Nathaniel Hawthorne

25 Great American Novels


Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

Selecting the greatest American novels is a fun job because there are so many wonderful choices. We hope you enjoy reading them. We also selected our favorite Children's chapter books (appropriate for all ages) in Books for Young Readers.

Find our complete collection of novels in the Classic Novels Library. You might also enjoy books set during the Civil War and World War I.


The Awakening
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Moby Dick; or, The Whale by Herman Melville

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum

Uncle Tom's Cabin or Life Among the Lowly by Harriet Beecher Stowe

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper

The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis

The Log of a Cowboy by Andy Adams

O Pioneers! by Willa Sibert Cather

Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

My Antonia by Willa Sibert Cather

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain

In a Hollow of the Hills by Bret Harte

O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
The Call of the Wild

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Anton Chekhov
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Susan Glaspell
Mark Twain
Edgar Allan Poe
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Herman Melville
Stephen Leacock
Kate Chopin
Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson