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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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537 88
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

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251 91
The Color Purple is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

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210 71
Lonesome Dove is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Lonesome Dove (1986) Larry McMurtry

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230 104
The Old Man and the Sea is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

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202 97
The Road is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
The Road (2007) Cormac McCarthy

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96 44
The Caine Mutiny is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

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162 98
A Confederacy of Dunces is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
A Confederacy of Dunces (1981) John Kennedy Toole

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129 74
The Shipping News is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
The Shipping News (1994) E. Annie Proulx

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54 13
The Grapes of Wrath is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
carlybobarly added The Grapes of Wrath (1940) John Steinbeck

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144 76
Beloved is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Beloved (1988) Toni Morrison

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96 52
The Killer Angels: A Novel of ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

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122 79
The Amazing Adventures of Kava... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

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135 79
Middlesex is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Middlesex (2003) Jeffrey Eugenides

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84 64
The Hours is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
The Hours (1999) Michael Cunningham

The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photo So Emotionally Devastating It Drove The Photographer To Suicide ...

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65 40
The Executioner's Song is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

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92 62
Empire Falls is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Empire Falls (2002) Richard Russo

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36 10
Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
carlybobarly added Gone with the Wind (1937) Margaret Mitchell

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65 52
American Pastoral is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

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71 45
Tales of the South Pacific is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

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80 70
Olive Kitteridge is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Olive Kitteridge (2009) Elizabeth Strout

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42 20
All the Light We Cannot See is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
carlybobarly added All the Light We Cannot See (2015) Anthony Doerr

The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone

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78 68
The Brief Wondrous Life of Osc... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

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66 56
Interpreter of Maladies is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

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56 47
Angle of Repose is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Angle of Repose (1972) Wallace Stegner

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28 16
The Goldfinch is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
The Goldfinch Donna Tartt

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44 45
Ironweed is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Ironweed (1984) William Kennedy

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61 59
A Thousand Acres is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

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44 40
The Reivers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
The Reivers (1963) William Faulkner

The Very Best Novels That Won the Man Booker Prize

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40 38
The Confessions of Nat Turner is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

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44 45
Andersonville is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Andersonville (1956) MacKinlay Kantor

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55 59
Gilead is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Gilead (2005) Marilynne Robinson

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15 7
The Age of Innocence is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
carlybobarly added The Age of Innocence (1921) Edith Wharton

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44 46
Breathing Lessons is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

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35 46
The Stone Diaries is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
The Stone Diaries (1995) Carol Shields

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51 70
A Visit from the Goon Squad is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

The Most Overrated Books of All Time

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38 41
A Death in the Family is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

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43 48
Rabbit at Rest is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
Rabbit at Rest (1991) John Updike

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44 51
March is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
March (2006) Geraldine Brooks

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34 39
Advise and Consent: A Novel of... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

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35 46
The Known World is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
The Known World (2004) Edward P. Jones

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26 35
The Optimist's Daughter is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

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13 6
The Yearling is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
The Yearling (1939) Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

20 Books to Read in Your 20s

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29 43
Humboldt's Gift is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

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50 56
The Orphan Master's Son is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

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13 8
All the King's Men is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
All the King's Men Robert Penn Warren

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28 45
The Fixer is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
The Fixer (1967) Bernard Malamud

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22 38
The Town is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
The Town (1951) Conrad Richter

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28 47
The Mambo Kings Play Songs of ... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels

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19 39
A Fable is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
A Fable (1955) William Faulkner

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21 45
House Made of Dawn is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
House Made of Dawn (1969) N. Scott Momaday