Literary Merit Books

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To Kill a Mockingbird To Kill a Mockingbird (Paperback)
by (shelved 20 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 4.28 — 4,705,155 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 — 3,938,945 ratings — published 1925
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Pride and Prejudice Pride and Prejudice (Paperback)
by (shelved 15 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 4.27 — 3,149,584 ratings — published 1813
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1984 1984 (Kindle Edition)
by (shelved 14 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 4.19 — 3,321,624 ratings — published 1949
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Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet (Paperback)
by (shelved 14 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 3.75 — 2,119,004 ratings — published 1595
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The Catcher in the Rye The Catcher in the Rye (Paperback)
by (shelved 13 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 3.81 — 2,835,561 ratings — published 1951
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Lord of the Flies Lord of the Flies (Paperback)
by (shelved 12 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 3.69 — 2,344,488 ratings — published 1954
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Of Mice and Men Of Mice and Men (Paperback)
by (shelved 12 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 3.88 — 2,011,758 ratings — published 1937
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Animal Farm Animal Farm (Mass Market Paperback)
by (shelved 12 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 3.96 — 2,877,808 ratings — published 1945
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Brave New World Brave New World (Paperback)
by (shelved 10 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 3.99 — 1,496,509 ratings — published 1932
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The Crucible The Crucible (Paperback)
by (shelved 9 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 3.59 — 333,305 ratings — published 1953
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Wuthering Heights Wuthering Heights (Paperback)
by (shelved 9 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 3.86 — 1,396,032 ratings — published 1847
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Fahrenheit 451 Fahrenheit 451 (Kindle Edition)
by (shelved 9 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 3.99 — 1,764,167 ratings — published 1953
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The Scarlet Letter The Scarlet Letter (Paperback)
by (shelved 9 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 3.42 — 724,026 ratings — published 1850
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Macbeth Macbeth (Paperback)
by (shelved 9 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 3.91 — 698,008 ratings — published 1606
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The Kite Runner The Kite Runner (Paperback)
by (shelved 8 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 4.31 — 2,517,446 ratings — published 2003
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A Midsummer Night's Dream A Midsummer Night's Dream (Paperback)
by (shelved 8 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 3.95 — 454,200 ratings — published 1595
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The Color Purple The Color Purple (Paperback)
by (shelved 8 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 4.23 — 541,330 ratings — published 1982
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Death of a Salesman Death of a Salesman (Hardcover)
by (shelved 7 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 3.54 — 192,459 ratings — published 1949
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Oedipus Rex  (The Theban Plays, #1) Oedipus Rex (The Theban Plays, #1)
by (shelved 7 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 3.71 — 175,818 ratings — published -429
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Heart of Darkness Heart of Darkness (Paperback)
by (shelved 7 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 3.44 — 432,772 ratings — published 1899
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Jane Eyre Jane Eyre (Paperback)
by (shelved 7 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 4.13 — 1,684,718 ratings — published 1847
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Slaughterhouse-Five Slaughterhouse-Five (Paperback)
by (shelved 7 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 4.08 — 1,165,863 ratings — published 1969
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The Grapes of Wrath The Grapes of Wrath (Hardcover)
by (shelved 7 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 3.98 — 772,153 ratings — published 1939
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Hamlet Hamlet (Paperback)
by (shelved 7 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 4.03 — 755,684 ratings — published 1603
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Night  (The Night Trilogy, #1) Night (The Night Trilogy, #1)
by (shelved 6 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 4.34 — 1,007,511 ratings — published 1956
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The Importance of Being Earnest The Importance of Being Earnest (Paperback)
by (shelved 6 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 4.18 — 310,374 ratings — published 1895
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The Giver The Giver (Paperback)
by (shelved 6 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 4.13 — 1,867,617 ratings — published 1993
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The Handmaid's Tale (The Handmaid's Tale, #1) The Handmaid's Tale (The Handmaid's Tale, #1)
by (shelved 6 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 4.12 — 1,540,606 ratings — published 1985
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Great Expectations Great Expectations (Paperback)
by (shelved 6 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 3.78 — 672,810 ratings — published 1861
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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 — 1,171,570 ratings — published 1884
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A Tale of Two Cities A Tale of Two Cities (Paperback)
by (shelved 6 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 3.85 — 828,617 ratings — published 1859
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Their Eyes Were Watching God Their Eyes Were Watching God (Paperback)
by (shelved 6 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 3.95 — 276,290 ratings — published 1937
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Beowulf Beowulf (Paperback)
by (shelved 6 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 3.46 — 249,253 ratings — published 900
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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 — 109,414 ratings — published -441
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The Awakening The Awakening (Paperback)
by (shelved 5 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 3.66 — 174,556 ratings — published 1899
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Crime and Punishment Crime and Punishment (Paperback)
by (shelved 5 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 4.23 — 658,132 ratings — published 1866
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Anna Karenina Anna Karenina (Paperback)
by (shelved 5 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 4.06 — 690,559 ratings — published 1877
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Les Misérables Les Misérables (Mass Market Paperback)
by (shelved 4 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 4.18 — 698,933 ratings — published 1862
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The Glass Menagerie The Glass Menagerie (Paperback)
by (shelved 4 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 3.71 — 114,236 ratings — published 1945
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Othello Othello (Paperback)
by (shelved 4 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 3.90 — 324,761 ratings — published 1603
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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (Paperback)
by (shelved 4 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 3.97 — 388,948 ratings — published 2005
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The Book Thief The Book Thief (Hardcover)
by (shelved 4 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 4.38 — 1,921,008 ratings — published 2005
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The Things They Carried The Things They Carried (Paperback)
by (shelved 4 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 4.13 — 262,613 ratings — published 1990
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The Poisonwood Bible The Poisonwood Bible (Hardcover)
by (shelved 4 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 4.07 — 670,114 ratings — published 1998
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Never Let Me Go Never Let Me Go (Paperback)
by (shelved 4 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 3.82 — 499,516 ratings — published 2005
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The Road The Road (Hardcover)
by (shelved 4 times as literary-merit)
avg rating 3.97 — 741,014 ratings — published 2006
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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