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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
1.2173.88Finnegans Wake by James Joyce
1.1633.54The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud
1.1473.84Moby Dick by Herman Melville
1.1164.12Ulysses by James Joyce
1.1133.8Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant
1.1093.39The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
1.1033.63The Wings of the Dove by Henry James
1.0933.69The Nature of Things by Lucretius
1.0914.01The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
1.0743.68The Ambassadors by Henry James
1.073.8Sentimental Education by Gustave Flaubert
1.0683.75The First Commandment by Brad Thor
1.0673.93Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
1.0623.77A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
1.0593.93The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
1.0573.75Modern Man in Search of a Soul by Carl Jung
1.0543.75Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth
1.0433.64The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West
1.0383.48The Pearl by John Steinbeck
1.0363.85The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James
1.0333.9Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche
1.0293.92The Red and the Black by Stendhal
1.0273.86Jude 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
1.0233.86Kim by Rudyard Kipling
1.023.82The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
1.0183.73The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
1.0143.73Nana by Émile Zola
1.0143.59The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler
1.0134.14On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
1.0123.66Oedipus Tyrannus by Sophocles
1.013.71Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
1.0083.78In Praise of Folly by Desiderius Erasmus
1.0073.59Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence
14.03I 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
0.9853.68The Navigator by Clive Cussler
0.9833.91Tom 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
0.9713.5Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
0.9713.42Joseph Andrews and Shamela by Henry Fielding
0.9713.74The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
0.9693.78The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
0.9683.81Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
0.9633.83Death in Venice and Other Stories (First Book) by Thomas Mann
0.9613.83Candide by Voltaire
0.9614Macbeth by William Shakespeare
0.9563.8Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
0.9554.32The Anti-Christ by Friedrich Nietzsche
0.9543.98Dubliners by James Joyce
0.9544.04The 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
0.9473.87The 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
0.9313.54At Bertram's Hotel by Agatha Christie
0.9314.08And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
0.933.71The Thirteen Problems by Agatha Christie
0.9284.11The 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 by Agatha Christie
0.923.65The 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
0.9154.16Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
0.9133.68The American by Henry James
0.9123.56Utopia by Thomas More
0.9123.71The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
0.9124.02The 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
0.9034.1The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
0.9024The picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
0.8974.15The Purgatorio by Dante Alighieri
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