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Top 100 Classic Novels

"Exploring the essence of storytelling through timeless literature"

Embark on a literary journey through the most acclaimed classic novels of all time. These masterpieces have shaped literature and culture, offering profound insights into the human condition. From epic sagas to intimate narratives, this list celebrates the enduring power of storytelling.



  • Title: "Top 100 Classic Novels: A Journey Through Literature's Timeless Masterpieces"
  • Subtitle: "A Journey Through Literature's Timeless Masterpieces"
  • Tagline: "Exploring the essence of storytelling through timeless literature"
  • Description: "A curated list of the top 100 classic novels that have stood the test of time, offering readers a diverse range of genres and styles."
  • Keywords: Literature, Classic Novels, Timeless Stories, Literary Masterpieces, Books, Reading, Authors, Fiction, Novels, Storytelling


# Top 100 Classic Novels
- A Journey Through Literature's Timeless Masterpieces
- Exploring the essence of storytelling through timeless literature
- A curated list of the top 100 classic novels that have stood the test of time, offering readers a diverse range of genres and styles.
- 5 Topics

## Topics
- 19th Century: Dickens, Austen, Tolstoy, Brontë, Melville...
- 20th Century: Orwell, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Woolf, Steinbeck...
- Gothic: Shelley, Stoker, Poe, Stevenson, Hawthorne...
- Modernist: Joyce, Kafka, Faulkner, Proust, Mann...
- Epics: Homer, Virgil, Dante, Milton, Cervantes...

19th Century

"Exploring the social and cultural landscapes of the 1800s"

The 19th century produced some of the most influential novels that explored the complexities of society, class, and human nature. These novels continue to be celebrated for their rich characters and intricate plots.

  1. "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen: A witty commentary on society and romance.
  2. "Moby-Dick" by Herman Melville: An epic tale of obsession and the sea.
  3. "War and Peace" by Leo Tolstoy: A sprawling epic of Russian society during the Napoleonic era.
  4. "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens: A story of growth and personal development.
  5. "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Brontë: A dark and passionate tale of love and revenge.
  6. "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Brontë: A novel of strong will and moral integrity.
  7. "Anna Karenina" by Leo Tolstoy: A tragic story of love and infidelity.
  8. "David Copperfield" by Charles Dickens: A coming-of-age narrative with rich detail.
  9. "Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert: A critique of bourgeois society.
  10. "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne: A tale of sin and redemption.
  11. "Les Misérables" by Victor Hugo: An epic story of justice and societal change.
  12. "The Brothers Karamazov" by Fyodor Dostoevsky: A philosophical exploration of morality.
  13. "Crime and Punishment" by Fyodor Dostoevsky: A psychological drama about guilt and redemption.
  14. "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley: A pioneering work of science fiction and horror.
  15. "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain: A satirical take on American society.
  16. "Sense and Sensibility" by Jane Austen: A narrative about balancing reason and emotion.
  17. "The Count of Monte Cristo" by Alexandre Dumas: A thrilling story of vengeance and forgiveness.
  18. "Middlemarch" by George Eliot: A comprehensive study of English provincial life.
  19. "Bleak House" by Charles Dickens: A complex tale of legal intrigue and human connection.
  20. "Persuasion" by Jane Austen: A story of love and second chances.

20th Century

"Modern narratives that redefined literature"

The 20th century witnessed significant changes in narrative style and subject matter, reflecting the complexities of modern life. These novels are known for their innovative approaches and profound themes.

  1. "1984" by George Orwell
  2. "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  3. "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee
  4. "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel García Márquez
  5. "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley
  6. "Catch-22" by Joseph Heller
  7. "Ulysses" by James Joyce
  8. "The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger
  9. "Beloved" by Toni Morrison
  10. "The Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck
  11. "Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov
  12. "Mrs Dalloway" by Virginia Woolf
  13. "The Sun Also Rises" by Ernest Hemingway
  14. "Slaughterhouse-Five" by Kurt Vonnegut
  15. "Invisible Man" by Ralph Ellison
  16. "The Trial" by Franz Kafka
  17. "A Passage to India" by E.M. Forster
  18. "Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad
  19. "A Farewell to Arms" by Ernest Hemingway
  20. "On the Road" by Jack Kerouac


"Dark tales of mystery and the supernatural"

Gothic novels are known for their dark, mysterious settings and elements of horror and romance. These stories delve into the supernatural and explore the darker aspects of human nature.

