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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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Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
George Orwell
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To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
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Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
George Orwell
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The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
J. R. R. Tolkien
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The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
John Steinbeck
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The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
J. R. R. Tolkien
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The Grapes of Wrath is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
John Steinbeck
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Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
William Golding
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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
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Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Lewis Carroll, William Glennon
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Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
wawwhite1 added Jane Austen
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A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Charles Dickens
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Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Aldous Huxley
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A Tale of Two Cities is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Charles Dickens
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Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Victor Hugo
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Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Herman Melville
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Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Miguel de Cervantes
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The Catcher in the Rye is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
J. D. Salinger
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The Count of Monte Cristo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet
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Crime and Punishment is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
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Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Ray Bradbury
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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
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Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Joseph Heller