The Greatest Novellas of All Time

The 66 greatest works in historical order
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1688
Aphra Behn
England
Novella
1759
Candide
François-Marie Arouet de Voltaire
France
Novella
1811
Michael Kohlhaas
Heinrich von Kleist
Germany
Novella
1817
The Story of the Just Casper and Fair Annie
Clemens Brentano
Germany
Novella
1819
Mademoiselle de Scuderi
E.T.A. Hoffmann
Germany
Novella
1842
Annette Droste-Hülshoff
Germany
Novella
1843
England
Novella
1845
Carmen
Prosper Mérimée
France
Novella
1860
First Love
Ivan Turgenev
Russia
Novella
1879
Daisy Miller
Henry James
England
Novella
1886
The Death of Ivan Ilyich
Leo Tolstoy
Russia
Novella
1887
Flagman Thiel
Gerhart Hauptmann
Germany
Novella
1888
The Man Who Would Be King
Rudyard Kipling
England
Novella
1889
The Kreutzer Sonata
Leo Tolstoy
Russia
Novella
1895
The Time Machine
H.G. Wells
England
Novella
1898
The Turn of the Screw
Henry James
USA
Novella
1901
The Broken Nest
Rabindranath Tagore
Bengal
Novella
1902
England
Novella
1903
The Call of the Wild
Jack London
USA
Novella
1911
Ethan Frome
Edith Wharton
USA
Novella
1912
Germany
Novella
1916
The Metamorphosis
Franz Kafka
Czechoslovakia
Novella
c. 1919
China
Novella
1922
Siddhartha
Herman Hesse
Germany
Novella
1927
The Bridge of San Luis Rey
Thornton Wilder
USA
Novella
1928
The Machine Stops
E.M. Forster
England
Novella
1933
Miss Lonelyhearts
Nathaniel West
USA
Novella
1937
USA
Novella
 
Forgetfulness
John W. Campbell
USA
Novella
 
The Red Pony
USA
Novella
1938
Who Goes There?
John W. Campbell
USA
Novella
 
Anthem
Ayn Rand
USA
Novella
1941
The Royal Game)
StefanZweig
Austria
Novella
 
Universe
USA
Novella
1942
Nerves
Lester Del Rey
USA
Novella
 
Double Indemnity
USA
Novella
1944
Gigi
Colette
France
Novella
1945
England
Novella
1946
The Marching Morons
C.M. Kornbluth
USA
Novella
 
Vintage Season
Henry Kuttner, C.L. Moore
USA
Novella
1949
The Third Man
Graham Greene
England
Novella
1952
The Martian Way
USA
Novella
 
Baby Is Three
Theodore Sturgeon
USA
Novella
1954
Bonjour Tristesse
Francoise Sagan
France
Novella
 
I Am Legend
Richard Matheson
USA
Novella
 
With Folded Hands
Jack Williamson
USA
Novella
1958
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Truman Capote
USA
Novella
1962
Ballad of Lost C'Mell
Cordwainer Smith
USA
Novella
1963
Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters
USA
Novella
 
Seymour: An Introduction
USA
Novella
1966
The Crying of Lot 49
Thomas Pynchon
USA
Novella
 
The Last Castle
Jack Vance
USA
Novella
1969
A Boy and His Dog
Harlan Ellison
USA
Novella
1970
Jonathan Livingstone Seagull
Richard Bach
USA
Novella
1973
Searches and Seizures
Stanley Elkin
USA
Novellas
1976
A River Runs Through It
Norman Maclean
USA
Novella
1981
Chronicle of a Death Foretold
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Colombia
Novella
1982
The Body
Stephen King
USA
Novella
 
The Shawshank Redemption
Stephen King
USA
Novella
1989
Great Work of Time
John Crowley
USA
Novella
2007
The Uncommon Reader
Alan Bennett
England
Novella
 
On Chesil Beach
Ian Stewart
England
Novella

 
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