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Goodreads Top 100 Literary Novels of All Time

description: '"The Goodreads Top 100 Literary Novels of All Time List" represents a list of 100 literary novels recommended by the Goodreads Serious Literature Group for voting by all Goodreads Members via Listopia.' source: https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/13086.Goodreads_Top_100_Literary_Novels_of_All_Time
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Author
Answer
1
Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice
2
George Orwell
1984
3
F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Gatsby
4
Charlotte Brontë
Jane Eyre
5
Fyodor Dostoevsky
Crime and Punishment
6
Vladimir Nabokov
Lolita
7
Mark Twain
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
8
Emily Brontë
Wuthering Heights
9
John Steinbeck
Of Mice and Men
10
Alexandre Dumas
The Count of Monte Cristo
11
Aldous Huxley
Brave New World
12
Gabriel García Márquez
One Hundred Years of Solitude
13
Leo Tolstoy
Anna Karenina
14
Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Brothers Karamazov
15
Joseph Heller
Catch-22
16
John Steinbeck
The Grapes of Wrath
17
Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Slaughterhouse-Five
18
Charles Dickens
A Tale of Two Cities
19
Ernest Hemingway
The Old Man and the Sea
20
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace
21
Herman Melville
Moby-Dick
22
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Don Quixote
23
John Steinbeck
East of Eden
24
Franz Kafka
The Metamorphosis and Other Stories
25
William Faulkner
The Sound and the Fury
26
Erich Maria Remarque
All Quiet on the Western Front
27
Umberto Eco
The Name of the Rose
28
Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Scarlet Letter
29
James Joyce
Ulysses
30
Voltaire
Candide
31
Mikhail Bulgakov
The Master and Margarita
32
Charles Dickens
David Copperfield
33
Virginia Woolf
To the Lighthouse
34
Ernest Hemingway
For Whom the Bell Tolls
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Author
Answer
35
Thomas Hardy
Tess of the D'Urbervilles
36
Ralph Ellison
Invisible Man
37
Albert Camus
The Plague
38
J.D. Salinger
The Catcher in the Rye
39
Carson McCullers
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
40
Chinua Achebe
Things Fall Apart
41
Zora Neale Hurston
Their Eyes Were Watching God
42
Evelyn Waugh
Brideshead Revisited
43
John Kennedy Toole
A Confederacy of Dunces
44
José Saramago
Blindness
45
Robert Graves
I, Claudius
46
Kate Chopin
The Awakening
47
Cormac McCarthy
Blood Meridian
48
David Foster Wallace
Infinite Jest
49
D.H. Lawrence
Sons and Lovers
50
Willa Cather
My Ántonia
51
George Eliot
Middlemarch/Silas Marner/Amos Barton
52
Marcel Proust
In Search of Lost Time
53
William Makepeace Thackeray
Vanity Fair
54
William Faulkner
Light in August
55
Robert Penn Warren
All the King's Men
56
Günter Grass
The Tin Drum
57
Jorge Luis Borges
Ficciones
58
Harper Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird
59
Edith Wharton
The House of Mirth
60
Vladimir Nabokov
Pale Fire
61
Thomas Mann
The Magic Mountain
62
Nikolai Gogol
Dead Souls
63
Henry Fielding
The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
64
Henry Miller
Tropic of Cancer
65
Dashiell Hammett
The Maltese Falcon/The Thin Man/Red Harvest
66
Laurence Sterne
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman
67
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Cancer Ward
no.
Author
Answer
68
Marilynne Robinson
Gilead
69
Margaret Atwood
Cat's Eye
70
Theodore Dreiser
An American Tragedy
71
Saul Bellow
The Adventures of Augie March
72
Willa Cather
Death Comes for the Archbishop
73
John Updike
Rabbit Angstrom
74
Lawrence Durrell
The Alexandria Quartet
75
Honoré de Balzac
Lost Illusions
76
Albert Camus
The Stranger
77
V.S. Naipaul
A House for Mr Biswas
78
Thomas Pynchon
V.
79
John Galsworthy
The Forsyte Saga
80
Richard Russo
Bridge of Sighs
81
George Eliot
Adam Bede
82
Malcolm Lowry
Under the Volcano
83
Toni Morrison
Jazz
84
John Barth
The Sot-Weed Factor
85
Murasaki Shikibu
The Tale of Genji
86
Émile Zola
Therese Raquin
87
James Joyce
Finnegans Wake
88
Oliver Goldsmith
The Vicar of Wakefield
89
William Gaddis
The Recognitions
90
Graham Greene
The Tenth Man
91
Vasily Grossman
Life and Fate
92
Thomas Pynchon
Mason & Dixon
93
Saul Bellow
Humboldt's Gift
94
William Gaddis
JR
95
John Dos Passos
1919
96
Hermann Broch
The Death of Virgil
97
Jeffrey Eugenides
Middlesex
98
Richard Wright
Native Son
99
William H. Gass
The Tunnel
100
Alexander Theroux
Darconville's Cat
14 Comments
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Level 62
Mar 24, 2023
I've attempted to add the suggested type-ins, I'm not overly familiar with many of these works so I'm not really sure what all of their colloquial names would be, that and there are allot of them and doing custom type-ins for all of them would be quite tedious. but I'm still happy to hear any other suggestions for improvement : )
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Level 80
Sep 11, 2022
An interesting list, and a well constructed quiz. Goodreads in my opinion gets a lot right, but some placements, and even more of it's lower spots, intriguingly wrong. Again, this is me. Thanks for the good quiz though!
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Level 78
Mar 24, 2023
The list is absurdly skewed towards novels written in English (with a big over-representation of North American authors)

