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    Forty four read. Not many remembered in any detail and not many of my favourites



    1. The Bible
    2.Hamlet by William Shakespeare
    3. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
    4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    5. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
    6. Ulysses by James Joyce
    7. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
    8. Don Quixote by Cervantes
    9. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
    10. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
    11. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
    12. The Odyssey by Homer
    13. Paradise Lost by John Milton

    14. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust
    15. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
    16. Les Fleurs du mal by Charles Baudelaire
    17. The Illiad by Homer
    18. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia-Marquez

    19. Essays by Montaigne
    20. The Stranger by Albert Camus
    21. The Oresteia by Aeschylus
    22. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
    23. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
    24. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
    25. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    26. The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu
    27. Emma by Jane Austen
    28. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

    29. The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio
    30. Eugene Onegin by Pushkin
    31. Watership Down by Richard Adams
    32. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
    33. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
    34. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
    35. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    36. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
    37. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    38. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
    39. The Trial by Franz Kafka
    40. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien

    41. Shahnameh by Ferdowsi
    42. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
    43. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

    44. Fictions by J.L. Borges
    45. El Aleph by J.L. Borges
    46. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
    47. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    48. The Magus by John Fowles
    49. Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman
    50. Testament by R.C. Hutchinson
    51. Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis
    52. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
    53. Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche
    54. Oedipus the King by Sophocles
    55. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

    56. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
    57. The Story of the Stone by Cao Xueqin
    58. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
    59. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell by William Blake
    60. Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
    61. Fifth Business by Robertson Davies
    62. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
    63. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
    64. No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre
    65. Othello by William Shakespeare
    66. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
    67. Vanity Fair by William Thackerey

    68. Resurrection by Leo Tolstoy
    69. Voss by Patrick White
    70. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
    71. Manfred by Lord Byron
    72. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
    73. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
    74. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

    75. Outer Dark by Cormac McCarthy
    76. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurty
    77. 1984 by George Orwell
    78. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
    79. The Gospel According to Jesus Christ by Jose Saramago
    80. Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
    81. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
    82. Tristam Shandy by Laurence Sterne
    83. The Tree of Man by Patrick White

    84. The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
    85. A Dream of Red Mansions by Cao Xueqin
    86. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
    87. 2666 by Robert Bolano
    88. Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino
    89. If on a winter’s night a traveler by Italo Calvino
    90. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
    91. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad
    92. The Recognitions by William Gaddis
    93. The Castle by Franz Kafka
    94. I Canti by Giacomo Leopardi
    95. Man’s Fate by André Malraux
    96. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
    97. Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell
    98. Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth
    99. Confessions by Rousseau
    100. The World as Will and Representation by Arthur Schopenhauer

    The Bible!!!! That's just silly.
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    Why is placing the Bible on this list... or even at or near the top silly? I would certainly place it within my top ten as well as would a great many other well-read readers.

    Some others that I would add as personal favorites from just a perusal of the original list and my library would be:

