Books The Best Books Released Posthumously  

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This list contains information about the best books that were released posthumously. Several famous fiction writers, scientists, and children's book authors have had their works released posthumously. Some of these famous books were released just days after an author's death, while others were released decades later.

What is the most famous book to be released posthumously? The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank tops our list. This book was published in 1947 and documents Frank and her family's experience hiding from the Nazis for two years during World War II. Frank died from typhus in a concentration camp in 1945, just a month before the camp was liberated. Ernest Hemingway recalled his experiences in Paris in the 1920's in his book A Moveable Feast, which was published in 1964. Hemingway committed suicide in 1961.

One of the most popular book series of recent years was published posthumously. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was published in 2005, just months after its author, Stieg Larsson, died of a heart attack on November 9, 2004. The book has since been developed in to a film by David Fincher, starring Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander.

Which posthumous books are your favorites? Vote them up, and if you don't see one on here that deserves a spot, be sure to add it.
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The Canterbury Tales is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Geoffrey Chaucer The Canterbury Tales is a collection of over 20 stories written in Middle English by Geoffrey Chaucer at the end of the 14th century, during the time of the Hundred Years' War. The tales are ...more

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The Silmarillion is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
J. R. R. Tolkien The Silmarillion is a collection of J. R. R. Tolkien's mythopoeic works, edited and published posthumously by his son, Christopher Tolkien, in 1977, with assistance from Guy Gavriel Kay, who ...more

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The Diary of a Young Girl is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Anne Frank The Diary of a Young Girl is a book of the writings from the Dutch language diary kept by Anne Frank while she was in hiding for two years with her family during the Nazi occupation of the ...more

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Annabel Lee is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Edgar Allan Poe "Annabel Lee" is the last complete poem composed by American author Edgar Allan Poe. Like many of Poe's poems, it explores the theme of the death of a beautiful woman. The narrator, ...more

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A Confederacy of Dunces is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
bonifaceVIII added John Kennedy Toole A Confederacy of Dunces is a picaresque novel by American novelist John Kennedy Toole which appeared in 1980, eleven years after Toole's suicide. Published through the efforts of writer Walker ...more

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Northanger Abbey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Jane Austen Northanger Abbey was the first of Jane Austen's novels to be completed for publication, though she had previously made a start on Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice. According to ...more

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Poems: Third Series is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Emily Dickinson

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The Will to Power is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Friedrich Nietzsche The Will to Power is a book of notes drawn from the literary remains of philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche by his sister Elisabeth Förster-Nietzsche and Heinrich Köselitz. The Will to ...more

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The Trial is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Franz Kafka The Trial is a novel written by Franz Kafka in 1914 and 1915 but not published until 1925. One of Kafka's best-known works, it tells the story of a man arrested and prosecuted by a remote, ...more

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The Girl with the Dragon Tatto... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Stieg Larsson The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a crime novel by the late Swedish author and journalist Stieg Larsson. It is the first book of the Millennium trilogy, which, when published posthumously in ...more

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The Mystery of Edwin Drood is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Charles Dickens The Mystery of Edwin Drood is the final novel by Charles Dickens. The novel was unfinished at the time of Dickens's death and his ending for it is unknown. Though the novel is named after the ...more

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A Moveable Feast is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Ernest Hemingway A Moveable Feast is a memoir by American author Ernest Hemingway about his years as an expatriate writer in Paris in the 1920s. The book describes Hemingway's apprenticeship as a young writer ...more

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Billions and Billions: Thought... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Carl Sagan Billions and Billions: Thoughts on Life and Death at the Brink of the Millennium, published by Random House in 1997, is the last book written by renowned American astronomer and science ...more

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The Master and Margarita is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Mollevangsvagen added Mikhail Bulgakov The Master and Margarita is a novel by Mikhail Bulgakov, written between 1928 and 1940, but unpublished in book form until 1967. The story concerns a visit by the Devil to the fervently ...more

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The Man with the Golden Gun is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Ian Fleming The Man with the Golden Gun is the twelfth novel of Ian Fleming's James Bond series. It was first published by Jonathan Cape in the UK on 1 April 1965, eight months after the author's death. The ...more

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Delta of Venus is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
bonifaceVIII added Anaïs Nin Delta of Venus is a book of fifteen short stories by Anaïs Nin published posthumously in 1977 — though largely written in the 1940s as erotica for a private collector. In 1994 a film ...more

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Daisy-Head Mayzie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Dr. Seuss Daisy-Head Mayzie is the last children's book officially written by Dr. Seuss, although he did not illustrate it, nor was it published until 1995, after his death.

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The Love of the Last Tycoon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
F. Scott Fitzgerald The Love of The Last Tycoon is an unfinished novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, compiled and published posthumously, in 1941.

