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Top Ten Literary Masterpieces Discovered Posthumously

Exciting news in the book world about the potential release of five new JD Salinger novels, over 40 years since his last published word and a few years after his death. Fans and publishers alike are buzzing about the possibility of what those manuscripts might contain.

But while not all authors are as reclusive or sought-after as Salinger, he’s far from being the only author to have excitement generated about works found and published after his death.

newrepublic.com has put up a list of the top ten most remarkable posthumously published novels in history:

1. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
2. 2666 by Roberto Bolaño
3. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
4. The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler
5. The First Man by Albert Camus
6. The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens
7. Bouvard et Pécuchet by Gustave Flaubert
8. Maurice by E.M. Forster
9. The Original of Laura by Vladimir Nabokov
10. The Pale King by David Foster Wallace

All of these books are widely considered by critics to be great and important works of literature, and none was published while its author was still alive.

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