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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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    George Orwell

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    most listed George Orwell

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    John Steinbeck

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    John Steinbeck

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    F. Scott Fitzgerald

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    J. R. R. Tolkien

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    Charles Dickens

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks William Golding

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    J. R. R. Tolkien

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    ranked low on reranks Mark Twain

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    ranked low on reranks Mark Twain

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    Herman Melville

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    Douglas Adams

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    Victor Hugo

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    Lewis Carroll

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    Aldous Huxley

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    Charles Dickens

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks J. D. Salinger

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    Arthur Conan Doyle

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    Jack London

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    Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet

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    Ray Bradbury

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    Joseph Heller

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    James Joyce

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    ranked low on reranks Bram Stoker

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Frank Herbert

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Emily Brontë

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    Dante Alighieri

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    ranked low on reranks H. G. Wells

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Richard Adams

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    Robert Louis Stevenson

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    Charles Dickens

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    Mary Shelley

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Mario Puzo

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    Oscar Wilde

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    Leo Tolstoy

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    Robert Louis Stevenson

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    Washington Irving

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    Kurt Vonnegut

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    Ernest Hemingway

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    Joseph Conrad

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    William Shakespeare

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    Ernest Hemingway

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    Jules Verne

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    Anthony Burgess

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    ranked low on reranks Charles Dickens

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Dashiell Hammett

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    Miguel de Cervantes

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    Agatha Christie

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