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Walter Graves
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List Rules Books written by authors from the Western Hemisphere

Compiled by Encyclopedia Britannica, this is a list of the great books of the western world. It is our western canon gathered into a single package of 60 volumes. Initially compiled in the 50's, the Great Books of the Western World was updated in the 90's with a second edition. While the first three volumes of the compendium feature a dissertation on liberal education, Volume 4 and beyond contain various books that we have listed here. Both fiction and non-fiction have been included, as well as all genres. Encyclopedia Britannica did a fantastic job putting together this list of Great Books of the Western World. If you're looking for a great, timeless book, then this is the place to start.

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1
99 27
Iliad is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 300+ Great Books of the Western World
Homer
Volume: 4

2
116 38
Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 300+ Great Books of the Western World
Homer

3
98 38
The Divine Comedy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 300+ Great Books of the Western World
Dante Alighieri
Volume: 21

4
88 33
War and Peace is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 300+ Great Books of the Western World
Leo Tolstoy
Volume: 51

5
88 33
The Brothers Karamazov is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 300+ Great Books of the Western World
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Volume: 52

6
91 35
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 300+ Great Books of the Western World
Miguel de Cervantes

7
100 41
Macbeth is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 300+ Great Books of the Western World
William Shakespeare
Volume: 27

8
81 37
The Canterbury Tales is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 300+ Great Books of the Western World
Geoffrey Chaucer
Volume: 22

9
67 28
The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 300+ Great Books of the Western World

10
106 58
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 300+ Great Books of the Western World
George Orwell
Volume: 60

11
74 36
King Lear is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 300+ Great Books of the Western World
William Shakespeare
Volume: 27

12
82 45
Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 300+ Great Books of the Western World
William Shakespeare
Volume: 26

13
71 37
Paradise Lost is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 300+ Great Books of the Western World
John Milton
Volume: 32

14
47 19
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 300+ Great Books of the Western World
Mark Twain
Volume: 48

15
43 16
The Republic is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 300+ Great Books of the Western World
Plato
Volume: 7

16
104 64
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 300+ Great Books of the Western World
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Volume: 60

17
38 15
The Aeneid Lt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 300+ Great Books of the Western World
Virgil

18
72 42
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 300+ Great Books of the Western World
Herman Melville

19
45 21
Apology is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 300+ Great Books of the Western World
Plato
Volume: 7

20
72 44
Heart of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 300+ Great Books of the Western World
Joseph Conrad
Volume: 59

21
53 29
The Taming of the Shrew is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 300+ Great Books of the Western World
William Shakespeare
Volume: 26

22
56 33
The Metamorphosis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 300+ Great Books of the Western World
Franz Kafka
Volume: 60

23
55 33
A Midsummer Night's Dream is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 300+ Great Books of the Western World
William Shakespeare

24
52 31
Gulliver's Travels is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 300+ Great Books of the Western World
Jonathan Swift
Volume: 36

25
52 31
The Merchant of Venice is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 300+ Great Books of the Western World
William Shakespeare
Volume: 26