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Famous Drama Books and Novels

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

This list below has a variety of books, like Cloud Atlas and The Alchemist, in it.

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

Note that some books on this list might be currently out of print, but you can purchase most of these notable drama titles on Amazon with just one click.
  • 1

    A Walk to Remember

    Nicholas Sparks

    First Published1999-10

    Genres (Book)Romance novel, Speculative fiction, Drama, Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    A Walk to Remember is a novel by American writer Nicholas Sparks, released in October 1999. The novel, set in 1958-'59 in Beaufort, North Carolina, is a story of two teenagers who fall in love with...  more
  • 2

    The Loch

    Steve Alten

    First Published2005-07

    Genres (Book)Drama, Mystery, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageScottish English, English Language

    The Loch is a science fiction novel and Legal thriller by Steve Alten, and was first published in 2005. The novel is the story of marine biologist Zachary Wallace....  more
  • 3

    An Old Fashioned Girl

    Louisa May Alcott

    First Published1869

    SubjectsLiterature, Classics, 19th century, Friendship, United States of America

    Genres (Book)Poetry, Children's literature, Drama, Fiction, Comedy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    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
  • 4

    First Published2008

    SubjectsGenealogy, Family, Monster

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Drama, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Monsters of Templeton is a dramatic novel written by Lauren Groff. Groff was born and raised in Cooperstown, New York. The name Templeton draws from the name devised for the town by James...  more
  • 5

    Chinese Takeout

    Arthur Nersesian

    First Published2003

    Genres (Book)Drama, Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Chinese Takeout is a novel written by American author, playwright and poet, Arthur Nersesian. The novel was dedicated "To the memory of Tom Reiss, teacher, artist, friend". It was released in 2003,...  more
  • 6


    Walter Dean Myers

    First Published2012-04-21

    SubjectsPrejudice, Young adult, African American, Family, United States of America

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Crime Fiction, Children's literature, Drama, Mystery

    Original LanguageEnglish Language, German Language

    Monster is a young-adult drama novel by American author Walter Dean Myers and was published by Harpercollins in 1999. It was nominated for the 1999 National Book Award for Young People's Literature,...  more
  • 7

    SubjectsMedical, Literary, Literature, Classics, English Language

    Genres (Book)Drama, Children's literature, Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a novel written by Ken Kesey. Set in an Oregon psychiatric hospital, the narrative serves as a study of the institutional processes and the human mind as well as a...  more

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    #13 of 161 The Greatest American Novels#88 of 331 The Top Must-Read Books of All Time

  • 8

    Death Sentence

    Brian Garfield

    First Published1975

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

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Death Sentence is the 1975 sequel novel to Death Wish by Brian Garfield....  more
  • 9

    First Published1872

    Genres (Book)Drama, Tragedy, Fiction, Adventure fiction

    A Dog of Flanders is an 1872 novel by English author Marie Louise de la Ramée published with her pseudonym "Ouida". It is about a Flemish boy named Nello and his dog, Patrasche. The story, of English...  more
  • 10
    A Fortunate Life is an autobiography by Albert Facey published in 1981, nine months before his death. It chronicles his early life in Western Australia, his experiences as a private during the...  more
  • 11

    First Published1998-06-16

    Genres (Book)Romance novel, Drama, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Candy: A Novel of Love and Addiction is a novel by Luke Davies....  more
  • 12

    Cloud Atlas

    David Mitchell

    First Published2004

    SubjectsConsumerism, Eugenics, Reincarnation, Predation, Human nature

    Genres (Book)Drama, Drama, Fiction, Novel, Fantasy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Cloud Atlas is a 2004 novel, the third book by British author David Mitchell. It consists of six nested stories that take the reader from the remote South Pacific in the nineteenth century to a...  more

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    #156 of 176 The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time#402 of 704 Books That Changed Your Life

