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The Odyssey The Odyssey (Paperback)
by (shelved 69 times as western-canon)
avg rating 3.78 — 904,644 ratings — published -800
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The Iliad The Iliad (Paperback)
by (shelved 60 times as western-canon)
avg rating 3.88 — 372,745 ratings — published -800
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Don Quixote Don Quixote (Paperback)
by (shelved 45 times as western-canon)
avg rating 3.88 — 225,287 ratings — published 1605
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The Aeneid The Aeneid (Paperback)
by (shelved 44 times as western-canon)
avg rating 3.85 — 111,265 ratings — published -19
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The Divine Comedy The Divine Comedy (Hardcover)
by (shelved 41 times as western-canon)
avg rating 4.04 — 130,228 ratings — published 1320
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The Canterbury Tales The Canterbury Tales (Paperback)
by (shelved 38 times as western-canon)
avg rating 3.51 — 197,519 ratings — published 1400
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The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby (Paperback)
by (shelved 35 times as western-canon)
avg rating 3.93 — 4,050,461 ratings — published 1925
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The Epic of Gilgamesh The Epic of Gilgamesh (Paperback)
by (shelved 32 times as western-canon)
avg rating 3.71 — 84,619 ratings — published -1800
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Pride and Prejudice Pride and Prejudice (Paperback)
by (shelved 32 times as western-canon)
avg rating 4.27 — 3,253,723 ratings — published 1813
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Beowulf Beowulf (Paperback)
by (shelved 31 times as western-canon)
avg rating 3.46 — 255,120 ratings — published 900
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Oedipus Rex  (The Theban Plays, #1) Oedipus Rex (The Theban Plays, #1)
by (shelved 31 times as western-canon)
avg rating 3.71 — 180,145 ratings — published -429
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Anna Karenina Anna Karenina (Paperback)
by (shelved 30 times as western-canon)
avg rating 4.06 — 707,012 ratings — published 1877
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Moby-Dick or, the Whale Moby-Dick or, the Whale (Paperback)
by (shelved 30 times as western-canon)
avg rating 3.52 — 496,252 ratings — published 1851
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Crime and Punishment Crime and Punishment (Paperback)
by (shelved 29 times as western-canon)
avg rating 4.23 — 681,374 ratings — published 1866
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Frankenstein: The 1818 Text Frankenstein: The 1818 Text (Paperback)
by (shelved 28 times as western-canon)
avg rating 3.82 — 1,240,398 ratings — published 1818
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1984 1984 (Kindle Edition)
by (shelved 28 times as western-canon)
avg rating 4.19 — 3,435,897 ratings — published 1949
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Hamlet Hamlet (Paperback)
by (shelved 27 times as western-canon)
avg rating 4.03 — 775,604 ratings — published 1603
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Gulliver's Travels Gulliver's Travels (Paperback)
by (shelved 27 times as western-canon)
avg rating 3.58 — 242,496 ratings — published 1726
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The Catcher in the Rye The Catcher in the Rye (Paperback)
by (shelved 27 times as western-canon)
avg rating 3.81 — 2,899,331 ratings — published 1951
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The Republic The Republic (Paperback)
by (shelved 26 times as western-canon)
avg rating 3.95 — 180,225 ratings — published -380
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Paradise Lost Paradise Lost (Paperback)
by (shelved 26 times as western-canon)
avg rating 3.81 — 147,016 ratings — published 1667
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The Stranger The Stranger (Paperback)
by (shelved 26 times as western-canon)
avg rating 3.99 — 772,227 ratings — published 1942
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The Histories The Histories (Paperback)
by (shelved 25 times as western-canon)
avg rating 3.95 — 45,879 ratings — published -450
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Metamorphoses Metamorphoses (Paperback)
by (shelved 25 times as western-canon)
avg rating 4.07 — 60,588 ratings — published 8
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The Oresteia: Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, The Eumenides The Oresteia: Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, The Eumenides (Paperback)
by (shelved 25 times as western-canon)