Out of the first 20 spots, 14 have been written in English, 4 in Russian, 1 in French and another in Spanish. Ridiculous. And not even a single Asian author gets into the list.

It's not a serious ranking. It's just a popularity contest made among a very unrepresentative sample of readers.

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Level 75
Mar 24, 2023
True enough. I doubt it purports to be anything else. It's hard to imagine how one would conduct a survey that would fairly represent worldwide readership in all languages in which novels have been written.

There is one Asian author - Murasaki Shikibu.

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Level 66
Mar 21, 2023
I hate it when I just go blank. I read the Alexandria Quartet not once, but twice! Ditto The Master and Margarita. I missed quite a few because I didn't expect to have to type in "the." It would be very helpful to accept reasonable type-ins, for example, I tried "Tristram Shandy," "100 Years of Solitude". Great quiz, just too 'unforgiving!'
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Level 56
Mar 24, 2023
Yes, ditto Huckleberry Finn and, dare I say it (at the risk of sounding like a pompous git) à la recherche du temps perdu, as it's a title which has been translated in a number of ways I think

I enjoyed it, thank you!

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Level 67
Mar 24, 2023
You should accept just "Metamorphosis"
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Level 71
Mar 24, 2023
Rabbit Angstrom is a character, not a book, right? The most well-known of the books is Rabbit Run. When that wasn't accepted, I assumed it must be some other lesser known Updike book that I hadn't heard of.
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Level 69
Mar 24, 2023
Likewise. I also tried "Rabbit, Run."
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Level 60
Mar 24, 2023
interesting list, nominated. My only gripe was that if just Tristram Shandy was accepted (as it was and should be) the same should go for Tom Jones I think.
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Level 69
Mar 24, 2023
I agree. I was just about to write the same comment. In quite a few places, only a part of the title is accepted, and so it should be here as well.
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Level 71
Mar 24, 2023
Could "Fictions" be accepted for the Borges? All other titles are translated.
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Level 86
Mar 24, 2023
Came here to ask this. It's weird since this is about novels and both the Borges and Kafka volumes are short story collections.
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Level 66
Jun 16, 2023
I kept getting Sons and Lovers mixed up in my head with Turgenev's Fathers and Sons and I just couldn't get it right.

Odd Greene novel to choose.