  1. "Dracula" by Bram Stoker
  2. "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
  3. "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Brontë
  4. "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley
  5. "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" by Robert Louis Stevenson
  6. "The Turn of the Screw" by Henry James
  7. "Rebecca" by Daphne du Maurier
  8. "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Brontë
  9. "The Phantom of the Opera" by Gaston Leroux
  10. "The Castle of Otranto" by Horace Walpole
  11. "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame" by Victor Hugo
  12. "The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe
  13. "The Haunting of Hill House" by Shirley Jackson
  14. "Northanger Abbey" by Jane Austen
  15. "The Monk" by Matthew Lewis
  16. "Melmoth the Wanderer" by Charles Maturin
  17. "The Mysteries of Udolpho" by Ann Radcliffe
  18. "Carmilla" by Sheridan Le Fanu
  19. "The Shadow of the Wind" by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  20. "The Thirteenth Tale" by Diane Setterfield


"Revolutionary narratives that challenge traditional forms"

Modernist novels broke away from traditional storytelling techniques, offering fragmented narratives and exploring the inner consciousness. These works reflect the complexities of the modern world.

  1. "Ulysses" by James Joyce
  2. "To the Lighthouse" by Virginia Woolf
  3. "The Sound and the Fury" by William Faulkner
  4. "In Search of Lost Time" by Marcel Proust
  5. "The Trial" by Franz Kafka
  6. "The Metamorphosis" by Franz Kafka
  7. "Mrs Dalloway" by Virginia Woolf
  8. "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" by James Joyce
  9. "As I Lay Dying" by William Faulkner
  10. "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley
  11. "Waiting for Godot" by Samuel Beckett
  12. "The Waves" by Virginia Woolf
  13. "A Room of One's Own" by Virginia Woolf
  14. "Siddhartha" by Hermann Hesse
  15. "The Magic Mountain" by Thomas Mann
  16. "Steppenwolf" by Hermann Hesse
  17. "Under the Volcano" by Malcolm Lowry
  18. "The Man Without Qualities" by Robert Musil
  19. "Nightwood" by Djuna Barnes
  20. "The Cantos" by Ezra Pound


"Timeless tales of heroism and adventure"

Epic novels are grand narratives that span across generations and cultures, often featuring heroic characters and monumental events. These stories have left an indelible mark on literature.

  1. "The Odyssey" by Homer
  2. "The Iliad" by Homer
  3. "The Aeneid" by Virgil
  4. "Divine Comedy" by Dante Alighieri
  5. "Don Quixote" by Miguel de Cervantes
  6. "Paradise Lost" by John Milton
  7. "Beowulf" by Anonymous
  8. "The Mahabharata" by Vyasa
  9. "The Ramayana" by Valmiki
  10. "The Epic of Gilgamesh" by Anonymous
  11. "The Tale of Genji" by Murasaki Shikibu
  12. "The Decameron" by Giovanni Boccaccio
  13. "The Nibelungenlied" by Anonymous
  14. "Metamorphoses" by Ovid
  15. "The Shahnameh" by Ferdowsi
  16. "Jerusalem Delivered

" by Torquato Tasso 17. "The Kalevala" by Elias Lönnrot 18. "The Faerie Queene" by Edmund Spenser 19. "Orlando Furioso" by Ludovico Ariosto 20. "The Song of Roland" by Anonymous

