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List of famous picaresque novel books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular picaresque novel books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best picaresque 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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Candide, ou l'Optimisme is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Picaresque Novel Books and Novels
Candide, ou l'Optimisme Voltaire Candide, ou l'Optimisme is a French satire first published in 1759 by Voltaire, a philosopher of the Age of Enlightenment. The novella has been widely translated, with English versions titled ...more

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Candide, Part II is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Picaresque Novel Books and Novels
Candide, Part II Henri Joseph Du Laurens Candide, or Optimism — Part II is an apocryphal picaresque novel, possibly written by Thorel de Campigneulles or Henri Joseph Du Laurens, published in 1760. Candide was written by Voltaire and ...more

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Divided Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Picaresque Novel Books and Novels
Divided Kingdom Rupert Thomson Divided Kingdom is a novel by British author Rupert Thomson. It was first published in Britain by Bloomsbury in April 2005 and then in the United States by Alfred A. Knopf in June 2005.

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Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Picaresque Novel Books and Novels
Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes Don Quixote, fully titled The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha, is a Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. It follows the adventures of a nameless hidalgo who reads so many ...more

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El Buscón is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Picaresque Novel Books and Novels
El Buscón Francisco de Quevedo El Buscón is a picaresque novel by Francisco de Quevedo. It was written around 1604 and published in 1626 by a press in Zaragoza, though it had circulated in manuscript form previous to

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Gil Blas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Picaresque Novel Books and Novels
Gil Blas Alain-René Lesage Gil Blas is a picaresque novel by Alain-René Lesage published between 1715 and 1735.

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Guzmán de Alfarache is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Picaresque Novel Books and Novels
Guzmán de Alfarache Mateo Alemán Guzmán de Alfarache is a picaresque novel written by Mateo Alemán and published in two parts: the first in Madrid in 1599 with the title Primera parte de Guzmán de ...more

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Humphry Clinker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Picaresque Novel Books and Novels
Humphry Clinker 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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International Short Stories is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Picaresque Novel Books and Novels
International Short Stories International Short Stories is a three-volume anthology of outstanding English, American, and French short stories and novellae of the 18th, 19th, and early 20th century. It was published by ...more

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Joseph Andrews is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Picaresque Novel Books and Novels
Joseph Andrews Henry Fielding Joseph Andrews, or The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and of his Friend Mr. Abraham Adams, was the first published full-length novel of the English author and magistrate Henry ...more

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Kim is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Picaresque Novel Books and Novels
Kim Rudyard Kipling Kim is a novel by Nobel Prize-winning English author Rudyard Kipling. It was first published serially in McClure's Magazine from December 1900 to October 1901 as well as in Cassell's Magazine ...more

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Lazarillo de Tormes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Picaresque Novel Books and Novels
Lazarillo de Tormes The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes and of His Fortunes and Adversities is a Spanish novella, published anonymously because of its heretical content. It was published simultaneously in three cities ...more

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Moon Palace is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Picaresque Novel Books and Novels
Moon Palace Paul Auster Moon Palace is a novel written by Paul Auster that was first published in 1989. The novel is set in Manhattan and the U.S. Midwest, and centers on the life of the narrator Marco Stanley Fogg and ...more

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Passage is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Picaresque Novel Books and Novels
Passage John David Morley Passage is a historical novel by John David Morley, the story of one man’s journey through five centuries of existence in the New World.

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Phineas Finn is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Picaresque Novel Books and Novels
Phineas Finn Anthony Trollope Phineas Finn is a novel by Anthony Trollope and the name of its leading character. The novel was first published as a monthly serial from October 1867 to May 1868 in St Paul's Magazine. It is ...more

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Phineas Redux is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Picaresque Novel Books and Novels
Phineas Redux Anthony Trollope Phineas Redux is a novel by Anthony Trollope, first published in 1873 as a serial in The Graphic. It is the fourth of the "Palliser" series of novels and the sequel to the second book ...more

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The Adventures of Augie March is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Picaresque Novel Books and Novels
The Adventures of Augie March Saul Bellow The Adventures of Augie March is a picaresque novel by Saul Bellow, published in 1953 by Viking Press. It features the eponymous Augie March who grows up during the Great Depression and it is an ...more

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The Adventures of Harry Richmo... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Picaresque Novel Books and Novels
The Adventures of Harry Richmond George Meredith The Adventures of Harry Richmond is a romance by British author George Meredith, sometimes picaresque, sometimes melodramatic. It is believed to be strongly autobiographical in some sections. ...more

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The Adventures of Peregrine Pi... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Picaresque Novel Books and Novels
The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle Tobias Smollett The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle is a picaresque novel by the Scottish author Tobias Smollett, first published in 1751, and revised and reissued in 1758. It is the story of the fortunes and ...more

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The Diary of a Chambermaid is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Picaresque Novel Books and Novels
The Diary of a Chambermaid Octave Mirbeau The Diary of a Chambermaid is a 1900 decadent novel by Octave Mirbeau, published during the Dreyfus Affair. First published in serialized form in L'Écho de Paris from 1891–2, Mirbeau's ...more

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The Golden Ass is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Picaresque Novel Books and Novels
The Golden Ass Apuleius The Metamorphoses of Apuleius, which St. Augustine referred to as The Golden Ass, is the only Ancient Roman novel in Latin to survive in its entirety. The protagonist of the novel is called ...more

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The Howling Miller is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Picaresque Novel Books and Novels
The Howling Miller Arto Paasilinna The Howling Miller is a 1981 novel by the Finnish author Arto Paasilinna. The main character of the novel is the howling miller, who sometimes acts strangely but is otherwise a goodhearted ...more

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The Magic Pudding is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Picaresque Novel Books and Novels
The Magic Pudding Norman Lindsay The Magic Pudding: Being The Adventures of Bunyip Bluegum and his friends Bill Barnacle and Sam Sawnoff is an Australian children's book written and illustrated by Norman Lindsay. It is a comic ...more

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The White Bull is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Picaresque Novel Books and Novels
The White Bull Voltaire The White Bull otherwise known as Le Taureau blanc is a fable and a work of "contes philosophiques" written by the Enlightenment philosopher Voltaire. The story is based on the Greek ...more

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The Year of the Hare is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Picaresque Novel Books and Novels
The Year of the Hare Arto Paasilinna The Year of the Hare is a 1975 novel by Finnish author Arto Paasilinna. It tells the story of Kaarlo Vatanen, a frustrated journalist, who, after nearly killing a hare with his car, decides to ...more

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Wandering Stars is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Picaresque Novel Books and Novels
Wandering Stars Sholem Aleichem Wandering Stars is a novel by Sholem Aleichem, serialized in Warsaw newspapers from 1909 to 1911. In it, Leibel, the son of a wealthy shtetl family, falls in love with cantor's daughter Reizel, ...more