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The Greatest Books: A Source List

This is one of the 122 "best of" book lists used to compile the master list at thegreatestbooks.org. It is a wide-ranging assortment of novels, short stories, plays, poetry and children's works. The items are conventional books despite it being based on Russ Kick's 3-volume "The Graphic Canon". Unlike that book, individual short works (eg poems) have been subsumed into collections to conform to the requirements of thegreatestbooks.org. I have altered the list order very slightly.
The List Image graphically demonstrates the heaviest users of The Greatest Books website (numerically USA 45.9%, India 8.3%, Canada 6.6%).
Thanks to Lorenza who published a version of this list in 2016, in which poems were detailed individually rather than as collections.
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The Epic of Gilgamesh (N.K. Sandars Translator)
The Epic of Gilgamesh (N.K. Sandars Translator)
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The Iliad (Homer)
The Iliad (Homer)
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The Odyssey (Homer)
The Odyssey (Homer)
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Poems of Sappho (Sappho)
Poems of Sappho (Sappho)
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Medea (Euripides)
Medea (Euripides)
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Lysistrata (Aristophanes)
Lysistrata (Aristophanes)
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Hebrew Bible
Hebrew Bible
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Tao Te Ching (Lao Zi)
Tao Te Ching (Lao Zi)
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Mahabharata
Mahabharata
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The Analects (Confucius)
The Analects (Confucius)
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De Rerum Natura (Lucretius)
De Rerum Natura (Lucretius)
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The Aeneid (Virgil)
The Aeneid (Virgil)
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Beowulf (Tr. Seamus Heaney)
Beowulf (Tr. Seamus Heaney)
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The Tale of Genji (Murasaki Shikibu)
The Tale of Genji (Murasaki Shikibu)
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Arabian Nights (One Thousand and One Nights) (Anonymous)
Arabian Nights (One Thousand and One Nights) (Anonymous)
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The Divine Comedy (Dante Alighieri)
The Divine Comedy (Dante Alighieri)
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The Canterbury Tales (Geoffrey Chaucer)
The Canterbury Tales (Geoffrey Chaucer)
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Le Morte D'Arthur (Thomas Malory)
Le Morte D'Arthur (Thomas Malory)
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Journey to the West by Wu Cheng'en
Journey to the West by Wu Cheng'en
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The Faerie Queene (Edmund Spenser)
The Faerie Queene (Edmund Spenser)
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Hamlet (William Shakespeare)
Hamlet (William Shakespeare)
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King Lear (William Shakespeare)
King Lear (William Shakespeare)
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MacBeth (William Shakespeare)
MacBeth (William Shakespeare)
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A Midsummer Night's Dream (William Shakespeare)
A Midsummer Night's Dream (William Shakespeare)
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The Sonnets (William Shakespeare)
The Sonnets (William Shakespeare)
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Don Quixote (Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra)
Don Quixote (Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra)
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Complete Poetry and Selected Prose (John Donne)
Complete Poetry and Selected Prose (John Donne)
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Paradise Lost (John Milton)
Paradise Lost (John Milton)
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Gulliver's Travels (Jonathan Swift)
Gulliver's Travels (Jonathan Swift)
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Candide (Voltaire)
Candide (Voltaire)
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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (Mary Wollstonecraft)
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (Mary Wollstonecraft)
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Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Choderlos De Laclos)
Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Choderlos De Laclos)
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A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
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Madame Bovary (Gustave Flaubert)
Madame Bovary (Gustave Flaubert)
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Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
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The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
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The Complete Poems of Samuel Taylor Coleridge (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)
The Complete Poems of Samuel Taylor Coleridge (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)
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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
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Songs of Innocence and Experience (William Blake)
Songs of Innocence and Experience (William Blake)
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Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
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