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.

1.2173.88Finnegans Wake by James Joyce
1.1633.54The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud
1.1473.83Moby Dick by Herman Melville
1.1164.06Ulysses by James Joyce
1.1133.81Critique 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
1.0914The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
1.0743.69The Ambassadors by Henry James
1.073.81Sentimental Education by Gustave Flaubert
1.0683.76The First Commandment by Brad Thor
1.0673.91Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
1.0623.73A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
1.0593.92The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
1.0573.77Modern Man in Search of a Soul by C. G. Jung
1.0543.65Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth
1.0433.64The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West
1.0383.49The Pearl by John Steinbeck
1.0363.86The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James
1.0333.89Thus 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
1.0243.65The Crucible by Arthur Miller
1.0233.64Second Treatise of Government by John Locke
1.0233.84Kim 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
1.0143.57The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler
1.0134.14On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
1.0123.67Oedipus Tyrannus by Sophocles
1.013.69Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
1.0083.78In Praise of Folly by Desiderius Erasmus
1.0073.59Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence
14.01I and Thou by Martin Buber
0.9983.91Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
0.9974.08Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
0.9953.69Irrational Man: A Study in Existential Philosophy by William Barrett
0.9923.79Introduction to Aristotle by Aristotle
0.9853.67The Navigator by Clive Cussler
0.9833.9Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
0.9833.62This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
0.9823.91The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
0.9823.48Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen
0.9754.07King Lear by William Shakespeare
0.9753.6Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes
0.9733.99The History of the Peloponnesian War by Tucídides
0.9724.16Lost Illusions by Honoré de Balzac
0.9713.67Death with Interruptions by José Saramago
0.9713.5Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
0.9713.41Joseph Andrews and Shamela by Henry Fielding
0.9713.73The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
0.9693.77The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
0.9683.81Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
0.9633.81Death in Venice and Other Stories (First Book) by Thomas Mann
0.9613.83Candide by Voltaire
0.9614Macbeth by William Shakespeare
0.9563.78Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
0.9553.83The Anti-Christ by Friedrich Nietzsche
0.9543.93Dubliners by James Joyce
0.9544.03The Abolition of Man by C. S. Lewis
0.9543.77Nausea 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
0.9473.88The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
0.9453.6The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
0.9423.81Humboldt's Gift by Saul Bellow
0.9383.83Pygmalion 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
0.9263.57From Bauhaus to Our House by Tom Wolfe
0.9213.714.50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie
0.923.66The March by E. L. Doctorow
0.9193.51A Caribbean Mystery by Agatha Christie
0.9184.09Ward Six and other stories by Anton Chekhov
0.9174.21Middlemarch by George Eliot
0.9163.83Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
0.9154.15Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
0.9133.68The American by Henry James
0.9123.55Utopia by Thomas More
0.9123.71The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
0.9124.03The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
0.914.08Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
0.9083.72A 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
0.9034.1The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, Book 1) by Philip Pullman
0.9024The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
0.8974.16The Purgatorio by Dante Alighieri
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