Penguin Canada's "Best Books Ever Written"

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"From their library of over 3,000 literary classics, Penguin Canada has chosen 52 as the best books ever written—and they’re challenging Canadians to read one a week in 2008.

Their inaugural selection, The Fifth Business by Robertson Davies, is a fascinating, absorbing classic of Canadian literature. Readers can look forward to works by Russian masters Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy, along with the lesser-known Mikhail Bulgakov, and seminal works by Miguel Cervantes and James Joyce praised by many but read by few."

  1. 1.
    Fifth Business (Penguin Classics)
    by Robertson Davies

  2. 2.
    Far from the Madding Crowd (Penguin Classics)
    by Thomas Hardy

  3. 3.
    Mansfield Park (Penguin Classics)
    by Jane Austen

  4. 4.
    Of Human Bondage (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics)
    by W. Somerset Maugham

  5. 5.
    Madame Bovary (Penguin Classics)
    by Gustave Flaubert

  6. 6.
    Dangerous Liaisons (Penguin Classics)
    by Pierre-Ambrois-Francois Choderlos de Laclos

  7. 7.
    Lady Chatterley's Lover (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
    by D. H. Lawrence

  8. 9.
    Anna Karenina (Penguin Classics)
    by Leo Tolstoy

  9. 10.
    The Master and Margarita (Penguin Modern Classics)
    by Mikhail Bulgakov

  10. 11.
    At Swim-two-birds
    by Flann O'Brien

  11. 12.
    Bleak House (Penguin Classics)
    by Charles Dickens

  12. 13.
    The Count of Monte Cristo (Penguin Classics)
    by Alexandre Dumas père

  13. 14.
    The Idiot (Penguin Classics)
    by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

  14. 15.
    The Canterbury Tales
    by Geoffrey Chaucer

  15. 16.
    Don Quixote (Penguin Classics)
    by Miguel Cervantes

  16. 17.
    On the Road (Penguin Classics)
    by Jack Kerouac

  17. 18.
    Mrs. Dalloway (Penguin Modern Classics)
    by Virginia Woolf

  18. 19.
    A Clockwork Orange (Penguin Modern Classics)
    by Anthony Burgess

  19. 20.
    Lives of Girls and Women
    by Alice Munro

  20. 21.

  21. 22.
    Wuthering Heights (Penguin Classics)
    by Emily Bronte

  22. 23.
    Ulysses (Penguin Modern Classics)
    by James Joyce

  23. 24.
    The Picture of Dorian Gray (Penguin Classics)
    by Oscar Wilde

  24. 25.
    Homage to Catalonia (Penguin Modern Classics)
    by George Orwell

  25. 26.
    The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz
    by Mordecai Richler

  26. 27.
    Lady with the Little Dog and Other Stories, 1896-1904
    by Anton Chekhov

  27. 28.
    Metamorphosis (Penguin Modern Classics)
    by Franz Kafka

  28. 29.
    The Portrait of a Lady (Penguin Classics)
    by Henry James

  29. 30.
    Cold Comfort Farm
    by Stella Gibbons

  30. 31.
    Beyond Good and Evil (Penguin Classics)
    by Friedrich Nietzsche

  31. 32.
    Brideshead Revisited:(Penguin Modern Classics)
    by Evelyn Waugh

  32. 33.
    Paradise Lost (Penguin Classics)
    by John Milton

  33. 34.
    Heart of Darkness (Penguin Modern Classics)
    by Joseph Conrad

  34. 35.
    Tender Is the Night (Penguin Modern Classics)
    by F.Scott Fitzgerald

  35. 36.
    The Plague (Penguin Modern Classics)
    by Albert Camus

  36. 37.
    Seize the Day (Penguin Classics)
    by Saul Bellow

  37. 38.
    East of Eden (Penguin Modern Classics)
    by John Steinbeck

  38. 39.
    The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Penguin Modern Classics)
    by Muriel Spark

  39. 40.
    Dracula (Penguin Classics)
    by Bram Stoker

  40. 41.
    Under the Volcano (Penguin Modern Classics)
    by Malcolm Lowry

  41. 43.
    Moby-Dick or, The Whale (Penguin Classics)
    by Herman Melville

  42. 44.
    The Prince (Penguin Classics)
    by Niccolo Machiavelli

  43. 45.
    Middlemarch (Penguin Classics)
    by George Eliot

  44. 46.
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
    by Ken Kesey

  45. 47.
    The Epic of Gilgamesh (Penguin Classics)
    by Anonymous

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Created by Athena on Feb 05, 2008.


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