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List of Most Influential Books
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Alphabetical Order by AUTHOR
Douglas Adams:
The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide (entire series)

Richard Adams:
Watership Down

Mitch Albom:
Tuesdays with Morrie

Carol Anshaw:
Seven Moves

Richard Bach:
Jonathon Livingston Seagull

Frederic Bastiat:
The Law

Peter S. Beagle:
The Last Unicorn
The Innkeeper's Song
A Fine and Private Place
Immortal Unicorn (stories)

Greg Bear:
Blood Music
Darwin's Radio

Aimee Bender:
The Girl in the Flammable Skirt
An Invisible Sign of My Own

Blanche McCrary Boyd:
Terminal Velocity

Ray Bradbury:
Dandelion Wine
The Illustrated Man
Fahrenheit 451

Marion Zimmer Bradley:
The Mists of Avalon
The Forest House
Lady of Avalon

Pearl S. Buck:
The Good Earth
The Child who Never Grew

William Burroughs:
Naked Lunch

Italio Calvino:
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler
Invisible Cities

Albert Camus:
The Plague
The Fall
The Myth of Sisyphus
The First Man
The Rebel

Orson Scott Card:
Ender's Game
Speaker For The Dead
Lost Boys
Alvin Maker Series
The Worthing Saga

Arthur C. Clarke:
Childhood's End
2001: A Space Odyssey
2010, 2061, 3001
The Fountains of Paradise

Raymond Carver:
Where I'm Calling From (collected stories)

Joseph Conrad:
Heart of Darkness
Lord Jim

Stephen Covey:
7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Micheal Crichton:
Rising Sun
Lost World

Fyodor Dostoevsky:
Brothers Karamazov
Crime and Punishment
The Idiot

Ralph Ellison:
Invisible Man

Ralph Waldo Emerson:
Complete Essays

Micheal Ende:
The Neverending Story

Madeleine L'Engle:
Wrinkle in Time
A Wind in the Door
A Swiftly Tilting Planet
Many Waters

William Faulkner:
As I Lay Dying
The Sound and the Fury
Light in August

F. Scott Fitzgerald:
The Great Gatsby

John Fowles:
The Magus
Daniel Martin

Shakti Gawain:
Creative Visualization
Living in the Light

William Gibson:
Count Zero
Mona Lisa Overdrive
Virtual Light

Kahlil Gibran:
The Prophet

Arthur S. Golden:
Memoirs of a Geisha

William Golding:
Lord of the Flies

Ursala La Guin:
The Dispossessed
Left Hand of Darkness

Elizabeth Hand:
Walking the Moon

Nathaniel Hawthorne:
The Scarlet Letter
Novels & Selected Tales

Louise Hay:
You Can Heal Your Life

Friedrich Hayek:
The Constitution of Liberty

Robert Heinlein:
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
Stranger in a Strange Land
Starship Troopers

Joseph Heller:
Catch 22

Ernest Hemmingway:
For Whom the Bell Tolls
The Old Man and the Sea

Frank Herbert:

Herman Hesse:
Narcissus and Goldmund

Victor Hugo:
Les Miserables
Conversations With Eternity
Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Man Who Laughs

Aldous Huxley:
Brave New World

John Irving:
The World According to Garp
A Prayer for Owen Meany
Cider House Rules
Hotel New Hampshire

Denis Johnson:
Jesus' Son

James Joyce:
Portrait of an Artist

Nikos Kazantsakis:
Zorba the Greek
The Last Temptation of Christ

Galway Kinnell:
The Book of Nightmares
Imperfect Thirst
One Who Has Lived a Long Time

Jerzy Kosinski:
The Painted Bird
Being There

Nancy Kress:
Beggars in Spain

Milan Kundera:
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Laughable Loves (collected stories)

Jhumpa Lahiri:
Interpreter of Maladies (collected stories)

D.H. Lawrence:
Sons and Lovers
Women in Love

Jerome Lawrence/
Robert Lee:

Inherit the Wind
The Night Thoreau Spent In Jail

Harper Lee:
To Kill a Mockingbird

C. S. Lewis:
The Chronicles of Narnia
Space Trilogy
Till We Have Faces

Garcia Lorca:
Collected Poems

W. Sommerset Maugham
The Razor's Edge
Of Human Bondage
The Painted Veil
Summing Up

Herman Melville:
Moby Dick

Arthur Miller:
Death of a Salesman
The Crucible

Henry Miller:
Tropic of Capricorn
Tropic of Cancer
Black Spring

Walter Miller, Jr.:
Canticle for Liebowitz

Toni Morrison:
Songs of Solomon
Tar Baby

Alice Munro:
Selected Stories

Vladamir Nabokov:

Katherine Neville:
The Eight

Anais Nin:
The Diary of Anais Nin
The Delta of Venus
A Literate Passion: Letters of Anais Nin & Arthur Miller

George Orwell:
Animal Farm
Down & Out in Paris & London

Sylvia Plath:
The Bell Jar
The Journals

Richard Powers:
Galatia 2.2
Prisoner's Dilemma
Operation Wandering Soul
The Gold Bug Variations

Thomas Pynchon:
Gravity's Rainbow

Daniel Quinn:

Ayn Rand:
Atlas Shrugged
The Fountainhead
We the Living
The Virtue of Selfishness

Erich Maria Remarque:
All Quiet on the Western Front
Three Comrades
The Road Back

Mary Renault:
The Mask of Apollo
The Last of the Wine
Fire from Heaven
The Charioteer

J. D. Salinger:
The Cather In The Rye
Franny and Zooey
Nine Stories

Michael Sanwick:
Jack Faust

Isaac Bashevis Singer:
The Slave
Satan in Goray

Jane Smiley:
Ordinary Love
Good Will

George H. Smith:
Atheism; The Case Against God

John Steinbeck:
The Grapes of Wrath
Of Mice and Men
The Pearl
East of Eden
Cannery Row

Neil Stephenson:
Snow Crash
The Diamond Age
Zodiac: The Eco-Thriller

Bruce Sterling:
Holy Fire
Schismatrix Plus
Heavy Weather

Tom Stoppard:
The Real Thing
Nigh & Day

Dylan Thomas:
Collected Poems

Herny David Thoreau:
Walden (annotated)

Hunter S. Thompson:
Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas

Ralph De Toledano:
The Apocrypha of Limbo

J.R.R. Tolkien:
Lord of the Rings
The Hobbit

Leo Tolstoy:
Anna Karienina
War and Peace

John Updike:
The Centaur
Rabbit, Run
Bech: A Book

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.:
Slaughterhouse Five
Cat's Cradle
Breakfast of Champions

Alice Walker:
The Color Purple
Possessing the Secret of Joy

Kate Wilhelm:
Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang

Jeanette Winterson:
Written on the Body
GUT Extremities
The PowerBook
Oranges Are Not Only Fruit
The Passion
Art Objects: Essays on Ecstasy and Effrontery

Walt Whitman:
Leaves of Grass

Also see our Best Science Fiction Literature Listings

Short Stories Collections:
The Best American Short Stories (intro: Garrison Keillor)
Best American Short Stories of the Century (ed: John Updike)
Future On Fire (edited by Orson Scott Card)
Best of Science Fiction 1, 2, 3 (edited by David G. Hartwell)

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