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The Ultimate List of Classic & Popular Works of Literature So You Can Be Well-Read Before You Die

This is a fine collection of books that also happens to be a concise and updated version of my humungous list "The BBC Believes That Only 6 People Are Bold Enough to Do This Book Challenge". The latter was intended to be a comprehensive collection of books with which to compile challenges for you. However it proved to be too unwieldy and slow in practice. So I have carefully distilled the most popular and acclaimed books to create this "compact" version, which is reduced by nearly two thirds.
Alphabetical by title, so as to be useful to me. I welcome your suggestions regarding books to be included in a future version of this list. Or any other comments.
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"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!" (Richard P. Feynman)
"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!" (Richard P. Feynman)
2
The 101 Dalmatians (Dodie Smith)
The 101 Dalmatians (Dodie Smith)
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The 13 Clocks (James Thurber)
The 13 Clocks (James Thurber)
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1776 (David McCullough)
1776 (David McCullough)
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1919 (John Dos Passos)
1919 (John Dos Passos)
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1984 (George Orwell)
1984 (George Orwell)
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1Q84 (Haruki Murakami)
1Q84 (Haruki Murakami)
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1st to Die (James Patterson)
1st to Die (James Patterson)
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9
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Jules Verne)
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Jules Verne)
10
2001: A Space Odyssey (Arthur C. Clarke)
2001: A Space Odyssey (Arthur C. Clarke)
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2010: Odyssey Two (Arthur C. Clarke)
2010: Odyssey Two (Arthur C. Clarke)
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2666 (Roberto Bolaño)
2666 (Roberto Bolaño)
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3001: The Final Odyssey (Arthur C. Clarke)
3001: The Final Odyssey (Arthur C. Clarke)
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4:50 From Paddington (Agatha Christie)
4:50 From Paddington (Agatha Christie)
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The 42nd Parallel (John Dos Passos)
The 42nd Parallel (John Dos Passos)
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44 Scotland Street (Alexander McCall Smith)
44 Scotland Street (Alexander McCall Smith)
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The 5th Wave (Rick Yancey)
The 5th Wave (Rick Yancey)
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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Stephen R. Covey)
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Stephen R. Covey)
19
The ABC Murders (Agatha Christie)
The ABC Murders (Agatha Christie)
20
About a Boy (Nick Hornby)
About a Boy (Nick Hornby)
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21
Absalom, Absalom! (William Faulkner)
Absalom, Absalom! (William Faulkner)
22
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Sherman Alexie)
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Sherman Alexie)
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The Accidental Tourist (Anne Tyler)
The Accidental Tourist (Anne Tyler)
24
Adam Bede (George Eliot)
Adam Bede (George Eliot)
25
Ada or Ardor (Vladimir Nabokov)
Ada or Ardor (Vladimir Nabokov)
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The Adventures of Augie March (Saul Bellow)
The Adventures of Augie March (Saul Bellow)
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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Arthur Conan Doyle)
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Arthur Conan Doyle)
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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Mark Twain)
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Mark Twain)
30
The Aeneid (Virgil)
The Aeneid (Virgil)
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Aesop's Fables (Aesop)
Aesop's Fables (Aesop)
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After You (Jojo Moyes)
After You (Jojo Moyes)
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33
Agamemnon (Aeschylus)
Agamemnon (Aeschylus)
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The Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton)
The Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton)
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The Age of Reason (Thomas Paine)
The Age of Reason (Thomas Paine)
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Agnes Grey (Anne Brontë)
Agnes Grey (Anne Brontë)
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The Agony and the Ecstasy (Irving Stone)
The Agony and the Ecstasy (Irving Stone)
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Ajax (Sophocles)
Ajax (Sophocles)
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The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
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The Aleph and Other Stories (Jorge Luis Borges)
The Aleph and Other Stories (Jorge Luis Borges)
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