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1.

. Ulysses by James Joyce

Ulysses chronicles the passage of Leopold Bloom through Dublin during an ordinary day, June 16, 1904. The title parallels and alludes to Odysseus
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2 . In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust

Swann's Way, the first part of A la recherche de temps perdu, Marcel Proust's seven-part cycle, was published in 1913. In it, Proust introduces the
themes that run through the entire work. The narr...
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3 . Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

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4 . Moby Dick by Herman Melville

First published in 1851, Melville's masterpiece is, in Elizabeth Hardwick's words, "the greatest novel in American literature." The saga of Captain
Ahab and his monomaniacal pursuit of the white wh...
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5 . The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The novel chronicles an era that Fitzgerald himself dubbed the "Jazz Age". Following the shock and chaos of World War I, American society
enjoyed unprecedented levels of prosperity during the "roar...
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6 . Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

The book is internationally famous for its innovative style and infamous for its controversial subject: the protagonist and unreliable narrator,
middle aged Humbert Humbert, becomes obsessed and se...
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7 . One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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8 . War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Epic in scale, War and Peace delineates in graphic detail events leading up to Napoleon's invasion of Russia, and the impact of the Napoleonic era
on Tsarist society, as seen through the eyes of fi...

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9 . Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

10. 10 . The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

11. 11 . The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

12. 12 . The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri

Belonging in the immortal company of the great works of literature, Dante Alighieri's poetic masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, is a moving human
drama, an unforgettable visionary journey through the ...
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13. 13 . The Odyssey by Homer

The Odyssey is one of two major ancient Greek epic poems attributed to Homer. It is, in part, a sequel to the Iliad, the other work traditionally
ascribed to Homer. The poem is fundamental to the m...
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14. 14 . The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye is a 1945 novel by J. D. Salinger. Originally published for adults, the novel has become a common part of high school and
college curricula throughout the English-speaking wo...
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15. 15 . Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

16. 16 . The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

The Sound and the Fury is set in the fictional Yoknapatawpha County. The novel centers on the Compson family, former Southern aristocrats who
are struggling to deal with the dissolution of their fa...

17. 17 . Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

The novel addresses many of the social and intellectual issues facing African-Americans in the early twentieth century, including black nationalism,
the relationship between black identity and Marx...
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18. 18 . 1984 by George Orwell

The story follows the life of one seemingly insignificant man, Winston Smith, a civil servant assigned the task of perpetuating the regime's
propaganda by falsifying records and political literatur...
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19. 19 . Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

20. 20 . The Iliad by Homer

The Iliad is an epic poem in dactylic hexameters, traditionally attributed to Homer. Set in the Trojan War, the ten-year siege of Ilium by a coalition
of Greek states, it tells of the battles and e...
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21. 21 . Hamlet by William Shakespeare

22. 22 . To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

A landmark novel of high modernism, the text, centering on the Ramsay family and their visits to the Isle of Skye in Scotland between 1910 and
1920, skillfully manipulates temporality and psycholog...
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23. 23 . Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Catch-22 is a satirical, historical novel by the American author Joseph Heller, first published in 1961. The novel, set during the later stages of
World War II from 1943 onwards, is frequently cite...

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24. 24 . King Lear by William Shakespeare

25. 25 . Beloved by Toni Morrison


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26. 26 . The Trial by Franz Kafka

27. 27 . Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

28. 28 . Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner

Absalom, Absalom! is a Southern Gothic novel by the American author William Faulkner, first published in 1936. It is a story about three families
of the American South, taking place before, during,...
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29. 29 . Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

30. 30 . The Stranger by Albert Camus

Since it was first published in English, in 1946, Albert Camus's extraordinary first novel, The Stranger (L'Etranger), has had a profound impact on
millions of American readers. Through this story ...
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31. 31 . Middlemarch by George Eliot

32. 32 . Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

33. 33 . Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

34. 34 . Wuthering Heights by Emily Bront

35. 35 . The Red and the Black by Stendhal

Le Rouge et le Noir (The Red and the Black), subtitled Chronique du XIXe sicle ("Chronicle of the 19th century"), is an historical psychological
novel in two volumes by Stendhal, published in 1830...

36. 36 . The Complete Stories of Franz Kafka by Franz Kafka

The Complete Stories of Franz Kafka is a compilation of all Kafka's short stories. With the exception of Kafka's three novels (The Trial, The Castle
and Amerika), this collection includes all of Ka...
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37. 37 . One Thousand and One Nights by India/Iran/Iraq/Egypt

One Thousand and One Nights is a collection of Middle Eastern and South Asian stories and folk tales compiled in Arabic during the Islamic
Golden Age. It is often known in English as the Arabian Ni...
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38. 38 . The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

The story centres on Isabel Archer, an attractive American whom circumstances have brought to Europe. Isabel refuses the offer of marriage to an
English peer and to a bulldog-like New Englander, to...
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39. 39 . Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bront

40. 40 . Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne

As its title suggests, the book is ostensibly Tristram's narration of his life story. But it is one of the central jokes of the novel that he cannot explain
anything simply, that he must make expla...

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41. 41 . David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

42. 42 . The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Set during the Great Depression, the novel focuses on a poor family of sharecroppers, the Joads, driven from their home by drought, economic
hardship, and changes in the agriculture industry. In a ...
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43. 43 . Macbeth by William Shakespeare

The Tragedy of Macbeth, commonly just Macbeth, is a play by William Shakespeare about a regicide and its aftermath. It is Shakespeare's shortest
tragedy and is believed to have been written sometim...
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44. 44 . Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift

45. 45 . The Tempest by William Shakespeare

46. 46 . The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

The novel explores the lives and values of the so-called "Lost Generation," chronicling the experiences of Jake Barnes and several acquaintances on
their pilgrimage to Pamplona for the annual San F...
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47. 47 . Collected Fiction by Jorge Luis Borges

From his 1935 debut with The Universal History of Iniquity, through his immensely influential collections Ficciones and The Aleph, these
enigmatic, elaborate, imaginative inventions display Borges'...
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48. 48 . Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Great Expectations is written in the genre of "bildungsroman" or the style of book that follows the story of a man or woman in their quest for
maturity, usually starting from childhood and ending i...
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49. 49 . To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

As a Southern Gothic novel and a Bildungsroman, the primary themes of To Kill a Mockingbird involve racial injustice and the destruction of
innocence. Scholars have noted that Lee also addresses is...
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50. 50 . A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Title

Author

Year

Country

Language

Things Fall Apart

Chinua Achebe

1958

Nigeria

English

Fairy tales

Hans Christian Andersen

183537

Denmark

Danish

The Divine Comedy

Dante Alighieri

13081321

Italy

Italian

Epic of Gilgamesh

Unknown

18th 17th century BCE

Sumer and Akkadian Empire

Akkadian

Book of Job

Unknown

6th 4th century BCE

Achaemenid Empire

Hebrew

One Thousand and One Nights

Unknown

7001500

India/Iran/Iraq/Egypt/Tajikistan Arabic

Njl's Saga

Unknown

13th century

Iceland

Old Norse

Title

Author

Year

Country

Language

Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen

1813

United Kingdom

English

Le Pre Goriot

Honor de Balzac

1835

France

French

Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable, a trilogy Samuel Beckett

195153

Republic of Ireland

French, English

The Decameron

Giovanni Boccaccio

134953

Italy

Italian

Ficciones

Jorge Luis Borges

194486

Argentina

Spanish

Wuthering Heights

Emily Bront

1847

United Kingdom

English

The Stranger

Albert Camus

1942

Algeria, French Empire

French

Poems

Paul Celan

1952

Romania, France

German

Journey to the End of the Night

Louis-Ferdinand Cline

1932

France

French

Don Quixote

Miguel de Cervantes

1605 (part 1), 1615 (part 2)

Spain

Spanish

The Canterbury Tales

Geoffrey Chaucer

14th century

England

English

Stories

Anton Chekhov

1886

Russia

Russian

Nostromo

Joseph Conrad

1904

United Kingdom

English

Great Expectations

Charles Dickens

1861

United Kingdom

English

Jacques the Fatalist

Denis Diderot

1796

France

French

Berlin Alexanderplatz

Alfred Dblin

1929

Germany

German

Crime and Punishment

Fyodor Dostoevsky

1866

Russia

Russian

Title

Author

Year

Country

Language

The Idiot

Fyodor Dostoevsky

1869

Russia

Russian

The Possessed

Fyodor Dostoevsky

1872

Russia

Russian

The Brothers Karamazov

Fyodor Dostoevsky

1880

Russia

Russian

Middlemarch

George Eliot

1871

United Kingdom

English

Invisible Man

Ralph Ellison

1952

United States

English

Medea

Euripides

431 BCE

Greece

Greek

Absalom, Absalom!

William Faulkner

1936

United States

English

The Sound and the Fury

William Faulkner

1929

United States

English

Madame Bovary

Gustave Flaubert

1857

France

French

Sentimental Education

Gustave Flaubert

1869

France

French

Gypsy Ballads

Federico Garca Lorca

1928

Spain

Spanish

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Gabriel Garca Mrquez

1967

Colombia

Spanish

Love in the Time of Cholera

Gabriel Garca Mrquez

1985

Colombia

Spanish

Faust

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 1832

Saxe-Weimar

German

Dead Souls

Nikolai Gogol

1842

Russia

Russian

The Tin Drum

Gnter Grass

1959

Germany

German

The Devil to Pay in the Backlands

Joo Guimares Rosa

1956

Brazil

Portuguese

Title

Author

Year

Country

Language

Hunger

Knut Hamsun

1890

Norway

Norwegian

The Old Man and the Sea

Ernest Hemingway

1952

United States

English

Iliad

Homer

760710 BCE

Greece

Greek

Odyssey

Homer

8th century BCE

Greece

Greek

A Doll's House

Henrik Ibsen

1879

Norway

Norwegian

Ulysses

James Joyce

1922

Irish Free State

English

Stories

Franz Kafka

1924

Czechoslovakia

German

The Trial

Franz Kafka

1925

Czechoslovakia

German

The Castle

Franz Kafka

1926

Czechoslovakia

German

Shakuntala

Klidsa

1st century BCE 4th century CE

India

Sanskrit

The Sound of the Mountain

Yasunari Kawabata

1954

Japan

Japanese

Zorba the Greek

Nikos Kazantzakis

1946

Greece

Greek

Sons and Lovers

D. H. Lawrence

1913

United Kingdom

English

Independent People

Halldr Laxness

193435

Iceland

Icelandic

Poems

Giacomo Leopardi

1818

Italy

Italian

The Golden Notebook

Doris Lessing

1962

United Kingdom

English

Pippi Longstocking

Astrid Lindgren

1945

Sweden

Swedish

Title

Author

Year

Country

Language

A Madman's Diary

Lu Xun

1918

China

Chinese

Children of Gebelawi

Naguib Mahfouz

1959

Egypt

Arabic

Buddenbrooks

Thomas Mann

1901

Germany

German

The Magic Mountain

Thomas Mann

1924

Germany

German

Moby-Dick

Herman Melville

1851

United States

English

Essays

Michel de Montaigne

1595

France

French

History

Elsa Morante

1974

Italy

Italian

Beloved

Toni Morrison

1987

United States

English

The Tale of Genji

Murasaki Shikibu

11th century

Japan

Japanese

The Man Without Qualities

Robert Musil

193032

Austria

German

Lolita

Vladimir Nabokov

1955

Russia/United States

English

Nineteen Eighty-Four

George Orwell

1949

United Kingdom

English

Metamorphoses

Ovid

1st century CE

Roman Empire

Classical Latin

The Book of Disquiet

Fernando Pessoa

1928

Portugal

Portuguese

Tales

Edgar Allan Poe

19th century

United States

English

In Search of Lost Time

Marcel Proust

191327

France

French

Gargantua and Pantagruel

Franois Rabelais

153234

France

French

Title

Author

Year

Country

Language

Pedro Pramo

Juan Rulfo

1955

Mexico

Spanish

Masnavi

Rumi

125873

Sultanate of Rum

Persian

Midnight's Children

Salman Rushdie

1981

United Kingdom, India

English

Bostan

Saadi

1257

Persia, Persian Empire

Persian

Season of Migration to the North

Tayeb Salih

1966

Sudan

Arabic

Blindness

Jos Saramago

1995

Portugal

Portuguese

Hamlet

William Shakespeare

1603

England

English

King Lear

William Shakespeare

1608

England

English

Othello

William Shakespeare

1609

England

English

Oedipus the King

Sophocles

430 BCE

Greece

Greek

The Red and the Black

Stendhal

1830

France

French

Tristram Shandy

Laurence Sterne

1760

England

English

Confessions of Zeno

Italo Svevo

1923

Italy

Italian

Gulliver's Travels

Jonathan Swift

1726

Ireland

English

War and Peace

Leo Tolstoy

18651869

Russia

Russian

Anna Karenina

Leo Tolstoy

1877

Russia

Russian

The Death of Ivan Ilyich

Leo Tolstoy

1886

Russia

Russian

Title

Author

Year

Country

Language

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain

1884

United States

English

Ramayana

Valmiki

5th century BCE - 4th century BCE

India

Sanskrit

Aeneid

Virgil

2919 BCE

Roman Empire

Classical Latin

Mahabharata

Vyasa

9th century BCE 5th century BCE India

Sanskrit

Leaves of Grass

Walt Whitman

1855

United States

English

Mrs Dalloway

Virginia Woolf

1925

United Kingdom

English

To the Lighthouse

Virginia Woolf

1927

United Kingdom

English

Memoirs of Hadrian

Marguerite Yourcenar

Insufferable