    Anon.- Gilgamesh
    Euripides- Medea
    Virgil- Aeneid
    Anon.- Beowulf
    Dante Alighieri- La Vita Nuova
    Petrarch- Il Canzoniere
    Rabelais- Gargantua and Pantagruel
    Cervantes- Don Quixote
    Anon.- The Arabian Nights
    Spenser- Amoretti and Epithalimion
    Donne- poetry
    Christopher Marlowe- The Tragicall History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus
    Shakespeare- King Lear, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest
    Milton- Paradise Lost
    Thomas Traherne- poetry
    Robert Herrick- poetry
    Molière- Tartuffe and The Misanthrope
    Voltaire- Candide
    Gibbons- Decline and Fall or the Roman Empire
    Thomas De Quincey- Confessions of an English Opium Addict and Selected Prose
    Pierre Choderlos de Laclos - Les Liaisons dangereuses
    Goethe- The Sorrows of Young Werther, Faust, Italian Journey, selected poems
    Novalis- Hymns to the Night
    Hölderlin- Poetry
    William Blake- Collected Writings
    Byron- Don Juan
    Wordsworth- Selected poetry
    Coleridge- Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Kubla Khan, Cristabel
    Keats- Collected Poetry
    Shelley- Collected Poetry
    John Clare- Selected Poetry
    Victor Hugo - Notre Dame de Paris, poetry
    Théophile Gautier - Mademoiselle de Maupin, tales, poetry
    Nathaniel Hawthorne- Tales
    Charles Dickens- Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities
    Emily Brontë- Wuthering Heights
    Alexandre Dumas - The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers
    Gerard Nerval- poetry, selected prose
    Guy de Maupassant- Tales
    E.T.A. Hoffmann- Tales
    Thomas Hardy- selected poetry
    Tennyson- In Memoriam, selected poetry
    Robert Browning- Selected Poetry
    Edgar Allen Poe- Tales
    Dante Gabriel Rossetti- Selected Poetry
    Oscar Wilde- The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Importance of Being Earnest
    Walter Pater- The Renaissance: Studies in Art and Poetry
    Lewis Carroll- Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass
    Joris-Karl Huysmans- À rebours
    Rimbaud- Le bateau ivre, Une Saison en Enfer, Illuminations
    Walt Whitman- Leaves of Grass
    Emily Dickinson- Collected Poems
    Émile Zola- Nana
    Heinrich von Kleist- The Broken Jug, The Prince of Homburg, Penthesilea, The Marquise of O
    Heinrich Heine- Selected Poetry
    Paul Verlaine- Poèmes saturniens, Fêtes galantes, seleceted poetry
    Stéphane Mallarmé- Selected Poetry
    Mark Twain- Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer
    Henry James- Turn of the Screw
    Ambrose Bierce- Short Stories
    Leo Tolstoy- Short Stories
    Anton Chekhov- Stories
    Nikolai Gogol- Stories
    Anna Akhmatova- Poetry
    Ibsen- An Enemy of the People
    Yeats- Poetry
    Boris Pasternak- My Sister-Life, poetry
    Mikhail Bulgakov- The Master and Margarita
    Marina Tsvetaeva- Poetry
    Isaak Babel- Stories
    Hemingway- Short Stories
    Franz Kafka- Tales, Stories, Fables, Aphorisms, The Trial
    Rilke- The Book of Images, New Poems, Duino Elegies, Sonnets for Orpheus, Uncollected Poems
    Hermann Hesse- Steppenwolf, The Glassbead Game
    Thomas Mann- The Magic Mountain, Doctor Faustus, A Death in Venice
    T.S. Eliot- The Wasteland and other Poems, Four Quartets
    Faulkner- As I Lay Dying
    Nathaniel West- Miss Lonelyhearts
    Paul Valery- Selected Poems/Prose
    Bertolt Brecht- Life of Galileo, Mother Courage and Her Children
    Günter Grass- The Tin Drum
    Heinrich Böll- Billiards at Half Past Nine, The Clown
    Paul Celan- Poetry
    Max Frisch- Firebugs
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt- The Physicists, The Meteor, The Visit
    Ingeborg Bachmann- Selected Poems
    Jean Genet- The Maids
    Federico Garcia Lorca- Selected Poems
    Antonio Machado- Selected Poems
    Raphael Alberti- Selected Poetry, Concerning the Angels
    Jorge Guillen- Cantico
    Miguel Hernandez- Selected Poems
    Pablo Neruda- Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair, The Captain's Verses, Residence Earth, Selected Poetry
    Pessoa- Selected Prose and Poetry
    J.L. Borges- Dreamtigers, Selected Non-Fictions, Collected Poetry, Other Inquisitions
    Eugenio Montale- Cuttlefish Bones, The Occasions, The Storm
    Italo Calvino- Invisible Cities, Baron in the Trees
    Julio Cortazar- Hopscotch, Blow-Up and other Stories
    Augusto Monterroso- Complete Works and Other Stories
    Octavio Paz- Sunstone
    Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis- The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas
    Yves Bonnefoy- The Curved Planks
    Virginia Woolf- Orlando
    Flannery O'Conner- Stories
    Gore Vidal- Myra Breckenridge
    Tennessee Williams- Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
    Eugene O'Niel- The Iceman Cometh, Desire Under the Elms, Mourning Becomes Elektra, A Long Day's Journey into Night
    Arthur Miller- The Crucible
    Geoffrey Hill- New and Collected Poems, The Triumph of Love...

