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"Us and Them": OCLC Top 1000 titles on other lists

We compared the OCLC Top 1000 list with several well-known awards and commonly cited lists. The 354 listed below are on the OCLC list plus one other. More information about the prizes appears below the table.

Work OCLC 2005 Ranking Prizes PW Bestsellers Big Read Burt 100 NEA Teachers Random House Judges
Absalom, Absalom!, by William Faulkner 625       17    
Affluent Society, by John Kenneth Galbraith 509           46
Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton 253   X   61   58
Agony and the Ecstasy, by Irving Stone     X        
Airframe, by Michael Crichton 1096   X        
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, by Judith Viorst 887         19  
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll 10     30      
All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, by Robert Fulghum 678   X        
All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque 242   X 141      
All the King's Men, by Robert Penn Warren 384           36
All the Pretty Horses, by Cormac McCarthy 1020 NB          
All Things Bright and Beautiful, by James Herriot     X        
All Things Wise and Wonderful, by James Herriot 932   X        
Ambassadors, by Henry James 443       18   27
Amelia Bedelia, by Peggy Parish 830         84  
American Tragedy, by Theodore Dreiser 430       46   16
Andromeda Strain, by Michael Crichton 1150   X        
Angela's Ashes, by Frank McCourt 416 NBC, P X        
Animal Farm, by George Orwell 137     46     31
Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy 67     54 13    
Anne of Green Gables, by L. M. Montgomery 128     41   70  
Arrowsmith, by Sinclair Lewis 706   X        
Art of Walt Disney: From Mickey Mouse To the Magic Kingdoms, by Christopher Finch 1126   X        
As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner 707           35
Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand 834   X        
Autobiography of Malcolm X, by Malcolm X 351           51
Autobiography, by Mark Twain 790           43
Awakening, by Kate Chopin 974       63    
Babbitt, by Sinclair Lewis 437   X        
Bell for Adano, by John Hersey     X        
Beloved, by Toni Morrison 306 P     45    
Betrothed, by Alessandro Manzoni 1151       87    
Black Beauty, by Anna Sewell 78     58      
Black Boy, by Richard Wright 567   X       13
Bleak House, by Charles Dickens 217     79 12    
Boxcar Children, by Gertrude Chandler Warner 1082         31  
Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley 205     87     5
Breathing Lessons, by Anne Tyler 799 P          
Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh 653     45 74   80
Bridge of San Luis Rey, by Thornton Wilder 422   X       37
Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson 394 N       15  
Bridges of Madison County, by Robert James Waller 680   X        
Brief History of Time, by S. W. Hawking 467   X        
Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoevsky 82       5    
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, by Bill Martin 860         20  
Bud, Not Buddy, by Christopher Paul Curtis 1007 N, CSK          
Buddenbrooks, by Thomas Mann 638       35    
Burden of Proof, by Scott Turow 1140   X        
Caddie Woodlawn, by Carol Ryrie Brink 495 N          
Call It Courage, by Armstrong Sperry 597 N          
Call of the Wild, by Jack London 74           88
Candide, by Voltaire 144       79    
Caps for Sale, by Esphyr Slobodkina 457         93  
Cardinal of the Kremlin, by Tom Clancy 937   X        
Cat in the Hat, by Dr. Seuss 444         4  
Catch-22, by Joseph Heller 325     11     7
Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger 347     15 94   64
Celestine Prophecy, by James Redfield 730   X        
Chamber, by John Grisham 668   X        
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl 391     35   21  
Charlotte's Web, by E. B. White 219     170   1  
Chesapeake, by James A. Michener 1158   X        
Chosen, by Chaim Potok 899   X        
Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens 24     47      
Cinderella, by Charles Perrault and Marcia Brown (illustrator) 618 C          
Clan of the Cave Bear , by Jean M. Auel 540     92      
Clear and Present Danger, by Tom Clancy 708   X        
Client, by John Grisham 724   X        
Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess 813           65
Closing of the American Mind, by Allan Bloom 1090   X        
Cold Mountain, by Charles Frazier 628 NB X        
Color Purple, by Alice Walker 345 P   136      
Confessions of Nat Turner, by William Styron   P          
Contact, by Carl Sagan     X        
Conversations with God, by Neale Donald Walsch 608   X        
Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas 168     44      
Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky 72     60 22    
Curious George, by H. A. Rey 580         75  
Darkness at Noon, by Arthur Koestler             8
David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens 71     34      
Day of the Jackal, by Frederick Forsyth     X 109      
Dead Souls, by Nikolai Gogol 650       33    
Dear Mr. Henshaw, by Beverly Cleary 534 N          
Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather 390           61
Debt of Honor, by Tom Clancy 1143   X        
Dicey's Song, by Cynthia Voigt 822 N          
Doctor Zhivago, by Boris Pasternak 277   X        
Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes 11       1    
Door in the Wall, by Marguerite De Angeli 1024 N          
