Newsweek's Top 100 Books: The Meta-List

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Declaring the best book ever written is tricky business. Who’s to say what the best is? We went one step further: we crunched the numbers from 10 top books lists (Modern Library, the New York Public Library, St. John’s College reading list, Oprah’s, and more) to come up with The Top 100 Books of All Time. It’s a list of lists — a meta-list. Let the debate begin.

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  1. 1.
    War and Peace (Vintage Classics)
    by Leo Tolstoy

  2. 2.
    Nineteen Eighty-Four (Penguin Modern Classics)
    by George Orwell

  3. 3.
    Ulysses (Penguin Modern Classics)
    by James Joyce

  4. 4.
    Lolita (Everyman's Library (Cloth))
    by Vladimir Nabokov

  5. 5.
    The Sound and the Fury (Norton Critical Editions)
    by William Faulkner

  6. 6.
    Invisible Man
    by Ralph Ellison

  7. 7.
    To The Lighthouse
    by Virginia Woolf

  8. 8.
    The Iliad / The Odyssey
    by Homer

  9. 9.
    Pride and Prejudice (Penguin Classics)
    by Jane Austen

  10. 10.

  11. 11.
    The Canterbury Tales: A Selection (Penguin Classics)
    by Geoffrey Chaucer

  12. 12.
    Gulliver's Travels (Penguin Classics)
    by Jonathan Swift

  13. 13.
    Middlemarch (Oxford World's Classics)
    by George Eliot

  14. 14.
    Things Fall Apart (Norton Critical Editions)
    by Chinua Achebe

  15. 15.
    The Catcher in the Rye
    by J. D. Salinger

  16. 16.
    Gone with the Wind
    by Margaret Mitchell

  17. 17.
    One Hundred Years of Solitude (P.S.)
    by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

  18. 18.
    The Great Gatsby
    by F. Scott Fitzgerald

  19. 19.
    by Joseph Heller

  20. 20.
    by Toni Morrison

  21. 21.
    The Grapes of Wrath (Centennial Edition)
    by John Steinbeck

  22. 22.

  23. 23.
    Brave New World
    by Aldous Huxley

  24. 24.
    Mrs. Dalloway (Penguin Modern Classics)
    by Virginia Woolf

  25. 25.
    Native Son (Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations)
    by Richard Wright

  26. 26.
    Democracy in America (Penguin Classics)
    by Alexis de Tocqueville

  27. 28.
    The Histories, Revised (Penguin Classics)
    by Herodotus

  28. 29.
    The Social Contract and Discourses
    by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

  29. 31.
    The Prince
    by Niccolo Machiavelli

  30. 32.
    Confessions (Oxford World's Classics)
    by Saint Augustine

  31. 33.
    Leviathan (Oxford World's Classics)
    by Thomas Hobbes

  32. 34.
    The History of the Peloponnesian War
    by Thucydides Thucydides

  33. 35.
    The Lord of the Rings: 50th Anniversary, One Vol. Edition
    by J.R.R. Tolkien

  34. 36.
    Winnie-the-Pooh (Pooh Original Edition)
    by A. A. Milne

  35. 37.

  36. 38.
    A Passage to India (Penguin Classics)
    by E. M. Forster

  37. 39.
    On the Road (Penguin Classics)
    by Jack Kerouac

  38. 40.

  39. 41.
    Holy Bible, Revised Standard Version (Meridian)
    by Anonymous

  40. 42.
    A Clockwork Orange
    by Anthony Burgess

  41. 43.
    Light in August (The Corrected Text)
    by William Faulkner

  42. 44.
    The Souls of Black Folk (Oxford World's Classics)
    by W. E. B. Du Bois

  43. 45.
    Wide Sargasso Sea (Essential Penguin)
    by Jean Rhys

  44. 46.
    Madame Bovary (Penguin Classics)
    by Gustave Flaubert

  45. 47.
    Paradise Lost (Penguin Classics)
    by John Milton

  46. 48.
    Anna Karenina
    by Leo Tolstoy

  47. 49.
    Hamlet ( Folger Library Shakespeare)
    by William Shakespeare

  48. 50.
    King Lear (The New Folger Library Shakespeare)
    by William Shakespeare

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