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To Kill a Mockingbird To Kill a Mockingbird (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.24 — 4,079,654 ratings — published 1960
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Jane Eyre Jane Eyre (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.09 — 1,648,977 ratings — published 1847
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The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.88 — 3,328,075 ratings — published 1925
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Wuthering Heights Wuthering Heights (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.82 — 1,234,139 ratings — published 1847
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Sense and Sensibility Sense and Sensibility (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.05 — 1,051,910 ratings — published 1811
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Frankenstein Frankenstein (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.74 — 1,082,903 ratings — published 1818
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Little Women (Little Women, #1) Little Women (Little Women, #1)
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avg rating 4.03 — 1,572,434 ratings — published 1868
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The Catcher in the Rye The Catcher in the Rye (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.79 — 2,623,278 ratings — published 1951
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1984 1984 (Mass Market Paperback)
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avg rating 4.13 — 2,642,516 ratings — published 1949
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The Scarlet Letter The Scarlet Letter (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.36 — 700,580 ratings — published 1850
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Of Mice and Men Of Mice and Men (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.83 — 1,831,081 ratings — published 1937
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Great Expectations Great Expectations (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.73 — 679,609 ratings — published 1860
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Animal Farm Animal Farm (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.85 — 2,353,518 ratings — published 1945
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Lord of the Flies Lord of the Flies (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.64 — 2,020,841 ratings — published 1954
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A Tale of Two Cities A Tale of Two Cities (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.79 — 1,010,319 ratings — published 1859
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Emma Emma (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.98 — 683,027 ratings — published 1815
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The Picture of Dorian Gray The Picture of Dorian Gray (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.05 — 938,258 ratings — published 1890
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The Odyssey The Odyssey (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.70 — 899,689 ratings — published -800
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Dracula Dracula (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.97 — 861,779 ratings — published 1897
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Persuasion Persuasion (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.12 — 558,425 ratings — published 1818
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The Count of Monte Cristo The Count of Monte Cristo (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.19 — 878,002 ratings — published 1844
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Anna Karenina Anna Karenina (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.04 — 605,169 ratings — published 1877
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Hamlet Hamlet (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.99 — 677,278 ratings — published 1600
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Crime and Punishment Crime and Punishment (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.16 — 634,765 ratings — published 1866
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A Christmas Carol A Christmas Carol (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.00 — 501,686 ratings — published 1843
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Fahrenheit 451 Fahrenheit 451 (Hardcover)
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avg rating 4.01 — 774,411 ratings — published 1953
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The Hobbit The Hobbit (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.24 — 2,523,097 ratings — published 1937
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Macbeth Macbeth (Mass Market Paperback)
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avg rating 3.88 — 639,549 ratings — published 1606
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Les Misérables Les Misérables (Mass Market Paperback)
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avg rating 4.12 — 948,986 ratings — published 1862
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The Grapes of Wrath The Grapes of Wrath (Hardcover)
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avg rating 3.99 — 313,869 ratings — published 1939
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Brave New World Brave New World (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.96 — 1,439,497 ratings — published 1932
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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.89 — 713,169 ratings — published 1876
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Mansfield Park Mansfield Park (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.83 — 309,705 ratings — published 1814
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Moby-Dick; or, The Whale Moby-Dick; or, The Whale (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.43 — 590,863 ratings — published 1851
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Oliver Twist Oliver Twist (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.84 — 366,872 ratings — published 1838
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Northanger Abbey Northanger Abbey (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.79 — 316,935 ratings — published 1817
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The Old Man and the Sea The Old Man and the Sea (Hardcover)
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avg rating 3.72 — 723,733 ratings — published 1952
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The Secret Garden The Secret Garden (Hardcover)
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avg rating 4.11 — 841,115 ratings — published 1911
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The Iliad The Iliad (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.80 — 361,705 ratings — published -800
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Heart of Darkness Heart of Darkness (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.41 — 365,161 ratings — published 1899
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The Canterbury Tales The Canterbury Tales (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.47 — 228,616 ratings — published 1390
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Charles Dickens
“LONDON. Michaelmas Term lately over, and the Lord Chancellor sitting in Lincoln’s Inn Hall. Implacable November weather. As much mud in the streets as if the waters had but newly retired from the face of the earth, and it would not be wonderful to meet a Megalosaurus, forty feet long or so, waddling like an elephantine lizard up Holborn Hill. Smoke lowering down from chimney-pots, making a soft black drizzle, with flakes of soot in it as big as full-grown snow-flakes — gone into mourning, one might imagine, for the death of the sun. Dogs, undistinguishable in mire. Horses, scarcely better; splashed to their very blinkers. Foot passengers, jostling one another’s umbrellas in a general infection of ill-temper, and losing their foot-hold at street-corners, where tens of thousands of other foot passengers have been slipping and sliding since the day broke (if the day ever broke), adding new deposits to the crust upon crust of mud, sticking at those points tenaciously to the pavement, and accumulating at compound interest.

Fog everywhere. Fog up the river, where it flows among green aits and meadows; fog down the river, where it rolls defiled among the tiers of shipping and the waterside pollutions of a great (and dirty) city. Fog on the Essex marshes, fog on the Kentish heights. Fog creeping into the cabooses of collier-brigs; fog lying out on the yards, and hovering in the rigging of great ships; fog drooping on the gunwales of barges and small boats. Fog in the eyes and throats of ancient Greenwich pensioners, wheezing by the firesides of their wards; fog in the stem and bowl of the afternoon pipe of the wrathful skipper, down in his close cabin; fog cruelly pinching the toes and fingers of his shivering little ’prentice boy on deck. Chance people on the bridges peeping over the parapets into a nether sky of fog, with fog all round them, as if they were up in a balloon, and hanging in the misty clouds.

Gas looming through the fog in divers places in the streets, much as the sun may, from the spongey fields, be seen to loom by husbandman and ploughboy. Most of the shops lighted two hours before their time — as the gas seems to know, for it has a haggard and unwilling look.

The raw afternoon is rawest, and the dense fog is densest, and the muddy streets are muddiest near that leaden-headed old obstruction, appropriate ornament for the threshold of a leaden-headed old corporation, Temple Bar. And hard by Temple Bar, in Lincoln’s Inn Hall, at the very heart of the fog, sits the Lord High Chancellor in his High Court of Chancery.”
Charles Dickens, Bleak House

Donna Tartt
“Do you remember what we were speaking of earlier, of how bloody, terrible things are sometimes the most beautiful?” he said. “It’s a very Greek idea, and a very profound one. Beauty is terror. Whatever we call beautiful, we quiver before it. And what could be more terrifying and beautiful, to souls like the Greeks or our own, than to lose control completely? To throw off the chains of being for an instant, to shatter the accident of our mortal selves? Euripides speaks of the Maenads: head thrown back, throat to the stars, ‘more like deer than human being.’ To be absolutely free! One is quite capable, of course, of working out these destructive passions in more vulgar and less efficient ways. But how glorious to release them in a single burst! To sing, to scream, to dance barefoot in the woods in the dead of night, with no more awareness of mortality than an animal! These are powerful mysteries. The bellowing of bulls. Springs of honey bubbling from the ground. If we are strong enough in our souls we can rip away the veil and look that naked, terrible beauty right in the face; let God consume us, devour us, unstring our bones. Then spit us out reborn.”
Donna Tartt, The Secret History

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