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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
1.133.6Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
1.1093.4The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
1.1093.61She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith
1.0943.6China Boy by Gus Lee
1.0914.02The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
1.0853.79The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
1.0813.87The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
1.083.36The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
1.0683.47The 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
1.053.5The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
1.0493.76Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
1.0453.78The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
1.0383.32The Rise of Napoleon Bonaparte by Robert Asprey
1.0383.48The Pearl by John Steinbeck
1.0333.58The Unvanquished by William Faulkner
1.033.69Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
1.0273.85Jude 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
1.0183.9The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
1.0183.75The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
1.0173.94How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
1.0153.75Lord of the Flies by William Golding
1.0113.9The Gunslinger by Stephen King
1.013.94A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
1.0093.83The Book of Five Rings by Musashi Miyamoto
1.0063.81The 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
0.9974.09Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
0.9954.06Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
0.9943.74Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by Anonymous
0.9923.8Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
0.9923.54Hammer of the Gods by Stephen Davis
0.9893.53Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence
0.9873.5Hard Times by Charles Dickens
0.9843.54Weep Not, Child by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o
0.9843.39Batman: A Death in the Family by Jim Starlin
0.9823.92Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
0.9813.64Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
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
0.9714.16The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
0.9713.87White Fang by Jack London
0.9713.8Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
0.973.72The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli
0.974.06Beyond Good & Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche
0.9673.69The Essential Guide to Characters (Star Wars) by Andy Mangels
0.9673.87The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
0.9664.13The Dark Tower by Stephen King
0.9653.62Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown
0.9623.56Alan Moore's Writing For Comics Volume 1 by Alan Moore
0.9613.84Candide by Voltaire
0.9593.83The Epic of Gilgamesh by Anonymous
0.9593.92Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
0.9583.84The Art of War by Sun Tzu
0.9573.94Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American slave by Frederick Douglass
0.9554.32The Anti-Christ by Friedrich Nietzsche
0.9543.99Dubliners 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
0.9423.93The Birth of Tragedy by Friedrich Nietzsche
0.9394.07A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
0.9364.14Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
0.9354.12The 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
0.9333.75The Poem of the Cid by Anonymous
0.9324.08All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
0.934.03Sin City: The Hard Goodbye by Frank Miller
0.9283.71Batman: The Man Who Laughs by Ed Brubaker
0.9244.02Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore
0.9223.63Ronin by Frank Miller
0.9183.76Sin City: Booze, Broads, & Bullets by Frank Miller
0.9163.84Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
0.9154.17Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
0.9144.11David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
0.9144.27A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
0.9133.75Washington Square by Henry James
0.9133.67The American by Henry James
0.9123.73The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
0.9124.25Jane 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
0.9074.27The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
0.9063.94Sin City: Hell and Back by Frank Miller
0.9054.06Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination (Vintage) by Neal Gabler
0.9054.12All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren
0.9053.85Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
0.9043.98A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
0.9024.17Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
0.9014.09The Waste Lands by Stephen King
0.9013.81300 by Frank Miller
0.9013.62The ten-cent plague : the great comic-book scare and how it changed America by David Hajdu
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