The 10 Greatest Books of All Time by TIME magazine

Leo Tolstoy - Anna Karenina

Leo Tolstoy

Anna Karenina

The novel is currently enjoying popularity, as demonstrated by a recent poll of 125 contemporary authors by J. Peder Zane, published in 2007 in "The Top Ten" in Time (the American weekly news magazine published in New York City, United States), which declared that Anna Karenina is the "greatest novel ever written"

Gustave Flaubert - Madame Bovary

Gustave Flaubert

Madame Bovary

The story focuses on a doctor's wife, Emma Bovary, who has adulterous affairs and lives beyond her means in order to escape the banalities and emptiness of provincial life. Though the basic plot is rather simple, even archetypal, the novel's true art lies in its details and hidden patterns. Flaubert was a notorious perfectionist and claimed always to be searching for le mot juste ("the right word")

Leo Tolstoy - War and Peace

Leo Tolstoy

War and Peace

War and Peace delineates in graphic detail events surrounding the French invasion of Russia, and the impact of the Napoleonic era on Tsarist society, as seen through the eyes of five Russian aristocratic families. The work is epic in scale and is regarded as one of the most important works of world literature.

Vladimir Nabokov - Lolita

Vladimir Nabokov


This book from The 10 Greatest Books of All Time isn't public domain.

Mark Twain - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Commonly named among the Great American Novels, the work is among the first in major American literature to be written in the vernacular, characterized by local color regionalism.

William Shakespeare - Hamlet

William Shakespeare


The play, set in Denmark, recounts how Prince Hamlet exacts revenge on his uncle Claudius, who has murdered Hamlet's father, the King, and then taken the throne and married Hamlet's mother. The play vividly charts the course of real and feigned madness—from overwhelming grief to seething rage—and explores themes of treachery, revenge, incest, and moral corruption.

F.Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby

F.Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby

The book is widely regarded as a "Great American Novel" and a literary classic, capturing the essence of an era and the post-war "carefree madness" of a nation hungry for life. The Modern Library named it the second best English language novel of the 20th Century.

Marcel Proust - In Search of Lost Time

Marcel Proust

In Search of Lost Time

In Search of Lost Time or Remembrance of Things Past (French: À la recherche du temps perdu) is a novel in seven volumes. The novel had great influence on twentieth-century literature; some writers have sought to emulate it, others to parody it.

Anton Chekhov - The Stories

Anton Chekhov

The Stories

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov was a Russian physician, dramatist and author who is considered to be among the greatest writers of short stories in history.[Encyclopædia Britannica]

George Eliot - Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life

George Eliot

Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life

Middlemarch is a novel by George Eliot, the pen name of Mary Anne Evans, later Marian Evans. Subtitled "A Study of Provincial Life," the novel is set in the fictitious Midlands town of Middlemarch during the period 1830–32. It has multiple plots with a large cast of characters, and in addition to its distinct though interlocking narratives it pursues a number of underlying themes, including the status of women, the nature of marriage, idealism and self-interest, religion and hypocrisy, political reform, and education. The pace is leisurely, the tone is mildly didactic (with an authorial voice that occasionally bursts through the narrative), and the canvas is very broad.

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