books The Best Books Released Posthumously  

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This list contains information about the best books that were released posthumously. Several famous fiction writers, scientists, and children's book authors have had their works released posthumously. Some of these famous books were released just days after an author's death, while others were released decades later.

What is the most famous book to be released posthumously? The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank tops our list. This book was published in 1947 and documents Frank and her family's experience hiding from the Nazis for two years during World War II. Frank died from typhus in a concentration camp in 1945, just a month before the camp was liberated. Ernest Hemingway recalled his experiences in Paris in the 1920's in his book A Moveable Feast, which was published in 1964. Hemingway committed suicide in 1961.

One of the most popular book series of recent years was published posthumously. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was published in 2005, just months after its author, Stieg Larsson, died of a heart attack on November 9, 2004. The book has since been developed in to a film by David Fincher, starring Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander.

Which posthumous books are your favorites? Vote them up, and if you don't see one on here that deserves a spot, be sure to add it.
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The Canterbury Tales is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
The Canterbury Tales Geoffrey Chaucer

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The Silmarillion is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
The Silmarillion J. R. R. Tolkien

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Annabel Lee is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Annabel Lee Edgar Allan Poe

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The Diary of a Young Girl is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously

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A Confederacy of Dunces is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole

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Northanger Abbey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Northanger Abbey Jane Austen

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The Will to Power is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
The Will to Power Friedrich Nietzsche

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The Trial is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
The Trial Franz Kafka

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The Mystery of Edwin Drood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
The Mystery of Edwin Drood Charles Dickens

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Poems: Third Series is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Poems: Third Series Emily Dickinson

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A Moveable Feast is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
A Moveable Feast Ernest Hemingway

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Billions and Billions: Thought... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously

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The Girl with the Dragon Tatto... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously

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The Man with the Golden Gun is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously

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The Love of the Last Tycoon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
The Love of the Last Tycoon F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Best Albums Released Posthumously Chad Walsh Books List

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Daisy-Head Mayzie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Daisy-Head Mayzie Dr. Seuss

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Delta of Venus is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Delta of Venus Anaïs Nin

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Between the Acts is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Between the Acts Virginia Woolf

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The Knight of Sainte-Hermine is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously

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The Leopard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
The Leopard Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

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The Case of Charles Dexter War... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously

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The Assassination Bureau, Ltd is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
The Assassination Bureau, Ltd Robert L. Fish, Jack London

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A Death in the Family is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously

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Forward the Foundation is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Forward the Foundation Isaac Asimov

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The Living Corpse is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
The Living Corpse Leo Tolstoy

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You Can't Go Home Again is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously

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The Lighthouse at the End of t... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
The Lighthouse at the End of the World Jules Verne, Michel Verne

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Portrait of an Artist, as an O... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously

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Poodle Springs is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Poodle Springs Robert B. Parker, Raymond Chandler

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The Autobiography of Malcolm X is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
The Autobiography of Malcolm X Alex Haley, Malcolm X

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What Pet Should I Get is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously

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Night is darkest is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Night is darkest Georges Bernanos

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The Big Ballad Jamboree is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
The Big Ballad Jamboree Donald Davidson

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Pentamerone is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Pentamerone Giambattista Basile

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Rigadoon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Rigadoon Louis-Ferdinand Céline

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Lucien Leuwen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Lucien Leuwen Stendhal, Pierre-Louis Rey

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London Bridge: Guignol's Band ... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
London Bridge: Guignol's Band II Louis-Ferdinand Céline

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Dubrovsky is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Dubrovsky Aleksandr Pushkin

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The Shepherd's Crown is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
The Shepherd's Crown Terry Pratchett

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Heart of a Dog is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Heart of a Dog Mikhail Bulgakov

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The Master and Margarita is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
The Master and Margarita Mikhail Bulgakov

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The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kad... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously

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The Mysterious Stranger is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously

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The First Man is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
The First Man Albert Camus

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The Original of Laura is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
The Original of Laura Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

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The Pale King is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
The Pale King David Foster Wallace

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The Ivory Tower is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
The Ivory Tower Henry James

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The Untouchables is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously

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Johnny Panic and the Bible of ... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously

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The Salmon of Doubt is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
The Salmon of Doubt Douglas Adams