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Controversial Books

This page shows your 100 most controversial books, as measured by the standard deviation of members star ratings. (This is also the source of the Zeitgeist category "25 Books People Can't Agree on.") To be included, a book must have been rated at least 20 times. Work titles are given.

Standard
Deviation
RatingTitle
1.2173.87Finnegans Wake by James Joyce
1.1633.54The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud
1.1473.84Moby Dick by Herman Melville
1.1164.13Ulysses by James Joyce
1.1133.8Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant
1.1093.39The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
1.1033.64The Wings of the Dove by Henry James
1.0933.68The Nature of Things by Lucretius
1.0914.01The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
1.0743.67The Ambassadors by Henry James
1.073.8Sentimental Education by Gustave Flaubert
1.0683.74The First Commandment by Brad Thor
1.0673.93Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
1.0623.78A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
1.0593.94The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
1.0573.77Modern Man in Search of a Soul by Carl Jung
1.0543.75Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth
1.0433.63The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West
1.0383.48The Pearl by John Steinbeck
1.0363.84The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James
1.0333.9Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche
1.0293.91The Red and the Black by Stendhal
1.0273.85Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
1.0263.93Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
1.0253.59Inca Gold by Clive Cussler
1.0243.66The Crucible by Arthur Miller
1.0233.64Second Treatise of Government by John Locke
1.0233.85Kim by Rudyard Kipling
1.023.82The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
1.0183.73The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
1.0143.74Nana by Émile Zola
1.0143.6The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler
1.0134.14On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
1.0123.66Oedipus Tyrannus by Sophocles
1.013.72Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
1.0083.78In Praise of Folly by Desiderius Erasmus
1.0073.59Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence
14.04I And Thou by Martin Buber
0.9983.91Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
0.9974.08Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
0.9953.68Irrational Man: A Study in Existential Philosophy by William Barrett
0.9923.74Introduction to Aristotle by Aristotle
0.9853.71The Navigator by Clive Cussler
0.9833.9Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
0.9833.62This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
0.9823.91Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
0.9823.48Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen
0.9754.08King Lear by William Shakespeare
0.9753.6Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes
0.9733.99The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides
0.9724.16Lost Illusions by Honoré de Balzac
0.9713.65Death with Interruptions by José Saramago
0.9713.49Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
0.9713.42Joseph Andrews and Shamela by Henry Fielding
0.9713.74The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
0.9693.79The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
0.9683.8Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
0.9633.81Death in Venice and Other Stories (First Book) by Thomas Mann
0.9613.84Candide by Voltaire
0.9614Macbeth by William Shakespeare
0.9563.81Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
0.9554.32The Anti-Christ by Friedrich Nietzsche
0.9543.98Dubliners by James Joyce
0.9544.03The Abolition of Man by C. S. Lewis
0.9543.78Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre
0.954.1Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
0.9483.97For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
0.9474.05The Iliad by Homer
0.9473.87The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
0.9453.61The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
0.9423.8Humboldt's Gift by Saul Bellow
0.9383.82Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
0.9373.69The Basic Writings of John Stuart Mill: On Liberty, the Subjection of Women and Utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill
0.9364.14Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
0.9313.92Faust, Part One by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
0.9313.55At Bertram's Hotel by Agatha Christie
0.9314.08And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
0.933.71The Thirteen Problems by Agatha Christie
0.9284.1The Inferno by Dante Alighieri
0.9283.71Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis
0.9263.55From Bauhaus to Our House by Tom Wolfe
0.9213.714.50 from Paddington aka What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw! by Agatha Christie
0.923.65The March by E. L. Doctorow
0.9193.51A Caribbean Mystery by Agatha Christie
0.9184.11Ward Six and other stories by Anton Chekhov
0.9174.21Middlemarch by George Eliot
0.9163.84Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
0.9154.16Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
0.9133.67The American by Henry James
0.9123.55Utopia by Thomas More
0.9123.72The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
0.9124.03The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
0.914.09Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
0.9083.73A Murder Is Announced by Agatha Christie
0.9053.91A History of the American People by Paul Johnson
0.9053.96A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
0.9053.85Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
0.9034.11The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
0.9024.01The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
0.8974.15The Purgatorio by Dante Alighieri
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