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Set out below are more than 500 of the western world's greatest books, spanning the period from BC to 1954. Included are works by authors who died before 1955, and whose works are thus in the public

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The list has been compiled from some of the titles appearing in 500 Classics Reviewed, Salem Press, 1995 and 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, Ed. Peter Boxall, ABC Books, 2006.

How does one decide which books are "great"? Wikipedia, has an article on the Western Canon which aims to address this issue. The article contains references and links to other web sites. show less

The Education of Henry Adams (1907) by Henry Adams
The Oresteia: Agamemnon / The Libation Bearers / The Eumenides (458 BCE) by Aeschylus
Prometheus Bound (480 BCE) by Aeschylus
The Complete Fables (600 BCE) by Aesop
Rashomon and Other Stories (1915) by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa
Little Women (1868) by Louisa May Alcott
Winesburg, Ohio (1919) by Sherwood Anderson
Tales from the Thousand and One Nights (Penguin Classics) (9) by Anonymous
The Golden Ass (159) by Apuleius
Summa Theologiae (1265) by Thomas Aquinas
The Birds [in translation] (425 BCE) by Aristophanes
Lysistrata (411 BCE) by Aristophanes
Nicomachean Ethics (350 BCE) by Aristotle
Poetics (350 BCE) by Aristotle
Confessions (397) by Saint Augustine
Emma (1815) by Jane Austen
Mansfield Park (1814) by Jane Austen
Northanger Abbey (1817) by Jane Austen
Persuasion (1817) by Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice (1813) by Jane Austen
Sense and Sensibility (1811) by Jane Austen
Eugénie Grandet (1833) by Honoré de Balzac
Lost Illusions (1837) by Honoré de Balzac
Old Goriot (1835) by Honoré de Balzac
Hell (1908) by Henri Barbusse
Under Fire (1916) by Henri Barbusse
Peter Pan (1934) by J. M. Barrie
The Flowers of Evil (1936) by Charles Baudelaire
Vathek (1786) by William Beckford
Oroonoko (1688) by Aphra Behn
The Old Wives' Tale (1908) by Arnold Bennett
Beowulf (10) by Beowulf poet
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (short story) (1890) by Ambrose Bierce
Songs of Innocence and of Experience (1789) by William Blake
The Decameron (1469) by Giovanni Boccaccio
The Consolation of Philosophy (525) by Boethius
Boswell's London Journal 1762-1763 (1950) by James Boswell
The Life of Samuel Johnson (1791) by James Boswell
Agnes Grey (1847) by Anne Brontë
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848) by Anne Brontë
Shirley (1849) by Charlotte Brontë
Jane Eyre (1847) by Charlotte Brontë
Wuthering Heights (1847) by Emily Brontë
Sonnets from the Portuguese (1850) by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
The Ring and the Book (1912) by Robert Browning
The Thirty-Nine Steps (1915) by John Buchan
The Pilgrim's Progress (1678) by John Bunyan
Camilla (1796) by Fanny Burney
Cecilia, or Memoirs of an Heiress (1782) by Fanny Burney
Evelina (1778) by Frances Burney
Tarzan of the Apes (1914) by Edgar Rice Burroughs
The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights (2001) by Richard Burton
Erewhon (1872) by Samuel Butler
Manfred (1986) by George Gordon Byron
Childe Harold's Pilgrimage (1812) by Lord Byron
Life Is a Dream (1635) by Pedro Calderón de la Barca
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) by Lewis Carroll
Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There (1871) by Lewis Carroll
Death Comes for the Archbishop (1927) by Willa Cather
My Ántonia (1918) by Willa Cather
Paul's Case and Other Stories (1906) by Willa Cather
O Pioneers! (1913) by Willa Cather
The Professor's House (1925) by Willa Cather
Chaereas and Callirhoe (1939) by Khariton
The Canterbury Tales (14) by Geoffrey Chaucer
The Cherry Orchard (1904) by Anton Chekhov
Ivanov / The Seagull / Uncle Vanya / Three Sisters / The Cherry Orchard (1887) by Anton Chekhov
The Kiss and Other Stories (1945) by Anton Chekhov
The Riddle of the Sands (1903) by Erskine Childers
The Awakening (1899) by Kate Chopin
Fanny Hill, or, Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (1748) by John Cleland
