You can also view this list in order of date of publication of the books.

1) The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
2) In Search of Lost Time, Marcel Proust
3) On the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin
4) The Divine Comedy, Dante Alighieri
5) The Republic, Plato
6) Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes
7) Ulysses, James Joyce
8) Das Kapital, Karl Marx
9) The Confessions, St. Augustine
10) The Prince, Niccolò Machiavelli
11) The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
12) Middlemarch, George Eliot
13) The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith
14) The Interpretation of Dreams, Sigmund Freud
15) Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathan Swift
16) One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez
17) King Lear, William Shakespeare
18) The Critique of Pure Reason, Immanuel Kant
19) Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
20) The Iliad and The Odyssey, Homer
21) The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
22) Collected Poems, 1909-1962, T. S. Eliot
23) Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
24) The Koran [sic]
25) Our Mutual Friend, Charles Dickens
26) Ficciones, Jorge Luis Borges
27) The Histories, Herodotus
28) Moby-Dick, Herman Melville
29) Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert
30) The Complete Stories of Franz Kafka
31) The King James Bible
32) Principia Mathematica, Isaac Newton
33) The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats
34) Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, Galileo Galilei
35) The Theban Trilogy, Sophocles
36) The Mahabharata
37) Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
38) The Social Contract, Jean-Jacques Rousseau
39) Essays, Michel de Montaigne
40) Faust, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
41) Silent Spring, Rachel Carson
42) An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, David Hume
43) Anton Chekhov’s Stories
44) War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
45) A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Mary Wollstonecraft
46) The Decameron, Giovanni Boccaccio
47) Waiting for Godot, Samuel Beckett
48) The Tale of Genji, Murasaki Shikibu
49) Encyclopédie, Denis Diderot
50) The Portrait of a Lady, Henry James


One Response to “The Globe and Mail 50 Greatest Books”

  1. mike wiles Says:

    I suspect that most of the people who helped complie this list have not read most of the books on this list…really, the bible? How many who contributed to this list can claim to have read the bible from cover to cover. Or Das Kapital (all 3250 pages of it). Or the Tale of Genji (all bone dry 1100 page of it). Come on…

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