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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
1.0943.59China Boy by Gus Lee
1.0914The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
1.0853.78The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
1.0813.85The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
1.083.37The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
1.0683.48The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
1.0663.68Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey by Chuck Palahniuk
1.0623.78A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
1.053.49The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
1.0493.76Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
1.0453.77The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
1.0383.32The Rise of Napoleon Bonaparte by Robert Asprey
1.0383.48The Pearl by John Steinbeck
1.0333.57The Unvanquished by William Faulkner
1.033.68Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
1.0273.86Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
1.0263.82Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
1.0243.64The Natural by Bernard Malamud
1.0193.79Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
1.0183.89The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
1.0183.73The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
1.0173.94How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
1.0153.74Lord of the Flies by William Golding
1.0113.88The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, Book 1) by Stephen King
1.013.94A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
1.0093.81A Book of Five Rings by Musashi Miyamoto
1.0063.81The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
1.0023.81The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston
1.0013.97Batman: Hush, Vol. 1 by Jeph Loeb
0.9983.91Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
0.9974.08Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
0.9954.04Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
0.9943.74Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by Gawain Poet
0.9923.78Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
0.9923.55Hammer of the Gods by Stephen Davis
0.9893.52Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence
0.9873.5Hard 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
0.9823.92The 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
0.9714.15The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
0.9713.89White Fang by Jack London
0.9713.8Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
0.973.72The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli
0.974.05Beyond good and evil : prelude to a philosophy of the future by Friedrich Nietzsche
0.9673.69The Essential Guide to Characters (Star Wars) by Andy Mangels
0.9673.87The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
0.9664.14The Dark Tower by Stephen King
0.9653.64Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown
0.9623.56Alan Moore's Writing For Comics Volume 1 by Alan Moore
0.9613.83Candide by Voltaire
0.9593.83The Epic of Gilgamesh by Anonymous
0.9593.92Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
0.9583.85The Art of War by Sun Tzu
0.9573.95Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American slave by Frederick Douglass
0.9554.31The Anti-Christ by Friedrich Nietzsche
0.9543.98Dubliners by James Joyce
0.9513.89Song Of Susannah by Stephen King
0.9474.05The Iliad by Homer
0.9464.02Batman: Hush, Vol. 2 by Jeph Loeb
0.9423.92The Birth of Tragedy by Friedrich Nietzsche
0.9394.07A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
0.9364.14Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
0.9354.13The 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
0.934.01Sin City: The Hard Goodbye by Frank Miller
0.9283.68Batman: The Man Who Laughs by Ed Brubaker
0.9244.03Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore
0.9223.64Ronin 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
0.9154.18Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
0.9144.11David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
0.9144.27A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
0.9133.76Washington Square by Henry James
0.9133.68The American by Henry James
0.9123.71The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
0.9124.24Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
0.9083.71Sin City: Family Values by Frank Miller
0.9084.1The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King
0.9073.66The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain
0.9074.26The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
0.9063.94Sin City: Hell and Back by Frank Miller
0.9054.11Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination (Vintage) by Neal Gabler
0.9054.11All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren
0.9053.85Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
0.9043.99A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
0.9024.17Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
0.9014.08The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower, Book 3) by Stephen King
0.9013.81300 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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