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The Greatest Experimental Literature  

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List Rules Works of innovative fiction and poetry

This is a list about the greatest experimental literature; it answers the question, “What are the top experimental novels of all time?” Experimental literature is usually fiction or poetry that emphasizes innovations, especially in technique. The easiest way to understand it is by comparing traditional artwork: an artist is typically trained to follow a certain set of rules, such as color blending, staying within certain lines and using proper balance within details. Traditional literary works of art usually follow similar guidelines that pertain to their use of structure. Within the world of art, impressionistic pieces and abstract artwork defied the most common rules of painting, causing them to stand out in unusual ways. It was the same within the literary arena; authors such as Earnest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein defied these basic styles on purpose to see what people’s responses would be. Such works of art are referred to as “experimental” since the outcome is undetermined at the time. Perhaps the most famous experimental story is “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger. This experimental book defied common rules of language and grammar by the author’s liberal use of profanity and portrayal of sexuality. The novel was a tremendous success, selling more than 65 million copies worldwide.
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Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Experimental Literature
Lewis Carroll, William Glennon
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A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Experimental Literature
Anthony Burgess
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Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Experimental Literature
George Orwell
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Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Experimental Literature
Kurt Vonnegut
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Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Experimental Literature
Aldous Huxley
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Ulysses is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Experimental Literature
James Joyce
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Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Experimental Literature
George Orwell
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The Catcher in the Rye ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Experimental Literature
J. D. Salinger
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Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Experimental Literature
Joseph Heller
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Naked Lunch is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Experimental Literature
William S. Burroughs
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Finnegans Wake is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Experimental Literature
James Joyce
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The Hitchhiker's Guide t... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Experimental Literature
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The Book Thief is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Experimental Literature
Markus Zusak
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Fear and Loathing in Las... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Experimental Literature
Hunter S. Thompson
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Moby-Dick; or, The Whale... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Experimental Literature
Herman Melville
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Pale Fire is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Experimental Literature
Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov
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Cat's Cradle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Experimental Literature
Kurt Vonnegut
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A Portrait of the Artist... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Experimental Literature
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If on a winter's night a... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Experimental Literature
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Infinite Jest is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Experimental Literature
David Foster Wallace
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House of Leaves is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Experimental Literature
Mark Z. Danielewski
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Gravity's Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Experimental Literature
Thomas Pynchon
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The Trial is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Experimental Literature
Franz Kafka
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On the Road is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Experimental Literature
Jack Kerouac
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Notes from Underground ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Experimental Literature
Fyodor Dostoyevsky