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List Rules These books were all released after the authors' deaths. Vote up all of your favorites!

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
The Canterbury Tales Geoffrey Chaucer

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The Silmarillion is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
The Silmarillion J. R. R. Tolkien

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The Diary of a Young Girl is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously

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Annabel Lee is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Annabel Lee Edgar Allan Poe

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Northanger Abbey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Northanger Abbey Jane Austen

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A Confederacy of Dunces is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
bonifaceVIII added A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole

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The Will to Power is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
The Will to Power Friedrich Nietzsche

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The Trial is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
The Trial Franz Kafka

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Poems: Third Series is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Poems: Third Series Emily Dickinson

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The Mystery of Edwin Drood is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
The Mystery of Edwin Drood Charles Dickens

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The Girl with the Dragon Tatto... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously

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A Moveable Feast is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
A Moveable Feast Ernest Hemingway

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Billions and Billions: Thought... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously

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The Man with the Golden Gun is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously

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The Love of the Last Tycoon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
The Love of the Last Tycoon F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Best Albums Released Posthumously Chad Walsh Books List

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Daisy-Head Mayzie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Daisy-Head Mayzie Dr. Seuss

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Delta of Venus is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
bonifaceVIII added Delta of Venus Anaïs Nin

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Between the Acts is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Between the Acts Virginia Woolf

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The Lighthouse at the End of t... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
The Lighthouse at the End of the World Jules Verne, Michel Verne

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Portrait of an Artist, as an O... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously

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The Knight of Sainte-Hermine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously

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The Leopard is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Mollevangsvagen added The Leopard Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

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The Assassination Bureau, Ltd is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Mollevangsvagen added The Assassination Bureau, Ltd Robert L. Fish, Jack London

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The Case of Charles Dexter War... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Mollevangsvagen added The Case of Charles Dexter Ward H. P. Lovecraft

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A Death in the Family is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously

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Forward the Foundation is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Forward the Foundation Isaac Asimov

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You Can't Go Home Again is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously

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The Living Corpse is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
The Living Corpse Leo Tolstoy

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The Autobiography of Malcolm X is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
The Autobiography of Malcolm X Alex Haley, Malcolm X

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Poodle Springs is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Poodle Springs Robert B. Parker, Raymond Chandler

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What Pet Should I Get is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously

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Heart of a Dog is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Mollevangsvagen added Heart of a Dog Mikhail Bulgakov

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Night is darkest is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Mollevangsvagen added Night is darkest Georges Bernanos

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The Shepherd's Crown is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
The Shepherd's Crown Terry Pratchett

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The Big Ballad Jamboree is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Mollevangsvagen added The Big Ballad Jamboree Donald Davidson

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Pentamerone is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Mollevangsvagen added Pentamerone Giambattista Basile

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Lucien Leuwen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Mollevangsvagen added Lucien Leuwen Stendhal, Pierre-Louis Rey

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The Master and Margarita is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Mollevangsvagen added The Master and Margarita Mikhail Bulgakov

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London Bridge: Guignol's Band ... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Mollevangsvagen added London Bridge: Guignol's Band II Louis-Ferdinand Céline

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Dubrovsky is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Mollevangsvagen added Dubrovsky Aleksandr Pushkin

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Rigadoon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Mollevangsvagen added Rigadoon Louis-Ferdinand Céline

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The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kad... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Mollevangsvagen added The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath H. P. Lovecraft

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The First Man is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
The First Man Albert Camus

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The Mysterious Stranger is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously

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Roald Dahl's Guide to Railway ... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously

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The Magic of Oz is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
The Magic of Oz L. Frank Baum

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The Original of Laura is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
The Original of Laura Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

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The Pale King is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
The Pale King David Foster Wallace

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The Untouchables is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously

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Johnny Panic and the Bible of ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Books Released Posthumously
Riot18 added Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams Sylvia Plath