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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    Harper Lee

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    John Steinbeck

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    George Orwell

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    F. Scott Fitzgerald

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    George Orwell

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    J. R. R. Tolkien

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    Mark Twain

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    John Steinbeck

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    J. R. R. Tolkien

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    William Golding

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    Charles Dickens

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    Jane Austen

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    Charles Dickens

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    Herman Melville

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    Victor Hugo

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    Mark Twain

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    Charles Dickens

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    Charlotte Brontë

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    Aldous Huxley

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    Miguel de Cervantes

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    Arthur Conan Doyle

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    J. D. Salinger

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    James Joyce

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    Leo Tolstoy

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    Emily Brontë

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    Ray Bradbury

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    Joseph Heller

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    Richard Adams

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    Ernest Hemingway

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    Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet

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    Kurt Vonnegut

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    Robert Louis Stevenson

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    Frank Herbert

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    H. G. Wells

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    Mary Shelley

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    Dante Alighieri

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    Louisa May Alcott

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    Joseph Conrad

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    Bram Stoker

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    Charles Dickens

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    Mario Puzo

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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    C. S. Lewis

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    Ralph Ellison

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    Virginia Woolf

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