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

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84 Charing Cross Road is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Epistolary Novel Books and Novels
Brian Clark, Helene Hanff 84, Charing Cross Road is a 1970 book by Helene Hanff, later made into a stage play, television play and film, about the twenty-year correspondence between her and Frank Doel, chief buyer of ...more

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Address unknown is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Epistolary Novel Books and Novels
Kathrine Taylor

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Aline and Valcour is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Epistolary Novel Books and Novels
Marquis de Sade Aline et Valcour; ou, Le Roman philosophique is an epistolary novel by the Marquis de Sade. It contrasts a brutal African kingdom with a South Pacific island paradise known as Tamoé and ...more

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Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Epistolary Novel Books and Novels
Louise Rennison Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging is a young adult novel by Louise Rennison. The book is the first of ten books in the Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series. It won the Nestlé ...more

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Anne of Windy Poplars is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Epistolary Novel Books and Novels
Lucy Maud Montgomery Anne of Windy Poplars, also published as Anne of Windy Willows in the UK, Australia and Japan, is an epistolary novel by L. M. Montgomery. First published in 1936 by McClelland and Stewart, it ...more

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Carrie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Epistolary Novel Books and Novels
Stephen King Carrie is an American epistolary novel and author Stephen King's first published novel, released on April 5, 1974, with an approximate first print-run of 30,000 copies. Set in the then-future ...more

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Clarissa is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Epistolary Novel Books and Novels
Samuel Richardson Clarissa, or, the History of a Young Lady is an epistolary novel by Samuel Richardson, published in 1748. It tells the tragic story of a heroine whose quest for virtue is continually thwarted by ...more

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Dracula is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Epistolary Novel Books and Novels
Bram Stoker Dracula is an 1897 Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker. Famous for introducing the character of the vampire Count Dracula, the novel tells the story of Dracula's attempt to move from ...more

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Ella Minnow Pea is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Epistolary Novel Books and Novels
Mark Dunn Ella Minnow Pea is a 2001 novel by Mark Dunn. The full title of the hardcover version is Ella Minnow Pea: a progressively lipogrammatic epistolary fable, while the paperback version is titled ...more

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Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Epistolary Novel Books and Novels
Mary Shelley Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, is a novel written by English author Mary Shelley about the young student of science Victor Frankenstein, who creates a grotesque but sentient creature ...more

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Griffin and Sabine is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Epistolary Novel Books and Novels
Griffin and Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence is an epistolary novel by Nick Bantock, published in 1991 by Chronicle Books in the United States and Raincoast Books in Canada. It is the ...more

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Humphry Clinker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Epistolary Novel Books and Novels
Tobias Smollett The Expedition of Humphry Clinker was the last of the picaresque novels of Tobias Smollett, and is considered by many to be his best and funniest work. Published in London on 17 June 1771, it is ...more

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Hyperion is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Epistolary Novel Books and Novels
Hyperion is a novel by Friedrich Hölderlin first published in 1797 and 1799. The full title is Hyperion oder Der Eremit in Griechenland. The work is composed of letters from Hyperion to his ...more

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JPod is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Epistolary Novel Books and Novels
Douglas Coupland JPod is a novel by Douglas Coupland published by Random House of Canada in 2006. Set in 2005, the book explores the strange and unconventional everyday life of the main character, Ethan ...more

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Julie, or the New Heloise is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Epistolary Novel Books and Novels
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Julie, or the New Heloise is an epistolary novel by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, published in 1761 by Marc-Michel Rey in Amsterdam. The original edition was entitled Lettres de deux amans habitans ...more

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Jane Austen's Lady Susan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Epistolary Novel Books and Novels
Jane Austen Lady Susan is a short epistolary novel by Jane Austen, possibly written in 1794 but not published until 1871.

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Lemony Snicket: The Unauthoriz... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Epistolary Novel Books and Novels
Daniel Handler Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography is a fictional "autobiography" of A Series of Unfortunate Events author and character Lemony Snicket. It was published on May 1, 2002.

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Leonora is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Epistolary Novel Books and Novels
Maria Edgeworth Leonora is a novel written by Maria Edgeworth and published in 1806. Although Edgeworth is known for having her novels address issues of nationalism in an Anglo-Irish context, Leonora instead ...more

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Les Liaisons dangereuses is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Epistolary Novel Books and Novels
Pierre Choderlos de Laclos Les Liaisons dangereuses is a French epistolary novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, first published in four volumes by Durand Neveu from March 23, 1782. It is the story of the Marquise de ...more

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LETTERS is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Epistolary Novel Books and Novels
John Barth LETTERS is an epistolary novel by the American writer John Barth, published in 1979. It consists of a series of letters in which Barth and the characters of his other books interact. In addition ...more

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Letters from a Peruvian Woman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Epistolary Novel Books and Novels
Françoise de Graffigny, Grafigny Letters from a Peruvian Woman is a 1747 epistolary novel by Françoise de Graffigny. It tells the story of Zilia, a young Incan princess, who is abducted from the Temple of the Sun by the ...more

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Letters from Rifka is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Epistolary Novel Books and Novels
Karen Hesse Letters From Rifka is a children's historical novel by Karen Hesse, published by Holt in 1992. It features a Jewish family's emigration from Russia in 1919, to Belgium and ultimately to the ...more

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Letters of Insurgents is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Epistolary Novel Books and Novels
Fredy Perlman Letters of Insurgents is a 1976 novel by Fredy Perlman dealing with anarchist themes and relationships.

