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List of famous novella books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular novella books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best novella 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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A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Novella Books and Novels
Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol is a novella by Charles Dickens, first published in London by Chapman & Hall on 19 December 1843. The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim. Carol tells the ...more

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A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Novella Books and Novels
Anthony Burgess A Clockwork Orange is a dystopian novella by Anthony Burgess published in 1962. Set in a near future English society that has a subculture of extreme youth violence, the novella has a teenage ...more

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A Closed Book is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Novella Books and Novels
Gilbert Adair A Closed Book is a short novel by Gilbert Adair, published in 2000. The book starts with a slightly awkward meeting between a crotchety blind author and a sighted interviewee he seeks to employ ...more

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A Flight of Pigeons is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Novella Books and Novels
Ruskin Bond A Flight of Pigeons is a novella by Indian author, Ruskin Bond. The story is set in 1857, and is about Ruth Labadoor and her family who take help of Hindus and Muslims to reach their relatives ...more

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A London Life is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Novella Books and Novels
Henry James A London Life is a novella by Henry James, first published in Scribner's Magazine in 1888. The plot revolves around a crumbling marriage and its impact on many other people, especially Laura ...more

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A Passionate Pilgrim is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Novella Books and Novels
Henry James A Passionate Pilgrim is a novella by Henry James, first published in The Atlantic Monthly in 1871. The story was the earliest fiction that James included in the New York Edition of his works. ...more

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A River Runs Through It is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Novella Books and Novels
Norman Maclean A River Runs Through It and Other Stories is a semi-autobiographical collection of three stories by author Norman Maclean published in May 1976 by the University of Chicago Press. It contains: ...more

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Act of Providence is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Novella Books and Novels
Joseph Payne Brennan Act of Providence is a supernatural detective novella by Joseph Payne Brennan and Donald M. Grant. It was first published in 1979 by Donald M. Grant, Publisher, Inc. in an edition of 1,450 ...more

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Alas how changed is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Novella Books and Novels
Steen Steensen Blicher

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Alias the Saint is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Novella Books and Novels
Leslie Charteris Alias the Saint is a collection of three mystery novellas by Leslie Charteris, first published in the United Kingdom in May 1931 by Hodder and Stoughton. This was the sixth book to feature the ...more

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Antwerp is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Novella Books and Novels
Roberto Bolaño Antwerp is a novella by the Chilean author Roberto Bolaño. It was written in 1980 but only published in 2002, a year before the author's death. An English translation by Natasha Wimmer ...more

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At the Gypsies is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Novella Books and Novels
Mircea Eliade At the Gypsies is a novella written by Mircea Eliade.

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Atala* is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Novella Books and Novels
François-René de Chateaubriand Atala is an early novella by François-René de Chateaubriand, first published on 12 germinal IX. The work, inspired by his travels in North America, had an immense impact on early ...more

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Beasts is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Novella Books and Novels
Joyce Carol Oates Beasts is a novella by Joyce Carol Oates and was originally published in 2001.

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Billy Budd is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Novella Books and Novels
Herman Melville Billy Budd, Sailor is a novella by American writer Herman Melville, first published posthumously in London in 1924. Melville began writing the work in November 1888, but left it unfinished at ...more

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Black Cocktail is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Novella Books and Novels
Jonathan Carroll Black Cocktail is a fantasy novella by American author Jonathan Carroll.

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Blade Runner (a movie) is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Novella Books and Novels
Alan E. Nourse, William S. Burroughs Blade Runner (a movie) is a science fiction novella by Beat Generation author William S. Burroughs, first published in 1979. The novella began as a story treatment for a proposed film adaptation ...more

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Breakfast at Tiffany's is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Novella Books and Novels
Truman Capote Breakfast at Tiffany's is a novella by Truman Capote published in 1958. The main character, Holly Golightly, is one of Capote's best-known creations.

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Budayeen Nights is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Novella Books and Novels
George Alec Effinger, Barbara Hambly Budayeen Nights is a collection of cyberpunk science fiction short stories and novelettes by George Alec Effinger, published in 2003. The work consists of nine individual stories by Effinger, ...more

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Call for the Saint is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Novella Books and Novels
Leslie Charteris Call for the Saint is a collection of two mystery novellas by Leslie Charteris, first published in the United States in 1948 by The Crime Club, and later the same year in the United Kingdom by ...more

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Casablanca is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Novella Books and Novels
Edgar Brau Casablanca is a novella written by Edgar Brau in Nevada, United States, in November–December 2002. In the story, set in Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, a rich Argentine ranch owner builds a ...more

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Catch the Saint is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Novella Books and Novels
Leslie Charteris Catch the Saint is a collection of two mystery novellas by Fleming Lee, based upon stories by Norman Worker continuing the adventures of the sleuth Simon Templar aka "The Saint", ...more

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Clonk Clonk is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Novella Books and Novels
William Golding Clonk Clonk is one of three novellas by William Golding, published together under the title The Scorpion God in 1971. Clonk Clonk is set in pre-historic Africa - some 70,000 years ago. A tribe ...more

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Count on the Saint is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Novella Books and Novels
Leslie Charteris Count on the Saint is a collection of two mystery novellas by Graham Weaver and Donne Avenell, continuing the adventures of the sleuth Simon Templar aka "The Saint", created by Leslie ...more

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Daisy Miller is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Novella Books and Novels
Henry James Daisy Miller is a novella by Henry James that first appeared in Cornhill Magazine in June–July 1878, and in book form the following year. It portrays the courtship of the beautiful American girl ...more