    And I'll leave off here. Mortalterror will likely show up to fill in all the gaps with regard to Roman writers and JBI with the Chinese. While my library and reading has been quite multicultural/multinational, I must admit a bias for Anglo-American literature (as an English language reader), and for Western literature as one raised in a Western culture. I have a fascination for Japanese, Indian, Persian and Arabic especially... but must admit to being limited by that which is available in quality translations. Of the non-English language writers I have read, I will also admit to a bias for French, German, Italian... and more recently Spanish. Again, these are literary traditions that have been well served in translation into English. They are also nations that have a history intimately tied to that of England and America... at least more so than Poland, Hungary, or even Russia... and thus I have a greater grasp of these cultures and histories beyond the literature alone. Beyond that... I will admit that the OP offered far too little in terms of plays, short stories, and poetry... especially poetry... another personal bias... or rather passion.
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    Well, being a list-maniac that has created a book list site ... here is a list with religious and literature texts across the globe ... of course many good / great works are left out ... but hopefully in some balanced way. There are some canonical anthologies here too. Details in my site. 67 texts here. Full list includes history and philosophy works making a total list of 150.

    Rg Veda*
    Iliad Homer
    Lyrical Poems* Sapphos
    Early Upanisads
    Theban Plays Sophocles
    Samyutta Nikaya
    Mahabharata
    Ramayana
    On Duties Cicero
    Aeneid Virgil
    Metamorphoses Ovid
    Asvaghosa's Buddhacarita*
    Bible Multiple
    Vimalakirtinirdesasutra
    Wang Bi Ji* Wang Bi
    Kalidasa's Works
    Pancatantra
    Bhartrhari's Satakatraya*
    Avesta* Anonymous*
    "Hala's" Sattasai
    Wenxuan Xiao Tong
    Quran Muhammad (reciter)
    Maoshi Zhengyi Kong Yingda
    Bana's Kadambari
    Muallaqat
    Diwan Abu Nuwas
    Sahih al-Bukhari al-Bukhari
    Bhagavata Purana
    Manikkavachakar's Tiruvacakam
    Shahnama* Ferdowsi
    Genji Monogatari Murasaki Shikibu
    Somadeva's Kathasaritsagara
    Dongpo Quanji Su Shi
    Maqamat al-Hariri al-Hariri
    Chongyang Quanzhen Ji Wang Zhe
    Hemacandra's Trisastisalakapurusacaritra/ Parisistaparvan
    Kaviraja's Raghavapandaviya
    Arthurian Romances Chretien de Troyes
    Jayadeva's Gita Govinda
    Huaan Cixuan Huang Sheng
    Gulistan Sadi
    Masnavi Rumi
    Xixiang Ji Wang Shifu
    Commedia* Dante
    Amir Khusrau's Works
    Canzoniere Petrarch
    Shuihu Zhuan Shi Naian
    Divan Hafez
    Tangshi Pinhui Gao Bing
    Cantebury Tales Chaucer
    Epic of Layla and Majnun Fuzuli*
    Lusiads Luis de Camoens
    Essays Montaigne
    Adi Granth
    First Folio Shakespeare
    Don Quixote Cervantes
    Paradise Lost Milton
    Works Matsuo Basho
    ****ou Ji Cao Xueqin
    Lyrical Ballads Wordsworth / Coleridge
    Pride and Prejudice Austen
    Faust Goethe
    Pan Tadeusz (in Polish) Mickiewicz
    Les Miserables Hugo
    War and Peace Tolstoy
    Ghalib's Divan
    Leaves of Grass Whitman

