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Next on your reading list: something from this list of the best Pulitzer Prize-winning novels. These are essentially the greatest books of fiction in the history of literature. Are you looking to buy a collection of the best novels of all time? According to the most prestigious prize out there, this list contains every single book deserving of such a title. Men and women can read these Pulitzer Prize winners to bed every night. Some of them are even appropriate for young adults or even younger, such as Harper Lee's famed To Kill A Mockingbird.

Speaking of Mockingbird, you will notice something interesting as you peruse this list of the best Pulitzer Prize-winning novels of all time. So many of these winners for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction have been turned, or are currently being turned into, major motion pictures. It is clear that movie producers in Hollywood know when there is a good story that could garner critical claim with an adapted screenplay.

This list of all novels that won the Pulitzer Prize includes beloved classes like The Color Purple, The Old Man and the Sea, and Lonesome Dove. Other newer titles on the list, like Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay and Jerry Eugenides's Middlesex are prime examples of modern literature that you should add to your book collection - if you haven't already. This Pulitzer Prize fiction list is guaranteed to keep your turning pages all day long.
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581 92
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

2
231 80
Lonesome Dove is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Larry McMurtry

3
246 112
The Old Man and the Sea is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

4
267 104
The Color Purple is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

5
217 108
The Road is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Cormac McCarthy

6
81 19
The Grapes of Wrath is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
carlybobarly added John Steinbeck

7
107 48
The Caine Mutiny is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

8
145 78
The Shipping News is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
E. Annie Proulx

9
174 106
A Confederacy of Dunces is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
John Kennedy Toole

10
108 56
The Killer Angels: A Novel of ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

11
101 66
The Hours is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Michael Cunningham

12
72 26
All the Light We Cannot See is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
carlybobarly added Anthony Doerr

13
132 84
The Amazing Adventures of Kava... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

14
56 16
Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
carlybobarly added Margaret Mitchell

15
154 80
Beloved is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Toni Morrison

16
150 82
Middlesex is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Jeffrey Eugenides

17
76 43
The Executioner's Song is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

18
45 19
The Goldfinch is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Donna Tartt

19
77 57
American Pastoral is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

20
108 66
Empire Falls is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Richard Russo

21
92 74
Olive Kitteridge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Elizabeth Strout

22
29 8
The Age of Innocence is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
carlybobarly added Edith Wharton

23
76 48
Tales of the South Pacific is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

24
50 51
Ironweed is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
William Kennedy

25
73 59
Interpreter of Maladies is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

26
85 75
The Brief Wondrous Life of Osc... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

27
60 50
Angle of Repose is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Wallace Stegner

28
69 63
A Thousand Acres is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

29
40 49
The Stone Diaries is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Carol Shields

30
58 76
A Visit from the Goon Squad is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

31
22 11
All the King's Men is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Robert Penn Warren

32
51 47
Breathing Lessons is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

33
47 43
The Reivers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
William Faulkner

34
18 8
The Yearling is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

35
45 43
A Death in the Family is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

36
42 41
The Confessions of Nat Turner is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

37
60 64
Gilead is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Marilynne Robinson

38
48 50
Rabbit at Rest is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
John Updike

39
46 49
Andersonville is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
MacKinlay Kantor

40
47 55
March is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Geraldine Brooks

41
37 43
Advise and Consent: A Novel of... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

42
38 49
The Known World is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Edward P. Jones

43
5 3
The underground railroad is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Michał Stanek added The underground railroad Colson Whitehead

44
34 46
Rabbit Is Rich is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
John Updike

45
28 38
The Optimist's Daughter is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

46
7 10
One of Ours is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Willa Cather

47
8 12
The Stories of John Cheever is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

48
30 47
Humboldt's Gift is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

49
31 50
The Mambo Kings Play Songs of ... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

50
29 50
The Fixer is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Bernard Malamud