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Here, I have ranked the literature I have read. I don't consider myself a literary expert (yet) but I like to chronicle my readings this way.

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Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Literature
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

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Oedipus the King is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Literature
Oedipus the King Sophocles - I admire the older classics for their focus on humanity, and less on particular politics. The tragedy is extraordinarily well-written. I love the classic irony with vision; and the focus on light, truth.

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King Lear is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Literature
King Lear William Shakespeare

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The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Literature
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The Catcher in the Rye is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Literature
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger - Everytime I revisit Catcher, I seem to like it more and more. I can identify with Holden, and that is one of the most appealing aspects of the novel. The symbolism is meaningful, in my view.

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Macbeth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Literature
Macbeth William Shakespeare

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Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Literature
Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare

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Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Literature
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck - The tragic ending is moving. And it is rich in literary technique. Having said that, I am not a huge fan of the message of the times. John Steinbeck and F. Scott Fitzgerald like to tell their readers that the American dream is ...

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Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Literature
Lord of the Flies William Golding

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The Crucible is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Literature
The Crucible Arthur Miller

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Siddhartha is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Literature
Siddhartha Hermann Hesse

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The Things They Carried is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Literature

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The Giver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Literature
The Giver Lois Lowry

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The Book Thief is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Literature
The Book Thief Markus Zusak

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The Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Literature
The Alchemist Paulo Coelho

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The Bean Trees is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Literature
The Bean Trees Barbara Kingsolver