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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    often listed & ranked high on reranks John Steinbeck

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    George Orwell

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    George Orwell

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    F. Scott Fitzgerald

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    John Steinbeck

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    most listed William Golding

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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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    J. R. R. Tolkien

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    ranked low on reranks Mark Twain

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    Charles Dickens

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    James Joyce

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    ranked low on reranks Mark Twain

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    J. D. Salinger

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    often listed Emily Brontë

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    Aldous Huxley

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    Joseph Heller

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    Charles Dickens

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    Victor Hugo

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Douglas Adams

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    Leo Tolstoy

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    added by wawwhite1 Jane Austen

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    Arthur Conan Doyle

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    Charles Dickens

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    ranked low on reranks Ray Bradbury

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    Charlotte Brontë

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    Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet

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    Miguel de Cervantes

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Ralph Ellison

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Nathaniel Hawthorne

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    Robert Louis Stevenson

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    Dante Alighieri

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    ranked low on reranks Mary Shelley

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Frank Herbert

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    Joseph Conrad

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Richard Adams

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    H. G. Wells

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    Bram Stoker

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    Ernest Hemingway

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    Charles Dickens

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Mario Puzo

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    Charles Dickens

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    Kurt Vonnegut

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    Ernest Hemingway

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    Ernest Hemingway

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