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Book Depository, Best Books Ever [2012]

    102 entries: 96 monographical, six otherwise

    This list offered by Book Depository, the British online book seller owned by an American online book seller, has been dated based upon the most-recent book in the list; because the article itself is undated and, in its original form, is no longer online: whoever made this list also created an alternate list based on votes from users, entitled Your Best Books Ever; if you go to the page now, only those latter books are listed. We could include the second list only as an extension of the original, since by itself it does not meet the Greater Books criteria. For now, it is put aside. In neither case does the article provide any indication of the persons involved or when and how they made their choices.

  1. Gabriel García Márquez

  2. Cien Anõs de Soledad_18
    One Hundred Years of Solitude
    1967; Mallison ("Smart") specifies Gregory Rabassa's English translation—Spanish

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  3. F Scott Fitzgerald

  4. Tender Is the Night_6
    originally published serially Jan.-Apr. 1934 in Scribner's Magazine—English
    *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Zane* *Deposit* *Newman*

  5. Emily Brontë

  6. Wuthering Heights_17
    originally published 1847 under the pseudonym, Ellis Bell; revised 1850—English
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  7. Jane Austen

  8. Pride and Prejudice_30
    originally anonymously published 1813—English
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  9. Charles Dickens

  10. Our Mutual Friend_6
    originally published serially May 1864-Nov. 1865—English
    *Classics* *Bloom* *Fadiman* *Zane* *GlobeMail* *Deposit*

  11. Truman Capote

  12. Breakfast at Tiffany's _2
    originally published 1958 in Esquire—English
    *Fadiman* *Deposit*

  13. Roald Dahl

  14. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More_1

  15. Gustave Flaubert

  16. Madame Bovary_29
    originally published serially Oct. 1856-Dec. 1856 in La Revue de Paris; Mallison ("Smart") specifies Frances Steegmuller's English translation—French
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  17. Oscar Wilde

  18. The Picture of Dorian Grey_5
    originally published Jul. 1890 in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine; revised and expanded 1891; alternate earlier version published 2011—English
    *Ward* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Deposit* *Graphic*

  19. Homer

  20. Iliad_33
    ca. Ninth-Eighth centuries B.C; Cowan and Guinness ("Trinity") specifiy Richard Lattimore's English translation; Mallison ("Smart") notes Derek Jacobi's modern aural version—Greek
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  21. Leo Tolstoy

  22. Voskresenie_1


  23. Joseph Heller

  24. Catch-22_10
    *List* *Learning* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Campbell* *Guardian* *Zane* *Smart* *Harvard* *Deposit*

  25. Ernest Hemingway

  26. The Sun Also Rises_7
    *Good* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Campbell* *Zane* *Deposit* *Newman*

  27. Erich Maria Remarque

  28. Im Westen Nichts Neues_6
    All Quiet on the Western Front
    originally published Dec. 1928 in Vossische Zeitung—German

    *Hundred* *Learning* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Campbell* *Deposit*

  29. Miguel de Cervantes

  30. El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha_37
    Don Quixote
    originally published in two volumes, 1605 and 1615; Mallison ("Smart") specifies Edith Grossman's English translation—Spanish

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  31. George Orwell

  32. Homage to Catalonia_2
    *Kanigel* *Deposit*

    Ursula K Le Guin
  33. A Wizard of Earthsea_2

  34. 1968—English
    *Harvard* *Deposit*

  35. The Tombs of Atuan_1

  36. 1971—English

  37. The Farthest Shore_1

  38. 1972—English

  39. Tehanu: The Last Book of Earthsea_1

  40. 1990—English

  41. Kurt Vonnegut
    Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death_3
    *Recommended* *Zane* *Deposit*

    • Philip Pullman

    Grimm Tales: For Young and Old_1
    2012; U S version entitled, Fairy Tales From the Brothers Grimm; new versions of the German-language original stories—English

    Charles Perrault
    • The Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault_1

  42. 1977; translations by Angela Carter; includes nearly all of Histoires ou Contes du Temps Passé, 1867—French

  43. Histoires ou Contes du Temps Passé_1

  44. Les Contes de ma Mère l'Oye


  45. Martin Amis

  46. Money_1

  47. P G Wodehouse

  48. Carry On, Jeeves_1

  49. Mary Shelley

  50. Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus_11
    originally anonymously published 1818—English
    *Magill* *Learning* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Campbell* *Dirda* *Smart* *Telegraph* *Deposit* *Newman* *Graphic*

  51. Ray Bradbury

  52. Fahrenheit 451_2
    published in part, Feb. 1951, as 'The Fireman' in Galaxy Science Fiction; in its entirety, 1953—English
    *Recommended* *Deposit*

  53. John Steinbeck

  54. The Grapes of Wrath_11
    *Hundred* *Magill* *Learning* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Campbell* *Guardian* *Zane* *Deposit* *Graphic*

