00 GREATEST WORK IN LITERATURE 1. The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan (1678)A story of a man in search of truth told with the simple clarity and beauty of Bunyan’s prose make this the ultimate English classic.2. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (1719)By the end of the 19th century, no book in English literary history had enjoyed more editions, spin-offs and translations. Crusoe’s world-famous novel is a complex literary confection, and it’s irresistible.Sign up for the Bookmarks emailRead more3. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift (1726)A satirical masterpiece that’s never been out of print, Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels comes third in our list of the best novels written in English4. Clarissa by Samuel Richardson (1748)Clarissa is a tragic heroine, pressured by her unscrupulous nouveau-riche family to marry a wealthy man she detests, in the book that Samuel Johnson described as “the first book in the world for the knowledge it displays of the human heart.”5. Tom Jones by Henry Fielding (1749)Tom Jones is a classic English novel that captures the spirit of its age and whose famous characters have come to represent Augustan society in all its loquacious, turbulent, comic variety.6. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne (1759)Laurence Sterne’s vivid novel caused delight and consternation when it first appeared and has lost little of its original bite.