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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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    George Orwell More
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    Animal Farm

    George Orwell More
    89
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    The Grapes of Wrath

    John Steinbeck More
    89
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    The Lord of the Rings

    J. R. R. Tolkien More
    89
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    Lord of the Flies

    William Golding More
    88
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    To Kill a Mockingbird

    Harper Lee More
    84
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    The Hobbit

    J. R. R. Tolkien More
    81
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    F. Scott Fitzgerald More
    80
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    John Steinbeck More
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    Aldous Huxley More
    78
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    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    Mark Twain More
    77
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    Victor Hugo More
    75
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    Douglas Adams More
    75
  14. 14
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    Herman Melville More
    75
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    Charles Dickens More
    73
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    J. D. Salinger More
    72
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    James Joyce More
    71
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    Mark Twain More
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    Lewis Carroll More
    70
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    Anthony Burgess More
    68
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    Ray Bradbury More
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    Wuthering Heights

    Emily Brontë More
    67
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    Joseph Heller More
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    Frank Herbert More
    66
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    Jack London More
    66
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    William Shakespeare More
    65
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    Kurt Vonnegut More
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    Dante Alighieri More
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    The Hound of the Baskervilles

    Arthur Conan Doyle More
    61
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    The Da Vinci Code

    Dan Brown More
    61
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    Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet More
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    Charles Dickens More
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    A Christmas Carol

    Charles Dickens More
    60
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    War and Peace

    Leo Tolstoy More
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    Mario Puzo More
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    Stephen King More
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    Great Expectations

    Charles Dickens More
    59
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    The Picture of Dorian Gray

    Oscar Wilde More
    59
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    H. G. Wells More
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    Edgar Rice Burroughs More
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    Washington Irving More
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    Richard Adams More
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    Dracula

    Bram Stoker More
    58
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    William Faulkner More
    58
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    Louisa May Alcott More
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    Stephen King More
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    John Milton More
    57
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    John Steinbeck More
    57
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    Jules Verne More
    57
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    Michael Crichton More
    57
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