Four Great Classical Novels  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

The Four Great Classical Novels, or the Four Major Classical Novels (Template:Zh-cp) of Chinese literature, are the four novels commonly counted by scholars to be the greatest and most influential of classical Chinese fiction. Well known to most Chinese readers of the 20th century, they are not to be confused with the Four Books of Confucianism.

Four Great Classics

The Four Great Classical Novels are considered to be the pinnacle of China's achievement in classical novels, influencing the creation of many stories, theater, movies, games, and other entertainment throughout Asia including China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam.

In chronological order, they are:

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