500 Best Books Tentative List, Classic

These are the tentative list of 100 Best Classic Books(100 at the moment) for “500 Best Books originally written in English for Japanese Audience”.

One of the definitions of “Classics”is “The books which
survived the test of time”, but that time itself is hard to define. Therefore,
as a matter of convenience, I choose the books which were published before 1950. Some of Science Fiction novels, Mysteries, and Thrillers are introduced in a “Fiction” page because they are less known to Japanese audience.

Again, this tentative list is made for Japanese audience. I
have lists for fiction
books, nonfiction
books,and children’s
books separately.

This list is not completed and I would like your input.

The following are the criteria I used for the tentative list.  

1)   Relatively easy to read.

2)   Enjoyable, fun, or satisfying.

3)   Still in print and available in Japan.


the test of time」が重要な条件ですが、この「time」が何年かを決めるのが悩ましいところです。通常は、第二次世界大戦後の作品がContemporary



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(Children’s books)

The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1902)

The Wind in the Willows (1908)

The Velveteen Rabbit (1922)

Winnie-the-Pooh  (1926)

The Little Engine That Could (1930) by Plat & Munck

Curious George (1941)

Runaway Bunny (1942) by Margaret Wise Brown

Madeline(1939) by
Ludwig Bemelmans

Goodnight Moon (1947)


A Christmas Carol* (1843)

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865)

Little Women* (1868)

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer * (1876)

Black Beauty (1877)

The Happy Prince **(1892)

The Jungle Books* (1894)

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)

Peter Pan (1904)

The Railway Children (1906) by

Anne of Green Gables (1908)

A Little Princess(1888) & The Secret Garden** (1911)

The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle (1922)

The Little House books (1932 〜) by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Mary Poppins (1934)

The Black Stallion (1941)


adult readers)


Hamlet (1601)and others by William Shakespeare

Robinson Crusoe (1719)

Gulliver’s Travels (1726)

The Monk (1796)

Pride and Prejudice(1813), and others by Jane Austen


The Last of the Mohicans (1826)

Great Expectations (1860) and others by Charles Dickens

Jane Eyre(1847)

Wuthering Heights (1847)

Vanity Fair (1848)

Nature (1849) by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Scarlet Letter (1850)

Moby Dick (1851)

Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852)

Walden (1854)

North and South

Leaves of Grass
* (1855) by Walt Whitman(多くの小説で引用されている作品)

Middlemarch (1871) by George Eliot

The Way We Live Now
 by Anthony Trollope (1875)

Treasure Island (1883)

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886)

A Study in Scarlet (1887), & other Sherlock
Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James(1881)

Three Men in a Boat(1889) by Jerome K. Jerom

The Picture of Dorian Gray** (1890), The Importance of Being
Earnest** (1895) by Oscar Wilde

The Selected Poems by Emily Dickinson(1890)

Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy(1891)

The Time Machine (1895)

Dracula (1897)

The Awakening (1899)

Lord Jim (1900) & Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

The Best of O’Henry(1904) by O’Henry

The Call of the Wild, White Fang and Other Stories by Jack
London (1906)

A Room with a View (1908)

Daddy-Long-Legs (1912)

Pygmalion (1913)

The Moon And Sixpence (1919)

Very Good, Jeeves (1919)

The Age of Innocence (1920)

Ulysses (1922)

The Waste Land (1922)

A Passage to India (1924)

The Great Gatsby (1925)

Mrs. Dalloway (1925)

These Old
(1926) by Georgette Heyer(現代のロマンス小説家のお手本となっている作家)

The Sun Also

Ashenden (1927) by William Somerset Maugham

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd* (1926), and other
mysteries by Agatha Christie

The Roman Hat Mystery (Ellery Queen Detective #1) (1929) by Ellery Queen

The Collected Short Stories of Saki(1930) by Saki

The Maltese Falcon (1930) by Dashiell

Brave New World (1932)

Gone with the Wind* (1936)

Their Eyes Were Watching God

The Ghost Stories of Edith (1937) Edith Wharton

Rebecca* (1938)

The Fall of the House of Usher (1839) and Other Tales by Edgar
Allan Poe*

The Grapes of Wrath (1939) & Of Mice and Men

Death of a Salesman (1940)

近代クラシック Modern Classic


Animal Farm (1945) by George Orwell

A Streetcar Named Desire(1947) by Tennessee Williams

The Catcher in the Rye  (1951) by J. D. Salinger

The Old Man and the Sea (1952) by Ernest Hemingway

Waiting for
Godot by Samuel Beckett

Lord of the Flies* (1954) by William Golding

A Fable by William Faulkner (1954)

Lolita (1955) by Vladimir Nabokov

Seize the Day
(Penguin Classics)
(1956) by Saul Bellow

My Family and
Other Animals
(1956) by Gerald Durrell

Goodbye, Columbus (1958) by Philip Roth

The Bell(1958) by Iris Murdoch

To Kill A Mockingbird**(1960) by  Harper Lee

Rabbit, Run (1960) John Updike

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest *(1962) by Ken Kesey

A Clockwork Orange (1962) Anthony Burgess

On the Road (1967) by Jack Kerouac

The Godfather (1969) by Mario Puzo

***** The following classics are also onsidered.*****

Atlas Shrugged (1957) by Ayn Rand(説明が必要な本なので、フィクションに移動)

Ramona Quimby series (1955) by Beverly Cleary

Harry the Dirty Dog(1956) by by Gene Zion, Margaret Bloy Graham

The Dark Is Rising (1973) by Susan Cooper

The Mist of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote(1958)(すでに他の本を紹介しているから)

Cold Comfort Farm (1932)

Death Comes
for the Archbishop

Make Way For Lucia  (1920)


The Wheels on the Bus by Paul O. Zeilinsky

A Death in the Family
Go Tell It on the Mountain
The Canterbury Tales
The Red Badge of Courage
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
An American Tragedy
The Mill on the Floss
Selected Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson
As I Lay Dying

The Night
Before Christmas

100 Best-Loved Poems (Dover Thrift Editions)

Great Short Poems (Dover Thrift Editions) 

Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

The 39 Steps

The Innocent
Voyage (a High Wind in Jamaica)
by Richard Hughes (Not available)

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

The Sound and the Fury
Tom Jones
The Good Soldier
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
The Woman Warrior
The Crucible
A Good Man is Hard to Find
Long Day’s Journey into Night
The Crying of Lot 49
All Quiet on the Western Front
Call It Sleep

The Wind Boy 

Things Fall Apart

Jenny and the Cat Club by Esther Averill

The Gashlycrumb Tinies(1963) by Edward Gorey

The Rabbits’ Wedding by Garth Williams