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Next on your reading list: something from this list of the best Pulitzer Prize-winning novels. These are essentially the greatest books of fiction in the history of literature. Are you looking to buy a collection of the best novels of all time? According to the most prestigious prize out there, this list contains every single book deserving of such a title. Men and women can read these Pulitzer Prize winners to bed every night. Some of them are even appropriate for young adults or even younger, such as Harper Lee's famed To Kill A Mockingbird.

Speaking of Mockingbird, you will notice something interesting as you peruse this list of the best Pulitzer Prize-winning novels of all time. So many of these winners for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction have been turned, or are currently being turned into, major motion pictures. It is clear that movie producers in Hollywood know when there is a good story that could garner critical claim with an adapted screenplay.

This list of all novels that won the Pulitzer Prize includes beloved classes like The Color Purple, The Old Man and the Sea, and Lonesome Dove. Other newer titles on the list, like Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay and Jerry Eugenides's Middlesex are prime examples of modern literature that you should add to your book collection - if you haven't already. This Pulitzer Prize fiction list is guaranteed to keep your turning pages all day long.
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To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

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225 77
The Color Purple is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

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214 87
The Old Man and the Sea is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

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179 59
Lonesome Dove is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Lonesome Dove (1986) Larry McMurtry

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147 85
A Confederacy of Dunces is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
A Confederacy of Dunces (1981) John Kennedy Toole

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171 85
The Road is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
The Road (2007) Cormac McCarthy

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116 63
The Shipping News is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
The Shipping News (1994) E. Annie Proulx

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84 37
The Caine Mutiny is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

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133 64
Beloved is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Beloved (1988) Toni Morrison

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112 67
The Amazing Adventures of Kava... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

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83 44
The Killer Angels: A Novel of ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

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The Hours is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
The Hours (1999) Michael Cunningham

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Middlesex is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Middlesex (2003) Jeffrey Eugenides

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The Grapes of Wrath is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
carlybobarly added The Grapes of Wrath (1940) John Steinbeck

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The Executioner's Song is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

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Empire Falls is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Empire Falls (2002) Richard Russo

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60 44
American Pastoral is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

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67 37
Tales of the South Pacific is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

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Olive Kitteridge is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Olive Kitteridge (2009) Elizabeth Strout

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58 48
Interpreter of Maladies is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

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Ironweed is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Ironweed (1984) William Kennedy

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The Brief Wondrous Life of Osc... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

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Angle of Repose is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Angle of Repose (1972) Wallace Stegner

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The Reivers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
The Reivers (1963) William Faulkner

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A Thousand Acres is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

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All the Light We Cannot See is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
carlybobarly added All the Light We Cannot See (2015) Anthony Doerr

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The Goldfinch is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
The Goldfinch Donna Tartt

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Andersonville is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Andersonville (1956) MacKinlay Kantor

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The Confessions of Nat Turner is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

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Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
carlybobarly added Gone with the Wind (1937) Margaret Mitchell

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Breathing Lessons is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

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The Stone Diaries is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
The Stone Diaries (1995) Carol Shields

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A Visit from the Goon Squad is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

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A Death in the Family is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

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Rabbit at Rest is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Rabbit at Rest (1991) John Updike

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Gilead is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Gilead (2005) Marilynne Robinson

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The Age of Innocence is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
carlybobarly added The Age of Innocence (1921) Edith Wharton

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March is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
March (2006) Geraldine Brooks

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Advise and Consent: A Novel of... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

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The Optimist's Daughter is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

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Humboldt's Gift is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

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The Fixer is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
The Fixer (1967) Bernard Malamud

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The Known World is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
The Known World (2004) Edward P. Jones

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The Yearling is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
The Yearling (1939) Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

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The Town is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
The Town (1951) Conrad Richter

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The Orphan Master's Son is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

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All the King's Men is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
All the King's Men Robert Penn Warren

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A Fable is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
A Fable (1955) William Faulkner

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The Way West is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
The Way West (1950) Alfred Bertram Guthrie, Jr.

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The Mambo Kings Play Songs of ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels