300 Greatest Novels

Criteria: These greatest novels of all time are ranked according to their initial and lasting acclaim, influence as well as initial and lasting popularity.

Disclaimer: This list is strongly influenced by the Western canon of literature. This means that in the broader scope of a global literature certain regions may be underrepresented, among them India, China, Africa and Latin America.
Greatest Novels
1. Don Quixote
by Miguel de Cervantes
2. War and Peace
by Leo Tolstoy
3. Ulysses
by James Joyce
4. Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen
5. In Search of Lost Time
by Marcel Proust
6. Great Expectations
by Charles Dickens
7. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
by Mark Twain
8. Crime and Punishment
by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
9. Anna Karenina
by Leo Tolstoy
10. The Tale of Genji
by Murasaki Shikibu
11. Moby Dick
by Herman Melville
12. The Brothers Karamazov
by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
13. One Hundred Years of Solitude
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
14. Robinson Crusoe
by Daniel DeFoe
15. Madame Bovary
by Gustave Flaubert
16. Tom Jones
by Henry Fielding
17. Middlemarch
by George Eliot
18. Gulliver's Travels
by Jonathan Swift
19. The Trial
by Franz Kafka
20. The Red and the Black
by Stendhal
21. David Copperfield
by Charles Dickens
22. Wuthering Heights
by Emily Brontë
23. Jane Eyre
by Charlotte Brontë
24. Emma
by Jane Austen
25. The Great Gatsby
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
26. The Sound and the Fury
by William Faulkner
27. To the Lighthouse
by Virginia Woolf
28. Candide
by Voltair
29. Tristram Shandy
by Laurence Sterne
30. Gargantua and Pantagruel
by François Rabelais
31. Dream of the Red Chamber
by Cao Xueqin
32. Journey to the West
by Wu Cheng'en
33. Pilgrim's Progress
by John Bunyan
34. The Stranger
by Albert Camus
35. The Lord of the Rings
by J.R.R. Tolkien
36. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
by Lewis Carroll
37. Frankenstein
by Mary Shelley
38. The Magic Mountain
by Thomas Mann
39. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
by James Joyce
40. The Scarlet Letter
by Nathaniel Hawthorne
41. Vanity Fair
by William Makepeace Thackeray
42. Heart of Darkness
by Joseph Conrad
43. The Portrait of a Lady
by Henry James
44. Tess of the d'Urbervilles
by Thomas Hardy
45. Père Goriot
by Honoré de Balzac
46. Les Misérables
by Victor Hugo
47. Dead Souls
by Nikolai Gogol
48. Bleak House
by Charles Dickens
49. Le Morte d'Arthur
by Thomas Malory
50. Utopia
by Thomas More
51. Nineteen Eighty Four
by George Orwell
52. Lolita
by Vladimir Nabokov
53. The Catcher in the Rye
by J.D. Salinger
54. Sons and Lovers
by D.H. Lawrence
55. Absalom, Absalom!
by William Faulkner
56. Invisible Man
by Ralph Ellison
57. Brave New World
by Aldous Huxley
58. Fathers and Sons
by Ivan Turgenev
59. Eugenie Grandet
by Honoré de Balzac
60. The Grapes of Wrath
by John Steinbeck
61. Beloved
by Toni Morrison
62. The Ambassadors
by Henry James
63. Catch-22
by Joseph Heller
64. Dangerous Liaisons
by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
65. Clarissa
by Samuel Richardson
66. The Last of the Mohicans
by James Fenimore Cooper
67. A Sentimental Education
by Gustave Flaubert
68. Hunger
by Knut Hamsun
69. Molloy/Malone Dies/The Unnamable
by Samuel Beckett
70. The Man Without Qualities
by Robert Musil
71. Their Eyes Were Watching God
by Zora Neale Hurston
72. To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
73. The Sun Also Rises
by Ernest Hemingway
74. Journey to the End of Night
by Louis-Ferdinand Céline
75. Mrs. Dalloway
by Virginia Woolf
76. The Castle
by Franz Kafka
77. Buddenbrooks
by Thomas Mann
78. The Sorrows of Young Werther
by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
79. Women in Love
by D.H. Lawrence
80. Persuasion
by Jane Austen
81. Germinal
by Émile Zola
82. Uncle Tom's Cabin
by Harriet Beecher Stowe
83. A Tale of Two Cities
by Charles Dickens
84. Dracula
by Bram Stoker
85. Through the Looking Glass
by Lewis Carroll
86. The Idiot
by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
87. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
by Mark Twain
88. The Red Badge of Courage
by Stephen Crane
89. The Awakening
by Kate Chopin
90. Little Women
by Louisa May Alcott
91. The Princess of Cleves
by Madame de La Fayette
92. Romance of the Three Kingdoms
by Guanzhong Luo
93. Finnegans Wake
by James Joyce
94. Gravity's Rainbow
by Thomas Pynchon
95. Gone with the Wind
by Margaret Mitchell
96. Things Fall Apart
by Chinua Achebe
97. The Old Man and the Sea
by Ernest Hemingway
98. A Passage to India
by E.M. Forster
99. Midnight's Children
by Salman Rushdie
100. For Whom the Bell Tolls
by Ernest Hemingway
101. The Little Prince
by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
102. Native Son
by Richard Wright
103. The Water Margin
by Shi Naian
104. Hayy ibn Yaqdhan
by Ibn Tufail
105. Animal Farm
by George Orwell
106. Lord of the Flies
by William Golding
107. On the Road
by Jack Kerouac
108. The Betrothed
by Alessandro Manzoni
109. The Turn of the Screw
by Henry James
110. The Three Musketeers
by Alexandre Dumas
111. Lord Jim
by Joseph Conrad
112. Return of the Native
by Thomas Hardy
113. Sister Carrie
by Theodore Dreiser
114. The Charterhouse of Parma
by Stendhal
115. The Count of Monte Cristo
by Alexandre Dumas
116. Ivanhoe
by Walter Scott
117. A Hero of Our Time
by Mikhail Lermontov
118. Oblomov
by Ivan Goncharov
119. Thus Spake Zarathustra
by Friedrich Nietzsche
120. Love in the Time of Cholera
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
121. The Master and Margarita
by Mikhail Bulgakov
122. The Plague
by Albert Camus
123. Pale Fire
by Vladimir Nabokov
124. As I Lay Dying
by William Faulkner
125. The Age of Innocence
by Edith Wharton
126. The Tin Drum
by Günter Grass
127. Prose Tristan
by Unknown
128. The Tale of the Heike
by Helen Craig McCullough
129. Tale of Hong Gildong
by Heo Gyun
130. Nostromo
by Joseph Conrad
131. My Antonia
by Willa Cather
132. An American Tragedy
by Theodore Dreiser
133. Babbitt
by Sinclair Lewis
134. Nausea
by Jean-Paul Sartre
135. Steppenwolf
by Hermann Hesse
136. The Color Purple
by Alice Walker
137. The House of Mirth
by Edith Wharton
138. The Good Soldier
by Ford Madox Ford
139. The Good Soldier Svejk
by Jaroslav Hašek
140. The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
by Victor Hugo
141. The Moonstone
by Wilkie Collins
142. The Adventures of Pinocchio
by Carlo Collodi
143. Celestina
by Fernando de Rojas
144. Lazarillo de Tormes
by Diego Hurtado de Mendoza
145. Jacques the Fatalist
by Denis Diderot
146. Infinite Jest
by David Foster Wallace
147. Under the Volcano
by Malcolm Lowry
148. A Farewell to Arms
by Ernest Hemingway
149. Moll Flanders by Daniel DeFoe
150. Joseph Andrews
by Henry Fielding
151. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
by L. Frank Baum
152. The Woman in White
by Wilkie Collins
153. Waverley
by Walter Scott
154. Rasselas
by Samuel Johnson
155. Thérèse Raquin
by Emile Zola
156. Lost Illusions
by Honoré de Balzac
157. Sense and Sensibility
by Jane Austen
158. Simplicius Simplicissimus
by H.J.C. von Grimmelshausen
159. The Castle of Otranto
by Horace Walpole
160. Oroonoko
by Aphra Behn
161. Slaughterhouse-Five
by Kurt Vonnegut
162. The Handmaid's Tale
by Margaret Atwood
163. And Quiet Flows the Don
by Mikhail Sholokhov
164. Orlando: A Biography
by Virginia Woolf
165. Rebecca
by Daphne du Maurier
166. A Clockwork Orange
by Anthony Burgess
167. Cousin Bette
by Honoré de Balzac
168. A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens
169. Charlotte's Web
by E.B. White
170. Wide Sargasso Sea
by Jean Rhys
171. Howards End
by E.M. Forster
172. Rabbit, Run
by John Updike
173. Fahrenheit 451
by Ray Bradbury
174. Nineteen Nineteen/The 42nd Parallel/The Big Money
by John Dos Passos
175. The Pickwick Papers
by Charles Dickens
176. The Picture of Dorian Gray
by Oscar Wilde
177. The Mill on the Floss
by George Eliot
178. Tender Is the Night
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
179. Death in Venice
by Thomas Mann
180. Light in August
by William Faulkner
181. Herzog
by Saul Bellow
182. A Confederacy of Dunces
by John Kennedy Toole
183. The Golden Notebook
by Doris Lessing
184. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
by Hunter S. Thompson
185. All the King's Men
by Robert Penn Warren
186. Demons
by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
187. The Death of Ivan Ilyich
by Leo Tolstoy
188. Doctor Faustus
by Thomas Mann
189. The Big Sleep
by Raymond Chandler
190. All Quiet on the Western Front
by Erich Maria Remarque
191. Hard Times
by Charles Dickens
192. Silas Marner
by George Eliot
193. The Way We Live Now
by Anthony Trollope
194. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
by Jules Verne
195. The Time Machine
by H.G. Wells
196. Manon Lescaut
by Abbe Prevost
197. Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship
by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
198. The Vicar of Wakefield
by Oliver Goldsmith
199. Blood Meridian
by Cormac McCarthy
200. The Call of the Wild
by Jack London
201. War of the Worlds
by H.G. Wells
202. Treasure Island
by Robert Louis Stevenson
203. Memoirs of Hadrian
by Marguerite Yourcenar
204. Blindness
by José Saramago
205. Pedro Paramo
by Juan Rulfo
206. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
by Robert Louis Stevenson
207. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket
by Edgar Allan Poe
208. The Last Chronicle of Barset
by Anthony Trollope
209. Jude the Obscure
by Thomas Hardy
210. Notes from the Underground
by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
211. Bouvard et Pécuchet
by Gustave Flaubert
212. Hyperion
by Friedrich Hölderlin
213. El Buscón
by Francisco de Quevedo
214. The Mayor of Casterbridge
by Thomas Hardy
215. The Book of the City of Ladies
by Christine De Pizan
216. Daphnis and Chloe
by Longus
217. A Prayer for Owen Meany
by John Irving
218. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
by Ken Kesey
219. Barchester Towers
by Anthony Trollope
220. Far from the Madding Crowd
by Thomas Hardy
221. Rabbit Is Rich
by John Updike
222. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
by C.S. Lewis
223. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
by J.K. Rowling
224. The Moviegoer
by Walker Percy
225. The Wind in the Willows
by Kenneth Grahame
226. The Maltese Falcon
by Dashiell Hammett
227. Of Human Bondage
by W. Somerset Maugham
228. King Solomon's Mines
by H. Rider Haggard
229. La Regenta
by Clarín
230. Way of All Flesh
by Samuel Butler
231. The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas
by Machado de Assis
232. Maldoror (Les Chants de Maldoror)
by Comte de Lautréamont
233. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
by Muriel Spark
234. Doctor Zhivago
by Boris Pasternak
235. The Remains of the Day
by Kazuo Ishiguro
236. Confessions of Zeno
by Italo Svevo
237. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
238. Brideshead Revisited
by Evelyn Waugh
239. The Hound of the Baskervilles
by Arthur Conan Doyle
240. The Waves
by Virginia Woolf
241. Rabbit Redux
by John Updike
242. The Hobbit
by J.R.R. Tolkien
243. Guzmán de Alfarache
by Mateo Alemá
244. Pamela
by Samuel Richardson
245. Oliver Twist
by Charles Dickens
246. Three Men in a Boat
by Jerome K. Jerom
247. The Bell Jar
by Sylvia Plath
248. The Leopard
by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
249. A Room With a View
by E.M. Forster
250. The Sea, The Sea
by Iris Murdoch
251. Atonement
by Ian McEwan
252. Thomas of Reading, Or, The Sixe Worthie Yeomen of the West
by Thomas Deloney
253. Bonfire of the Vanities
by Tom Wolfe
254. The House of the Spirits
by Isabel Allende
255. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
by Haruki Murakami
256. Independent People
by Halldor Laxness
257. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
by Betty Smith
258. The World According to Garp
by John Irving
259. The Stand
by Stephen King
260. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
by Douglas Adams
261. Song of Solomon
by Toni Morrison
262. Portnoy's Complaint
by Philip Roth
263. Atlas Shrugged
by Ayn Rand
264. Stranger in a Strange Land
by Robert A. Heinlein
265. Kim
by Rudyard Kipling
266. Rabbit at Rest
by John Updike
267. Go Tell It on the Mountain
by James Baldwin
268. Dune
by Frank Herbert
269. The Power and the Glory
by Graham Greene
270. Berlin Alexanderplatz
by Alfred Döblin
271. The Corrections
by Jonathan Franzen
272. Petersburg
by Andrei Bely
273. Hopscotch
by Julio Cortázar
274. The Name of the Rose
by Umberto Eco
275. White Teeth
by Zadie Smith
276. The Death of Artemio Cruz
by Carlos Fuentes
277. Cry, The Beloved Country
by Alan Paton
278. Ethan Frome
by Edith Wharton
279. The Man of Feeling
by Henry Mackenzie
280. The Nun
by Denis Diderot
281. A House for Mr. Biswas
by V.S. Naipaul
282. Season of Migration to the North
by Al-Tayyib Salih
283. Children of Gebelawi
by Naguib Mahfouz
284. Brighton Rock
by Graham Greene
285. Disgrace
by J.M. Coetzee
286. The End of the Affair
by Graham Greene
287. Fanny Hill
by John Cleland
288. Julie, or the New Heloise
by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
289. American Pastoral
by Philip Roth
290. Wise Blood
by Flannery O'Connor
291. Ceremony
by Leslie Marmon Silko
292. The Jungle
by Upton Sinclair
293. Our Mutual Friend
by Charles Dickens
294. Parade's End
by Ford Madox Ford
295. The Godfather
by Mario Puzo
296. The Forsyte Saga
by John Galsworthy
297. Darkness at Noon
by Arthur Koestler
298. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
299. The Road
by Cormac McCarthy
300. Naked Lunch
by William S. Burroughs

Don Quixote
War and Peace
Ulysses
Pride and Prejudice
In Search of
Lost Time
Great Expectations
Adventures of
Huckleberry Finn
Crime and Punishment

List Begun: 2022-11-18