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List of famous bildungsroman books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular bildungsroman books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best bildungsroman novels, textbooks, and stories, so use it to find books you haven't already read and add them to your reading list.

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A Prayer for Owen Meany is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Bildungsroman Books and Novels

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A Separate Peace is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Bildungsroman Books and Novels
A Separate Peace John Knowles

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A Wizard of Earthsea is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Bildungsroman Books and Novels
A Wizard of Earthsea Ursula K. Le Guin

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Alice, I Think is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Bildungsroman Books and Novels
Alice, I Think Susan Juby

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Bastard Out of Carolina is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Bildungsroman Books and Novels
Bastard Out of Carolina Dorothy Allison

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Boyracers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Bildungsroman Books and Novels
Boyracers Alan Bissett

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Candide, ou l'Optimisme is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Bildungsroman Books and Novels

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Caucasia is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Bildungsroman Books and Novels
Caucasia Danzy Senna

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Celandine is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Bildungsroman Books and Novels

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Coin Locker Babies is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Bildungsroman Books and Novels
Coin Locker Babies Ryu Murakami

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Cry to Heaven is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Bildungsroman Books and Novels
Cry to Heaven Anne Rice

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Derby Girl is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Bildungsroman Books and Novels
Derby Girl Shauna Cross

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Green Henry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Bildungsroman Books and Novels
Green Henry Gottfried Keller

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Harry Potter and the Deathly H... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Bildungsroman Books and Novels

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How the Garcia Girls Lost Thei... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Bildungsroman Books and Novels

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Ingenious Pain is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Bildungsroman Books and Novels
Ingenious Pain Andrew Miller

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Inkdeath is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Bildungsroman Books and Novels
Inkdeath Cornelia Funke

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Inkheart is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Bildungsroman Books and Novels
Inkheart Cornelia Funke

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Inkheart trilogy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Bildungsroman Books and Novels
Inkheart trilogy Cornelia Funke

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Invisible Man is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Bildungsroman Books and Novels
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison

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Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Bildungsroman Books and Novels
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë

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Lives of Girls and Women is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Bildungsroman Books and Novels

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Look Homeward, Angel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Bildungsroman Books and Novels
Look Homeward, Angel Thomas Wolfe

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Looking for Alibrandi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Bildungsroman Books and Novels
Looking for Alibrandi Melina Marchetta

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Maestro is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Bildungsroman Books and Novels
Maestro Peter Goldsworthy

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Mala onda is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Bildungsroman Books and Novels
Mala onda Alberto Fuguet

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Mansfield Park is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Bildungsroman Books and Novels
Mansfield Park Jane Austen

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Metroland is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Bildungsroman Books and Novels
Metroland Julian Barnes

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Nervous Conditions is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Bildungsroman Books and Novels
Nervous Conditions Tsitsi Dangarembga

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Norwegian Wood is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Bildungsroman Books and Novels
Norwegian Wood Haruki Murakami

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One Morning Like a Bird is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Bildungsroman Books and Novels
One Morning Like a Bird Andrew Miller

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Other Voices, Other Rooms is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Bildungsroman Books and Novels

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Otilia's Riddle is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Bildungsroman Books and Novels
Otilia's Riddle George Călinescu

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Pather Panchali is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Bildungsroman Books and Novels
Pather Panchali Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay

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Punahou Blues is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Bildungsroman Books and Novels
Punahou Blues Kirby Wright

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Ragged Dick is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Bildungsroman Books and Novels
Ragged Dick Horatio Alger^! Jr.

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Rule of the Bone is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Bildungsroman Books and Novels
Rule of the Bone Russell Banks

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Swamplandia! is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Bildungsroman Books and Novels
Swamplandia! Karen Russell

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Bildungsroman Books and Novels

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The Anatomy Lesson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Bildungsroman Books and Novels
The Anatomy Lesson John David Morley

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The Book of Khalid is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Bildungsroman Books and Novels
The Book of Khalid Amin al-Rihani

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The Cat's Table is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Bildungsroman Books and Novels
The Cat's Table Michael Ondaatje

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The Catcher in the Rye is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Bildungsroman Books and Novels
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger

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The Changelings is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Bildungsroman Books and Novels
The Changelings Jo Sinclair

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The Farthest Shore is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Bildungsroman Books and Novels
The Farthest Shore Ursula K. Le Guin

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The God of Animals is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Bildungsroman Books and Novels

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The L-Shaped Room is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Bildungsroman Books and Novels
The L-Shaped Room Lynne Reid Banks

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The Land of Green Plums is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Bildungsroman Books and Novels
The Land of Green Plums Herta Müller

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The Lonely Voyage is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Bildungsroman Books and Novels
The Lonely Voyage John Harris

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The Longest Journey is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Bildungsroman Books and Novels
The Longest Journey E. M. Forster