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The Greatest Books: The Best Fictional Books of All Time

This list is generated from 130 "best of" book lists from a variety of great sources. An algorithm is used to create a master list based on how many lists a particular book appears on. Some lists count more than others. I generally trust "best of all time" lists voted by authors and experts over user-generated lists. On the lists that are actually ranked, the book that is 1st counts a lot more than the book that's 100th. If you're interested in the details about how the rankings are generated and which lists are the most important (in my eyes) please check out the list details page.
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In Search of Lost Time (Marcel Proust)
In Search of Lost Time (Marcel Proust)
2
Ulysses (James Joyce)
Ulysses (James Joyce)
3
Don Quixote (Miguel De Cervantes)
Don Quixote (Miguel De Cervantes)
4
One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
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5
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
6
Moby Dick (Herman Melville)
Moby Dick (Herman Melville)
7
War and Peace (Leo Tolstoy)
War and Peace (Leo Tolstoy)
8
Hamlet (William Shakespeare)
Hamlet (William Shakespeare)
9
The Odyssey (Homer)
The Odyssey (Homer)
10
Madame Bovary (Gustave Flaubert)
Madame Bovary (Gustave Flaubert)
11
The Divine Comedy (Dante Alighieri)
The Divine Comedy (Dante Alighieri)
12
Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov)
Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov)
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13
The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
14
Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
15
Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
16
The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
17
Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
18
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
19
Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
20
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
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21
The Iliad (Homer)
The Iliad (Homer)
22
To the Lighthouse (Virginia Woolf)
To the Lighthouse (Virginia Woolf)
23
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
24
Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad)
Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad)
25
The Sound and the Fury (William Faulkner)
The Sound and the Fury (William Faulkner)
26
1984 (George Orwell)
1984 (George Orwell)
27
Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)
Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)
28
One Thousand and One Nights (Anonimus)
One Thousand and One Nights (Anonimus)
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29
The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
30
Absalom, Absalom! (William Faulkner)
Absalom, Absalom! (William Faulkner)
31
Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison)
Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison)
32
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
33
The Trial (Franz Kafka)
The Trial (Franz Kafka)
34
The Red and the Black (Stendhal)
The Red and the Black (Stendhal)
35
Middlemarch (George Eliot)
Middlemarch (George Eliot)
36
Gulliver's Travels (Jonathan Swift)
Gulliver's Travels (Jonathan Swift)
37
Beloved (Toni Morrison)
Beloved (Toni Morrison)
38
Mrs. Dalloway (Virginia Woolf)
Mrs. Dalloway (Virginia Woolf)
39
The Complete Stories of Anton Chekhov, Vol. 1: 1882-1885 (Anton Chekhov)
The Complete Stories of Anton Chekhov, Vol. 1: 1882-1885 (Anton Chekhov)
40
The Stranger (Albert Camus)
The Stranger (Albert Camus)
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