Biographia Literaria (1907) by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Coleridge's Ancient Mariner; Kubla Khan And Christabel (1914) (1898) by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Kubla Khan, Christabel, and the Conversation Poems (2009) by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The Moonstone (1868) by Wilkie Collins
The Woman in White (1859) by Wilkie Collins
The Way of the World (1700) by William Congreve
Heart of Darkness (1899) by Joseph Conrad
Lord Jim (1900) by Joseph Conrad
Nostromo (1904) by Joseph Conrad
The Secret Agent (1907) by Joseph Conrad
The Shadow-Line: A Confession (1917) by Joseph Conrad
The Deerslayer (1841) by James Fenimore Cooper
The Last of the Mohicans (1826) by James Fenimore Cooper
Le Cid (1636) by Pierre Corneille
The Blue Hotel (1964) by Stephen Crane
The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky (1956) by Stephen Crane
Maggie: A Girl of the Streets (1893) by Stephen Crane
The Open Boat and Other Stories (Dover Thrift Editions) (1993) by Stephen Crane
The Red Badge of Courage (1894) by Stephen Crane
Two Years Before the Mast (1840) by Richard Henry Jr. Dana
The Divine Comedy (1308) by Dante Alighieri
The Descent of Man (1871) by Charles Darwin
Moll Flanders (1722) by Daniel Defoe
Roxana: The Fortunate Mistress (1724) by Daniel Defoe
Bleak House (1852) by Charles Dickens
A Christmas Carol (1843) by Charles Dickens
David Copperfield (1850) by Charles Dickens
Great Expectations (1861) by Charles Dickens
Hard Times (1854) by Charles Dickens
Martin Chuzzlewit (1843) by Charles Dickens
Oliver Twist (1837) by Charles Dickens
Our Mutual Friend (1865) by Charles Dickens
The Pickwick Papers (1836) by Charles Dickens
A Tale of Two Cities (1859) by Charles Dickens
Jacques the Fatalist (1796) by Denis Diderot
The Nun (1796) by Denis Diderot
Rameau's Nephew and D'Alembert's Dream (Penguin Classics) (1805) by Denis Diderot
John Donne's Poetry [Norton Critical Edition] (1966) by John Donne
The Brothers Karamazov (1880) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Crime and Punishment (1866) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Demons (1871) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Idiot (1867) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Notes from Underground (1864) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892) by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902) by Arthur Conan Doyle
An American Tragedy (1925) by Theodore Dreiser
Sister Carrie (1900) by Theodore Dreiser
Absalom and Achitophel (1966) by John Dryden
Queen Margot (1845) by Alexandre Dumas
The Three Musketeers (1844) by Alexandre Dumas
The Count of Monte Cristo (1844) by Alexandre Dumas père
The Absentee (1812) by Maria Edgeworth
Castle Rackrent (1800) by Maria Edgeworth
Ormond (1817) by Maria Edgeworth
Adam Bede (1859) by George Eliot
Daniel Deronda (1876) by George Eliot
Middlemarch (1871) by George Eliot
The Mill on the Floss (1860) by George Eliot
Silas Marner (1861) by George Eliot
Representative Men (1850) by Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Life of Olaudah Equiano (1789) by Olaudah Equiano
In Praise of Folly (1509) by Desiderius Erasmus
Andromache [in translation] (425 BCE) by Euripides
Bacchae [Greek text] (405 BCE) by Euripides
Electra (420 BCE) by Euripides
Hippolytus (428 BCE) by Euripides
In a Glass Darkly (1872) by Sheridan Le Fanu
Amelia (1751) by Henry Fielding
Joseph Andrews (1742) by Henry Fielding
Tom Jones (1749) by Henry Fielding
The Great Gatsby (1925) by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Tender is the Night (1934) by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Bouvard and Pécuchet (1881) by Gustave Flaubert
Madame Bovary (1857) by Gustave Flaubert
Sentimental Education (1869) by Gustave Flaubert
A Simple Heart (2004) by Gustave Flaubert
The Temptation of Saint Anthony (1874) by Gustave Flaubert
Effi Briest (1894) by Theodor Fontane
The Good Soldier (1915) by Ford Madox Ford
Parade's End (1925) by Ford Madox Ford
The Diary of a Young Girl (1947) by Anne Frank
The Forsyte Saga (1922) by John Galsworthy
Cranford (1851) by Elizabeth Gaskell
Mary Barton (1848) by Elizabeth Gaskell
North and South (1855) by Elizabeth Gaskell
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (1380) by Gawain Poet