avg rating 4.00 — 37,040 ratings — published -458
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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Paperback)
by (shelved 25 times as western-canon)
avg rating 3.82 — 1,183,418 ratings — published 1884
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War and Peace War and Peace (Paperback)
by (shelved 24 times as western-canon)
avg rating 4.13 — 279,989 ratings — published 1865
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The Grapes of Wrath The Grapes of Wrath (Hardcover)
by (shelved 24 times as western-canon)
avg rating 3.98 — 786,952 ratings — published 1939
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Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet (Paperback)
by (shelved 23 times as western-canon)
avg rating 3.75 — 2,165,382 ratings — published 1597
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Great Expectations Great Expectations (Paperback)
by (shelved 23 times as western-canon)
avg rating 3.78 — 687,039 ratings — published 1860
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Antigone (The Theban Plays, #3) Antigone (The Theban Plays, #3)
by (shelved 23 times as western-canon)
avg rating 3.67 — 113,322 ratings — published -441
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Les Misérables Les Misérables (Mass Market Paperback)
by (shelved 23 times as western-canon)
avg rating 4.18 — 710,875 ratings — published 1862
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Middlemarch Middlemarch (Paperback)
by (shelved 22 times as western-canon)
avg rating 3.98 — 141,173 ratings — published 1871
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Wuthering Heights Wuthering Heights (Paperback)
by (shelved 22 times as western-canon)
avg rating 3.87 — 1,433,592 ratings — published 1847
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The Picture of Dorian Gray The Picture of Dorian Gray (Paperback)
by (shelved 22 times as western-canon)
avg rating 4.09 — 1,061,183 ratings — published 1890
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Confessions Confessions (Paperback)
by (shelved 21 times as western-canon)
avg rating 3.90 — 53,501 ratings — published 400
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One Hundred Years of Solitude One Hundred Years of Solitude (Mass Market Paperback)
by (shelved 21 times as western-canon)
avg rating 4.09 — 799,836 ratings — published 1967
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Jane Eyre Jane Eyre (Paperback)
by (shelved 21 times as western-canon)
avg rating 4.13 — 1,725,821 ratings — published 1846
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Candide Candide (Paperback)
by (shelved 21 times as western-canon)
avg rating 3.77 — 232,356 ratings — published 1759
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The Brothers Karamazov The Brothers Karamazov (Paperback)
by (shelved 21 times as western-canon)
avg rating 4.32 — 260,699 ratings — published 1879
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The Scarlet Letter The Scarlet Letter (Paperback)
by (shelved 21 times as western-canon)
avg rating 3.42 — 738,754 ratings — published 1850
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The Nicomachean Ethics The Nicomachean Ethics (Paperback)
by (shelved 20 times as western-canon)
avg rating 3.97 — 37,156 ratings — published -349
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The Prince The Prince (Paperback)
by (shelved 20 times as western-canon)
avg rating 3.82 — 278,518 ratings — published 1532
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Dracula Dracula (Paperback)
by (shelved 20 times as western-canon)
avg rating 4.00 — 1,006,680 ratings — published 1897
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Emma Emma (Paperback)
by (shelved 20 times as western-canon)
avg rating 4.02 — 700,308 ratings — published 1815
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Lolita Lolita (Paperback)
by (shelved 19 times as western-canon)
avg rating 3.89 — 699,562 ratings — published 1955
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Waiting for Godot Waiting for Godot (Paperback)
by (shelved 19 times as western-canon)
avg rating 3.83 — 171,322 ratings — published 1952
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Ficciones Ficciones (Paperback)
by (shelved 19 times as western-canon)
avg rating 4.44 — 53,003 ratings — published 1944
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Brave New World Brave New World (Paperback)
by (shelved 19 times as western-canon)
avg rating 3.99 — 1,532,705 ratings — published 1932
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Ulysses Ulysses (Paperback)
by (shelved 19 times as western-canon)
avg rating 3.73 — 116,207 ratings — published 1922
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