Updated On: January 28, 2020

The Most Noteworthy Books of All Time (Chronologically)

Before 8th Century B.C. – The Holy Bible (Israel and surrounding regions)
8th Century B.C. – The Odyssey, Homer (Greece)
762 B.C. – The Iliad, Homer (Greece)
5th century BC – The Art of War, Sun Tzu (China)
475–221 BC – The Analects, Confucius (China)
4th Century BC – The Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle (Greece)
429 BC – The Oedipus Trilogy (Greece)
375 BC – The Republic, Plato (Greece)
70 – 120 AD – Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans, Plutarch (Roman Empire)
161–180 AD – Meditations, Marcus Aurelius (Roman Empire)
11th century – The Tale of Genji (Japan)
1472 – The Divine Comedy, Dante Alighieri (Italy)
1476 – The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer (United Kingdom)
1532 – The Prince, Niccolo Machiavelli (Italy)
1603 – Hamlet, William Shakespeare (United Kingdom)
1605 – Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes (Spain)
1616 – The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (United Kingdom)
1651 – Leviathan, Thomas Hobbes (United Kingdom)
1687 – The Principia, Isaac Newton (United Kingdom)
1704 – The Arabian Nights (Middle East)
1719 – Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe (United Kingdom)
1726 – Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathan Swift (Ireland)
1776 – The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith (United Kingdom)
1788 – The Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay (United States)
1790 – Faust, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Germany)
1791 – Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (United States)
1812 – Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm (Germany), The Swiss Family Robinson (Switzerland)
1813 – Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen (United Kingdom)
1818 – Frankenstein, Mary Shelley (United Kingdom)
1826 – The Last of the Mohicans, James Fenimore Cooper (United States)
1830 – The Red and the Black, Stendhal (France)
1835 – Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville (France), Fairy Tales, Hans Christian Andersen (Denmark)
1845 – Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Frederick Douglass (United States)
1847 – Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte (United Kingdom), Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë (United Kingdom)
1848 – The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels (Germany)
1849 – On The Duty of Civil Disobedience, Henry David Thoreau (United States)
1851 – Moby Dick, Herman Melville (United States)
1852 – Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe (United States)
1856 – Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert (France)
1859 – On Liberty, John Stuart Mill (United Kingdom), A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens (United Kingdom)
1861 – Great Expectations, Charles Dickens (United Kingdom)
1862 – Les Miserables, Victor Hugo (France)
1866 – Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky (Russia)
1869 – The Idiot, Fyodor Dostoevsky (Russia), War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy (Russia)
1872 – Demons, Fyodor Dostoevsky (Russia)
1877 – Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy (Russia), Black Beauty, Anna Sewell (United States)
1880 – Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ, Lew Wallace (United States), Heidi, Johanna Spyri (Germany), The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoevsky (Russia)
1882 – Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson (United Kingdom)
1883 – The Adventures of Pinocchio, Carlo Collodi (Italy)
1884 – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain (United States)
1886 – Beyond Good and Evil, Friedrich Nietzsche (Germany)
1908 – Anne of Green Gables, L. M. Montgomery (Canada), The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame (United Kingdom)
1913 – In Search of Lost Time, Marcel Proust (France)
1922 – Ulysses, James Joyce (Ireland)
1925 – Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf (United Kingdom)
1929 – The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald (United States), The Maltese Falcon, Dashiell Hammett (United States)
1932 – All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque (Germany), Brave New World, Aldous Huxley (United States)
1936 – How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie (United States)
1937 – The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien (United Kingdom)
1939 – The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck (United States)
1940 – For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway (United States), Native Son, Richard Wright (United States)
1942 – The Stranger, Albert Camus (France)
1945 – Animal Farm, George Orwell (United Kingdom) 
1946 – Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl (Austria), Zorba the Greek, Nikos Kazantzakis (Greece)
1947 – The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank (Netherlands)
1949 – 1984, George Orwell (United Kingdom)
1952 – Charlotte’s Web, E. B. White (United States), Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison (United States), The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway (United States)
1953 – Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury (United States), The Long Goodbye, Raymond Chandler (United States)
1954 – Lord of the Flies, William Golding (United Kingdom), The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien (United Kingdom)
1955 – Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov (Soviet Union)
1958 – Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe (Nigeria)
1960 – To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee (United States)
1961 – Catch-22, Joseph Heller (United States)
1967 – One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Colombia), The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov (Soviet Union), The Outsiders, S. E. Hinton (United States)
1969 – The Godfather, Mario Puzo (United States)
1973 – The Gulag Archipelago, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (Soviet Union)
1974 – Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig (United States)
1987 – Beloved, Toni Morrison (United States)
1989 – The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey (United States)

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