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The Best Novels Ever Written 

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List Rules Only fiction

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 voting up what you think is a worthy choice.

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The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
J. R. R. Tolkien
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Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
George Orwell
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Adventures of Huckleberr... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
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The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
J. R. R. Tolkien
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Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
wawwhite1 added Jane Austen
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To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
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Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
John Steinbeck
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A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Charles Dickens
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The Adventures of Tom Sa... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
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Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Ray Bradbury
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The Lion, the Witch and ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
pigonthewing added C. S. Lewis
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The Count of Monte Crist... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet
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Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Mary Shelley
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A Tale of Two Cities is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Charles Dickens
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Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Lewis Carroll, William Glennon
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Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Charlotte Brontë
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Crime and Punishment is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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Dracula is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Bram Stoker
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Little Women is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Louisa May Alcott
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Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Victor Hugo
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Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
George Orwell
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The Hound of the Baskerv... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Arthur Conan Doyle
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The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
F. Scott Fitzgerald
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The Catcher in the Rye ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
J. D. Salinger
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The Picture of Dorian Gr... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written