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    All right, I give in. Here is mine:

    1. The Bible
    2. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
    3. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
    4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    5. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

    6. Ulysses by James Joyce
    7. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
    8. Don Quixote by Cervantes
    9. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
    10. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
    11. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
    12. The Odyssey by Homer

    13. Paradise Lost by John Milton
    14. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust
    15. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
    16. Les Fleurs du mal by Charles Baudelaire
    17. The Illiad by Homer
    18. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia-Marquez
    19. Essays by Montaigne
    20. The Stranger by Albert Camus

    21. The Oresteia by Aeschylus
    22. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
    23. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
    24. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
    25. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    26. The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu
    27. Emma by Jane Austen
    28. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    29. The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio

    30. Eugene Onegin by Pushkin
    31. Watership Down by Richard Adams
    32. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

    33. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
    34. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
    35. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    36. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
    37. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    38. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
    39. The Trial by Franz Kafka

    40. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien
    41. Shahnameh by Ferdowsi
    42. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
    43. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

    44. Fictions by J.L. Borges
    45. El Aleph by J.L. Borges
    46. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
    47. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    48. The Magus by John Fowles

    49. Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman
    50. Testament by R.C. Hutchinson
    51. Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis
    52. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
    53. Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche
    54. Oedipus the King by Sophocles
    55. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
    56. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

    57. The Story of the Stone by Cao Xueqin
    58. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
    59. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell by William Blake
    60. Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
    61. Fifth Business by Robertson Davies
    62. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
    63. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
    64. No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre
    65. Othello by William Shakespeare
    66. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
    67. Vanity Fair by William Thackerey

    68. Resurrection by Leo Tolstoy
    69. Voss by Patrick White
    70. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
    71. Manfred by Lord Byron
    72. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
    73. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

    74. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
    75. Outer Dark by Cormac McCarthy
    76. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurty
    77. 1984 by George Orwell
    78. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
    79. The Gospel According to Jesus Christ by Jose Saramago
    80. Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
    81. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

    82. Tristam Shandy by Laurence Sterne
    83. The Tree of Man by Patrick White
    84. The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
    85. A Dream of Red Mansions by Cao Xueqin
    86. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
    87. 2666 by Robert Bolano
    88. Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino
    89. If on a winter’s night a traveler by Italo Calvino
    90. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
    91. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad
    92. The Recognitions by William Gaddis
    93. The Castle by Franz Kafka
    94. I Canti by Giacomo Leopardi
    95. Man’s Fate by André Malraux
    96. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
    97. Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell
    98. Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth
    99. Confessions by Rousseau
    100. The World as Will and Representation by Arthur Schopenhauer
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    1. The Bible
    2. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
    3. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
    4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    5. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
    6. Ulysses by James Joyce
    7. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
    8. Don Quixote by Cervantes
    9. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
    10. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
    11. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
    12. The Odyssey by Homer
    13. Paradise Lost by John Milton
    14. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust
    15. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
    16. Les Fleurs du mal by Charles Baudelaire
    17. The Illiad by Homer
    18. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia-Marquez
    19. Essays by Montaigne
    20. The Stranger by Albert Camus
    21. The Oresteia by Aeschylus
    22. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
    23. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
    24. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
    25. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    26. The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu
    27. Emma by Jane Austen
    28. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    29. The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio
    30. Eugene Onegin by Pushkin
    31. Watership Down by Richard Adams
    32. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
    33. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
    34. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
    35. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    36. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
    37. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    38. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
    39. The Trial by Franz Kafka
    40. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien
    41. Shahnameh by Ferdowsi
    42. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
    43. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
    44. Fictions by J.L. Borges
    45. El Aleph by J.L. Borges
    46. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
    47. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    48. The Magus by John Fowles
    49. Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman
    50. Testament by R.C. Hutchinson
    51. Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis
    52. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
    53. Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche
    54. Oedipus the King by Sophocles
    55. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
    56. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
    57. The Story of the Stone by Cao Xueqin
    58. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
    59. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell by William Blake
    60. Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
    61. Fifth Business by Robertson Davies
    62. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
    63. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
    64. No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre
    65. Othello by William Shakespeare
    66. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
    67. Vanity Fair by William Thackerey
    68. Resurrection by Leo Tolstoy
    69. Voss by Patrick White
    70. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
    71. Manfred by Lord Byron
    72. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
    73. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
    74. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
    75. Outer Dark by Cormac McCarthy
    76. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurty
    77. 1984 by George Orwell
    78. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
    79. The Gospel According to Jesus Christ by Jose Saramago
    80. Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
    81. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
    82. Tristam Shandy by Laurence Sterne
    83. The Tree of Man by Patrick White
    84. The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
    85. A Dream of Red Mansions by Cao Xueqin
    86. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
    87. 2666 by Robert Bolano
    88. Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino
    89. If on a winter’s night a traveler by Italo Calvino
    90. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
    91. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad
    92. The Recognitions by William Gaddis
    93. The Castle by Franz Kafka
    94. I Canti by Giacomo Leopardi
    95. Man’s Fate by André Malraux
    96. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
    97. Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell
    98. Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth
    99. Confessions by Rousseau
    100. The World as Will and Representation by Arthur Schopenhauer

