Saturday, May 26, 2018

The Top 100 Books of All Time

Inspired by the 2018 PBS special The Great American Read, I assembled more than 60 best-of-books lists and aggregated them to create one master list of the all-time books. Here are the results:
  1. Harper Lee To Kill a Mockingbird (1960)
  2. George Orwell 1984 (1949)
  3. J.D. Salinger The Catcher in the Rye (1951)
  4. F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby (1925)
  5. Joseph Heller Catch-22 (1961)
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien The Lord of the Rings (trilogy) (1955)
  7. Vladimir Nabokov Lolita (1955)
  8. John Steinbeck The Grapes of Wrath (1939)
  9. William Golding Lord of the Flies (1954)
  10. George Orwell Animal Farm (1954)

  11. Charlotte Brontë Jane Eyre (1847)
  12. Aldous Huxley Brave New World (1932)
  13. Jack Kerouac On the Road (1957)
  14. Miguel de Cervantes Don Quixote (1615)
  15. Margaret Mitchell Gone with the Wind (1936)
  16. Leo Tolstoy War and Peace (1869)
  17. Toni Morrison Beloved (1987)
  18. James Joyce Ulysses (1922)
  19. Ernest Hemingway The Sun Also Rises (1926)
  20. E.B. White Charlotte’s Web (1952)

  21. Lewis Carroll Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865)
  22. William Faulkner The Sound and the Fury (1929)
  23. Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice (1813)
  24. Kurt Vonnegut Slaughterhouse-Five (1969)
  25. Joseph Conrad Heart of Darkness (1899)
  26. Emily Brontë Wuthering Heights (1847)
  27. Gabriel Garcia Marquez One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967)
  28. Herman Melville Moby-Dick (1851)
  29. Homer The Odyssey (800 B.C.)
  30. Fyodor M. Dostoyevsky Crime and Punishment (1866)

  31. Ralph Ellison Invisible Man (1952)
  32. Chinua Achebe Things Fall Apart (1958)
  33. J.R.R. Tolkien The Hobbit (1937)
  34. Louisa May Alcott Little Women (1869)
  35. Alice Walker The Color Purple (1982)
  36. Mark Twain The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885)
  37. Virginia Woolf To the Lighthouse (1927)
  38. Jack London The Call of the Wild (1903)
  39. Leo Tolstoy Anna Karenina (1877)
  40. Douglas Adams The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (1979)

  41. John Steinbeck Of Mice and Men (1937)
  42. Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities (1859)
  43. Charles Dickens Great Expectations (1861)
  44. Edith Wharton The Age of Innocence (1920)
  45. Plato The Republic (380 B.C.)
  46. Margaret Atwood The Handmaid’s Tale (1986)
  47. Richard Wright Native Son (1940)
  48. Various writers The Holy Bible: King James Version (1451)
  49. Salman Rushdie Midnight’s Children (1981)
  50. Homer The Iliad (800 B.C.)

  51. Ray Bradbury Fahrenheit 451 (1931)
  52. Frank Herbert Dune (1965)
  53. George Eliot Middlemarch, a Study of Provincial Life (1872)
  54. Daphne Du Maurier Rebecca (1938)
  55. Gustave Flaubert Madame Bovary (1857)
  56. Charles Dickens David Copperfield (1850)
  57. Anthony Burgess A Clockwork Orange (1962)
  58. Nathaniel Hawthorne The Scarlet Letter (1850)
  59. Jonathan Swift Gulliver’s Travels (1726)
  60. Ernest Hemingway For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940)

  61. Dante Alighieri Divina Commedia (The Divine Comedy) (1304)
  62. Niccolo Machiavelli The Prince (1532)
  63. William Grahame The Wind in the Willows (1908)
  64. Ken Kesey One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1962)
  65. James Joyce A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916)
  66. Mary Shelley Frankenstein (1818)
  67. John Bunyan The Pilgrim’s Progress (1678)
  68. Evelyn Waugh Brideshead Revisited (1945)
  69. Zora Neale Hurston Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937)
  70. William Makepeace Thackeray Vanity Fair (1848)

  71. Ernest Hemingway A Farewell to Arms (1929)
  72. Daniel Defoe Robinson Crusoe (1719)
  73. C.S. Lewis The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (1970)
  74. William Faulkner As I Lay Dying (1930)
  75. Alexandre Dumas The Count of Monte Cristo (1844)
  76. Oscar Wilde The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891)
  77. Jane Austen Emma (1816)
  78. Fyodor M. Dostoyevsky The Brothers Karamazov (1880)
  79. Francois-Marie de Voltaire Candide (1759)
  80. Ernest Hemingway The Old Man and the Sea (1952)

  81. E.M. Forster A Passage to India (1924)
  82. Sylvia Plath The Bell Jar (1963)
  83. Virgil The Aeneid (29 B.C.)
  84. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Faust (1832)
  85. Anne Frank The Diary of a Young Girl (aka The Diary of Anne Frank) (1947)
  86. Ayn Rand Atlas Shrugged (1957)
  87. Maurice Sendak Where the Wild Things Are (1964)
  88. Robert Louis Stevenson Treasure Island (1883)
  89. Adam Smith Wealth of Nations (1776)
  90. Henry David Thoreau Walden, or Life in the Woods (1854)

  91. John Irving A Prayer for Owen Meany (1989)
  92. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry The Little Prince (1943)
  93. Richard Adams Watership Down (1972)
  94. L.M. Montgomery Anne of Green Gables (1908)
  95. Virginia Woolf Mrs. Dalloway (1925)
  96. Geoffrey Chaucer The Canterbury Tales (1387)
  97. J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (aka Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) (1999)
  98. A.A. Milne Winnie-the-Pooh (1926)
  99. Stephen King The Stand (1978)
  100. Paulo Coelho O Alquimista (The Alchemist) (1987)

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