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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.

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RatingTitle
1.2943.97The Bible: Authorized King James Version with Apocrypha by Robert Carroll
1.283.84Omeros by Derek Walcott
1.2133.72Heart of Darkness [Norton Critical Edition] by Joseph Conrad
1.1753.81Time and Materials by Robert Hass
1.1693.32Selected Poems (Penguin Classics) by Robert Burns
1.1663.81Stories of God by Rainer Maria Rilke
1.1563.44Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association by American P... Association
1.1164.07Ulysses by James Joyce
1.1113.74The dream of the unified field : selected poems, 1974-1994 by Jorie Graham
1.094.23Expedition : Being an account in words and artwork of the A.D. 2358 voyage to Darwin IV by Wayne D. Barlowe
1.0893.48The Sea by John Banville
1.0883.9As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
1.0833.63Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths by Bernard Evslin
1.0813.59Delta Wedding by Eudora Welty
1.084.2Donkey Gospel: Poems by Tony Hoagland
1.0713.83Stranger in a Strange Land (uncut edition) by Robert A. Heinlein
1.0633.73Why Read? by Mark Edmundson
1.0633.73On Moral Fiction by John Gardner
1.0634A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
1.0594.17New & Selected Poems 1974-1994 by Stephen Dunn
1.0583.52A Summons to Memphis by Peter Taylor
1.0543.65Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth
1.0483.94The Inner Reaches of Outer Space: Metaphor as Myth and as Religion by Joseph Campbell
1.043.77North by Seamus Heaney
1.0384.03Rose (New Poets of America) by Li-Young Lee
1.0354.23The Collected Poems of Octavio Paz, 1957–1987 by Octavio Paz
1.0323.66Warday by Whitley Strieber
1.0273.86Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
1.0273.98Biographia Literaria by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
1.0263.82Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
1.0243.93Sweet Machine by Mark Doty
1.0234.03The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume Two B: The Greatest Science Fiction Novellas of All Time by Ben Bova
1.0224.06What Narcissism Means to Me: Poems by Tony Hoagland
1.023.99Prelude: 1799, 1805, 1850 [Norton Critical Edition] by William Wordsworth
1.0194.37The Riverside Milton by John Milton
1.0183.89The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
1.0183.73The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
1.0154.17Essays: First Series and Second Series by Ralph Waldo Emerson
1.0143.58The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler
1.0123.92The White Goddess by Robert Graves
1.0113.58The Enigma of Japanese Power: People and Politics in a Stateless Nation by K. G. van Wolferen
1.0053.69A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
1.0033.94Synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle by C. G. Jung
1.0013.86Collected Poems by John Betjeman
1.0014.15Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
0.9993.25Literary Criticism: An Introduction to Theory and Practice by Charles E. Bressler
0.9974.09The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard
0.9963.54The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
0.9953.98Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
0.9943.94Exercises in Style by Raymond Queneau
0.9933.62The Reivers by William Faulkner
0.9934.07The Violent Bear It Away by Flannery O'Connor
0.9924.21Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban
0.994.09No Nature: New and Selected Poems by Gary Snyder
0.9893.81One Hundred Poems from the Japanese by Kenneth Rexroth
0.9853.92The New Book of Forms: A Handbook of Poetics by Lewis Turco
0.9843.97Markings by Dag Hammarskjöld
0.9833.44Helliconia Summer by Brian W. Aldiss
0.9834.07Poems by Anna Akhmatova
0.984.26Riprap and Cold Mountain Poems by Gary Snyder
0.9793.61The History of the Church by Eusebius
0.9754.06Being and Time by Martin Heidegger
0.9733.55Death in the Afternoon by Ernest Hemingway
0.9723.46Tobacco Road by Erskine Caldwell
0.9713.84A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines
0.9714.08The Road by Cormac McCarthy
0.973.89Beyond good and evil : prelude to a philosophy of the future by Friedrich Nietzsche
0.9683.94Selected Poems: 1965-1975 by Margaret Atwood
0.9683.9Broadsides from the Other Orders: A Book of Bugs by Sue Hubbell
0.9673.55Natures End by Whitley Strieber
0.9663.96Seven Gothic Tales by Isak Dinesen
0.9633.55Helliconia Winter by Brian W. Aldiss
0.9634.05Spring Snow by Yukio Mishima
0.963.65Poems by Hermann Hesse
0.963.56A Boy's Will/North of Boston by Robert Frost
0.9594.03Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg
0.9543.84The Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry by Kim Addonizio
0.9543.94Paterson by William Carlos Williams
0.9543.86A Dictionary of Angels including the Fallen Angels by Gustav Davidson
0.9543.92Alcools by Guillaume Apollinaire
0.9543.77Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre
0.953.76The World of Karl Pilkington by Karl Pilkington
0.9493.38Helliconia Spring by Brian W. Aldiss
0.9483.81ABC of Reading by Ezra Pound
0.9473.41The Ebony Tower by John Fowles
0.9473.74The Mosquito Coast by Paul Theroux
0.9463.85The Man with the Golden Arm by Nelson Algren
0.9434.26Poems and prose of Gerard Manley Hopkins by Gerard Manley Hopkins
0.9434.05The Art of Fiction by John Gardner
0.9434.12The Gary Snyder Reader by Gary Snyder
0.943.56The Children of Men by P. D. James
0.943.92The Living by Annie Dillard
0.943.83Child of God by Cormac McCarthy
0.9383.9The Aeneid by Virgil
0.9374.02Light in August by William Faulkner
0.9374.2The Elements of Style by William Jr. Strunk
0.9364.14Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
0.9354.07Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters
0.9344.1Native Guard by Natasha Trethewey
0.9343.53Gap Creek by Robert Morgan
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