8. Sons and Lovers (1913)
Author: D.H. Lawrence
Sons and Lovers was Lawrence's third novel, in case the other authors weren't making you feel like a slouch. Lawrence's novel of a mother's love for her sons was the most deeply personal of his early work. When his own mother died, several years prior to the novel's ultimate publication, Lawrence went into what he referred to as a "sick year." Not only do we wish that we had the work ethic of Lawrence, but we also wish that we were allowed to take sick years.