Dracula, by Bram Stoker 75     104 97    
Dream of the Red Chamber, by Xueqin Cao 874       50    
Dune, by Frank Herbert 738     39      
East of Eden, by John Steinbeck 318   X 133      
Education of Henry Adams, by Henry Adams 458   X       1
Elements of Style, by William Strunk 211           21
Emma, by Jane Austen 84     40 11    
English Patient, by Michael Ondaatje   MB          
Etiquette, by Emily Post 770   X        
Executive Orders, by Tom Clancy 1142   X        
Far from the Madding Crowd, by Thomas Hardy 241     48      
Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway 184       73   74
Fathers and Sons, by Ivan Turgenev 201       43    
Finnegans Wake, by James Joyce 448       26   77
Firm, by John Grisham 520   X        
For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway 262   X        
Forsyte Saga, by John Galsworthy 542     123      
Frankenstein, by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley 43     171 92    
French Lieutenant's Woman, by John Fowles     X        
From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by E. L. Konigsburg 546 N          
Germinal, by Émile Zola 780       66    
Gift from the Sea, by Anne Morrow Lindbergh 681   X        
Giver, by Lois Lowry 532 N       37  
Go Tell It on the Mountain, by James Baldwin 886           39
Godfather, by Mario Puzo 1081   X 91      
Golden Bough, by Sir James George Frazer 195           90
Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell 215   X 21 100    
Good Earth, by Pearl S. Buck 239   X        
Good-bye Mr. Chips, by James Hilton 840   X        
Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown 363         11  
Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck 101   X 29 54   10
Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens 51     17 16    
Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald 110     43 20   2
Great Gilly Hopkins, by Katherine Paterson 980         78  
Greatest Generation, by Tom Brokaw 759   X        
Green Eggs and Ham, by Dr. Seuss 702         3  
Guns of August, by Barbara Tuchman 1070           16
Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood 754     131      
Harriet the Spy, by Louise Fitzhugh 856         85  
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, by J. K. Rowling 263     23      
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, by J. K. Rowling 350     5      
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, by J. K. Rowling 220     22      
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by J. K. Rowling 304     24      
Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen 367         12  
Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, by Carson McCullers 526           17
Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad 153     158     67
Heidi, by Johanna Spyri 118     189   95  
Hero and the Crown, by Robin McKinley 981 N          
Herzog, by Saul Bellow     X   65    
Hitchhiker's Guide To the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams 1033     4      
Hobbit, by J. R. R. Tolkien 57     25   42  
Holes, by Louis Sachar 515 NB, N   83      
Horse and his Boy, by C. S. Lewis 442         60  
Horse Whisperer, by Nicholas Evans 700   X 195      
Hound of the Baskervilles, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 231   X 128 99    
House at Pooh Corner, by A. A. Milne 559         30  
House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton 388   X       69
How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie 566   X        
Howards End, by E. M. Forster 744           38
Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain 7       14    
I Heard the Owl Call My Name, by Margaret Craven 922   X        
Iacocca, by Lee Iacocca 925   X        
In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote 626   X       96
In Search of Excellence, by Thomas J. Peters 451   X        
Indian in the Cupboard, by Lynne Reid Banks 808         33  
Invisible Man, by H. G. Wells 821       25    
Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison 369           19
Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O'Dell 572 N       34  
Jacob Have I Loved, by Katherine Paterson 666 N          
James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl 462     145   39  
Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë 30     10 52    
John Adams, by David G. McCullough 789 P          
Jonathan Livingston Seagull, by Richard Bach 971   X 179      
Joy of Cooking, by Irma Rombauer 269   X        
Jude the Obscure, by Thomas Hardy 267     111      
Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George 599 N          
Jungle, by Upton Sinclair 209   X        
Killer Angels, by Michael Shaara 549 P          
Kim, by Rudyard Kipling 246     159     78
King of the Wind, by Marguerite Henry 714 N          
Kon-Tiki, by Thor Heyerdahl 783   X        
Lady Chatterley's Lover, by D. H. Lawrence 207   X        
Lake Wobegon Days, by Garrison Keillor 774   X        
Last Battle, by C. S. Lewis 445         60  
Last of the Mohicans, by James Fenimore Cooper 87       88    
Les Misérables, by Victor Hugo 70     114 90    
Light in August, by William Faulkner 674           54
Light in the Attic, by Shel Silverstein 972   X     86  
Like Water for Chocolate, by Laura Esquivel 587   X        
Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C. S. Lewis 189     9   13  
Little Engine that Could, by Watty Piper 450         73  
Little House in the Big Woods, by Laura Ingalls Wilder 499         40  
Little House on the Prairie, by Laura Ingalls Wilder 512         28  
