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The Greatest Literature by Country or Region

Recently we began adapting and expanding our extensive research for The Greatest Literature of All Time to find the most acclaimed works from specific places. To the hundreds of sources that helped create the flagship list, we've added many more popular, critical and scholarly assessments of local literature.

Our goal for each country or region is to devise the most comprehensive listing of interest to both local readers and an open-minded global readership.

So far, twenty such Greatest lists have been launched:

African—featuring the authors and works of Algeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Libya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Zimbabwe and other countries of Africa.

American—featuring the authors and works of the United States.

Australian—featuring the authors and works of Australia.

British—featuring the authors and works of England, Scotland and Wales.

Canadian—featuring the authors and works of Canada.

Caribbean—featuring the authors and works of Antigua, Barbados, Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and other countries of the Caribbean.

Chinese—featuring the authors and works of China.

Eastern European—featuring the authors and works of Albania, Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Ukraine and other countries of Eastern Europe.

French—featuring the authors and works of France.

German—featuring the authors and works of Germany.

Greek—featuring the authors and works of both ancient and modern Greece.

Irish—featuring the authors and works of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Italian—featuring the authors and works of Italy.

Japanese—featuring the authors and works of Japan.

Latin American—featuring the authors and works of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and other countries of Latin America.

Nordic—including the authors and works of Denmark, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and the Faroe Islands.

Russian—featuring authors and works of Russia.

South Asian—featuring the authors and works of India, Pakistan, Bengal, Sri Lanka and other countries of South Asia.

Spanish—featuring the authors and works of Spain.

West Asian—including the authors and works of Armenia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, and other countries of West Asia.

More to come.