  55. Ann Patchett

  56. Bel Canto_1

  57. Stephen King

  58. It_1

  59. George Eliot

  60. Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life _22
    originally published serially Dec. 1871-Dec. 1872—English
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  61. Murakami Haruki

  62. Nejimaki-Dori Kuronikuru_3
    The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
    originally published in three volumes, 1994-5—Japanese

    *Harvard* *Deposit* *Graphic*

  63. Michael Ondaatje

  64. The English Patient_1

  65. Markus Zusak

  66. The Book Thief_1

  67. Émile Zola

  68. Thérèse Raquin_2
    originally published serially 1867 in L'Artiste—French
    *Ward* *Deposit*

  69. Norman Mailer

  70. The Naked and the Dead_3
    *Learning* *Fadiman* *Deposit*

  71. Angela Carter
    The Magic Toyshop_1

    • Philip Pullman

  72. Northern Lights_1
    1995; U S title, The Golden Compass; first of three volumes of His Dark Materials—English

  73. Thomas Hardy

  74. Tess of the d'Urbervilles: A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented_14
    published in part serially Jul.-Dec. 1891 in the Graphic—English
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  75. Daphne du Maurier

  76. Rebecca_5
    *Recommended* *Dirda* *Guardian* *Telegraph* *Deposit*

  77. J D Salinger

  78. Franny and Zooey_3
    1961; 'Franny' originally published Jan. 1955 in the New Yorker; 'Zooey' originally published May 1957 in the New Yorker—English
    *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Deposit*

  79. Georges Bataille

  80. L'Histoire d'Oeil_1
    Story of the Eye
    originally published 1928 under the pseudonym, Lord Auch; revised 1940—French


  81. Louis-Ferdinand Céline

  82. Voyage au Bout de la Nuit_4
    Journey to the End of Night

    *Bloom* *Norway* *Dirda* *Deposit*

    Lewis Carroll
  83. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland_17

  84. 1865—English
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  85. Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There_10

  86. 1871—English
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  87. Vikram Seth

  88. A Suitable Boy_2
    *Guardian* *Deposit*

  89. Salman Rushdie

  90. Midnight's Children_7
    *Bloom* *Trinity* *Norway* *Great* *Guardian* *Harvard* *Deposit*

  91. Vladimir Nabokov

  92. Lolita_11
    *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Norway* *Great* *Guardian* *Zane* *GlobeMail* *Harvard* *Deposit* *Graphic*

  93. Donna Tartt

  94. The Secret History_2
    *Guardian* *Deposit*

  95. Kazuo Ishiguro

  96. The Remains of the Day_4
    *Guardian* *Zane* *Smart* *Deposit*

  97. Joseph Conrad

  98. Heart of Darkness_16
    originally published serially Feb.-Apr. 1899 in Blackwood's—English
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  99. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

  100. Le Petit Prince_4
    *Van Doren* *Kanigel* *Guardian* *Deposit*

  101. John Kennedy Toole

  102. A Confederacy of Dunces_2
    written early 1960's; published 1980—English
    *Guardian* *Deposit*

  103. Victor Hugo

  104. Les Misérables_18
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  105. Honoré de Balzac

  106. Illusions Perdues_4
    Lost Illusions

    *Powys* *Classics* *Deposit* *Newman*

  107. Stendhal

  108. Le Rouge et le Noir, Chronique du XIXe Siècle_18
    The Red and the Black

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  109. Fyodor Dostoevsky
    originally published serially 1868-9 in Rússkij Véstnik—Russian
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    • Anton Chekhov

  110. Selected Stories of Anton Chekhov_1

  111. Plato

  112. Politeia_24
    The Republic
    early Fourth Century B.C—Greek

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  113. Henry David Thoreau

  114. Walden; or, Life in the Woods_20
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  115. Albert Camus

  116. L'Étranger_14
    The Stranger

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  117. James Joyce

  118. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man_14
    originally published serially Feb. 1914-Sep. 1915, in the Egoist—English
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  119. Sigmund Freud

  120. Das Unbewusste_2
    The Unconscious

    *Adler* *Deposit*

  121. Karl Marx

  122. Grundrisse der Kritik der Politischen Ökonomie_1
    written ca. 1858; published 1939—German

  123. Niccolò Machiavelli

  124. Il Principe_29
    The Prince

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  125. Herman Melville

  126. Moby-Dick; or, The Whale_26
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  127. Sūnzǐ (Sun-tzu)

  128. Sūnzǐ Bīngfǎ_4
    The Art of War
    written ca. Fifth-Third centuries B C—Chinese

    *Learning* *Fadiman* *Great* *Deposit*

  129. John Green
    The Fault in Our Stars_1

    • Carl Jung; Joseph L Henderson; Marie-Louise von Franz; Aniela Jaffé; Jolande Jacobi

