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The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels 

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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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To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
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The Color Purple is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
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The Old Man and the Sea ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
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The Road is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Cormac McCarthy
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A Confederacy of Dunces ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
John Kennedy Toole
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The Grapes of Wrath is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
carlybobarly added John Steinbeck
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Beloved is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Toni Morrison
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Lonesome Dove is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Larry McMurtry
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Middlesex is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Jeffrey Eugenides
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The Caine Mutiny is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
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The Shipping News is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
E. Annie Proulx
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The Amazing Adventures o... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
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The Killer Angels: A Nov... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
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Empire Falls is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Richard Russo
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All the Light We Cannot ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
carlybobarly added Anthony Doerr
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The Hours is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Michael Cunningham
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American Pastoral is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
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Interpreter of Maladies ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
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Angle of Repose is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Wallace Stegner
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Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
carlybobarly added Margaret Mitchell
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The Executioner's Song ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
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The Goldfinch is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Donna Tartt
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A Thousand Acres is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
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Olive Kitteridge is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Elizabeth Strout
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The Reivers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
William Faulkner