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Love Letters From a Noble Man ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Epistolary Novel Books and Novels

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Love-Letters Between a Noblema... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Epistolary Novel Books and Novels
Aphra Behn Love-Letters Between a Nobleman and His Sister by Aphra Behn is a three volume roman à clef playing with events of the Monmouth Rebellion and exploring the genre of the epistolary novel. ...more

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Memorabilia is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Epistolary Novel Books and Novels
Vanessa MintVanDi Memorabilia is a novel by Vanessa MintVanDi. Set in the late 1980s, it unfolds the life of a fictional rockstar, Blaze, and the events leading to his mysterious death.

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Microserfs is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Epistolary Novel Books and Novels
Douglas Coupland Microserfs, published by HarperCollins in 1995, is an epistolary novel by Douglas Coupland. It first appeared in short story form as the cover article for the January 1994 issue of Wired ...more

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Pamela is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Epistolary Novel Books and Novels
Samuel Richardson Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded is an epistolary novel by Samuel Richardson, first published in 1740. It tells the story of a beautiful 15-year-old maidservant named Pamela Andrews, whose country ...more

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Poor Folk is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Epistolary Novel Books and Novels
Fyodor Dostoyevsky Poor Folk, sometimes translated as Poor People, is the first novella by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, written over the span of nine months between 1844 and 1845. Dostoyevsky was in financial difficulty ...more

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Sorcery and Cecelia is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Epistolary Novel Books and Novels
Patricia Wrede, Caroline Stevermer

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The Amours of Philander and Si... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Epistolary Novel Books and Novels

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The Beatrice Letters is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Epistolary Novel Books and Novels
Daniel Handler The Beatrice Letters is a book by Lemony Snicket. It is tangential to the children's book series A Series of Unfortunate Events, and was published shortly before the thirteenth and final ...more

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The Black Robe is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Epistolary Novel Books and Novels
Wilkie Collins The Black Robe is an 1881 epistolary novel by famed English writer, Wilkie Collins. The book relates the misadventures of Lewis Romayne, and is also noted for a perceived anti-Catholic bias.

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The Color Purple is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Epistolary Novel Books and Novels
Alice Walker The Color Purple is a 1982 epistolary novel by American author Alice Walker which won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award for Fiction. It was later adapted into a ...more

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The Documents in the Case is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Epistolary Novel Books and Novels
Dorothy L. Sayers The Documents in the Case is a 1930 novel by Dorothy L. Sayers and Robert Eustace. It is the only one of Sayers' twelve major crime novels not to feature Lord Peter Wimsey, her most famous ...more

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The Gum Thief is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Epistolary Novel Books and Novels
Douglas Coupland The Gum Thief is Canadian author Douglas Coupland's twelfth novel. It was published on September 25, 2007, by Random House Canada in Canada and Bloomsbury Publishing in the United States. An ...more

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The Kempton-Wace Letters is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Epistolary Novel Books and Novels
Jack London The Kempton-Wace Letters was a 1903 epistolary novel by Jack London and Anna Strunsky. It was published anonymously. It is a discussion of the philosophy of love and sex, written in the form of ...more

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The Moonstone is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Epistolary Novel Books and Novels
Wilkie Collins The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins is a 19th-century British epistolary novel, generally considered the first detective novel in the English language. The story was originally serialised in Charles ...more

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The Perks of Being a Wallflowe... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Epistolary Novel Books and Novels
Stephen Chbosky The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a coming-of-age epistolary novel by American writer Stephen Chbosky which was first published on February 1, 1999 by Pocket Books. Its narrator is an ...more

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The Screwtape Letters is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Epistolary Novel Books and Novels
C. S. Lewis The Screwtape Letters is a Christian apologetic novel written by C. S. Lewis. It is written in a satirical, epistolary style and while it is fictional in format, the plot and characters are used ...more

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The Sorrows of Young Werther is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Epistolary Novel Books and Novels
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe The Sorrows of Young Werther is an epistolary and loosely autobiographical novel by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, first published in 1774; a revised edition of the novel was published in 1787. ...more

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The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Epistolary Novel Books and Novels
Anne Brontë The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is the second and final novel by English author Anne Brontë, published in 1848 under the pseudonym Acton Bell. Probably the most shocking of the Brontës' ...more

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The Whalestoe Letters is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Epistolary Novel Books and Novels
Mark Z. Danielewski The Whalestoe Letters by cult author Mark Z. Danielewski is an epistolary novella which more fully develops the literary correspondence between Pelafina H. Lièvre and her son Johnny from ...more

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The Wild Irish Girl is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Epistolary Novel Books and Novels
Lady Morgan The Wild Irish Girl; a National Tale is an epistolary novel written by Irish novelist Sydney Owenson in 1806.

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The Woman in White is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Epistolary Novel Books and Novels
Wilkie Collins The Woman in White is Wilkie Collins' fifth published novel, written in 1859. It is considered to be among the first mystery novels and is widely regarded as one of the first in the genre of ...more

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World War Z is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Epistolary Novel Books and Novels
Max Brooks World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War is an apocalyptic horror novel by Max Brooks. The novel is a collection of individual accounts narrated by an agent of the United Nations Postwar ...more

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Youth in Revolt is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Epistolary Novel Books and Novels
C. D. Payne Youth in Revolt: The Journals of Nick Twisp is a 1993 epistolary novel by C. D. Payne. The story is told in a picaresque fashion and makes heavy use of black humor and camp. The book contains ...more