The Greatest Novellas of All Time
No consensus exists as to what constitutes a novella. But for the purposes of this list we are using the definition of a novella as a prose narrative with 17,500 to 40,000 words. Fiction with fewer words may appear on the Greatest Stories list and works with more words may be found on the Greatest Novels list.
A few exceptions have been made however for works that defy categorization by word count.
This list is based on the same extensive research carried out to produce The Greatest Literature of All Time, although it includes much more than the novellas on that list. We've made every effort to include the best novellas ranging across all genres, periods and cultures.
Last update: December 24, 2023