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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.
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To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

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The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien

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Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Animal Farm George Orwell

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Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell

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Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck

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The Grapes of Wrath is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck

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The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien

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Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen

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A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens

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Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Lord of the Flies William Golding

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Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

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Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes

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A Tale of Two Cities is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens

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Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Brave New World Aldous Huxley

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

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Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Moby-Dick Herman Melville

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Crime and Punishment is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

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Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Les Misérables Victor Hugo

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The Catcher in the Rye is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger

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Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Great Expectations Charles Dickens

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War and Peace is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
War and Peace Leo Tolstoy

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

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The Count of Monte Cristo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet

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Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Catch-22 Joseph Heller

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Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wa... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

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Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

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The Adventures of Sherlock Hol... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

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The Call of the Wild is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Call of the Wild Jack London

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The Brothers Karamazov is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

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Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut

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The Hound of the Baskervilles is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Hound of the Baskervilles Arthur Conan Doyle

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Treasure Island is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson

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Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Frankenstein Mary Shelley

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

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The Picture of Dorian Gray is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

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Ulysses is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Ulysses James Joyce

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Little Women is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Little Women Louisa May Alcott

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The Giver is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Giver Lois Lowry

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Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë

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Dracula is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Dracula Bram Stoker

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The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Time Machine H. G. Wells

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Watership Down is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Watership Down Richard Adams

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Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Charlotte's Web E. B. White

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The Old Man and the Sea is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner ... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

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The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne