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.

1.233.53The Egoist [Norton Critical Edition] by George Meredith
1.2173.88Finnegans Wake by James Joyce
1.1633.54The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud
1.1473.82Moby Dick by Herman Melville
1.1164.05Ulysses by James Joyce
1.1133.82Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant
1.1093.39The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
1.1033.65The Wings of the Dove by Henry James
1.0933.7The Nature of Things by Lucretius
1.0914The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
1.0743.7The Ambassadors by Henry James
1.073.8Sentimental Education by Gustave Flaubert
1.0683.78The First Commandment by Brad Thor
1.0673.91Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
1.0623.72A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
1.0593.91The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
1.0573.78Modern Man in Search of a Soul by C. G. Jung
1.0543.64Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth
1.0433.63The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West
1.0383.48The Pearl by John Steinbeck
1.0363.88The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James
1.0333.88Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche
1.0293.89The Red and the Black by Stendhal
1.0273.85Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
1.0263.92Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
1.0253.57Inca Gold by Clive Cussler
1.0243.66The Crucible by Arthur Miller
1.0233.62Second Treatise of Government by John Locke
1.0233.85Kim by Rudyard Kipling
1.023.81The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
1.0183.73The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
1.0143.73Nana by Émile Zola
1.0143.58The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler
1.0134.14On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
1.0123.66Oedipus Tyrannus by Sophocles
1.013.69Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
1.0083.78In Praise of Folly by Desiderius Erasmus
1.0073.59Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence
14I and Thou by Martin Buber
0.9983.91Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
0.9974.07Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
0.9953.7Irrational Man: A Study in Existential Philosophy by William Barrett
0.9923.79Introduction to Aristotle by Aristotle
0.9853.65The Navigator by Clive Cussler
0.9833.88Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
0.9833.6This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
0.9823.91The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
0.9823.48Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen
0.9754.08King Lear by William Shakespeare
0.9753.6Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes
0.9733.99The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides
0.9724.14Lost Illusions by Honoré de Balzac
0.9713.68Death with Interruptions by José Saramago
0.9713.5Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
0.9713.39Joseph Andrews and Shamela by Henry Fielding
0.9713.74The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
0.9693.78The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
0.9683.82Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
0.9633.79Death 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
0.9544.04The Abolition of Man by C. S. Lewis
0.9543.77Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre
0.954.09Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
0.9483.96For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
0.9474.04The Iliad by Homer
0.9473.87The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
0.9453.6The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale by Joseph Conrad
0.9423.82Humboldt'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
0.9364.12Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
0.9313.91Faust, Part One by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
0.9313.54At Bertram's Hotel by Agatha Christie
0.9314.09And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
0.933.7The Thirteen Problems by Agatha Christie
0.9284.1The Inferno by Dante Alighieri
0.9283.69Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis
0.9263.56From Bauhaus to Our House by Tom Wolfe
0.9213.724.50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie
0.923.67The March by E. L. Doctorow
0.9193.52A Caribbean Mystery by Agatha Christie
0.9184.07Ward Six and other stories by Anton Chekhov
0.9174.2Middlemarch by George Eliot
0.9163.83Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
0.9154.15Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
0.9133.67The 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
0.914.09Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
0.9083.73A Murder Is Announced by Agatha Christie
0.9053.9A History of the American People by Paul Johnson
0.9053.95A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
0.9053.85Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
0.9034.1Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
0.9024The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
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