Little House, by Virginia Lee Burton 1099 C       81  
Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry 148     180      
Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott 62     18   47  
Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov 527   X 178 47   4
Lonesome Dove, by Larry McMurtry 930 P          
Lord God Made Them All, by James Herriot 1026   X        
Lord Jim, by Joseph Conrad 122           85
Lord of the Flies, by William Golding 238     70     41
Lord of the Rings, by J. R. R. Tolkien 8     1      
Lorna Doone, by R. D. Blackmore 501     166      
Lost Horizon, by James Hilton 749   X        
Lost World, by Michael Crichton 954   X        
Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel García Márquez 634     97      
Loves Music, Loves to Dance, by Mary Higgins Clark 950   X        
Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert 64       7    
Madame Curie, by Eve Curie 1044   X        
Madeline's Rescue, by Ludwig Bemelmans 1162 C          
Magic Mountain, by Thomas Mann 417       9    
Magician's Nephew, by C. S. Lewis 362         60  
Main Street, by Sinclair Lewis 270   X       68
Make Way for Ducklings, by Robert McCloskey 432 C       61  
Maltese Falcon, by Dashiell Hammett 1137           56
Mammoth Hunters, by Jean M. Auel 659   X        
Maniac Magee, by Jerry Spinelli 843 N       35  
Matilda, by Roald Dahl 941     74   54  
Mayor of Casterbridge, by Thomas Hardy 212     115      
Megatrends: Ten New Directions Transforming our Lives, by John Naisbitt 1094   X        
Mein Kampf, by Adolf Hitler 440   X        
Middlemarch, by George Eliot 206     27 8    
Missing May, by Cynthia Rylant 1074 N          
Moby Dick, by Herman Melville 34     161 6    
Mr. Popper's Penguins, by Richard Atwater 1084         87  
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh, by Robert C. O'Brien 836 N       46  
My Ántonia, by Willa Cather 176       59    
Name of the Rose, by Umberto Eco 873   X 174      
Native Son, by Richard Wright 426       80   20
Nineteen Eighty-Four, by George Orwell 139     8 86   13
Nostromo, by Joseph Conrad 742       44   47
Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry 500 N       45  
Of Human Bondage, by W. Somerset Maugham 366           66
Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck 179   X 52      
Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway 160   X 173      
Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens 65     182      
On the Road, by Jack Kerouac 386     90 91   55
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, by Ken Kesey 308     157      
One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel García Márquez 314     32 19    
Only Yesterday, by Frederick Lewis Allen 949   X        
Out of Africa, by Isak Dinesen 403           58
Outline of History, by H. G. Wells 615   X        
Paradise, by Toni Morrison 864   X        
Partner, by John Grisham 827   X        
Passage to India, by E. M. Forster 344       64   25
Passion for Excellence, by Thomas J. Peters 991   X        
Patriot Games, by Tom Clancy 891   X        
Pelican Brief, by John Grisham 623   X        
Père Goriot, by Honoré de Balzac 234       36    
Persuasion, by Jane Austen 370     38      
Pet Sematary, by Stephen King     X        
Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster 888         63  
Pickwick Papers, by Charles Dickens 173     106 76    
Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde 167     118      
Plains of Passage, by Jean M. Auel 911   X        
Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver 1002     125      
Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg 912 C       2  
Portrait of a Lady, by Henry James 222       29    
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, by James Joyce 169       37   3
Power of Positive Thinking, by Norman Vincent Peale 577   X        
Presumed Innocent, by Scott Turow 1013   X        
Pretend You Don't See Her, by Mary Higgins Clark 1063   X        
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen 32     2 41    
Prince Caspian the Return to Narnia, by C. S. Lewis 722         60  
Prince of Tides, by Pat Conroy 1166   X        
Profiles in Courage, by John F. Kennedy 311   X        
Rabbit Hill, by Robert Lawson   N          
Ragtime, by E. L. Doctorow     X       86
Rainbow, by D. H. Lawrence 1110           48
Rainmaker, by John Grisham 928   X        
Ramona Quimby, Age 8, by Beverly Cleary 672         57  
Razor's Edge, by W. Somerset Maugham 996   X        
Rebecca, by Daphne Du Maurier 284   X 14      
Red and the Black, by Stendhal 191       31    
Red Badge of Courage, by Stephen Crane 39       53    
Red Storm Rising, by Tom Clancy 841   X        
Remembrance of Things Past, by Marcel Proust 136       4    
Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, by William L. Shirer 828   X        
Road Ahead, by Bill Gates 1127   X        
Robe, by Lloyd C. Douglas 1089   X        
Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe 21       77    
Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, by Mildred D. Taylor 373 N       41  
Room of One's Own, by Virginia Woolf 963           4
Room With a View, by E. M. Forster 573           79
Roots, by Alex Haley 760   X        
Runaway Bunny, by Margaret Wise Brown 788         82  
Runaway Jury, by John Grisham 570   X        
Russia House, by John Le Carré 1134   X        
Sarah, Plain and Tall, by Patricia MacLachlan 552 N       32  
Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne 31       42    
Schindler's List, by Thomas Keneally 584 MB          
