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Famous Comedy Books and Novels

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List of famous comedy books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular comedy books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best comedy novels, textbooks, and stories, so use it to find books you haven't already read and add them to your reading list.

Books here include everything from Slaughterhouse-Five to Catch-22.

This list should answer the questions, "What are the best comedy books?" and "What are the most famous comedy books?"

Note that some books on this list might be currently out of print, but you can purchase most of these notable comedy titles on Amazon with just one click.
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A Casa is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
Miguel M. Abrahão
A Casa is a theatrical comedy in two acts, written by Miguel M. Abrahão in 1978 and published first in 1983 in Brazil.
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A Confederacy of Dunces is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
John Kennedy Toole
A Confederacy of Dunces is a picaresque novel by American novelist John Kennedy Toole which appeared in 1980, eleven years after Toole's suicide. Published through the efforts of writer Walker ...more
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A Cool Million is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
Nathanael West
A Cool Million: The Dismantling of Lemuel Pitkin is Nathanael West's third novel, published in 1934. It is a brutal satire of Horatio Alger's novels and their eternal optimism.
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A Melon for Ecstasy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
John Wells
A Melon for Ecstasy is a 1971 novel written by John Fortune and John Wells. The title is derived from a fictional Turkish proverb, "A woman for duty / A boy for pleasure / But a melon for
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A Midsummer Night's Dream is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
William Shakespeare
A Midsummer Night's Dream is a comedy play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1590 and 1596. It portrays the events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of Athens, ...more
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A Short History of a Small Pla... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
T. R. Pearson
A Short History of a Small Place is a 1985 novel by T. R. Pearson. Set in the fictional town of Neely, North Carolina - a thinly disguised Reidsville - it tells, in a rambling and digressive ...more
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A Short History of Tractors in... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
Marina Lewycka
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian is a novel by Marina Lewycka, first published in 2005 by Viking. The novel won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize at the Hay literary festival, the ...more
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Adventures of Wim is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
George Cockcroft
Adventures of Wim or is a book by George Cockcroft, written under the pen name Luke Rhinehart. It was published in 1986, and was sold as "The sequel, well almost, to The Dice Man". ...more
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Amelia Peabody series is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
The Amelia Peabody series is a series of nineteen historical mystery novels and one non-fiction companion volume written by Egyptologist Barbara Mertz under the pen name Elizabeth Peters. The ...more
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An Old Fashioned Girl is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
Louisa May Alcott
An Old-Fashioned Girl is a novel by Louisa May Alcott. It was first serialised in the Merry's Museum magazine between July and August in 1869 and consisted of only six chapters. For the finished ...more
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And the Devil Will Drag You Un... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
Jack L. Chalker
And the Devil Will Drag You Under, is a comic fantasy by Jack Chalker involving an alcoholic demon and two humans he summons to collect the pieces of a mystic artifact that the demon requires to ...more
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As Comadres is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
Miguel M. Abrahão
As Comadres is a theatrical comedy in two acts, written by Miguel M. Abrahão in 1978 and published first in 1981 in Brazil.
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As Seen on TV is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
Chris Kerr
As Seen on TV is Irish author Chris Kerr's second novel. It was published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, The Orion Publishing Group, based in London in 2005.
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Ass Goblins of Auschwitz is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
Cameron Pierce
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Aunt Jane's Nieces at Millvill... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
L. Frank Baum
Aunt Jane's Nieces at Millville is a 1908 young-adult novel written by L. Frank Baum, famous as the creator of the Land of Oz. It is the third volume in "the successful Aunt Jane ...more
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Aunts Aren't Gentlemen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
P. G. Wodehouse
Aunts Aren't Gentlemen is a comic novel by P. G. Wodehouse, first published in the United Kingdom in October 1974 by Barrie & Jenkins, London, and in the United States under the title The ...more
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Backwards is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
Rob Grant
Backwards is the fourth Red Dwarf novel. It is set on the fictional backwards universe version of Earth. The novel was written by Rob Grant on his own. It follows on directly from the second ...more
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Been Down So Long It Looks Lik... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
Richard Fariña
Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me is a novel by Richard Fariña. First published in the United States in 1966 the novel, based largely on Fariña's college experiences and ...more
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Before You Go is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
Lawrence Holofcener
Before You Go is a 1968 comedy play about the relationship between an actress and a sculptor. The critic from Time magazine praised the play, saying that : The two character man-woman play is ...more
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Biciklom do Hilandara is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
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Big Nate: Strikes Again is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
Lincoln Peirce
Big Nate Strikes Again is a realistic fiction novel by American cartoonist Lincoln Peirce. It is based on the comic strip and the second book in the Big Nate novel series. The book was released ...more
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Big Trouble is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
Dave Barry
Big Trouble is a novel written by Dave Barry. It was made into a film version in 2001. However, the film was not released until 2002 because of the September 11 attacks. Barry, who used to write ...more
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Bikini Planet is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
David S. Garnett
Bikini Planet is a science fiction comedy written by David S. Garnett and released exclusively in the United Kingdom as a paperback. It is written as a sub-sequel to an earlier story written by ...more
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Black Mischief is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
Evelyn Waugh
Black Mischief was Evelyn Waugh's third novel, published in 1932. The novel chronicles the efforts of the English-educated Emperor Seth, assisted by a fellow Oxford graduate, Basil Seal, to ...more
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Blart: The Boy Who Didn't Want... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
Dominic Barker
Blart: The Boy Who Didn't Want To Save The World is a fictional comedy novel by Dominic Barker. It was published in 2006, by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc in Great Britain. It tells the tale of ...more