Great Books: No Novels Need Apply

We all love a good novel, of course. But not all great works of literature ARE novels. But what are the great works of literature, great BOOKS that are not novels? Great Collections of short stories, great books of poetry, great plays, and so forth. Here are the rules: In the case of books of poetry or short fiction, the works should not be collections edited by third parties ("The Collected Whitman"), but preferably prepared by the author him or herself ("Leaves of Grass"). In addition please remember that we are talking about literature here. Scripture, as well as political writing from the last fifty years, will be deleted.
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339 books · 225 voters · list created May 27th, 2010 by Antoine (votes) .
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Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I think I know what prompted this! LOL


message 2: by Antoine (new)

Antoine Yes indeedy.


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Antoine Wow, I have never started a list that got over a hundred books before. I am honored.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Antoine wrote: "Wow, I have never started a list that got over a hundred books before. I am honored."

Just goes to show how many great books are out there that are not novels ... ;)


message 5: by Booklovinglady (last edited Apr 21, 2015 09:06AM) (new)

Booklovinglady Amazing.... no one seems to have thought of Margaret Atwood's poems or short stories.... Or Alice Munro's stories, for that matter.

I noticed Hunger (#135) on this list, but I'm not altogether sure it should be mentioned here?

@Antoine
With fairy tales, older poetry, older plays, and so on, it is very hard, if not impossible, to find (own) a book not edited by a third party. You said "In the case of books of poetry or short fiction, the works should not be collections edited by third parties", I'm hoping this does not count for fairy tales, older poetry or older plays, 'cause I've added some I own. Let me know; I can removed them if you like.


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