The Best Novels Ever Written Books

The Best Novels Ever Written

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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.

List Criteria: Only fiction

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    J. R. R. Tolkien More
    100
  2. 2
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    Harper Lee More
    97
  3. 3
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    Nineteen Eighty-Four

    George Orwell More
    96
  4. 4
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    George Orwell More
    94
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    The Great Gatsby

    F. Scott Fitzgerald More
    92
  6. 6
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    William Golding More
    91
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    John Steinbeck More
    90
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    The Hobbit

    J. R. R. Tolkien More
    90
  9. 9
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    John Steinbeck More
    88
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    James Joyce More
    86
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    Lewis Carroll More
    83
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    Brave New World

    Aldous Huxley More
    83
  13. 13
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    William Shakespeare More
    81
  14. 14
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    Douglas Adams More
    80
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    The Catcher in the Rye

    J. D. Salinger More
    80
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    Mark Twain More
    80
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    Victor Hugo More
    79
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    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens More
    79
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    Wuthering Heights

    Emily Brontë More
    75
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    A Clockwork Orange

    Anthony Burgess More
    74
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    Joseph Heller More
    74
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    Fahrenheit 451

    Ray Bradbury More
    73
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    Oscar Wilde More
    73
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    Frank Herbert More
    73
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    War and Peace

    Leo Tolstoy More
    73
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    John Steinbeck More
    72
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    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    Mark Twain More
    72
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    Kurt Vonnegut More
    71
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    The Count of Monte Cristo

    Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet More
    71
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    William Faulkner More
    71
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    Herman Melville More
    71
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    The Divine Comedy

    Dante Alighieri More
    69
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    Arthur Conan Doyle More
    68
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    To the Lighthouse

    Virginia Woolf More
    68
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    The Call of the Wild

    Jack London More
    67
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    Stephen King More
    65
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    The Da Vinci Code

    Dan Brown More
    64
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    Paradise Lost

    John Milton More
    64
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    For Whom the Bell Tolls

    Ernest Hemingway More
    64
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    It

    Stephen King More
    64
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    The Stand

    Stephen King More
    64
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    Angels & Demons

    Dan Brown More
    63
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    Hermann Hesse More
    63
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    I, Claudius

    Robert Graves More
    63
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    Finnegans Wake

    James Joyce More
    63
  46. 46
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    Richard Adams More
    62
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    Gone with the Wind

    Margaret Mitchell More
    62
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    F. Scott Fitzgerald More
    62
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    The Godfather

    Mario Puzo More
    62
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    Michael Crichton More
    61
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