The Beggar's Opera (1728) by John Gay
A Scots Quair (1932) by Lewis Grassic Gibbon
The Counterfeiters (1925) by André Gide
Fruits of the Earth (1897) by André Gide
The Immoralist (1902) by André Gide
Strait is the Gate (1924) by André Gide
The Epic of Gilgamesh (1700 BCE) by Gilgamesh Poet
The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories {Tantor AudioBook} (1995) by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Born in Exile (1892) by George Gissing
New Grub Street (1891) by George Gissing
Barren Ground (1925) by Ellen Glasgow
Caleb Williams (1794) by William Godwin
Elective Affinities (1809) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Faust I & II (1808) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The Sorrows of Young Werther (1774) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship (1795) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Dead Souls (1884) by Nikolai Gogol
Diary of a Madman, and Other Stories (1835) by Nikolai Gogol
The Overcoat and Other Short Stories (1842) by Nikolai Gogol
The Nose (1836) by Nikolaj Gogol
She Stoops to Conquer (1771) by Oliver Goldsmith
The Vicar of Wakefield (1766) by Oliver Goldsmith
Oblomov (1859) by Iwan Gontscharow
Mother (1907) by Maxim Gorki
The Artamonov Business (1925) by Maxim Gorky
The Wind in the Willows (1908) by Kenneth Grahame
The Diary of a Nobody (1892) by George Grossmith
King Solomon's Mines (1882) by H. Rider Haggard
She (1886) by H. Rider Haggard
The Well of Loneliness (1928) by Radclyffe Hall
Growth of the Soil (1921) by Knut Hamsun
Hunger (1890) by Knut Hamsun
Far from the Madding Crowd (1874) by Thomas Hardy
The Hand of Ethelberta (1876) by Thomas Hardy
Jude the Obscure (1895) by Thomas Hardy
The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886) by Thomas Hardy
The Return of the Native (1878) by Thomas Hardy
Tess of the D'Urbervilles (1891) by Thomas Hardy
The Woodlanders (1887) by Thomas Hardy
The Luck of Roaring Camp And Other Tales (1868) by Bret Harte
The Outcasts of Poker Flat and Other Stories of the American West (1869) by Bret Harte
The Blithedale Romance (1852) by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The House of the Seven Gables (1851) by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Marble Faun (1860) by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Scarlet Letter (1850) by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Love in Excess (1719) by Eliza Haywood
Heliodorus: An Ethiopian Romance (1961) by Heliodorus
The Gift of the Magi (1905) by O. Henry
Hyperion (1797) by Friedrich Hölderlin
The House on the Borderland (1908) by William Hope Hodgson
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner (1824) by James Hogg
The Odyssey (750 BCE) by Homer
The Rise of Silas Lapham (1885) by William Dean Howells
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (1910) by Victor Hugo
Les Misérables (1862) by Victor Hugo
Against Nature (1884) by Joris-Karl Huysmans
A Doll's House (1879) by Henrik Ibsen
An Enemy of the People (1882) by Henrik Ibsen
Ghosts (1881) by Henrik Ibsen
Hedda Gabler (1890) by Henrik Ibsen
Peer Gynt (1966) by Henrik Ibsen
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1820) by Washington Irving
Rip van Winkle (1819) by Washington Irving
The Ambassadors (1903) by Henry James
The Bostonians (1886) by Henry James
Daisy Miller (1878) by Henry James
The Golden Bowl (1904) by Henry James
The Portrait of a Lady (1908) by Henry James
The Turn of the Screw (1898) by Henry James
Washington Square (1880) by Henry James
What Maisie Knew (1897) by Henry James
The Wings of the Dove (1902) by Henry James
Pragmatism: A New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking (1907) by William James
The Country of the Pointed Firs (1896) by Sarah Orne Jewett
Lives of the English poets (1779) by Samuel Johnson
Rasselas (1759) by Samuel Johnson
The Alchemist (1610) by Ben Jonson
Bartholomew Fair (1614) by Ben Jonson
Volpone, or The Fox (1606) by Ben Jonson
Dubliners (1914) by James Joyce
Finnegans Wake (1939) by James Joyce
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) by James Joyce
Ulysses (1922) by James Joyce
Amerika (1927) by Franz Kafka
The Castle (1925) by Franz Kafka