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The Case of Charles Dexter War... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Mollevangsvagen added H. P. Lovecraft The Case of Charles Dexter Ward is a short novel by H. P. Lovecraft, written in early 1927, but not published during the author's lifetime. Set in Lovecraft's hometown of Providence, Rhode ...more

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Billy Budd is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Dimos Dicoudis added Herman Melville Billy Budd, Sailor is a novella by American writer Herman Melville, first published posthumously in London in 1924. Melville began writing the work in November 1888, but left it unfinished at ...more

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A Death in the Family is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
James Agee A Death in the Family is an autobiographical novel by author James Agee, set in Knoxville, Tennessee. He began writing it in 1948, but it was not quite complete when he died in 1955. It was ...more

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Between the Acts is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Virginia Woolf Between the Acts is the final novel by Virginia Woolf, published in 1941 shortly after her suicide. This is a book laden with hidden meaning and allusion. It describes the mounting, performance, ...more

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You Can't Go Home Again is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Thomas Wolfe You Can't Go Home Again is a novel by Thomas Wolfe published posthumously in 1940, extracted from the contents of his vast unpublished manuscript The October Fair. The novel tells the story of ...more

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The Autobiography of Malcolm X is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Alex Haley, Malcolm X The Autobiography of Malcolm X was published in 1965, the result of a collaboration between human rights activist Malcolm X and journalist Alex Haley. Haley coauthored the autobiography based on ...more

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The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrú... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Mollevangsvagen added J. R. R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún is a book containing two narrative poems and related texts composed by J. R. R. Tolkien. It was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and HarperCollins on ...more

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Heart of a Dog is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Mollevangsvagen added Mikhail Bulgakov Heart of a Dog is a novel by Russian author Mikhail Bulgakov. A biting satire of the New Soviet man, it was written in 1925 at the height of the NEP period, when Communism appeared to be ...more

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Pentamerone is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Mollevangsvagen added Giambattista Basile The Pentamerone is a seventeenth-century fairy tale collection by Italian poet and courtier Giambattista Basile.

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The Leopard is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Mollevangsvagen added Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa The Leopard is a book by Giuseppe Di Lampedusa.

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The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kad... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Mollevangsvagen added H. P. Lovecraft The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath is a novella by H. P. Lovecraft. Begun probably in the autumn of 1926, it was completed on January 22, 1927 and was unpublished in his lifetime. It is both the ...more

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The Shepherd's Crown is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Terry Pratchett

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The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkie... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Dimos Dicoudis added J. R. R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien, Humphrey Carpenter The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien is a selection of J. R. R. Tolkien's letters published in 1981, edited by Tolkien's biographer Humphrey Carpenter assisted by Christopher Tolkien. The selection ...more

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Little Birds is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Dimos Dicoudis added Anaïs Nin Little Birds is Anaïs Nin's second published work of erotica, which appeared in 1979 two years after her death, but was apparently written in the early 1940s when she was part of a group ...more

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The History of The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Dimos Dicoudis added J. R. R. Tolkien, John D. Rateliff The History of The Hobbit is a two-volume study of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. It was published by HarperCollins in June and July 2007 in the United Kingdom, with both volumes released in the ...more

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Unfinished Tales is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Dimos Dicoudis added J. R. R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien Unfinished Tales is a collection of stories and essays by J. R. R. Tolkien that were never completed during his lifetime, but were edited by his son Christopher Tolkien and published in 1980. ...more

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The Vicar of Nibbleswicke is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Dimos Dicoudis added Roald Dahl The Vicar of Nibbleswicke is a children's story written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake. It was first published in London in 1991, after Dahl's death, by Century. The protagonist ...more

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The Mysterious Stranger is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Mark Twain The Mysterious Stranger is the final novel attempted by the American author Mark Twain. He worked on it periodically from 1897 through 1908. The body of work is a serious social commentary by ...more

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The First Man is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Albert Camus The First Man is Albert Camus' unfinished final novel. On January 4, 1960, at the age of forty-six, Camus was killed in a car accident in the Luberon area in southern France. The incomplete ...more

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Forward the Foundation is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Isaac Asimov Forward the Foundation is a novel written by Isaac Asimov. It is the second of two prequels to the Foundation Series. It is written in much the same style as the original novel Foundation, a ...more

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The Living Corpse is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Leo Tolstoy The Living Corpse is a Russian play by Leo Tolstoy. Although written around 1900, it was only published shortly after his death—Tolstoy had never considered the work finished. An immediate ...more

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The Lighthouse at the End of t... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Jules Verne, Michel Verne The Lighthouse at the End of the World is an adventure novel by French author Jules Verne. Verne wrote the first draft in 1901. It was first published posthumously in 1905. The plot of the novel ...more

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The Knight of Sainte-Hermine is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Alexandre Dumas The Knight of Sainte-Hermine is an unfinished historical novel by Alexandre Dumas, believed to be Dumas' last major work. The novel was lost until the late twentieth century. Dumas scholar ...more

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The Salmon of Doubt is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Riot18 added Douglas Adams The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time is a posthumous collection of previously published and unpublished material by Douglas Adams. It consists largely of essays about ...more

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What Pet Should I Get is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously

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Dubrovsky is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Mollevangsvagen added Aleksandr Pushkin Dubrovsky is an unfinished novel by Alexander Pushkin, written in 1832 and published after Pushkin’s death in 1841. The name Dubrovsky was given by the editor.

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The Big Ballad Jamboree is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Mollevangsvagen added Donald Davidson

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The Assassination Bureau, Ltd is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Mollevangsvagen added Robert L. Fish, Jack London The Assassination Bureau, Ltd is a thriller novel, begun by Jack London and finished after his death by Robert L. Fish. It was published in 1963. The plot follows Ivan Dragomiloff, who, in a ...more

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Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Dimos Dicoudis added C. S. Lewis Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer is a book by C.S. Lewis posthumously published in 1964. The book takes the form of a series of letters to a fictional friend, "Malcolm", in which ...more

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The Notebooks of Samuel Taylor... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Dimos Dicoudis added Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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The Notebooks of Samuel Taylor... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Dimos Dicoudis added Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Blaming is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Dimos Dicoudis added Elizabeth Taylor Blaming is the last novel by Elizabeth Taylor. It was first published, posthumously, in 1976. Amy's husband dies while she is on a cruise, and she is befriended by Martha, an awkward young ...more