    I need to read more.

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    1. The Bible
    2. Hamlet by William Shakespeare

    3. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
    4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    5. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

    6. Ulysses by James Joyce
    7. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
    8. Don Quixote by Cervantes
    9. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
    10. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
    11. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
    12. The Odyssey by Homer
    13. Paradise Lost by John Milton
    14. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust
    15. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
    16. Les Fleurs du mal by Charles Baudelaire
    17. The Illiad by Homer
    18. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia-Marquez
    19. Essays by Montaigne
    20. The Stranger by Albert Camus
    21. The Oresteia by Aeschylus

    22. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
    23. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
    24. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

    25. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    26. The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu
    27. Emma by Jane Austen
    28. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    29. The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio
    30. Eugene Onegin by Pushkin
    31. Watership Down by Richard Adams
    32. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
    33. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
    34. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
    35. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    36. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
    37. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    38. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
    39. The Trial by Franz Kafka
    40. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien
    41. Shahnameh by Ferdowsi
    42. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
    43. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
    44. Fictions by J.L. Borges
    45. El Aleph by J.L. Borges
    46. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
    47. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    48. The Magus by John Fowles
    49. Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman
    50. Testament by R.C. Hutchinson
    51. Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis
    52. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
    53. Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche
    54. Oedipus the King by Sophocles

    55. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
    56. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
    57. The Story of the Stone by Cao Xueqin
    58. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
    59. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell by William Blake
    60. Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
    61. Fifth Business by Robertson Davies
    62. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
    63. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
    64. No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre
    65. Othello by William Shakespeare
    66. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
    67. Vanity Fair by William Thackerey
    68. Resurrection by Leo Tolstoy
    69. Voss by Patrick White
    70. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
    71. Manfred by Lord Byron
    72. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
    73. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
    74. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
    75. Outer Dark by Cormac McCarthy
    76. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurty
    77. 1984 by George Orwell

    78. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
    79. The Gospel According to Jesus Christ by Jose Saramago
    80. Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
    81. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

    82. Tristam Shandy by Laurence Sterne
    83. The Tree of Man by Patrick White
    84. The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
    85. A Dream of Red Mansions by Cao Xueqin
    86. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
    87. 2666 by Robert Bolano
    88. Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino
    89. If on a winter’s night a traveler by Italo Calvino
    90. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
    91. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad
    92. The Recognitions by William Gaddis
    93. The Castle by Franz Kafka
    94. I Canti by Giacomo Leopardi
    95. Man’s Fate by André Malraux
    96. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
    97. Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell
    98. Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth
    99. Confessions by Rousseau
    100. The World as Will and Representation by Arthur Schopenhauer

    Thanks for making this list. I found a few interesting looking books that I hadn't heard of before.