The Metamorphosis and Other Stories (1915) by Franz Kafka
The Trial (1925) by Franz Kafka
Critique of Pure Reason (1781) by Immanuel Kant
The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám (1048) by Omar Khayyám
Fear and Trembling (1843) by Søren Kierkegaard
The Sickness Unto Death (1849) by Søren Kierkegaard
The Water Babies (1863) by Charles Kingsley
Kim (1901) by Rudyard Kipling
The Holy Bible: King James Version (KJV) (1400) by King James Version
Les Liaisons Dangereuses (1782) by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
The Princesse de Clèves (1678) by Madame de La Fayette
The Saga of Gösta Berling (1891) by Selma Lagerlöf
Tao Te Ching (400 BCE) by Lao Tzu
Maldoror (1868) by Comte de Lautréamont
Lady Chatterley's Lover (1960) by D. H. Lawrence
The Rainbow (1915) by D. H. Lawrence
Sons And Lovers (1913) by D. H. Lawrence
Uncle Silas: A Tale of Bartram-Haugh (1864) by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
The Enchanted Wanderer: and Other Stories (1873) by Nikolai Leskov
The Enchanted Wanderer: Selected Tales (1873) by Nikolai Leskov
The Monk (1796) by Matthew Lewis
Arrowsmith (1925) by Sinclair Lewis
Babbitt (1922) by Sinclair Lewis
Main Street (1920) by Sinclair Lewis
The Call of the Wild (1903) by Jack London
The Iron Heel (1907) by Jack London
Martin Eden (1909) by Jack London
The Sea Wolf (1904) by Jack London
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Poems and Other Writings (Library of America) (2000) by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The song of Hiawatha (1855) by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Don Juan (1826) by Lord Byron
At the Mountains of Madness and Other Novels (1964) by H. P. Lovecraft
On the Nature of Things (54 BCE) by Titus Lucretius Carus
Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit (1578) by John Lyly
The Prince (1513) by Niccolò Machiavelli
The Man of Feeling (1771) by Henry Mackenzie
Wild Harbour (1936) by Ian Macpherson
Le Morte d'Arthur (1485) by Thomas Malory
The Middle Parts of Fortune (1929) by Frederic Manning
The Garden Party - short story (1922) by Katherine Mansfield
The Betrothed (1827) by Alessandro Manzoni
The Complete Plays (1586) by Christopher Marlowe
Doctor Faustus (1601) by Christopher Marlowe
Tamburlaine (1587) by Christopher Marlowe
Melmoth the Wanderer (1820) by Charles Maturin
Albigenses: A Romance (1824) by Charles Robert Maturin
Bel-Ami (1885) by Guy de Maupassant
Pierre and Jean (1887) by Guy de Maupassant
Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street (1853) by Herman Melville
Billy Budd, Sailor (1924) by Herman Melville
Moby Dick (1851) by Herman Melville
On Liberty (1859) by John Stuart Mill
Areopagitica (1644) by John Milton
Paradise Lost (1667) by John Milton
Samson Agonistes (1957) by John Milton
Gone with the Wind (1936) by Margaret Mitchell
The Misanthrope and Other Plays: A New Selection (Penguin Classics) (1666) by Molière
Michel de Montaigne: The Complete Essays (1580) by Michel de Montaigne
Utopia (1553) by Thomas More
News from Nowhere (1890) by William Morris
Max Havelaar: Or the Coffee Auctions of the Dutch Trading Company (1860) by Multatuli
The Confusions of Young Törless (1906) by Robert Musil
The Man Without Qualities (1930) by Robert Musil
Thus Spoke Zarathustra (1885) by Friedrich Nietzsche
Anna Christie (1921) by Eugene O'Neill
Desire Under The Elms / Strange Interlude / Mourning Becomes Electra (1924) by Eugene O'Neill
The Iceman Cometh (1946) by Eugene O'Neill
1984 (1949) by George Orwell
Animal Farm (1945) by George Orwell
Burmese Days (1934) by George Orwell
Coming Up for Air (1939) by George Orwell
Keep the Aspidistra Flying (1936) by George Orwell
Metamorphoses [in translation] (8) by Ovid
Pensées (1669) by Blaise Pascal
Marius the Epicurean (1885) by Walter Pater
One, No One, and One Hundred Thousand (1925) by Luigi Pirandello
Six Characters in Search of an Author (1921) by Luigi Pirandello
The Collected Dialogues of Plato, Including the Letters (Bollingen Series LXXI) (1961) by Plato
The Republic (380 BCE) by Plato
Lives of the Noble Romans (100) by Plutarch
Plutarch's Lives (100) by Plutarch
Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe (1824) by Edgar Allan Poe
