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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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    Harper Lee

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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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    often listed & ranked high on reranks F. Scott Fitzgerald

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks William Golding

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    ranked low on reranks J. R. R. Tolkien

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Charles Dickens

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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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    Lewis Carroll

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    Douglas Adams

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    J. D. Salinger

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    Herman Melville

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    Charles Dickens

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    ranked low on reranks Victor Hugo

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    Arthur Conan Doyle

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    Jack London

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    Ray Bradbury

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    Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet

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    Joseph Heller

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    James Joyce

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    Robert Louis Stevenson

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    Dante Alighieri

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Frank Herbert

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    Mary Shelley

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    Bram Stoker

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    Emily Brontë

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    Leo Tolstoy

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Richard Adams

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    ranked low on reranks Oscar Wilde

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Mario Puzo

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    H. G. Wells

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    Robert Louis Stevenson

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    Kurt Vonnegut

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    ranked low on reranks Charles Dickens

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Joseph Conrad

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    Ernest Hemingway

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    Ernest Hemingway

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    Washington Irving

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    ranked low on reranks & added by pigonthewing C. S. Lewis

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Anthony Burgess

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    Jules Verne

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    William Shakespeare

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    Miguel de Cervantes

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    ranked low on reranks Daniel Defoe

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    Charles Dickens

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