With the help of booksellers and librarians from around the world, we’ve created this collection of 200 iconic HarperCollins titles—beloved books that have inspired, informed, entertained, and endured.

Whether they are prizewinners, runaway bestsellers, groundbreaking nonfiction, or simply a favorite novel, these books have all had a singular influence on our literary culture.

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An early landmark of adventure and travel writing, now considered one of America’s first literary classics. More
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  • Moby Dick
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Bernard Cornwell
  • Nostromo
  • Bleak House
This highly original satire is a classic of postmodern literature. More
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  • Under the Volcano
  • Nostromo
  • The Sheltering Sky
  • The Monkey Wrench Gang
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany
This groundbreaking national bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner revolutionized the way presidential campaigns are reported. More
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  • Profiles in Courage
  • The Intelligent Investor
  • Longitude
  • Good to Great
  • In Search of Excellence
First volume in The Lord of the Rings series, which has sold more than 100 million copies. More
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  • The Hobbit
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia #1)
  • A Game of Thrones
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  • Divergent
The debut novel from Newbery Medal–winning author Beverly Cleary. More
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  • Little House on the Prairie
  • Sarah, Plain and Tall
  • Freaky Friday
  • Julie of the Wolves
  • Beezus and Ramona
The life-changing story of a boy who experiences Heaven, with 11 million copies sold. More
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  • Jesus Calling
  • Grace for the Moment
  • The Purpose Driven Life
  • Peace With God
  • Dave Ramsey
The philosophical classic that inspired millions struggling to find meaning in the modern world. More
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  • Flow
  • Good to Great
  • Freakonomics
  • Barbarians at the Gate
  • Profiles in Courage
First book in the Arkady Renko series, which became an instant bestseller and changed the crime fiction genre. More
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  • Papillon
  • Love and War in the Apennines
  • The Hunt for Red October
  • Bernard Cornwell
  • Sharpe’s Eagle
Highly acclaimed international bestseller; winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. More
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  • The Stone Diaries
  • The Hours
  • People of the Book
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • The Corrections
Now in its seventy-eighth edition, this book was initially written to answer gardeners’ questions. More
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  • The Dangerous Book for Boys
  • Life On Earth
  • The Kitchen Diaries
  • Donna Hay
  • The Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World
Patchett’s critically acclaimed novel that won the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize for Fiction. More
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  • People of the Book
  • Blonde
  • The Stone Diaries
  • The Hours
  • The Shipping News
Memoir offering a haunting, harrowing look inside the cruel prison of locked-in syndrome. More
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  • The Year of Magical Thinking
  • Seven Years in Tibet
  • Angela’s Ashes
  • Empire Of The Sun
  • Love and War in the Apennines
White’s masterful retelling of the Arthurian legend. More
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  • The Odyssey of Homer
  • The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Moby Dick
  • Our Town
  • The Hobbit
The romantic tale that defined a generation, sold millions, and inspired a popular film. More
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  • The Thorn Birds
  • Jane Eyre
  • Wuthering Heights
  • Barbara Taylor-Bradford
  • Blonde
A Gothic classic and one of the world’s greatest tales of unrequited love. More
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  • Jane Eyre
  • Moby Dick
  • Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Middlemarch
  • A Christmas Carol
Pulitzer Prize winner; considered one of the classic works of creative nonfiction of the late twentieth century. More
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  • The Stone Diaries
  • Coming of Age in Samoa
  • The Hours
  • Our Town
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude
Since granted the license to print the Bible in 1839, Collins has sold tens of millions of copies. More
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  • Jesus Calling
  • Heaven Is For Real
  • Grace for the Moment
  • Mere Christianity
  • The logo and address for J. & J. Harper Publishers
One of the most influential management bestsellers; explores how companies transition from average to extraordinary. More
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  • Flow
  • The Intelligent Investor
  • Freakonomics
  • In Search of Excellence
  • Barbarians at the Gate
Its brief text, large type, and luminescent pictures evoke the classic picture book era; Caldecott Medal winner. More
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  • Harold and the Purple Crayon
  • The Diary of a Wombat
  • The Carrot Seed
  • Goodnight Moon
  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Classic collection of poems and illustrations by Shel Silverstein; ALA Notable Children’s Book. More
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  • Stuart Little
  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  • Flat Stanley
  • Michael Bond
  • Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik. Pictures bt Maurice Sendak. an I CAN READ book. (Cover)
Now in its third installment; the original was named “Book of the Year” by sixteen publications. More
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  • The Dangerous Book for Boys
  • Kitchen Confidential
  • Emily Post’s Etiquette
  • The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book
  • Seabiscuit
McCullough’s sweeping family saga of forbidden love in the Australian outback; became a bestselling phenomenon. More
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  • People of the Book
  • Jane Eyre
  • The Shipping News
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • Girl with a Pearl Earring
A landmark in travel writing, it has been translated into fifty-three languages. More
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  • Love and War in the Apennines
  • Papillon
  • Empire Of The Sun
  • The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly
  • Bernard Cornwell
Deighton’s classic first novel broke the mold of the thriller genre. More
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  • The Guns of Navarone
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia #1)
  • And Then There Were None
  • Flashman
  • A 1961 edition of The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis.
This winner of the 1964 Caldecott Medal changed the face of children’s literature. More
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  • Stuart Little
  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  • Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik. Pictures bt Maurice Sendak. an I CAN READ book. (Cover)
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon
  • Michael Bond
A genre-busting “guidebook” that was a bestseller in the U.K., the U.S., and Canada. More
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  • The Kitchen Diaries
  • Emily Post’s Etiquette
  • Kitchen Confidential
  • Seabiscuit
  • Papillon
With her unforgettable heroine Emma Harte, Bradford popularized the rags-to-riches family saga. More
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  • The Stone Diaries
  • The Shipping News
  • Barbara Taylor-Bradford
  • People of the Book
  • Girl with a Pearl Earring