Second World War, by Winston Churchill 746           57
Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett 98     51   29  
Shell Seekers, by Rosamunde Pilcher 1060     50      
Shiloh, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor 673 N       24  
Shipping News, by Annie Proulx 904 NB, P   164      
Sign of the Beaver, by Elizabeth George Speare 1010         97  
Silas Marner, by George Eliot 158     184      
Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson 539           5
Silver Chair, by C. S. Lewis 503         60  
Sister Carrie, by Theodore Dreiser 214           33
Slaughterhouse Five, by Kurt Vonnegut 528           18
Slave Dancer, by Paula Fox 732 N          
Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats 486 C       64  
Sons and Lovers, by D. H. Lawrence 232     190     9
Sophie's Choice, by William Styron 1152   X       96
Sorrows of Young Werther, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 713       78    
Souls of Black Folk, by W. E. B. Du Bois 359           31
Sound and the Fury, by William Faulkner 228       23   6
Sounder, by William Howard Armstrong 524 N          
Spy Who Came in from the Cold, by John Le Carré 804   X        
Story of Mankind, by Hendrik Willem Van Loon 734 N X        
Story of Philosophy, by Will Durant 583   X        
Strange Career of Jim Crow, by C. Vann Woodward             70
Stranger, by Albert Camus 235       58    
Street Lawyer, by John Grisham 866   X        
Stuart Little, by E. B. White 498         89  
Study of History, by Arnold J. Toynbee 298   X       45
Sum of All Fears, by Tom Clancy 953   X        
Summer of the Swans, by Betsy Cromer Byars 715 N          
Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway 266           45
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, by William Steig 689 C       66  
Tale of Genji, by Lady Murasaki 667       10    
Tale of Peter Rabbit, by Beatrix Potter 132         67  
Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens 42     63      
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, by Judy Blume 776         56  
Tender Is the Night, by F. Scott Fitzgerald 378           28
Tess of the D'Urbervilles, by Thomas Hardy 111     26 34    
Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston 473       83    
Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe 664       56    
Thorn Birds, by Colleen McCullough 816   X 64      
Thousand Acres, by Jane Smiley 853 P          
Three Musketeers, by Alexandre Dumas 80       98    
Tin Drum, by Günter Grass 1015       39    
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee 146   X 6      
To the Lighthouse, by Virginia Woolf 557       21   15
Tobacco Road, by Erskine Caldwell             91
Tom Jones, by Henry Fielding 89       15    
Travels with Charley, by John Steinbeck 762   X        
Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson 26     36      
Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith 439   X        
Trial, by Franz Kafka 319       51    
Tristram Shandy, by Laurence Sterne 309       32    
Truman, by David G. McCullough 1048 P          
Trumpet of the Swan, by E. B. White 975         58  
Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt 419         68  
Tuesdays With Morrie, by Mitch Albom 767   X        
Ulysses, by James Joyce 134     78 3   1
Uncle Tom's Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe 59       89    
Up From Slavery, by Booker T. Washington 693           3
Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray 147     122 24    
Velveteen Rabbit, by Margery Williams Bianco 154         22  
Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle 371     199   8  
Virginian, by Owen Wister 346   X        
Voyage of the Dawn Treader, by C. S. Lewis 447         60  
Voyages of Doctor Dolittle, by Hugh Lofting   N          
Waiting To Exhale, by Terry McMillan     X        
Walk Two Moons, by Sharon Creech 1032 N       90  
War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy 93     20 2    
War of the Worlds, by H. G. Wells 310     194      
Watership Down, by Richard Adams 663   X 42      
Way of All Flesh, by Samuel Butler 349           12
Webster's New World Dictionary of the American Language, by David Bernard Guralnik 1005   X        
Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin 1102 N          
When Bad Things Happen to Good People, by Harold S. Kushner 592   X        
Where the Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls 797         9  
Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak 412 C       5  
While My Pretty One Sleeps, by Mary Higgins Clark 962   X        
Whipping Boy, by Sid Fleischman 750 N          
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears, by Verna Aardema, Leo Dillon, and Diane Dillon (illustrator) 959 C          
Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame 73     16      
Winesburg, Ohio, by Sherwood Anderson 303           24
Wings of the Dove, by Henry James 870           26
Winnie the Pooh, by A. A. Milne 142     7   30  
Winter of our Discontent, by John Steinbeck 1018   X        
Witch of Blackbird Pond, by Elizabeth George Speare 565 N       91  
Without Remorse, by Tom Clancy 1130   X        
Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum 54         69  
Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins 1006     77 95    
Women in Love, by D. H. Lawrence 423       30   49
Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L'Engle 257 N       23  
Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë 28     12 38    

