Some of the books considered the greatest all time include "Ulysses," "The Great Gatsby" and "Brave New World." Other books considered the greatest include "Atlas Shrugged," "Battlefield Earth" and "The Fountainhead."
Of the books considered the best ever written, many were written in the 20th century. Some of these books, such as "Ulysses" by James Joyce, "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley and "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald, were written before the Second World War. Many books considered the greatest of all time were influenced by the events of the war, such as "Slaughterhouse-Five" by Kurt Vonnegut, "Gravity's Rainbow" by Thomas Pynchon and "Sophie's Choice" by William Styron. Books considered the greatest written prior to the 20th century include "Crime and Punishment" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain.
Some of the books considered the best ever are controversial, being both incredibly popular with some readers and completely hated by others. Some of these books include the works of Ayn Rand, such as "The Fountainhead" and "Atlas Shrugged," which are both praised and maligned for their political content. Similarly, books written by L. Ron Hubbard, such as "Battlefield Earth" and "Mission Earth," are controversial due to the author's creation of the Church of Scientology.