Which Western novel has the most anime adaptations?

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Fireminer
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Which Western novel has the most anime adaptations?

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If we are talking about anime adaptations of Eastern literature, then either Journey to the West or Romance of the Three Kingdoms probably takes the cake. But which Western novel is the most popular to be adapted to anime?
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Tough one. I can only think of Anne of Green Gables as being a novel popular enough in Japan to warrant several adaptations
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There have been four anime Little Womens, three anime Treasure Islands, a couple of anime Nobody's Boys, two anime Daddy Longlegs, several anime Wizard Of Oz's, I think there are three different Japanese Moomin series, and three anime Puss In Boots movies, though only one is based on the fairy tale. And then there's Superbook and Flying House, both based on the Bible. There's a TV show Sindbad and a movie Sindbad, as well.

I wrote a couple of columns about Western-source anime adaptations, and I feel like I only scratched the surface:

https://letsanime.blogspot.com/2009/09/ ... uence.html

https://letsanime.blogspot.com/2018/06/ ... stern.html
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I literally just learned about Moomin a few days ago. The series looks really cute, at least the 1990 version.
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