Key to prizes

MB : Man Booker Prize The Man Booker Prize was founded in 1969 by Booker McConnell, a multinational conglomerate company. Administered by Book Trust in the United Kingdom, this award is given to the best full-length novel written in English by a citizen of the U.K., the Commonwealth, Eire, Pakistan, or South Africa.
NB : National Book Award

For over fifty years the National Book Awards, now administered by the National Book Foundation, have recognized books of exceptional merit written by Americans.

NBC : National Book Critics Circle Award The National Book Critics Circle consists of more than 700 book reviewers. Since its founding in 1974, the NBCC's centerpiece has been annual awards for the best book in five categories: fiction, general nonfiction, biography/autobiography, poetry, and criticism. In addition, each year the NBCC awards the Ivan Sandrof Award for Contribution to American Arts and Letters and salutes one member of the Circle with the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing.
P: Pulitzer Prize

Since 1917, the goal of the Pulitzer Prizes has been to offer an incentive to excellence in American arts and letters. Today the Pulitzer Prize Board awards a total of 21 annual prizes in journalism, literature, poetry, drama, and music.

 

C: Caldecott Medal The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually to the illustrator of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
N: Newbery Medal The Newbery Medal honors the year's most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. The medal was established in 1922 and is presented annually by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). The recipient must be a citizen or resident of the United States.
CSK: Coretta Scott King Award Commemorating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and honoring his widow, Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination in continuing the work for peace and world brotherhood, the Coretta Scott King Award is presented annually by a task force of the American Library Association. Recipients are authors and illustrators of African descent whose distinguished books promote an understanding and appreciation of the American dream.

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