The top 10 books of all time

Readers of books love lists. That's why book-review editor J. Peder Zane asked 125 writers – everyone from Norman Mailer to Jonathan Franzen to Margaret Drabble – to pick their very favorite books of all time. Out of all the books in the world, here are the 10 most selected by Zane's illustrious group.

(You can see this and other book lists in Zane's book "The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books.")

1. "Anna Karenina," by Leo Tolstoy

There are a significant number of readers who consider Tolstoy's 1876 story of a Russian society woman who leaves her loveless marriage for a dashing paramour the single greatest novel ever written. Of course, there's plenty of room for argument but one thing is for sure: If you've never read this book, you really should.

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