- A sequence of novels that shows development of plot or
character from book to book. Most works listed here fit
- Novels that share a cast of characters or location, where
chronology may be minimal or problematic - e.g., many mystery
- A group of novels that were conceived as a series by the
author, such as Durrell's Alexandria Quartet.
We have chosen to exclude children's books, short story collections
and non-fiction. Although the primary focus is on U.S. and
British novels, translations of such international authors
as Asturias, Balzac, and Undset are listed. Editions listed
here are the first American editions unless otherwise
noted. Many are now available only in paperback or large print
editions. Sadly, many are out of print.
Finally, we lay no claim to academic comprehensiveness or
authority, but rather seek -- as librarians always do -- to
balance considerations of quality and popularity, within the
limits of our objectivity.