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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.

Standard
Deviation
RatingTitle
1.1733.44The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx
1.133.59Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
1.1093.39The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
1.1093.53She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith
1.0943.6China Boy by Gus Lee
1.0914The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
1.0853.78The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
1.0813.83The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
1.083.41The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
1.0683.47The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
1.0663.69Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey by Chuck Palahniuk
1.0623.72A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
1.053.49The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
1.0493.75Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
1.0453.64The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
1.0383.33The Rise of Napoleon Bonaparte by Robert Asprey
1.0383.48The Pearl by John Steinbeck
1.0333.59The Unvanquished by William Faulkner
1.033.68Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
1.0273.85Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
1.0263.83Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
1.0243.63The Natural by Bernard Malamud
1.0193.8Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
1.0183.88The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
1.0183.73The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
1.0173.95How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
1.0153.74Lord of the Flies by William Golding
1.0113.87The Gunslinger by Stephen King
1.013.93A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
1.0093.8The Book of Five Rings by Musashi Miyamoto
1.0063.82The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
1.0023.8The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston
1.0013.96Batman: Hush, Vol. 1 by Jeph Loeb
0.9983.91Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
0.9974.07Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
0.9953.98Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
0.9943.74Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by Gawain Poet
0.9923.74Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
0.9923.56Hammer of the Gods by Stephen Davis
0.9893.51Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence
0.9873.51Hard Times by Charles Dickens
0.9843.53Weep Not, Child by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o
0.9843.41Batman: A Death in the Family by Jim Starlin
0.9834.05Marvel Masterworks, Volume 001: The Amazing Spider-Man Vol 01 Nos. 01-10 & Amazing Fantasy No. 15 by Stan Lee
0.9823.91The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
0.9783.98Paradise Lost & Paradise Regained by John Milton
0.9764Bourgeois Gentleman / Doctor in Spite of Himself / Imaginary Invalid / Learned Ladies / Misanthrope / Miser / Scapin by Molière
0.9714.14The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
0.9713.89White Fang by Jack London
0.9713.81Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
0.973.89Beyond Good And Evil: Prelude To A Philosophy Of The Future by Friedrich Nietzsche
0.9673.68The Essential Guide to Characters (Star Wars) by Andy Mangels
0.9673.88The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
0.9664.14The Dark Tower by Stephen King
0.9653.64Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown
0.9623.57Alan Moore's Writing For Comics Volume 1 by Alan Moore
0.9613.83Candide by Voltaire
0.9593.84The Epic of Gilgamesh by Anonymous
0.9593.9Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
0.9583.84The Art of War by Sun Tzu
0.9573.95Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American slave by Frederick Douglass
0.9553.83The Anti-Christ by Friedrich Nietzsche
0.9543.93Dubliners by James Joyce
0.9513.88Song Of Susannah by Stephen King
0.9474.04The Iliad by Homer
0.9464Batman: Hush, Vol. 2 by Jeph Loeb
0.9423.91The Birth of Tragedy by Friedrich Nietzsche
0.9394.06A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
0.9364.12Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
0.9354.16The Essential Drucker: The Best of Sixty Years of Peter Drucker's Essential Writings on Management by Peter F. Drucker
0.9353.91Mythology by Edith Hamilton
0.9333.74The Poem of the Cid by Anonymous
0.9324.08All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
0.934Sin City: The Hard Goodbye by Frank Miller
0.9283.7Batman: The Man Who Laughs by Ed Brubaker
0.9244.04Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore
0.9223.65Ronin by Frank Miller
0.9193.89The Awakening and Selected Stories by Kate Chopin
0.9183.75Sin City: Booze, Broads, & Bullets by Frank Miller
0.9163.83Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
0.9154.17Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
0.9144.1David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
0.9144.27A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
0.9133.76Washington Square by Henry James
0.9133.67The American by Henry James
0.9123.71The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
0.9124.23Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
0.9083.7Sin City: Family Values by Frank Miller
0.9084.09The Drawing Of The Three by Stephen King
0.9073.67The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain
0.9074.26The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
0.9063.93Sin City: Hell and Back by Frank Miller
0.9054.08Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination (Vintage) by Neal Gabler
0.9054.1All the king's men by Robert Penn Warren
0.9053.85Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
0.9043.98A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
0.9024.15Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
0.9014.08The Waste Lands by Stephen King
0.9013.82300 by Frank Miller
0.9013.64The ten-cent plague : the great comic-book scare and how it changed America by David Hajdu
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