Classic Adventure Stories

The biggest problem of doing this list was figuring out what to include and what to exclude.  If you broaden the category to "Action/Adventure" you could potentially include pretty much half the English language canon!  So I have limited myself to "adventure" and to the following criteria: (1) must be a classic, or at least widely known; (2) must include a journey; and (3) must include physical danger.  And if it also includes pirates, knights, cowboys, savages, really big monkeys, and/or deserted islands, so much the better!  (Note that I've also organized them by author rather than title, because so many authors have written numerous notable adventure novels.)
  1. Anonymous - The Epic of Gilgamesh
  2. Anonymous - The Song of Roland
  3. Anonymous - Beowulf
  4. Anonymous - Tales of Prester John
  5. Anonymous - The Arabian Knights
  6. Barrie, JM - Peter Pan
  7. Baum, Frank - The Wizard of Oz
  8. Buchan, John - The 39 Steps
  9. Burroughs, Edgar Rice - Tarzan of the Apes, John Carter of Mars
  10. Carroll, Lewis - Alice in Wonderland
  11. Cervantes - Don Quixote
  12. Conrad, Joseph - Heart of Darkness, Lord Jim
  13. Cooper, James Fenimore - The Last of the Mohicans, The Deerslayer
  14. Cornwell, Bernard - Sharpe series, The Grail Quest series, the Saxon series
  15. Crichton, Michael - Jurrasic Park, The Great Train Robbery, Congo
  16. Cussler, Clive - Sahara, Raise the Titanic, Inca Gold
  17. Defoe, Daniel - Robinson Crusoe, Moll Flanders, The King of Pirates
  18. Doyle, Arthur Conan - Lost World
  19. Dumas, Alexandre - Three Muskateers, Man in th Iron Mask, The Count of Monte Cristo
  20. Forester, CS - Horatio Hornblower series
  21. Fraser, George MacDonald - Flashman series
  22. George, Jean Craighead - My Side of the Mountain
  23. Golding, William - Lord of the Flies
  24. Haggard, H. Rider - King Solomon's Mines, She, Allen Quartermain
  25. Hilton, James - Lost Horizon
  26. Homer - Iliad, Odyssey
  27. Hope, Anthony - The Prisoner of Zenda
  28. Howard, Robert - Conan the Barbarian
  29. Kipling, Rudyard - The Man Who Would Be King, The Jungle Book, Captains Courageous, Kim
  30. L'Amour, Louis - Shane, How the West Was Won, Sackett
  31. London, Jack - The Call of the Wild, Sea Wolf, White Fang
  32. Ludlum, Robert - The Bourne Identity
  33. Malory, Sir Thomas - Le Morte d'Arthur
  34. McCully, Johnston - The Mark of Zorro (aka The Curse of Capistrano)
  35. McMurtry, Larry - Lonesome Dove
  36. Melville, Herman - Moby Dick
  37. Paulsen, Gary - Hatchet, Grizzly
  38. Reid, Thomas Mayne - The White Gauntlet, the Bush Boys
  39. Sabatini, Rafael - Captain Blood
  40. Salgari, Emilio - Pirates of Malaysia series, Black Corsair series, Pirates of Bermuda series
  41. Scott, Sir Walter - Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, The Pirate
  42. Stevenson, Robert Lewis - Treasure Island, Kidnapped
  43. Swift, Jonathan - Gulliver's Travels
  44. Tolkein, JRR - The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings
  45. Twain, Mark - Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  46. Vergil - The Aeneid
  47. Verne, Jules - 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Mysterious Island, Around the World in 80 Days, Journey to the Center of the Earth
  48. Wallace, Edgar - The African stories
  49. Wells, HG - The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau
  50. Wren, PC - Beau Geste
  51. Wyss, Johann David - Swiss Family Robinson

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