Poe: Poetry and Tales (1984) by Edgar Allan Poe
An essay on man (1734) by Alexander Pope
Memoirs of the Extraordinary Life, Works, and Discoveries of Martinus Scriblerus (1741) by Alexander Pope
The Poems of Alexander Pope (1856) by Alexander Pope
Fortunata and Jacinta: Two Stories of Married Women (1887) by Benito Pérez-Galdós
In Search of Lost Time (1913) by Marcel Proust
Eugene Onegin (1964) by Alexander Pushkin
Gargantua and Pantagruel (1532) by François Rabelais
Phaedra (1677) by Jean Racine
The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794) by Ann Radcliffe
The Devil in the Flesh (1921) by Raymond Radiguet
Ten Days that Shook the World (1919) by John Reed
Clarissa: The History of a Young Lady, Riverside edition (Abridged) (1962) by Samuel Richardson
Pamela: or, Virtue Rewarded (1740) by Samuel Richardson
Duino Elegies / The Sonnets to Orpheus (1922) by Rainer Maria Rilke
Sonnets to Orpheus (1922) by Rainer Maria Rilke
Hadrian the Seventh (1904) by Frederick Rolfe
Cyrano de Bergerac (1897) by Edmond Rostand
The Radetzky March (1932) by Joseph Roth
The Confessions (1784) by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Emile: Or, On Education (1762) by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Julie, or, The New Héloise (1761) by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Reveries of the Solitary Walker (1782) by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Impressions of Africa (French Surrealism) (1910) by Raymond Roussel
Locus Solus (1914) by Raymond Roussel
The 120 Days of Sodom (1785) by Marquis de Sade
Justine (1788) by Marquis de Sade
The Open Window [short story] (1914) by Saki
Sappho: A New Translation (580) by Sappho
Ivanhoe (1819) by Sir Walter Scott
The Monastery (1820) by Sir Walter Scott
Rob Roy (1817) by Sir Walter Scott
All's Well That Ends Well (1623) by William Shakespeare
Antony and Cleopatra (1623) by William Shakespeare
As You Like It (1599) by William Shakespeare
The Comedy of Errors (1623) by William Shakespeare
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (1589) by William Shakespeare
Hamlet (1603) by William Shakespeare
Henry IV, Part 1 (1598) by William Shakespeare
Henry V (1600) by William Shakespeare
Julius Caesar (1623) by William Shakespeare
King Lear (1608) by William Shakespeare
Macbeth (1606) by William Shakespeare
Measure for Measure (1623) by William Shakespeare
The Merchant of Venice (1600) by William Shakespeare
A Midsummer Night's Dream (1619) by William Shakespeare
Much Ado About Nothing (1598) by William Shakespeare
Othello (1604) by William Shakespeare
Richard II (1597) by William Shakespeare
Romeo and Juliet (1599) by William Shakespeare
The Sonnets (1609) by William Shakespeare
The Taming of the Shrew (1623) by William Shakespeare
The Tempest (1610) by William Shakespeare
Twelfth Night (1601) by William Shakespeare
The Winter's Tale (1623) by William Shakespeare
Candida (1897) by George Bernard Shaw
Major Barbara (1905) by George Bernard Shaw
Man and Superman (1903) by George Bernard Shaw
Pygmalion (1913) by George Bernard Shaw
Saint Joan (1923) by George Bernard Shaw
Frankenstein (1818) by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Adonais (1902) by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Ozymandias (1999) by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Prometheus Unbound (1820) by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Quo Vadis (1895) by Henryk Sienkiewicz
The Life and Death of Harriet Frean (1922) by May Sinclair
The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle {complete} (1751) by Tobias Smollett
The Expedition of Humphry Clinker (1771) by Tobias Smollett
Roderick Random (1748) by Tobias Smollett
The Real Charlotte (1894) by Edith Somerville
Experiences of an Irish R.M. (1899) by E. Œ. Somerville
Antigone (442 BCE) by Sophocles
Antigone / Oedipus Rex / Oedipus at Colonus (442 BCE) by Sophocles
Oedipus at Colonus (401 BCE) by Sophocles
Oedipus Rex (429 BCE) by Sophocles
The Faerie Queene (1590) by Edmund Spenser
Ethics (1677) by Baruch Spinoza
The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (1933) by Gertrude Stein
The Making of Americans (1934) by Gertrude Stein
Three Lives (1909) by Gertrude Stein
