The Best Novels Ever Written Books
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The Best Novels Ever Written

List Criteria: Only fiction

This is the ultimate list of the best novels of all time, which is based on influence, originality, popularity, and personal affections. You can make the case for many books to be on this list, but only a few can be considered the best novel ever written. For as long as books have been around, there has been debate amongst book enthusiasts over what truly is the best book ever. The one criteria on this list is that we are only taking fiction books into account. Anything should not be on here.

Classics like Victor Hugo's Les Misérables, Herman Melville's Moby Dick, Charles Dickens' Tale of Two Cities and John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath are all on here and deservedly so as they've stood the test of the time and have become important pieces of literature. That's not to say that modern books are neglected, in fact, they're well represented as well. Recent classics like J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, Dan Brown's Angels and Demons, Thomas Pynchon's Gravity Rainbow and Stephen King's The Waste Lands are on here.

It's up to you to vote on or even add a book that isn't on this list. Otherwise, decide what the best book of all time is by going this list and voting on what you think is a worthy choice.
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    most listed George Orwell

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    George Orwell

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    John Steinbeck

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    John Steinbeck

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    J. R. R. Tolkien

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    F. Scott Fitzgerald

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    William Golding

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Charles Dickens

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    ranked low on reranks J. R. R. Tolkien

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Herman Melville

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    ranked low on reranks Mark Twain

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    ranked low on reranks Mark Twain

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    Aldous Huxley

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    Charles Dickens

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    James Joyce

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    J. D. Salinger

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    ranked low on reranks Victor Hugo

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    Leo Tolstoy

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    Emily Brontë

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    Arthur Conan Doyle

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    Joseph Heller

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    ranked low on reranks Ray Bradbury

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    Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet

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    Miguel de Cervantes

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    added by wawwhite1 Jane Austen

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    Charles Dickens

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Frank Herbert

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    Dante Alighieri

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    Robert Louis Stevenson

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    Joseph Conrad

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Richard Adams

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    Mary Shelley

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    Charlotte Brontë

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Mario Puzo

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    Charles Dickens

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    Bram Stoker

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    H. G. Wells

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    Ernest Hemingway

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    Kurt Vonnegut

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Ralph Ellison

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks William Faulkner

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    ranked low on reranks Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    Nathaniel Hawthorne

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    Ernest Hemingway

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