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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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    Harper Lee More
    92
  2. 2
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    George Orwell More
    91
  3. 3
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    John Steinbeck More
    91
  4. 4
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    William Golding More
    91
  5. 5
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    most listed
    Animal Farm

    George Orwell More
    90
  6. 6
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    J. R. R. Tolkien More
    90
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Of Mice and Men

    John Steinbeck More
    89
  8. 8
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    F. Scott Fitzgerald More
    86
  9. 9
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Hobbit

    J. R. R. Tolkien More
    86
  10. 10
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    Charles Dickens More
    85
  11. 11
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    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    Mark Twain More
    81
  12. 12
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    Herman Melville More
    78
  13. 13
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    Mark Twain More
    77
  14. 14
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    Charles Dickens More
    77
  15. 15
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    Lewis Carroll More
    76
  16. 16
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    J. D. Salinger More
    75
  17. 17
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    Aldous Huxley More
    74
  18. 18
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    Victor Hugo More
    72
  19. 19
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    Douglas Adams More
    70
  20. 20
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    Joseph Heller More
    69
  21. 21
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    Arthur Conan Doyle More
    69
  22. 22
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    James Joyce More
    67
  23. 23
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    Washington Irving More
    66
  24. 24
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    Ray Bradbury More
    65
  25. 25
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    Mario Puzo More
    65
  26. 26
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    William Shakespeare More
    64
  27. 27
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    Emily Brontë More
    64
  28. 28
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    Jack London More
    64
  29. 29
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    Frank Herbert More
    63
  30. 30
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    Bram Stoker More
    63
  31. 31
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    Oscar Wilde More
    62
  32. 32
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    Robert Louis Stevenson More
    62
  33. 33
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    Dante Alighieri More
    62
  34. 34
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    Kurt Vonnegut More
    62
  35. 35
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    Mary Shelley More
    62
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    A Clockwork Orange

    Anthony Burgess More
    62
  37. 37
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    Jules Verne More
    61
  38. 38
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    Charles Dickens More
    61
  39. 39
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    Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet More
    61
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    H. G. Wells More
    61
  41. 41
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    Robert Louis Stevenson More
    61
  42. 42
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    Ernest Hemingway More
    60
  43. 43
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    Joseph Conrad More
    60
  44. 44
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    Dashiell Hammett More
    60
  45. 45
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    Leo Tolstoy More
    60
  46. 46
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    Ernest Hemingway More
    59
  47. 47
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    Great Expectations

    Charles Dickens More
    58
  48. 48
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    John Milton More
    57
  49. 49
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    Richard Adams More
    57
  50. 50
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    Louisa May Alcott More
    57
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