Famous First Lines

The American Review compiles their version of the 100 Best First Lines from Novels. Melville's Moby Dick takes top rank, followed by Jane Austen's famous first line from Pride and Prejudice. Also in the Top 10, Lolita, Anna Karenina, and A Tale of Two Cities. Auspicious beginnings indeed.


  1. If memory serves, the first line of "Moby Dick" is "Call me Ishmael." Hardly a killer line.


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