  • 13

    Coin Locker Babies

    Ryu Murakami

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Bildungsroman, Drama, Novel

    Original LanguageJapanese Language

    Coin Locker Babies, 1980 is a novel by Ryu Murakami about coin-operated-locker babies, translated into English by Stephen Snyder. The translation was published in 1995 by Kodansha International Ltd...  more
  • 14


    David Mitchell

    First Published1999-08-19

    SubjectsCrime, Randomness, Terrorism

    Genres (Book)Drama, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Ghostwritten is the first novel published by the author David Mitchell. Published in 1999, it won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and was widely acclaimed. The story takes place mainly around East...  more
  • 15

    Harvest Home

    Tom Tryon

    Genres (Book)Drama, Horror Film

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Harvest Home is a 1973 novel by Thomas Tryon, which he wrote following his critically acclaimed 1971 novel, The Other. Harvest Home was a New York Times bestseller. The book became an NBC mini-series...  more
  • 16

    Hearts in Atlantis

    Stephen King

    First Published1999-09-14

    SubjectsLiterary, Military, United States of America, 20th century

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Suspense, Drama, Horror Film, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Hearts in Atlantis is a collection of two novellas and three short stories by Stephen King, all connected to one another by recurring characters and taking place in roughly chronological order. The...  more
  • 17

    How Green Was My Valley

    Richard Llewellyn

    First Published1939

    SubjectsWales, Drama, History

    Genres (Book)Drama, Historical fiction, Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    How Green Was My Valley is a 1939 novel by Richard Llewellyn, narrated by Huw, the main character, about his Welsh family and the mining community in which they live. The author had claimed that he...  more
  • 18

    Genres (Book)Drama, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Lives of the Saints is a novel by Nino Ricci. The author's first book, it forms the first part of a trilogy. The other two novels are In a Glass House and Where She Has Gone. Lives of the Saints was...  more
  • 19

    First Published1956

    SubjectsNatural history, Zoology, Biology

    Genres (Book)Drama

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    My Family and Other Animals is an autobiographical work by naturalist Gerald Durrell, telling of the part of his childhood he spent on the Greek island of Corfu between 1935 and 1939. It describes...  more
  • 20

    M*A*S*H: A Novel About Three Army Doctors

    W. C. Heinz, H. Richard Hornberger

    SubjectsKorean War, Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, Surgeon

    Genres (Book)Comic novel, War novel, Drama, Comedy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors, is a 1968 novel by Richard Hooker which is notable as the inspiration for the 1970 feature film MASH and TV series M*A*S*H. The novel is about a fictional U.S....  more
  • 21


    David Mitchell

    First Published2001

    Genres (Book)Drama, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    number9dream is the second novel by English author David Mitchell. Set in Japan, it narrates the search of 19-year-old Eiji Miyake for his father, whom he has never met. Told in the first person by...  more
  • 22


    M. T. Vasudevan Nair

    First Published1984

    Genres (Book)Drama

    Randamoozham is a 1984 Malayalam novel by M. T. Vasudevan Nair. It is widely credited as his masterpiece. It was translated into English as Second Turn in 1997. M. T. Vasudevan Nair won Vayalar...  more
  • 23

    First Published2002-04-03

    Genres (Book)Drama, Dystopia, Thriller

    Original LanguageJapanese Language

    Suicide Circle: The Complete Edition is a novel written by Japanese poet and filmmaker Sion Sono, based on his Suicide Circle trilogy. It was published by Kawade Shobo Shinsha in 2002....  more
  • 24

    Genres (Book)Drama

    The Coast of Utopia is a 2002 trilogy of plays: Voyage, Shipwreck, and Salvage, written by Tom Stoppard with focus on the philosophical debates in pre-revolution Russia between 1833 and 1866. It was...  more
  • 25

    The Ice Storm

    Rick Moody

    First Published1994

    SubjectsLiterary, Adventure, Connecticut, Family, United States of America

    Genres (Book)Tragicomedy, Drama, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Ice Storm is a 1994 American novel by Rick Moody. The novel was widely acclaimed by readers and critics alike, described as a funny, acerbic, and moving hymn to a dazed and confused era of...  more