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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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  1. 1
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    John Steinbeck More
    91
  2. 2
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    Nineteen Eighty-Four

    George Orwell More
    91
  3. 3
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    Harper Lee More
    90
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    Animal Farm

    George Orwell More
    90
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    J. R. R. Tolkien More
    90
  6. 6
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    William Golding More
    89
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    John Steinbeck More
    87
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    The Hobbit

    J. R. R. Tolkien More
    85
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    F. Scott Fitzgerald More
    85
  10. 10
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    Charles Dickens More
    83
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    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    Mark Twain More
    80
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    Herman Melville More
    79
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    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    Mark Twain More
    77
  14. 14
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    Lewis Carroll More
    76
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    Charles Dickens More
    74
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    J. D. Salinger More
    74
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    Aldous Huxley More
    74
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    Douglas Adams More
    71
  19. 19
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    Victor Hugo More
    71
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    Joseph Heller More
    69
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    James Joyce More
    66
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    Arthur Conan Doyle More
    65
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    Fahrenheit 451

    Ray Bradbury More
    65
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    Washington Irving More
    64
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    Mario Puzo More
    63
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    Emily Brontë More
    63
  27. 27
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    Frank Herbert More
    63
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    William Shakespeare More
    63
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    Jack London More
    63
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    Oscar Wilde More
    62
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    Bram Stoker More
    62
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    Jules Verne More
    62
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    Robert Louis Stevenson More
    62
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    Kurt Vonnegut More
    62
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    Anthony Burgess More
    61
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    Dante Alighieri More
    61
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    Mary Shelley More
    61
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    Heart of Darkness

    Joseph Conrad More
    61
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    Robert Louis Stevenson More
    61
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    H. G. Wells More
    60
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    Charles Dickens More
    60
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    Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet More
    60
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    The Maltese Falcon

    Dashiell Hammett More
    59
  44. 44
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    Charles Dickens More
    59
  45. 45
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    Leo Tolstoy More
    58
  46. 46
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    Ernest Hemingway More
    58
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    John Milton More
    58
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    Ernest Hemingway More
    57
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    Richard Adams More
    57
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    William Faulkner More
    56
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