What are the world's greatest literary works?
Two decades of research have culminated in the latest iteration of The Greatest Literature of All Time list, comprising 999 works from ancient times to today, from all countries and cultures.
I've also crafted comprehensive lists of the greatest novels, novellas, stories, poems and plays—plus the top works in the genres of historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy fiction, and crime and mystery.
Those who have asked for a more concise guide get their wish with the recently added ranked listing, The Top 99 Works of Literature. For those seeking a wider selection to help explore great literature in greater depth, an extensive selection has also been compiled: The Really Long List of Great Literature offers 2,222 entries—more than double our flagship Greatest list.
New! Recently I've also started creating "greatest" lists for specific countries and regions. Covered so far are African, American, British, Canadian, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Irish, Japanese, Latin American, Nordic, Russian, and South Asian literature.
What makes these lists so authoritative? See "Creating the the Greatest Literature of All Time list" about the painstaking process of selecting titles from among the world's most revered literature.
Plus, click links to the more than 600 critiques and other information on authors, books and adaptations of great literature.
And keep reading.Castle Rackrent The New Testament Morley Callaghan Alias Grace Ender's Game The Hebrew Bible / The Old Testament The Book of Jonah Tom Wolfe The Hands of Mr. Ottermole A Rose for Emily
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Genres and extras222 greatest works of crime, mystery and detective fiction. Evidence from two hundred years of writing has been sifted and countless witnesses (readers, writers and critics) have been questioned to solve the mystery: what are the greatest stories and novels ever published in this still very popular genre? 222 greatest works of speculative and science fiction—the greatest SF stories and novels published on this planet at least. The earliest, believe it or not, was first printed in 1638 and involved a flight to the moon. The latest of the greatest take us well into the twenty-first century. 111 greatest works of fantasy, featuring the greatest stories and novels published in this burgeoning genre. The oldest works go back to ancient times and it's had a persistent following through the centuries. But it's really taken off in recent decades. 200 films, film series and television productions based on the greatest works of literature reviewed on these pages. From the serious to the silly, from the authentic to the awful. best novels, drama and poetry from writers in the Great White North, plus commentaries on selected books and Canadian authors. Canadian literature started obscurely in the early nineteenth century, but since the mid-twentieth century it's ranked among the best—and most acclaimed—in the world.
Features of note
How works were selectedWondering what makes this list of great literature the most accurate and most comprehensive? What makes these books the best? Read Editor Eric's account of how the Greatest Literature of All Time list was researched, created, revised and recreated repeatedly over more than twenty years.
What's so great about these books?Readers and critics can have widely diverging ideas about what makes a certain book good and another one not-so. How can we find agreement on which works are the greatest? What does "greatest" even mean? Can popular genre books be compared with literary masterpieces? How is a Greatest Literature of All Time list even possible?
Science fiction? Scifi? Speculative fiction? SF?Whatever you call it— what is it? The story of the continuing struggle to define it. How Editor Eric settled on the criterion used for his greatest science fiction list.
Finding the best translationsMuch of what you read in English was not written in English. Does it matter? (Short answer: Yes.) What makes the best translation?
Much ado about Shakespeare
He's the greatest of course—at least most people think so. So Eric has a lot of offbeat material about the Bard to offer:
And, after all that, the plays are still the thing: