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100 Stories That Shaped the World

"I rarely find someone, really anyone, who doesn't know some part of this story – the idea of the lost man who can't get home after the war… the woman at home with the suitors. Everyone can tell me some version of it, which is to say, it lives in them." – Tess Taylor, poet, on Homer's Odyssey
In April 2018, BBC Culture polled experts around the world to nominate up to five fictional stories they felt had shaped mindsets or influenced history. We received answers from 108 authors, academics, journalists, critics and translators in 35 countries – their choices took in novels, poems, folk tales and dramas in 33 different languages, including Sumerian, K'iche and Ge'ez.
The list was determined via ranked ballots and first placed into descending order by number of critic votes, then into descending order by total critic points, then alphabetically (for 73 to 100, the titles listed are tied).
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from bbc.com · made by vera_rossakoff
avg. score: 24 of 100 (24%)
required scores: 1, 14, 19, 25, 33 

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The Odyssey
The Odyssey
2
Uncle Tom's Cabin (Harriet Beecher Stowe)
Uncle Tom's Cabin (Harriet Beecher Stowe)
3
Frankenstein
Frankenstein
4
Nineteen Eighty-Four
Nineteen Eighty-Four
5
Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe)
Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe)
6
One Thousand and One Nights
One Thousand and One Nights
7
Don Quixote (Miguel De Cervantes)
Don Quixote (Miguel De Cervantes)
8
Hamlet
Hamlet
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9
One Hundred Years of Solitude
One Hundred Years of Solitude
10
The Iliad (Homer)
The Iliad (Homer)
11
Beloved (Toni Morrison)
Beloved (Toni Morrison)
12
The Divine Comedy (Dante Alighieri)
The Divine Comedy (Dante Alighieri)
13
Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet
14
The Epic of Gilgamesh
The Epic of Gilgamesh
15
Harry Potter Series
Harry Potter Series
16
The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood)
The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood)
17
Ulysses
Ulysses
18
Animal Farm
Animal Farm
19
Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre
20
Madame Bovary
Madame Bovary
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21
Romance of the Three Kingdoms (Luo Guanzhong)
Romance of the Three Kingdoms (Luo Guanzhong)
22
Pride and Prejudice
Pride and Prejudice
23
Journey to the West
Journey to the West
24
Crime and Punishment
Crime and Punishment
25
Water Margin: Outlaws of the Marsh (Shi Naian)
Water Margin: Outlaws of the Marsh (Shi Naian)
26
War and Peace
War and Peace
27
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
28
Wide Sargasso Sea
Wide Sargasso Sea
29
Aesop's Fables
Aesop's Fables
30
Candide
Candide
31
Medea (Euripides)
Medea (Euripides)
32
The Mahabharata by Vyasa
The Mahabharata by Vyasa
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33
King Lear
King Lear
34
The Tale of Genji
The Tale of Genji
35
The Sorrows of Young Werther
The Sorrows of Young Werther
36
The Trial (Franz Kafka)
The Trial (Franz Kafka)
37
Remembrance of Things Past
Remembrance of Things Past
38
Wuthering Heights
Wuthering Heights
39
Invisible Man
Invisible Man
40
Moby Dick (Herman Melville)
Moby Dick (Herman Melville)
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