  130. Man and His Symbols_2
    *Great* *Deposit*

  131. Voltaire

  132. Candide, ou L'Optimisme_23
    1759; Mallison ("Smart") specifies Tobias Smollett's English translation—French
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  133. Charles Darwin

  134. On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life_23
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  135. Robert Caro
    The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Path to Power_2
    *Smart* *Deposit*

    • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  136. Faust. Der Tragödie Erster Teil_3
    first of two volumes of Faust; published in part, 1790; in its entirey, 1808; revised 1829; second volume, Faust. Der Tragödie Zweiter Teil, 1832
    *Eliot* *Foundation* *Deposit*

  137. Ken Kesey

  138. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest_5
    *Learning* *Recommended* *Campbell* *Deposit* *Graphic*

  139. Toni Morrison

  140. Beloved_9
    *Recommended* *Trinity* *Utne* *Norway* *Great* *Telegraph* *Zane* *Harvard* *Deposit*

  141. John Irving

  142. A Prayer for Owen Meaney_3
    *Guardian* *Harvard* *Deposit*

  143. James Baldwin

  144. Another Country_1

  145. Maya Angelou

  146. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings_4
    *Campbell* *Great* *Deposit* *Educated*

  147. Jaroslav Hasek

  148. Osudy Dobrého Vojáka Švejka za Svetové Války_4
    The Good Soldier Švejk

    *Ward* *Fadiman* *Dirda* *Deposit*

  149. Franz Kafka

  150. Die Verwandlung_14
    The Metamorphosis
    originally published 1915 in Die Weißen Blätter; Mallison ("Smart") specifies Stanley Corngold's English translation—German

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  151. Samuel Beckett

  152. Watt_3
    published in part, 1950, in Envoy; in its entirety, 1953—English
    *Bloom* *Fadiman* *Deposit*

  153. Jack London

  154. The Call of the Wild_3
    originally published serially 1903 in the Saturday Evening Post—English
    *Recommended* *Campbell* *Deposit*

  155. Baruch Spinoza

  156. Ethica, Ordine Geometrico Demonstrata_15

    *Durant* *Invitation* *Classics* *Hundred* *France* *Read* *Ward* *Van Doren* *Magill* *Adler* *Good* *Recommended* *SeymourSmith* *Dirda* *Deposit*

  157. Thomas Hobbes

  158. Leviathan or, The Matter, Forme and Power of a Common Wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civil_16
    *Durant* *Classics* *Hundred* *Downs* *Read* *Van Doren* *Magill* *Adler* *Bloom* *Fadiman* *Foundation* *SeymourSmith* *Trinity* *Great* *Telegraph* *Deposit*

  159. Daniel Defoe

  160. The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner_21
    originally anonymously published 1719—English
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  161. Robert Graves

  162. I, Claudius: From the Autobiography of Tiberius Claudius, Born 10 B C, Murdered and Deified A D 54_5
    *Fadiman* *Zane* *Telegraph* *Harvard* *Deposit*

  163. Philip Roth

  164. Portnoy's Complaint_3
    *Bloom* *Fadiman* *Deposit*

  165. Raymond Chandler

  166. The Long Goodbye_2
    *Zane* *Deposit*

  167. William Styron

  168. Sophie's Choice_2
    *Recommended* *Deposit*

  169. Christopher Isherwood

  170. Goodbye to Berlin_4
    *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Deposit*

  171. Art Spiegelman

  172. Maus_1
    originally published serially 1980-91 in Raw; published in book form in two volumes: Maus: A Survivor's Tale, 1986; and And Here My Troubles Began, 1991;—English

  173. Rachel Carson

  174. Silent Spring_8
    originally published Jun. 1962 in the New Yorker—English
    *Downs* *Fadiman* *Utne* *Great* *GlobeMail* *Taylor* *Deposit* *Educated*

  175. Robert Hughes

  176. The Shock of the New: Art and the Century of Change_1
    1980; book accompanying television series of the same name—English

  177. James Agee

  178. Let Us Now Praise Famous Men_6
    1941; photography by Walker Evans—English
    *Bloom* *Recommended* *Utne* *Dirda* *Smart* *Deposit*

  179. Edward Said

  180. Orientalism_1

  181. Hannah Arendt

  182. Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil_1
    originally published 1963 in the New Yorker; expanded 1965—English

  183. John Kenneth Galbraith

  184. The Affluent Society_1

  185. Barbara W Tuchman

  186. A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century_2
    *Deposit* *Educated*

  187. Rebecca West

  188. Black Lamb and Grey Falcon: A Journey Through Yugoslavia_2
    *Fadiman* *Deposit*

  189. Virginia Woolf

  190. A Room of One's Own_4
    *Kanigel* *Smart* *Deposit* *Newman*

  191. Anne Frank

  192. Het Achterhuis. Dagboekbrieven 14 Juni 1942 - 1 Augustus 1944_4
    The Diary of a Young Girl

    *Recommended* *Campbell* *Harvard* *Deposit*