Best Books From Before 1950
In an effort to avoid the usual "Flavor of the Month" feel that "Best Ever" lists take on, this list may only include books that were originally published prior to 1950.
200 The Talisman Ring
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 3,431 ratings
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200 The Screwtape Letters
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 153,112 ratings
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203 The History of Tom Jones, a...
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 18,085 ratings
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204 The Origin of Species
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 44,564 ratings
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205 The Quest of the Holy Grail
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 1,105 ratings
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205 Poetics
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 8,018 ratings
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207 The Misanthrope
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 9,878 ratings
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207 Pygmalion
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 53,812 ratings
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207 Little House in the Big Woo...
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 115,197 ratings
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210 Amerika
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 10,605 ratings
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210 Mourning Becomes Electra
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 2,730 ratings
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212 The Glass Bead Game
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 14,605 ratings
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212 A Portrait of the Artist as...
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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 73,332 ratings
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214 On Liberty
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 14,096 ratings
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214 A Study in Scarlet  (Sherlo...
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 119,813 ratings
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214 Farmer Giles of Ham
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 3,386 ratings
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217 Le Malade imaginaire
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 3,436 ratings
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217 The Pickwick Papers
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 12,418 ratings
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219 Demons
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 16,376 ratings
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220 L'École Des Femmes
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 2,563 ratings
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220 Two Treatises of Government
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 8,982 ratings
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220 Ben-Hur
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 18,602 ratings
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223 Le Bourgeois gentilhomme
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 4,481 ratings
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223 These Old Shades (Alastair,...
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 7,198 ratings
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225 King Henry IV, Part 1 (Wars...
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 12,519 ratings
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225 The Raven
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 27,467 ratings
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227 The Foundling
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 2,643 ratings
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227 A Study in Scarlet / The Ho...
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 563 ratings
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229 Beyond Good and Evil
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 27,870 ratings
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230 The History of the Peloponn...
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 17,008 ratings
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231 A Doll's House
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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 47,447 ratings
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232 Les Liaisons dangereuses
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 21,975 ratings
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233 Henry V
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 22,784 ratings
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234 Sister Carrie
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 20,886 ratings
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235 Dracula
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 423,419 ratings
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236 Jefferson: Writings (Librar...
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 805 ratings
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237 Whose Body?  (Lord Peter Wi...
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 18,614 ratings
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238 Our Mutual Friend
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 12,905 ratings
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239 The Turn of the Screw
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3.45 of 5 stars 3.45 avg rating — 39,037 ratings
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240 West with the Night
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 12,399 ratings
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240 A Room of One's Own
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 41,236 ratings
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242 Cranford
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 17,771 ratings
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243 The Tailor of Gloucester
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 2,826 ratings
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244 Oedipus at Colonus
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 4,296 ratings
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244 The Complete Works
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4.5 of 5 stars 4.50 avg rating — 35,163 ratings
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246 Daisy Miller
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3.32 of 5 stars 3.32 avg rating — 13,628 ratings
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247 De historie van mejuffrouw ...
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3.01 of 5 stars 3.01 avg rating — 174 ratings
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247 The Fall of Five (Lorien Le...
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 21,842 ratings
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247 De kleine Johannes
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3.52 of 5 stars 3.52 avg rating — 617 ratings
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247 A Lantern in Her Hand
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 2,946 ratings
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251 The Complete Short Stories
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 23,197 ratings
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252 Oeroeg
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3.25 of 5 stars 3.25 avg rating — 1,660 ratings
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253 The Story of the Stone, Vol...
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 334 ratings
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253 Antigone
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 7,506 ratings
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253 Van oude menschen, de dinge...
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3.55 of 5 stars 3.55 avg rating — 778 ratings
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253 The Charwoman's Shadow
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 396 ratings
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257 The Story of the Stone, Vol...
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4.43 of 5 stars 4.43 avg rating — 279 ratings
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257 Eline Vere: een Haagsche roman
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 914 ratings
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257 Lud-in-the-Mist
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 1,918 ratings
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260 Swallow: A Tale of the Grea...
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 16 ratings
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260 I, Mary MacLane: A Diary of...
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4.53 of 5 stars 4.53 avg rating — 19 ratings
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260 Medea and Other Plays
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 6,391 ratings
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260 The King of Elfland's Daughter
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 3,261 ratings
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264 Paul's Case
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 890 ratings
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264 Too Many Cooks (Nero Wolfe,...
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 2,569 ratings
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266 Winesburg, Ohio
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 16,370 ratings
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267 The Varieties of Religious ...
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 5,515 ratings
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268 The Snake Pit
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 175 ratings
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268 An Ideal Husband
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 21,960 ratings
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270 An Unwilling Guest
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 200 ratings
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271 Kim
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 17,167 ratings
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271 Footsteps In The Dark
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 2,568 ratings
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271 Five Little Peppers Abroad
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 180 ratings
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274 Vita Nuova
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 2,196 ratings
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275 They Found Him Dead
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 1,387 ratings
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275 The Winter's Tale
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 12,713 ratings
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277 Dombey and Son
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 6,094 ratings
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277 The Awakening
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 92,703 ratings
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277 Confessions
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 21,468 ratings
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277 A Daily Rate
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 178 ratings
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277 Three Men in a Boat
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 21,578 ratings
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282 In the Way
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 92 ratings
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282 Clouds of Witness (Lord Pet...
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 8,342 ratings
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284 The Confessions of Lady Nijō
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 220 ratings
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284 Here Is New York
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 2,463 ratings
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284 Captains Courageous
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 11,174 ratings
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287 The Narrow Road to Oku
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 1,630 ratings
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287 Five Little Peppers Midway
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 416 ratings
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289 Katharine's Yesterday: And ...
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 56 ratings
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289 Letters from Russia
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 90 ratings
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291 The Member of the Wedding
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 7,847 ratings
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291 Five Little Peppers And How...
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 15,220 ratings
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293 The Great Divorce
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 55,776 ratings
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294 Life and Times of Frederick...
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 262 ratings
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295 Mrs. Dalloway
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 97,250 ratings
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295 Tolkien on Fairy-stories
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 880 ratings
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297 The Red and the Black
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 24,762 ratings
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297 The Emperor Jones
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3.28 of 5 stars 3.28 avg rating — 1,102 ratings
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297 The Four Loves
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 23,052 ratings
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300 Troilus and Cressida
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3.34 of 5 stars 3.34 avg rating — 4,049 ratings
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Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Do you want me to remove "The Death of Ivan Ilych," Ben? It's reading -1 voters.


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Ben Susanna wrote: "Do you want me to remove "The Death of Ivan Ilych," Ben? It's reading -1 voters."

Very strange. I removed it. Thanks for letting me know.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Don't know why that happened, but it does happen occasionally.


message 4: by Capsguy (new)

Capsguy Whoa, I pretty much exclusively read books written prior to 1950.


message 5: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Ruedin The Watchmen and The 13 Clocks removed. Both excellent, neither published prior to 1950.


message 6: by Susan (new)

Susan Editing problems- 214 is a contemporary YA sci-fi book. Monster Men is at 287 and 369 (we all love Edgar, but really,,,). Lists Swann's Way and In Search of lost Time separately. Is the German translation of 20,000 Leagues appreciably better than an English one? Perhaps a list of best 200 books from 1900-1950 would be more useful and manageable. We all know about Dickens already.


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