What Are the Top 100 Classic Books?


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In 2003, The Guardian published an article titled The 100 Greatest Novels of All Time: the list. Their list is topped by "Don Quixote," "Pilgrim's Progress," "Robinson Crusoe," and "Gulliver's Travels." Compiled by author Robert McCrum, the list offers justification for each book that made the cut.

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What Are the Top 100 Classic Books?
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Thegreatestbooks.org complies popular "top 100" book lists across the Internet and compares them to generate their Greatest Books list. This book list is available as an overall top 100 books, or narrowed by a user-defined time frame. The overall top 100 book on Thegreatestbooks.org is "In Search Of Lost Time," followed by "Ulysses" and "Don Quixote."

Based on member ratings, Goodreads keeps a fluid list of 100 popular classic books. "Pride and Prejudice" tops this list, along with "The Great Gatsby," "Ulysses," "Emma" and "Dracula."

Books that appear on two or more of these lists include "A Tale of Two Cities," "To Kill a Mockingbird," ""Lolita," the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" and "Moby Dick."

The New York Public Library compiled a list of what they consider to be the 100 greatest children's books over 100 years. The list is alphabetical, offers no numerical ranking of books, and features childhood classics like ""Alexander and the Terrible," "Horrible," "No Good Very Bad Day," "The Giver," "Strega Nona" and "When You Reach Me."

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