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    For whomever wanted to compare the new list with the old one.

    For the sake of comparison and because I'm bored here is the top 10 of the new list with a number in parenthesis indicating where it placed in the old list:

    1. The Bible (10)
    2. Hamlet by William Shakespeare (4)
    3. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri (23)
    4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (7)
    5. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky (3)
    6. Ulysses by James Joyce (42)
    7. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville (68)
    8. Don Quixote by Cervantes (12)
    9. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (9)
    10. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky (1)

    • At least four works in the new top 10 didn't place in the top 10 on the old list (Dante, Joyce, Cervantes, and Melville). Three of those four didn't even place in the top 20 last time.
    • The Bible and Crime and Punishment switched spots on the two lists (#1 and #10).
    • Hamlet moved up to the coveted 2nd spot replacing 1984 on the old list, which dropped all the way down to # 77 on the new list.
    • War and Peace, which some people complained should've been up higher, had the # 9 spot on both lists.
    • The only author with two titles in the top 10 is Dostoevsky, however, both of his works dropped down in ranking from the original list.
    • On the old list the first novel by Dickens appears at # 14: A Tale of Two Cities, which now dropped down to # 72 on the new list. The first novel by Dickens to appear on the new list is a Christmas Carol at #46.
    • On the new list, Montaigne’s essays hold the 19th spot, breaking the top 20. Montaigne’s essays were only # 92 on the old list.
    • Four books that were in the top ten on the old list didn’t even make the top 20 on the new list: 1984 (went from # 2 to 77), Les Miserables (went from # 5 to 33), To Kill A Mockingbird (went from # 6 to 25), Pride and Prejudice (went from # 8 to 37).
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    Very interesting, Darkshadow. I think on the whole our tastes have improved.
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    1) How many people submitted to the new list, and does anyone know how many did to the old list?

    2) If whoever compiled the old list is still around, are the point totals still available, so the two lists can be merged?
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    The list has been revised very slightly to fix the mix-up with the Cao Xueqin book. Sorry it took so long. Everything after (I think) #24 has been moved up one place, and Julius Caesar by Shakespeare has been added.

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    Noone did mention Christopher Marlowe?
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    Thanks for the link darkshadow!

    I honestly prefer the old one...
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    1. The Bible
    2. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
    3. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri (although, never finished Paradise)
    4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    5. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
    6. Ulysses by James Joyce
    7. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
    8. Don Quixote by Cervantes
    9. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
    10. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky (currently reading)
    11. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
    12. The Odyssey by Homer
    13. Paradise Lost by John Milton
    14. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust
    15. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
    16. Les Fleurs du mal by Charles Baudelaire
    17. The Illiad by Homer
    18. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia-Marquez
    19. Essays by Montaigne
    20. The Stranger by Albert Camus
    21. The Oresteia by Aeschylus
    22. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
    23. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
    24. The Story of the Stone by Cao Xueqin
    25. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
    26. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    27. The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu
    28. Emma by Jane Austen
    29. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    30. The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio
    31. Eugene Onegin by Pushkin
    32. Watership Down by Richard Adams
    33. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
    34. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (although I skipped a lot of the historical stuff)
    35. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
    36. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    37. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
    38. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    39. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
    40. The Trial by Franz Kafka
    41. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien
    42. Shahnameh by Ferdowsi
    43. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
    44. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
    45. Fictions by J.L. Borges
    46. El Aleph by J.L. Borges
    47. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
    48. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    49. The Magus by John Fowles
    50. Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman
    51. Testament by R.C. Hutchinson
    52. Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis
    53. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin (only read the first three books so far)
    54. Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche
    55. Oedipus the King by Sophocles
    56. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
    57. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
    58. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
    59. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell by William Blake
    60. Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
    61. Fifth Business by Robertson Davies
    62. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
    63. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
    64. No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre
    65. Othello by William Shakespeare
    66. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
    67. Vanity Fair by William Thackerey
    68. Resurrection by Leo Tolstoy
    69. Voss by Patrick White
    70. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
    71. Manfred by Lord Byron
    72. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
    73. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
    74. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
    75. Outer Dark by Cormac McCarthy
    76. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurty
    77. 1984 by George Orwell
    78. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
    79. The Gospel According to Jesus Christ by Jose Saramagos
    80. Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
    81. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