Top 100 List

  1. "Pride and Prejudice" (19th Century)
  2. "1984" (20th Century)
  3. "Dracula" (Gothic)
  4. "Ulysses" (Modernist)
  5. "The Odyssey" (Epics)
  6. "Moby-Dick" (19th Century)
  7. "The Great Gatsby" (20th Century)
  8. "The Picture of Dorian Gray" (Gothic)
  9. "To the Lighthouse" (Modernist)
  10. "The Iliad" (Epics)
  11. "War and Peace" (19th Century)
  12. "To Kill a Mockingbird" (20th Century)
  13. "Wuthering Heights" (Gothic)
  14. "The Sound and the Fury" (Modernist)
  15. "The Aeneid" (Epics)
  16. "Great Expectations" (19th Century)
  17. "One Hundred Years of Solitude" (20th Century)
  18. "Frankenstein" (Gothic)
  19. "In Search of Lost Time" (Modernist)
  20. "Divine Comedy" (Epics)
  21. "Jane Eyre" (19th Century)
  22. "Brave New World" (20th Century)
  23. "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" (Gothic)
  24. "The Trial" (Modernist)
  25. "Don Quixote" (Epics)
  26. "Anna Karenina" (19th Century)
  27. "Catch-22" (20th Century)
  28. "The Turn of the Screw" (Gothic)
  29. "The Metamorphosis" (Modernist)
  30. "Paradise Lost" (Epics)
  31. "David Copperfield" (19th Century)
  32. "Ulysses" (Modernist)
  33. "The Phantom of the Opera" (Gothic)
  34. "Mrs Dalloway" (Modernist)
  35. "Beowulf" (Epics)
  36. "Madame Bovary" (19th Century)
  37. "The Catcher in the Rye" (20th Century)
  38. "Rebecca" (Gothic)
  39. "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" (Modernist)
  40. "The Mahabharata" (Epics)
  41. "The Scarlet Letter" (19th Century)
  42. "Beloved" (20th Century)
  43. "Jane Eyre" (Gothic)
  44. "As I Lay Dying" (Modernist)
  45. "The Ramayana" (Epics)
  46. "Les Misérables" (19th Century)
  47. "The Grapes of Wrath" (20th Century)
  48. "The Castle of Otranto" (Gothic)
  49. "Brave New World" (Modernist)
  50. "The Epic of Gilgamesh" (Epics)
  51. "The Brothers Karamazov" (19th Century)
  52. "Lolita" (20th Century)
  53. "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame" (Gothic)
  54. "Waiting for Godot" (Modernist)
  55. "The Tale of Genji" (Epics)
  56. "Crime and Punishment" (19th Century)
  57. "Mrs Dalloway" (20th Century)
  58. "The Fall of the House of Usher" (Gothic)
  59. "The Waves" (Modernist)
  60. "The Decameron" (Epics)
  61. "Frankenstein" (19th Century)
  62. "The Sun Also Rises" (20th Century)
  63. "The Haunting of Hill House" (Gothic)
  64. "A Room of One's Own" (Modernist)
  65. "The Nibelungenlied" (Epics)
  66. "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" (19th Century)
  67. "Slaughterhouse-Five" (20th Century)
  68. "Northanger Abbey" (Gothic)
  69. "Siddhartha" (Modernist)
  70. "Metamorphoses" (Epics)
  71. "Sense and Sensibility" (19th Century)
  72. "Invisible Man" (20th Century)
  73. "The Monk" (Gothic)
  74. "The Magic Mountain" (Modernist)
  75. "The Shahnameh" (Epics)
  76. "The Count of Monte Cristo" (19th Century)
  77. "The Trial" (20th Century)
  78. "Melmoth the Wanderer" (Gothic)
  79. "Steppenwolf" (Modernist)
  80. "Jerusalem Delivered" (Epics)
  81. "Middlemarch" (19th Century)
  82. "A Passage to India" (20th Century)
  83. "The Mysteries of Udolpho" (Gothic)
  84. "Under the Volcano" (Modernist)
  85. "The Kalevala" (Epics)
  86. "Bleak House" (19th Century)
  87. "Heart of Darkness" (20th Century)
  88. "Carmilla" (Gothic)
  89. "The Man Without Qualities" (Modernist)
  90. "The Faerie Queene" (Epics)
  91. "Persuasion" (19th Century)
  92. "A Farewell to Arms" (20th Century)
  93. "The Shadow of the Wind" (Gothic)
  94. "Nightwood" (Modernist)
  95. "Orlando Furioso" (Epics)
  96. "The Cantos" (Modernist)
  97. "On the Road" (20th Century)
  98. "The Thirteenth Tale" (Gothic)
  99. "The Song of Roland" (Epics)
  100. "The Cantos" (Modernist)