WorldCat 100

In genius studies, WorldCat 100 refers to the top 100 identities in WorldCat library holdings.

Overview
The following are the top 43 literary authors of all time, ranked by “world library holdings”, according to 2011 WorldCat Identities library rankings, as culled from the top 100 identities (shown adjacent) of the worlds libraries, non-literary (e.g. Harold Bloom) or fictional authors (e.g. Jesus Christ, Mary, etc.) removed:

#
Person
IQ
Description
1. ShakespeareWilliam Shakespeare
(
1564-1616)
IQ:190|#48Total: 72,727 works in 218,591 publications in 156 languages and 5,252,605 library holdings.
Top:
Hamlet (in 77 languages and held by 8,026 libraries worldwide).
2.Goethe 75 newJohann Goethe
(
1749-1832)
IQ:225|#1Total: 46,208 works in 115,053 publications in 97 languages and 937,127 library holdings.
Top: Faust (in 69 languages and held by 5,993 libraries worldwide).
3.Charles Dickens 75Charles Dickens
(1812-1870)
IQ:165|#301Total: 17,987 works in 65,580 publications in 99 languages and 964,113 library holdings.
Top: Great Expectations (in 37 languages and held by 8,235 libraries worldwide).
4.Mark Twain 75Mark Twain
(1835-1910)
IQ:170#275Total: 10,144 works in 32,424 publications in 85 languages and 922,432 library holdings.
Top: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (in 60 languages and held by 9,056 libraries worldwide).
5.Henry James 75Henry James
(1843-1916)

Total: 5,323 works in 16,327 publications in 48 languages and 661,944 library holdings.
Top: The Portrait of a Lady (in 22 languages and held by 5,821 libraries worldwide).
6.John Milton 75John Milton
(1608-1674)
IQ:180|#114Total: 7,701 works in 25,201 publications in 58 languages and 655,700 library holdings.
Top: Paradise Lost ( in 41 languages and held by 5,978 libraries worldwide ).
7.Geoffrey Chaucer 75Geoffrey Chaucer
(c.1343-1400)

Total: 6,519 works in 18,758 publications in 47 languages and 623,468 library holdings.
Top: The Canterbury Tales (in 36 languages and held by 7,354 libraries worldwide).
8.William Faulkner 75William Faulkner
(1897-1962)

Total: 6,687 works in 14,323 publications in 58 languages and 569,066 library holdings.
Top: The Sound and Fury (in 35 languages and held by 6,085 libraries worldwide).
9.Jane Austen 75Jane Austen
(1775-1817)

Total: 3,522 works in 14,880 publications in 51 languages and 562,500 library holdings.
Top: Pride and Prejudice ( in 41 languages and held by 8,575 libraries worldwide).
Note: her Sense and Sensibility takes a ‘quietism’ approach to the problems of skepticism and the reliability of sense perception, arguing that they arise only by misconstruing ordinary language, not because there is anything genuinely wrong with our empirical knowledge.
10.Dante 75Dante Alighieri
(1265-1321)
IQ:175|#206Total: 17,860 works in 43,787 publications in 83 languages and 550,811 library holding.
Top: The Divine Comedy (in 64 languages and held by 7,072 libraries worldwide).
11. Ernest Hemingway 75Ernest Hemingway
(1899-1961)
IQ:170|#408Total: 5,764 works in 16,770 publications in 81 languages and 539,291 library holding.
Top: The Old Man and the Sea (in 63 languages and held by 6,894 libraries worldwide).
12.James Joyce 75James Joyce
(1882-1941)

Total: 5,403 works in 12,967 publications in 57 languages and 531,502 library holding.
Top: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (in 37 languages and held by 6,168 libraries worldwide).
13.Agatha Christie
(1890-1976)

Total: 6,989 works in 32,248 publications in 65 languages and 521,124 library holding.
Top: And Then There Were None (in 36 languages and held by 4,409 libraries worldwide).
14.Edgar Poe 75Edgar Poe
(1809-1849)
IQ:175|#190Total: 10,553 works in 24,502 publications in 73 languages and 508,183 library holding.
Top: Tales of Mystery and Imagination (in 13 languages and held by 3,678 libraries worldwide).
15.Homer
(c.800BC)
IQ:175|#208 Total: 14,430 works in 46,240 publications in 90 languages and 496,740 library holdings.
Top:
The Odyssey (in 68 languages and held by 8,406 libraries worldwide).
16.William Yeats
(1865-1939)

Total: 6,464 works in 13,907 publications in 43 languages and 465,402 library holding.
Top: The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats ( in English and Undetermined and held by 3,109 libraries worldwide ).
17.Walt Whitman
(1819-1892)

Total: 6,920 works in 13,971 publications in 60 languages and 462,939 library holding.
Top: Leaves of Grass ( in 42 languages and held by 6,543 libraries worldwide ).
18.David Lawrence
(1885-1930)

Total: 5,786 works in 17,048 publications in 58 languages and 452,177 library holding.
19.Isaac Asimov
(1920-1992)
IQ:170|#250Total: 4,168 works in 11,590 publications in 51 languages and 447,995 library holding.
Top: Foundation (in 22 languages and held by 4,395 libraries worldwide).
20.Thomas Hardy
(1840-1928)

Total: 5,282 works in 15,875 publications in 54 languages and 441,209 library holding.
Top: Tess of the d’Urbervilles (in 33 languages and held by 7,047 libraries worldwide).
21.Clive Lewis
(1898-1936)

Total: 2,986 works in 11,582 publications in 50 languages and 440,640 library holding.
Top: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe ( in 37 languages and held by 6,610 libraries worldwide ).
22.Nathaniel Hawthorne
(1804-1864)

Total: 4,748 works in 14,430 publications in 56 languages and 440,205 library holding.
Top: The Scarlet Letter ( in 32 languages and held by 8,271 libraries worldwide ).
23.Virginia Woolf 75Virginia Woolf
(1882-1941)
IQ:160|#515Total: 4,267 works in 12,385 publications in 45 languages and 434,446 library holding.
24.Leo Tolstoy 75Leo Tolstoy
(1828-1910)
IQ:180|#106Total: 17,086 works in 42,014 publications in 115 languages and 424,069 library holding.
Top: Anna Karenina (in 50 languages and held by 7,749 libraries worldwide).
25.Thomas Eliot
(1888-1965)

Total: 5,840 works in 13,494 publications in 63 languages and 420,775 library holding.
Top: Murder in the Cathedral (in 25 languages and held by 4,006 libraries worldwide).
26.Joseph Conrad
(1857-1924)

Total: 4,254 works in 14,760 publications in 46 languages and 439,188 library holding.
27.Robert Stevenson 75Robert Stevenson
(1850-1894)

Total: 6,601 works in 25,805 publications in 88 languages and 421,705 library holding.
Top: Treasure Island (in 62 languages and held by 8,534 libraries worldwide).
28.Bernard Shaw
(1856-1950)
IQ:180|#160Total: 10,885 works in 25,057 publications in 62 languages and 417,358 library holding.
29.William Wordsworth
(1770-1850)
IQ:165|#306Total: 5,976 works in 13,205 publications in 32 languages and 407,344 library holding.
30.Fyodor Dostoyevsky
(1821-1881)
IQ:180|#121Total: 9,455 works in 25,680 publications in 73 languages and 403,097 library holding.
31.Herman Melville
(1819-1891)

Total: 4,337 works in 11,308 publications in 58 languages and 402,499 library holding.
Top: Moby Dick (in 52 languages and held by 8,565 libraries worldwide ).
32.Arthur Doyle
(1859-1930)

Total: 12,652 works in 31,496 publications in 91 languages and 402,162 library holding.
Top: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (in 42 languages and held by 6,447 libraries worldwide).
33.Voltaire 75Voltaire
(1694-1778)
IQ:195|#18Total: 21,973 works in 52,487 publications in 73 languages and 344,468 library holding.
Top: Candide (in 45 languages and held by 6,012 libraries worldwide).
34.Honore Balzac 75Honore Balzac
(1799-1850)
IQ:175|#233Total: 9,758 works in 32,500 publications in 66 languages and 339,511 library holding.
Top: Pere Goriot (in 35 languages and held by 5,149 libraries worldwide).
35.Rudyard Kipling
(1865-1936)

Total: 6,416 works in 22,787 publications in 75 languages and 366,153 library holdings.
Top: The Jungle Book (in 49 languages and held by 6,332 libraries worldwide).
36.Walter Scott
(1771-1832)

Total: 17,286 works in 48,077 publications in 74 languages and 324,680 library holding.
Top: Ivanhoe (in 50 languages and held by 6,820 libraries worldwide).
37. Jacob Grimm
(1785-1863)
IQ:160|#379Total: 16,105 works in 36,241 publications in 114 languages and 324,307 library holding.
Top: Grimm's Fairy Tales (in 41 languages and held by 6,397 libraries worldwide).
38.Virgil
(70-15BC)

Total: 13,663 works in 39,929 publications in 61 languages and 313,005 library holding.
Top: The Aeneid (in 45 languages and held by 6,435 libraries worldwide).
39.Schiller 75Friedrich Schiller
(1759-1805)
IQ:185|#69Total: 14,096 works in 38,298 publications in 71 languages and 298,000 library holdings.
Top: Wilhelm Tell (in 52 languages and held by 2,918 libraries worldwide).
40.Cervantes Saavedra
(1547-1616)

Total: 7,569 works in 27,759 publications in 81 languages and 293,399 library holding.
Top: Don Quixote ( in 75 languages and held by 7,632 libraries worldwide).
41.Victor Hugo
(1802-1885)

Total: 9,922 works in 30,004 publications in 78 languages and 273,031 library holdings
42. Alexander Pushkin
(1799-1837)

Total: 11,289 works in 25,193 publications in 103 languages and 249,204 library holding.
Top: Eugene Onegin: a Novel in Verse (in 40 languages and held by 2,887 libraries worldwide).
43.Moliere
(1622-1673)
IQ:160|#370Total: 10,521 works in 32,452 publications in 88 languages and 244,282 library holding.
44.Alexandre Dumas
(1802-1870)

Total: 10,047 works in 35,002 publications in 80 languages and 186,427 library holding.





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