The Charterhouse of Parma (1839) by Stendhal
The Red and the Black (1830) by Stendhal
The Charwoman's Daughter (1912) by James Stephens
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1759) by Laurence Sterne
A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy (1768) by Laurence Sterne
Kidnapped (1886) by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Master of Ballantrae (1888) by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886) by Robert Louis Stevenson
Treasure Island (1883) by Robert Louis Stevenson
Dracula (1897) by Bram Stoker
By the Open Sea (1984) by August Strindberg
Miss Julie (1888) by August Strindberg
The People of Hemso (1887) by August Strindberg
The Red Room (1879) by August Strindberg
Zeno's Conscience (1930) by Italo Svevo
Gulliver's Travels (1727) by Jonathan Swift
A Modest Proposal and Other Satirical Works (1729) by Jonathan Swift
A Tale of A Tub (1704) by Jonathan Swift
The Playboy of the Western World (1907) by John Millington Synge
Idylls of the King (1939) by Alfred Tennyson
In Memoriam (Norton Critical Edition) (1973) by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Vanity Fair (1848) by William Makepeace Thackeray
Under Milk Wood (1954) by Dylan Thomas
Walden (1854) by Henry David Thoreau
Walden / Civil Disobedience (1849) by Henry David Thoreau
Democracy in America (1835) by Alexis de Tocqueville
Anna Karenina (1875) by Leo Tolstoy
The Death of Ivan Ilyich (1852) by Leo Tolstoy
The Kreutzer Sonata (1889) by Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace (1868) by Leo Tolstoy
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (1914) by Robert Tressell
Barchester Towers (1857) by Anthony Trollope
Castle Richmond (1860) by Anthony Trollope
He Knew He Was Right (1869) by Anthony Trollope
The Last Chronicle of Barset (1867) by Anthony Trollope
Phineas Finn (1869) by Anthony Trollope
The Seagull (1896) by Anton Tschechow
The Three Sisters (1901) by Anton Tschechow
Uncle Vanya (1897) by Anton Tschechow
Fathers and Sons (1862) by Ivan Turgenev
A King Lear of the Steppes/Rudin (2005) by Ivan Turgenev
On the Eve (1860) by Ivan Turgenev
Spring Torrents (1872) by Ivan Turgenev
Virgin Soil (1877) by Ivan Turgenev
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884) by Mark Twain
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) by Mark Twain
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1889) by Mark Twain
The Prince and the Pauper (1881) by Mark Twain
Kristin Lavransdatter (1920) by Sigrid Undset
The House by the Medlar Tree (1881) by Giovanni Verga
20,000 Leagues under the Sea (1870) by Jules Verne
Around the World in Eighty Days (1873) by Jules Verne
Journey to the Centre of the Earth (1864) by Jules Verne
The Aeneid (29 BCE) by Virgil
Candide (1759) by Voltaire
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1880) by Lew Wallace
The Castle of Otranto (1764) by Horace Walpole
The Invisible Man (1897) by H. G. Wells
The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896) by H. G. Wells
The Time Machine (1895) by H. G. Wells
Tono-Bungay (1909) by H. G. Wells
The War of the Worlds (1897) by H. G. Wells
Miss Lonelyhearts (1933) by Nathanael West
The Age of Innocence (1920) by Edith Wharton
Leaves of Grass (1855) by Walt Whitman
Look Homeward, Angel (1929) by Thomas Wolfe
Mrs. Dalloway (1925) by Virginia Woolf
To the Lighthouse (1927) by Virginia Woolf
The Years (1937) by Virginia Woolf
We: A Novel (1921) by Yevgeny Zamyatin
Thérèse Raquin (1867) by Émile Zola
Germinal (1885) by Émile Zola


Set out below are more than 500 of the western world's greatest books, spanning the period from BC to 1954. Included are works by authors who died before 1955, and whose works are thus in the public domain in Australia.

The list has been compiled from some of the titles appearing in 500 Classics Reviewed, Salem Press, 1995 and 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, Ed. Peter Boxall, ABC Books, 2006.

How does one decide which books are "great"? Wikipedia, has an article on the Western Canon which aims to address this issue. The article contains references and links to other web sites.

(English, Award granter)
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