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.

1.2943.97The Bible: Authorized King James Version with Apocrypha by Robert P. 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
1.1164.06Ulysses by James Joyce
1.1113.74The dream of the unified field : selected poems, 1974-1994 by Jorie Graham
1.094.22Expedition : Being an account in words and artwork of the A.D. 2358 voyage to Darwin IV by Wayne D. Barlowe
1.0893.49The Sea by John Banville
1.0883.9As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
1.0833.64Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths by Bernard Evslin
1.0813.6Delta Wedding by Eudora Welty
1.084.23Donkey Gospel: Poems by Tony Hoagland
1.0713.83Stranger in a Strange Land (uncut edition) by Robert A. Heinlein
1.0633.71Why Read? by Mark Edmundson
1.0633.73On Moral Fiction by John Gardner
1.0633.99A 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
1.0273.85Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
1.0273.98Biographia Literaria by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
1.0263.83Tess 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
1.0224.08What 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
1.0154.22Essays: First Series and Second Series by Ralph Waldo Emerson
1.0143.58The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler
1.0123.93The White Goddess by Robert Graves
1.0113.6The Enigma of Japanese Power: People and Politics in a Stateless Nation by K. G. van Wolferen
1.0053.68A 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
0.9974.1The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard
0.9963.53The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
0.9953.98Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
0.9943.95Exercises in Style by Raymond Queneau
0.9933.63The Reivers by William Faulkner
0.9934.05The Violent Bear It Away by Flannery O'Connor
0.9924.22Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban
0.994.03No Nature: New and Selected Poems by Gary Snyder
0.9893.85One 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
0.9834.1Poems by Anna Akhmatova
0.984.26Riprap and Cold Mountain Poems by Gary Snyder
0.9793.6The History of the Church by Eusebius
0.9754.07Being and Time by Martin Heidegger
0.9733.56Death in the Afternoon by Ernest Hemingway
0.9723.47Tobacco Road by Erskine Caldwell
0.9713.84A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines
0.9714.08The Road by Cormac McCarthy
0.973.88Beyond 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
0.9663.95Seven Gothic Tales by Isak Dinesen
0.9633.57Helliconia Winter by Brian W. Aldiss
0.9634.05Spring Snow by Yukio Mishima
0.963.68Poems by Hermann Hesse
0.963.56A Boy's Will/North of Boston by Robert Frost
0.9594.03Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg
0.9543.81The Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry by Kim Addonizio
0.9543.94Paterson by William Carlos Williams
0.9543.84A Dictionary of Angels including the Fallen Angels by Gustav Davidson
0.9543.93Alcools 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
0.9483.8ABC of Reading by Ezra Pound
0.9473.42The Ebony Tower by John Fowles
0.9473.75The Mosquito Coast by Paul Theroux
0.9463.84The Man with the Golden Arm by Nelson Algren
0.9434.27Poems and prose of Gerard Manley Hopkins by Gerard Manley Hopkins
0.9434.04The 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
0.943.81Child 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
0.9364.13Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
0.9354.07Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters
0.9344.1Native Guard by Natasha Trethewey
0.9343.54Gap Creek by Robert Morgan
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