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The Top 10 Greatest Novels of All Time

Is "The Great Gatsby" better than "The Grapes of Wrath"? Is "Anna Karenina" superior to "Jane Eyre"?

It is probably futile to ever rank the greatest novels of all time, but it is fun to try, which is exactly what editor J. Peder Zane did. And the result is his book "The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books."

One hundred twenty-five of today's greatest writers, including Ann Patchett, Jonathan Franzen, Claire Messud and Joyce Carol Oates, were asked to provide a ranked list of the 10 greatest works of fiction of all time. This could include novels, story collections, plays or poems.

Nearly 550 titles were selected and then assigned points based on the ranking each received. That is, if an author chose a title as No. 1 on his or her list, the book received 10 points. A book ranked as No. 10 received one point. The books with the highest number of points made the top 10 list.

The result is a wonderful reading list for you.

Top 10 works of the 20th century:
1. "Lolita," by Vladimir Nabokov
2. "The Great Gatsby," by F. Scott Fitzgerald
3. "In Search of Lost Time," by Marcel Proust
4. "Ulysses," by James Joyce
5. "Dubliners," by James Joyce
6. "One Hundred Years of Solitude," by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
7. "The Sound and the Fury," by William Faulkner
8. "To the Lighthouse," by Virginia Woolf
9. "The Complete Stories of Flannery O'Connor," by Flannery O'Connor
10. "Pale Fire," by Vladimir Nabokov

Top 10 works of the 19th century:
1. "Anna Karenina," by Leo Tolstoy
2. "Madame Bovary," by Gustave Flaubert
3. "War and Peace," by Leo Tolstoy
4. "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," by Mark Twain
5. "The Stories of Anton Chekhov," by Anton Chekhov
6. "Middlemarch," by George Eliot
7. "Moby-Dick," by Herman Melville
8. "Great Expectations," by Charles Dickens
9. "Crime and Punishment," by Fyodor Dostoevsky
10. "Emma," by Jane Austen

--From the Editors at Netscape

 
 
 
 
  
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