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The Best Books With Death in the Title

Updated November 18, 2017 333 votes 54 voters 7.0k views

It turns out that books with death in the title are way more common than you think. Here are 50+ good books with death in the title, including both fiction and non-fiction. It's safe to say that most of these titles are books that deal with deaths and dying, but the core commonality between these books is that they have the word death in the title.

Books with death in the title include Death in Venice by Thomas Mann, Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather, and The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy. If you have a favorite death book, vote it up below, or add it to the list if it's not already here. It doesn't matter if it's science fiction, fantasy, romance, or non-fiction - if the book has death in the name, it belongs on this list.

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    The Death of Kings is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Books With Death in the Title
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    The Death of Kings

    Conn Iggulden

    First Published2004-01-05

    Genres (Book)Alternate history, Historical fiction, Fiction, Historical novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    Death of a Salesman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Books With Death in the Title
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    Death of a Salesman

    Arthur Miller
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    Death in Venice is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Books With Death in the Title
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    Death in Venice

    Thomas Mann

    First Published1912

    SubjectsLiterary, Homosexuality, Literature, Classics, Literary criticism

    Genres (Book)Roman à clef, Fiction, Gay novel, Novella, Reference

    Original LanguageGerman Language

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    Life and death is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Books With Death in the Title
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    Life and death

    Andrea Dworkin

    SubjectsSocial science, Criminology, Gender studies, Women, Women's studies

    Genres (Book)Sociology

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    Death Comes for the Archbishop is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Books With Death in the Title

    First Published1927

    SubjectsLiterary, Literature, Clergy, New Mexico, Classics

    Genres (Book)Historical fiction, Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    The Death of Ivan Ilyich is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Books With Death in the Title

    First Published1886

    SubjectsTerminal illness, Salvation, Fear of death, Saint Petersburg

    Genres (Book)Philosophy, Fiction

    Original LanguageRussian Language

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    The Masque of the Red Death is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Books With Death in the Title

    First Published1842-05

    SubjectsPlague, Death

    Genres (Book)Horror Film, Gothic fiction, Short story

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    Death at an Early Age is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Books With Death in the Title
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    Death at an Early Age

    Jonathan Kozol

    SubjectsEducation, Schools, Massachusetts

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    You Will Survive After Death is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Books With Death in the Title

    SubjectsPhilosophy, New Age, Immortality, Parapsychology, Spiritualism

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    Human personality and its surv is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Books With Death in the Title

    SubjectsPhilosophy, Immortality, Research, Parapsychology

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    Classic Sermons on Death and D is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Books With Death in the Title

    SubjectsChristianity, Theology, Death, Christian theology, Religion

    Genres (Book)Anthropology

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    Billions and Billions: Thought is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Books With Death in the Title

    First Published1997

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    The black death and the transf is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Books With Death in the Title

    SubjectsEurope, Internal medicine, Black Death, Medicine, Renaissance

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    The Life and Death of Richard  is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Books With Death in the Title

    SubjectsLiterary

    Genres (Book)Fiction

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    The Death of Socrates is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Books With Death in the Title
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    First Published2007-10

    SubjectsPhilosophy, Socrates, World, Ancient philosophy, Greece

    Genres (Book)Biography

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    Death By Water is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Books With Death in the Title
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    Death By Water

    Kerry Greenwood

    Genres (Book)Suspense, Mystery, Fiction

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    Death by chocolate is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Books With Death in the Title
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    Death by chocolate

    Marcel Desaulniers

    SubjectsTechnology, Home economics, Wine, Chocolate, Cooking

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    The birth and death of the sun is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Books With Death in the Title

    SubjectsEvolution, Science, Astronomy, Sun

    Genres (Book)Mathematics, Science

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    Death on the Nile is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Books With Death in the Title
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    Death on the Nile

    Agatha Christie

    SubjectsEgypt, Radio, England

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    Death of a stranger is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Books With Death in the Title

    SubjectsMedical, London, England

    Genres (Book)Suspense, Historical fiction, Mystery, Fiction

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  • 21
    Scared Stiff: Tales of Sex and is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Books With Death in the Title

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction

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    The death of Adam is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Books With Death in the Title
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    The death of Adam

    Marilynne Robinson

    SubjectsCivilization, Literature, Theology, Classics, United States of America

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    Death ground is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Books With Death in the Title
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    Death ground

    Daniel P. Bolger

    SubjectsMilitary science, Security, US Marines, Army, Warfare

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    Death by fame is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Books With Death in the Title
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    Death by fame

    Andrew Sinclair

    SubjectsAustria, History, World history

    Genres (Book)Biography

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    The Black Death is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Books With Death in the Title
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    The Black Death

    Philip Ziegler

    SubjectsEurope, Plague, Internal medicine, Black Death, Medicine

    Genres (Book)Suspense, Mystery, Fiction

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