Literary Merit Books

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To Kill a Mockingbird To Kill a Mockingbird (Paperback)
by (shelved 21 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 4.27 — 5,129,754 ratings — published 1960
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The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby (Paperback)
by (shelved 20 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 3.93 — 4,313,742 ratings — published 1925
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Pride and Prejudice Pride and Prejudice (Paperback)
by (shelved 17 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 4.27 — 3,486,110 ratings — published 1813
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1984 1984 (Kindle Edition)
by (shelved 15 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 4.19 — 3,694,126 ratings — published 1949
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Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet (Mass Market Paperback)
by (shelved 15 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 3.75 — 2,270,762 ratings — published 1597
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The Catcher in the Rye The Catcher in the Rye (Paperback)
by (shelved 14 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 3.81 — 3,044,057 ratings — published 1951
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Of Mice and Men Of Mice and Men (Paperback)
by (shelved 13 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 3.88 — 2,170,144 ratings — published 1937
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Lord of the Flies Lord of the Flies (Paperback)
by (shelved 12 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 3.69 — 2,521,480 ratings — published 1954
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Animal Farm Animal Farm (Mass Market Paperback)
by (shelved 12 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 3.97 — 3,170,829 ratings — published 1945
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Brave New World Brave New World (Paperback)
by (shelved 11 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 3.99 — 1,610,027 ratings — published 1932
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Wuthering Heights Wuthering Heights (Paperback)
by (shelved 10 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 3.87 — 1,519,624 ratings — published 1847
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Frankenstein: The 1818 Text Frankenstein: The 1818 Text (Paperback)
by (shelved 10 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 3.83 — 1,313,875 ratings — published 1818
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The Crucible The Crucible (Paperback)
by (shelved 9 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 3.60 — 358,323 ratings — published 1953
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The Kite Runner The Kite Runner (Paperback)
by (shelved 9 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 4.32 — 2,706,340 ratings — published 2003
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Oedipus Rex  (The Theban Plays, #1) Oedipus Rex (The Theban Plays, #1)
by (shelved 9 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 3.71 — 188,349 ratings — published -429
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The Color Purple The Color Purple (Paperback)
by (shelved 9 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 4.24 — 578,976 ratings — published 1982
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Fahrenheit 451 Fahrenheit 451 (Kindle Edition)
by (shelved 9 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 3.98 — 1,960,873 ratings — published 1953
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Mass Market Paperback)
by (shelved 9 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 4.19 — 676,167 ratings — published 1962
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Jane Eyre Jane Eyre (Paperback)
by (shelved 8 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 4.14 — 1,812,097 ratings — published 1847
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The Scarlet Letter The Scarlet Letter (Paperback)
by (shelved 8 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 3.42 — 769,959 ratings — published 1850
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Macbeth Macbeth (Paperback)
by (shelved 8 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 3.90 — 757,133 ratings — published 1606
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Death of a Salesman Death of a Salesman (Hardcover)
by (shelved 7 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 3.55 — 206,093 ratings — published 1949
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The Handmaid's Tale (The Handmaid's Tale, #1) The Handmaid's Tale (The Handmaid's Tale, #1)
by (shelved 7 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 4.12 — 1,693,619 ratings — published 1985
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Heart of Darkness Heart of Darkness (Paperback)
by (shelved 7 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 3.44 — 457,075 ratings — published 1899
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A Midsummer Night's Dream A Midsummer Night's Dream (Paperback)
by (shelved 7 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 3.95 — 481,910 ratings — published 1595
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Slaughterhouse-Five Slaughterhouse-Five (Paperback)
by (shelved 7 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 4.08 — 1,228,390 ratings — published 1969
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Their Eyes Were Watching God Their Eyes Were Watching God (Paperback)
by (shelved 7 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 3.96 — 295,921 ratings — published 1937
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The Book Thief The Book Thief (Hardcover)
by (shelved 6 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 4.38 — 2,113,353 ratings — published 2005
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Night  (The Night Trilogy, #1) Night (The Night Trilogy, #1)
by (shelved 6 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 4.35 — 1,078,929 ratings — published 1956
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Crime and Punishment Crime and Punishment (Paperback)
by (shelved 6 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 4.24 — 725,987 ratings — published 1866
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Anna Karenina Anna Karenina (Paperback)
by (shelved 6 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 4.07 — 739,851 ratings — published 1877
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The Giver (The Giver, #1) The Giver (The Giver, #1)
by (shelved 6 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 4.13 — 2,053,708 ratings — published 1993
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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Paperback)
by (shelved 6 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 3.82 — 1,204,794 ratings — published 1884
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The Grapes of Wrath The Grapes of Wrath (Hardcover)
by (shelved 6 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 3.98 — 814,392 ratings — published 1939
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Hamlet Hamlet (Paperback)
by (shelved 6 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 4.03 — 813,798 ratings — published 1601
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The Alchemist The Alchemist (Paperback)
by (shelved 5 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 3.89 — 2,455,041 ratings — published 1988
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All the Light We Cannot See All the Light We Cannot See (Hardcover)
by (shelved 5 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 4.32 — 1,242,026 ratings — published 2014
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Antigone (The Theban Plays, #3) Antigone (The Theban Plays, #3)
by (shelved 5 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 3.67 — 121,177 ratings — published -441
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Beloved Beloved (Paperback)
by (shelved 5 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 3.90 — 365,333 ratings — published 1987
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The Poisonwood Bible The Poisonwood Bible (Hardcover)
by (shelved 5 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 4.07 — 692,039 ratings — published 1998
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The Awakening The Awakening (Paperback)
by (shelved 5 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 3.66 — 182,958 ratings — published 1899
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The Road The Road (Hardcover)
by (shelved 5 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 3.97 — 788,101 ratings — published 2006
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The Importance of Being Earnest The Importance of Being Earnest (Paperback)
by (shelved 5 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 4.17 — 329,491 ratings — published 1895
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The Diary of a Young Girl The Diary of a Young Girl (Mass Market Paperback)
by (shelved 5 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 4.17 — 3,158,128 ratings — published 1947
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A Clockwork Orange A Clockwork Orange (Paperback)
by (shelved 5 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 3.99 — 655,877 ratings — published 1962
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The Hobbit, or There and Back Again The Hobbit, or There and Back Again (Paperback)
by (shelved 5 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 4.28 — 3,282,446 ratings — published 1937
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A Separate Peace A Separate Peace (Paperback)
by (shelved 5 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 3.59 — 201,507 ratings — published 1959
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The Bell Jar The Bell Jar (Paperback)
by (shelved 5 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 4.03 — 695,078 ratings — published 1963
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Great Expectations Great Expectations (Paperback)
by (shelved 5 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 3.79 — 714,679 ratings — published 1860
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Les Misérables Les Misérables (Mass Market Paperback)
by (shelved 4 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 4.18 — 733,106 ratings — published 1862
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Iris Murdoch
“However one must ask not just, is it amusing, is it exciting, but is it a work of art?
Iris Murdoch, The Black Prince