kind of checklist which may be added to periodically as I find I can’t leave an author out of my Pantheon. Links are to reviews I’ve posted on this site. For foreign-language authors, the lists below contain what is available in English translation, though the dates to the side are original publication dates.

I got this idea from Kim at Reading Matters (here is her list of “My Favourite Authors”) and Simon from Savidge Reads (here is his “Hall of Fame”).

Jane Austen (1775—1817)

  • Sense and Sensibility (1811)
  • Pride and Prejudice (1813)
  • Mansfield Park (1814)
  • Emma (1815)
  • Northanger Abbey (1818)
  • Persuasion (1818)

César Aira (1949— )

Roberto Bolaño (1953—2003)

Willa Cather (1873 – 1947)

  • The Troll Garden (1905; stories)
  • Alexander’s Bridge (1912)
  • O Pioneers! (1913)
  • The Song of the Lark (1915)
  • My Ántonia (1918)
  • Youth and the Bright Medusa (1920; stories)
  • One of Ours (1922)
  • A Lost Lady (1923)
  • The Professor’s House (1925)
  • My Mortal Enemy (1926)
  • Death Comes for the Archbishop (1927)
  • Shadows on the Rock (1931)
  • Obscure Destinies (1932; stories)
  • Lucy Grayheart (1935)
  • Not Under Forty (1936; essays)
  • Sapphira and the Slave Girl (1940)
  • The Old Beauty and Others (1948; stories)

J.M. Coetzee (1940—)

Louise Erdrich (1954— )

  • Love Medicine (1984)
  • The Beet Queen (1986)
  • Tracks (1988)
  • The Bingo Palace (1994)
  • Tales of Burning Love (1997)
  • The Antelope Wife (1998)
  • The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse (2001)
  • The Master Butchers Singing Club (2003)
  • Four Souls (2004)
  • The Painted Drum (2005)
  • The Plague of Doves (2008)
  • Shadow Tag (2010)
  • The Round House (2012)
  • LaRose (2016)

Penelope Fitzgerald (1916—2000)

  • The Golden Child (1977)
  • The Bookshop (1978)
  • Offshore (1979)
  • Human Voices (1980)
  • At Freddie’s (1982)
  • Innocence (1986)
  • The Beginning of Spring (1988)
  • The Gate of Angels (1990)
  • The Blue Flower (1994)

László Krasznahorkai (1954— )

  • Satantango (1985)
  • The Melancholy of Resistance (1989)
  • The Prisoner of Urga (1992)
  • War and War (1999)
  • From North a Hill, from South a Lake, from East a Road, from West a River (2003)
  • Ruin and Sorrow Beneath the Heavens (2004)
  • Seiobo There Below (2008)
  • Animalinside (2010)

Javier Marías (1951— )

William Maxwell (1908—2000)

Cormac McCarthy (1933— )

Carson McCullers (1917—1967)

  • The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1940)
  • Reflections in a Golden Eye (1941)
  • The Member of the Wedding (1946)
  • The Ballad of the Sad Café (1951)
  • Clock Without Hands (1961)

Alice Munro (1931— )

Flannery O’Connor (1925—1964)

  • Wise Blood (1952)
  • A Good Man Is Hard to Find (1955)
  • The Violent Bear It Away (1960)
  • Everything That Rises Must Converge (1965)

Cynthia Ozick (1928— )

  • Trust (1966)
  • Envy, or Yiddish in America (1969)
  • The Pagan Rabbi and Other Stories (1971)
  • Bloodshed and Three Novellas (1976)
  • Levitation: Five Fictions (1982)
  • The Cannibal Galaxy (1983)
  • The Messiah of Stockholm (1987)
  • The Shawl (1989)
  • The Puttermesser Papers (1997)
  • Heir to the Glimmering World (2004)
  • Dictation: A Quartet (2007)
  • Foreign Bodies (2010)

Marilynne Robinson (1943— )

Philip Roth (1933— )

W.G. Sebald (1944—2001)

Muriel Spark (1918—2006)

Elizabeth Taylor (1912—1975)

  • At Mrs. Lippincote’s (1945)
  • Palladian (1946)
  • A View of the Harbour (1947)
  • A Wreath of Roses (1949)
  • A Game of Hide and Seek (1951)
  • The Sleeping Beauty (1953)
  • Angel (1957)
  • In a Summer Season (1961)
  • The Soul of Kindness (1964)
  • The Wedding Group (1968)
  • Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont (1971)
  • Blaming (1976)
  • You’ll Enjoy It When You Get There (2014; stories)

