Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The Top 100 Works of Fiction

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A month ago, I posted a list of the top 100 books of all time (see here), assembled by aggregating more than 60 best-of book lists. That list, while mostly fiction, also included works of poetry, non-fiction, and children’s books. This list focuses exclusively on works of fiction.

More than 20 lists focused on fiction were compiled. Then the books which made those lists were ranked based on their overall ranking amongst all books. In the end, only 9 books appear on this list (noted with *) which didn’t appear on the top 100 books of all-time list. Here are the results:

  1. J.D. Salinger The Catcher in the Rye (1951)
  2. F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby (1925)
  3. George Orwell 1984 (1949)
  4. Harper Lee To Kill a Mockingbird (1960)
  5. Vladimir Nabokov Lolita (1955)
  6. Joseph Heller Catch-22 (1961)
  7. John Steinbeck The Grapes of Wrath (1939)
  8. James Joyce Ulysses (1922)
  9. J.R.R. Tolkien The Lord of the Rings (trilogy) (1955)
  10. Charlotte Brontë Jane Eyre (1847)

  11. Miguel de Cervantes Don Quixote (1615)
  12. Emily Brontë Wuthering Heights (1847)
  13. Jack Kerouac On the Road (1957)
  14. William Golding Lord of the Flies (1954)
  15. Toni Morrison Beloved (1987)
  16. Gabriel Garcia Marquez One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967)
  17. Leo Tolstoy War and Peace (1869)
  18. Aldous Huxley Brave New World (1932)
  19. Lewis Carroll Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865)
  20. Herman Melville Moby-Dick (1851)

  21. Joseph Conrad Heart of Darkness (1899)
  22. Ernest Hemingway The Sun Also Rises (1926)
  23. Margaret Mitchell Gone with the Wind (1936)
  24. George Orwell Animal Farm (1954)
  25. Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice (1813)
  26. Kurt Vonnegut Slaughterhouse-Five (1969)
  27. Leo Tolstoy Anna Karenina (1877)
  28. Fyodor M. Dostoyevsky Crime and Punishment (1866)
  29. William Faulkner The Sound and the Fury (1929)
  30. Mark Twain The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885)

  31. Homer The Odyssey (800 B.C.)
  32. E.B. White Charlotte’s Web (1952)
  33. Virginia Woolf To the Lighthouse (1927)
  34. Alice Walker The Color Purple (1982)
  35. Ralph Ellison Invisible Man (1952)
  36. Homer The Iliad (800 B.C.)
  37. George Eliot Middlemarch, a Study of Provincial Life (1872)
  38. Charles Dickens Great Expectations (1861)
  39. Douglas Adams The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (1979)
  40. Gustave Flaubert Madame Bovary (1857)

  41. Salman Rushdie Midnight’s Children (1981)
  42. Chinua Achebe Things Fall Apart (1958)
  43. J.R.R. Tolkien The Hobbit (1937)
  44. Louisa May Alcott Little Women (1869)
  45. James Joyce A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916)
  46. Anthony Burgess A Clockwork Orange (1962)
  47. Nathaniel Hawthorne The Scarlet Letter (1850)
  48. Ernest Hemingway For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940)
  49. Ray Bradbury Fahrenheit 451 (1931)
  50. John Steinbeck Of Mice and Men (1937)

  51. Ken Kesey One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1962)
  52. Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities (1859)
  53. Mary Shelley Frankenstein (1818)
  54. Fyodor M. Dostoyevsky The Brothers Karamazov (1880)
  55. Jonathan Swift Gulliver’s Travels (1726)
  56. C.S. Lewis The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (1970)
  57. Margaret Atwood The Handmaid’s Tale (1986)
  58. Charles Dickens David Copperfield (1850)
  59. E.M. Forster A Passage to India (1924)
  60. Jack London The Call of the Wild (1903)

  61. Dante Alighieri Divina Commedia (The Divine Comedy) (1304)
  62. William Faulkner As I Lay Dying (1930)
  63. Oscar Wilde The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891)
  64. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry The Little Prince (1943)
  65. Daniel Defoe Robinson Crusoe (1719)
  66. Ayn Rand Atlas Shrugged (1957)
  67. Alexandre Dumas The Count of Monte Cristo (1844)
  68. Edith Wharton The Age of Innocence (1920)
  69. Ernest Hemingway The Old Man and the Sea (1952)
  70. Richard Wright Native Son (1940)

  71. Albert Camus The Stranger (1942) *
  72. William Grahame The Wind in the Willows (1908)
  73. Daphne Du Maurier Rebecca (1938)
  74. Virginia Woolf Mrs. Dalloway (1925)
  75. Ernest Hemingway A Farewell to Arms (1929)
  76. Zora Neale Hurston Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937)
  77. J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (aka Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) (1999)
  78. Frank Herbert Dune (1965)
  79. Richard Adams Watership Down (1972)
  80. Jane Austen Emma (1816)

  81. John Irving A Prayer for Owen Meany (1989)
  82. Marcel Proust In Search of Lost Time (1913) *
  83. A.A. Milne Winnie-the-Pooh (1926)
  84. L.M. Montgomery Anne of Green Gables (1908)
  85. Victor Hugo Les Misérables (1862)
  86. Robert Louis Stevenson Treasure Island (1883)
  87. Francois-Marie de Voltaire Candide (1759)
  88. Evelyn Waugh Brideshead Revisited (1945)
  89. Sylvia Plath The Bell Jar (1963)
  90. William Makepeace Thackeray Vanity Fair (1848)

  91. Paulo Coelho O Alquimista (The Alchemist) (1987)
  92. Stephen King The Stand (1978)
  93. John Bunyan The Pilgrim’s Progress (1678)
  94. Henry James Portrait of a Lady (1881) *
  95. James Baldwin Go Tell It on the Mountain (1953) *
  96. Franz Kafka The Trial (1925) *
  97. Thomas Pynchon Gravity’s Rainbow (1973) *
  98. Thomas Hardy Tess of the d’Urbervilles (1891) *
  99. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1887) *
  100. Laurence Sterne The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy (1759) *