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Daughter of Regals is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Novella Books and Novels
Stephen R. Donaldson Daughter of Regals is a fantasy novella by Stephen R. Donaldson. It tells of a young woman called Chrysalis, the nominal ruler of three kingdoms who is about to come of age. To claim her throne, ...more

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Death in Venice is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Novella Books and Novels
Thomas Mann Death in Venice is a novella written by the German author Thomas Mann, first published in 1912 as Der Tod in Venedig. The work presents a great writer suffering writer's block who visits Venice ...more

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Destination: Morgue! is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Novella Books and Novels
James Ellroy Destination: Morgue! L.A. Tales is a 2004 collection of 12 short works by American crime fiction writer James Ellroy. Eight of the pieces are non-fiction crime reportage or essays that Ellroy ...more

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Devdas is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Novella Books and Novels
Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay Devdas is a Bengali Romance novel by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay written when he was only seventeen years of age.

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Diary of a Parish Clerk is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Novella Books and Novels
Steen Steensen Blicher

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Dreamsongs: A RRetrospective is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Novella Books and Novels
George R. R. Martin Dreamsongs: A RRetrospective is a career-spanning collection of George R. R. Martin's short fiction. It was first published in 2003 as a single volume hardcover from Subterranean Press under the ...more

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E Bindstouw is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Novella Books and Novels
Steen Steensen Blicher

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Ealdwood is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Novella Books and Novels
C. J. Cherryh Ealdwood is a fantasy novella by C. J. Cherryh. It is one of Cherryh's Ealdwood Stories and was first published in 1981 by Donald M. Grant in a limited edition of 1,050 copies. The edition was ...more

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Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemic... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Novella Books and Novels
Irvine Welsh Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance is a collection of three novellas by Irvine Welsh.

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Empire Star is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Novella Books and Novels
Samuel R. Delany Empire Star is a 1966 science fiction novella by Samuel R. Delany. It is often published together with another book, most frequently with The Ballad of Beta-2. Delany hoped to have it first ...more

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Enter the Saint is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Novella Books and Novels
Leslie Charteris Enter the Saint is a collection of three interconnected adventure novellas by Leslie Charteris first published in the United Kingdom by Hodder and Stoughton in October 1930, followed by an ...more

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Envoy Extraordinary is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Novella Books and Novels
William Golding Envoy Extraordinary is a 1956 novella by William Golding, published along with Clonk Clonk and The Scorpion God in the collection The Scorpion God. Envoy Extraordinary is set in Ancient Rome, in ...more

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Evil Always Ends is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Novella Books and Novels
Joseph Payne Brennan Evil Always Ends is a supernatural detective novella by Joseph Payne Brennan. It was first published in 1982 by Donald M. Grant, Publisher, Inc. in an edition of 750 copies, all of which were ...more

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Fantômes dans la rue is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Novella Books and Novels
Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio Fantômes dans la rue is the title of a novella written in French by French Nobel laureate writer J. M. G. Le Clézio. His daughter Amy Le Clézio suggested the storyline to ...more

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Fear is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Novella Books and Novels
L. Ron Hubbard Fear is a psychological thriller-horror novella by L. Ron Hubbard first appearing in Unknown Fantasy Fiction in July 1940. While previous editions followed the magazine text, the 1991 Bridge ...more

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Featuring the Saint is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Novella Books and Novels
Leslie Charteris Featuring the Saint is a collection of three mystery novellas by Leslie Charteris, first published in the United Kingdom in February 1931 by Hodder and Stoughton. This was the fifth book to ...more

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Firing the Cathedral is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Novella Books and Novels
Michael Moorcock Firing the Cathedral is a novella by British fantasy and science fiction writer Michael Moorcock. It is part of his long-running Jerry Cornelius series.

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Flatland: A Romance of Many Di... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Novella Books and Novels
Edwin Abbott Abbott Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions is an 1884 satirical novella by the English schoolmaster Edwin Abbott Abbott. Writing pseudonymously as "A Square", the book used the fictional ...more

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Flow My Tears, the Policeman S... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Novella Books and Novels
Philip K. Dick Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said is a 1974 science fiction novel by Philip K. Dick. The story follows a genetically enhanced pop singer and television star who wakes up in a world where he has ...more

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Follow the Saint is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Novella Books and Novels
Leslie Charteris Follow the Saint is a collection of three mystery novellas by Leslie Charteris, featuring the criminal and crimefighter Simon Templar, alias The Saint. The collection was first published in ...more

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Franny and Zooey is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Novella Books and Novels
J. D. Salinger Franny and Zooey is a book by American author J. D. Salinger which comprises his short story "Franny" and novella Zooey. The two works were published together as a book in 1961, having ...more

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Garnet Bracelet is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Novella Books and Novels
Aleksandr Kuprin The Garnet Bracelet is a short novel by Alexander Kuprin, first published in Zemlya almanac, Vol. 6, 1911. Maxim Gorky, who among others praised the novel, saw it as "the sign of a new ...more

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Get Out of My Sky is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Novella Books and Novels
James Blish Get Out of My Sky is a 1957 science fiction novella by James Blish. It was first published by the magazine Astounding Science Fiction in January and February 1957. The story is about two ...more

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Ghost of Chance is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Novella Books and Novels
William S. Burroughs Ghost of Chance is a novella by William S. Burroughs. The story was first published in 1991 in a special limited edition by the Library Fellows of the Whitney Museum of American Art; this was ...more

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Gigi is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Novella Books and Novels
Colette Gigi is a 1944 novella by French writer Colette. The plot focuses on a young Parisian girl being groomed for a career as a courtesan and her relationship with the wealthy cultured man named ...more