The Greatest Literature of All Time
See Editor Eric's famous list of the 1,000 greatest literary works in the world from 2100 BCE to today. Select entire list of "1,000 Greatest Works" above—for the greatest-ever novels, stories, plays and other literary works—or select by years.
Plus, check the lists of the 650 greatest novels of time, the 200 greatest short stories ever, and the 200 greatest science fiction works. On all lists, you can click links to the more than 500 commentaries on authors, books, translations and adaptations of great literature.
Of time, place and race
Anyone reading Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird
for the first time may be surprised to find it is not entirely about racism. The trial of a black man, Tom Robinson, on a spurious charge of rape, for which the novel is famous, does not become a focus of the plot until about midway. In fact, blacks as a whole are invisible.... To Kill a Mockingbird
The price of being different
If you're a Jane Austen aficionado, particularly loving her headstrong heroines picking their plucky but principled way through the constricting marriage plots of the time, Mansfield Park
probably comes as a big disappointment. However, if you're cool on Austen's more popular works—well, you won't much like.... Mansfield Park
The beloved time-tripping, space-jumping....
Everyone loves Ray Bradbury. I can't think of another writer who is so universally adored across all genres and right across the spectrum of writers, critics and readers. Even on the rare occasion when one of Bradbury's books is panned, , it seems to be done reluctantly as though the reviewer were embarrassed to report.... Ray Bradbury
An engagement that enduresPride and Prejudice
has one of the most skilful beginnings in literature. It opens of course with that famous "truth universally acknowledged" and its equally delicious corollary (see "First lines"). These could introduce almost any Jane Austen novel—delivered with the slightest hint of snarkiness to show Austen herself is in on.... Pride and Prejudice
The greatest SF works of all time
Editor Eric's list of the 200 greatest works of speculative and science fiction
—the greatest SF stories and novels published on the planet.
Movies for people who love great books
Guide to over 200 films, film series and television productions
—from the silly to the authentic—based on the greatest works of literature reviewed on these pages.
The Greatest Canadian Literature
The 150 best novels, drama and poetry from writers in the Great White North, plus commentaries on selected books and Canadian authors.