    82. Tristam Shandy by Laurence Sterne
    83. The Tree of Man by Patrick White
    84. The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
    85. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
    86. 2666 by Robert Bolano
    87. Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino
    88. If on a winter’s night a traveler by Italo Calvino
    89. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
    90. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad
    91. The Recognitions by William Gaddis
    92. The Castle by Franz Kafka
    93. I Canti by Giacomo Leopardi
    94. Man’s Fate by André Malraux
    95. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
    96. Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell
    97. Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth
    98. Confessions by Rousseau
    99. The World as Will and Representation by Arthur Schopenhauer
    100. Julius Caesar by Shakespeare

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    Let's see, how many of these have I read? Probably not near enough. Ok, my list.
    1. The Bible (the whole thing, took me way more than a year, but I did it!)
    2. Hamlet by Shakespeare
    12. The Odessy by Homer
    17. The Iliad by Homer
    38. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    40. The Trial by franz kafka
    the other shakespeare's listed.
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    1. The Bible
    2. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
    3. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
    4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    5. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
    6. Ulysses by James Joyce
    7. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
    8. Don Quixote by Cervantes
    9. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
    10. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

    11. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
    12. The Odyssey by Homer
    13. Paradise Lost by John Milton
    14. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust
    15. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
    16. Les Fleurs du mal by Charles Baudelaire

    17. The Illiad by Homer
    18. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia-Marquez
    19. Essays by Montaigne
    20. The Stranger by Albert Camus

    21. The Oresteia by Aeschylus
    22. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
    23. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

    24. The Story of the Stone by Cao Xueqin
    25. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
    26. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    27. The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu
    28. Emma by Jane Austen
    29. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    30. The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio
    31. Eugene Onegin by Pushkin
    32. Watership Down by Richard Adams
    33. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
    34. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
    35. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
    36. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    37. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

    38. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    39. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
    40. The Trial by Franz Kafka
    41. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien

    42. Shahnameh by Ferdowsi
    43. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
    44. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
    45. Fictions by J.L. Borges
    46. El Aleph by J.L. Borges

    47. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
    48. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    49. The Magus by John Fowles

    50. Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman
    51. Testament by R.C. Hutchinson
    52. Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis
    53. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
    54. Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche
    55. Oedipus the King by Sophocles
    56. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

    57. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
    58. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
    59. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell by William Blake
    60. Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
    61. Fifth Business by Robertson Davies
    62. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
    63. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
    64. No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre
    65. Othello by William Shakespeare
    66. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
    67. Vanity Fair by William Thackerey
    68. Resurrection by Leo Tolstoy
    69. Voss by Patrick White
    70. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
    71. Manfred by Lord Byron
    72. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
    73. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
    74. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
    75. Outer Dark by Cormac McCarthy
    76. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurty
    77. 1984 by George Orwell
    78. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
    79. The Gospel According to Jesus Christ by Jose Saramagos
    80. Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
    81. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
    82. Tristam Shandy by Laurence Sterne
    83. The Tree of Man by Patrick White
    84. The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
    85. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
    86. 2666 by Robert Bolano
    87. Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino
    88. If on a winter’s night a traveler by Italo Calvino
    89. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
    90. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad
    91. The Recognitions by William Gaddis
    92. The Castle by Franz Kafka

    93. I Canti by Giacomo Leopardi
    94. Man’s Fate by André Malraux
    95. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
    96. Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell
    97. Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth

    98. Confessions by Rousseau
    99. The World as Will and Representation by Arthur Schopenhauer
    100. Julius Caesar by Shakespeare

    I'd say 50 read, but a couple of these I've only started and have not got through yet, like Infinite Jest and the Recognitions
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