William Trevor (1928—2016)

  • A Standard of Behaviour (1958)
  • The Old Boys (1964)
  • The Boarding House (1965)
  • The Love Department (1966)
  • The Day We Got Drunk on Cake and Other Stories (1967)
  • Mrs Eckdorf in O’Neill’s Hotel (1969)
  • Miss Gomez and the Brethren (1971)
  • The Ballroom of Romance and Other Stories (1972)
  • Elizabeth Alone (1973)
  • The Last Lunch of the Season (1973)
  • Angels at the Ritz and Other Stories (1975)
  • The Children of Dynmouth (1976)
  • Lovers of Their Time (1978)
  • The Distant Past (1979)
  • Other People’s Worlds (1980)
  • Beyond the Pale (1981)
  • Fools of Fortune (1983)
  • The News from Ireland and Other Stories (1986)
  • Nights at the Alexandra (1987)
  • The Silence in the Garden (1988)
  • Family Sins and Other Stories (1989)
  • Two Lives (1991)
  • Felicia’s Journey (1994)
  • After Rain (1996)
  • Death in Summer (1998)
  • The Hill Bachelors (2000)
  • The Story of Lucy Gault (2002)
  • A Bit on the Side (2004)
  • Cheating at Canasta (2007)
  • Love and Summer (2009)

Eudora Welty (1909—2001)

  • The Robber Bridegroom (1942)
  • Delta Wedding (1946)
  • The Ponder Heart (1954)
  • Losing Battles (1970)
  • The Optimist’s Daughter (1972)

John Williams (1922—1994)

14 thoughts on “The Mookse and the Gripes Pantheon

  1. I’m delighted at how many of these I haven’t read. Krasznahorkai would be on mine now, I hadn’t read him when I wrote my personal canon pieces (and thanks for linking to those, very kind). I suspect (hope anyway) that Winterson will be added to mine too, but I need to read my next by her first.

    You remind me that I should read more McCullers, and Spark, both wonderful writers, and that I should make a start with Williams.

    No Salter or Yates? They seem somehow to fit parts of the list.

    Louise Erdrich I don’t really know, I’ll have to read your reviews (or reread quite likely).

    Anyway, lovely idea and fascinating post. Quite a task you’ve set yourself, but there is a logic. If some writers speak to us with particular power, surely we should prioritise them?

  2. What a great list, Trevor. Coetzee and Bolano call first. Both of them would be new to me, except for reviews. Revisiting O’Connor and Welty has been on my mind since starting the Munro project. Thank you for this “Pantheon”. It also helps a reader understand your work.

  3. Betsy, in part it was our conversation about O’Connor and Welty that made me do this so I have a kind of checklist and remember to prioritize them, as Max says. Also, I do hope that it give interested folks an idea about my tastes.

  4. It is a reflection of our overlapping tastes that I have read at least one book from all but four of the authors and most (but not necessarily all) from just over half. I’ve been meaning to get to both Welty and O’Connor (they are two of the four) and this is a handy reminder, although I suspect it will be some months before I do get to them.

  5. I must admit I am considering doing something along these lines my self trevor ,I would have bolano on mine and have read similar amount to you of his works maybe Grass ,waugh ,Kadare ,Pamuk ,Calvino to name a few be finding time to compile it but one day I will ,I love max’s list ,all the best stu

  6. I considered putting Waugh on my list, Stu, but he didn’t quite make the cut, primarily because there were so many books on his list that I don’t — at least now — want to read. The same thing happened with Wharton, who is certainly one of my favorite authors. I just don’t really see myself reading all of her fiction.

  7. I love this idea. I’m still adding older reviews to my blog but love the idea of having a list of my favourite authors with links up there once I’ve got more posts to link back to. It’s a lovely way to understand a reader’s influences.

  8. Thanks, Alex. You know, it’s also nice for me to step back and see my own influences and tastes. I know what I like, but seeing them listed together allows me to begin to ask more questions of myself.

    Great news, Emma. And I see on my other post that you listed some of your other authors, a few of which I’ve read, but most of which I need to get to know still.

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