Classics

A classic stands the test of time. The work is usually considered to be a representation of the period in which it was written; and the work merits lasting recognition. In other words, if the book was published in the recent past, the work is not a classic.

A classic has a certain universal appeal. Great works of literature touch us to our very core beings--partly because they integrate themes that are understood by readers from a wide range of backgrounds and levels of experience. Themes of love, hate, death, life, and faith touch upon some of our most basic emotional responses.

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The Handmaid's Tale
Animal Farm
The Alchemist
The Little Prince
Fahrenheit 451
1984
Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10)
The Great Gatsby
The Old Man and the Sea
Pride and Prejudice
Of Mice and Men
The Stranger
The Metamorphosis
Slaughterhouse-Five
Brave New World
Pride and Prejudice
To Kill a Mockingbird (To Kill a Mockingbird, #1)
The Great Gatsby
Jane Eyre
1984
Wuthering Heights
The Catcher in the Rye
Animal Farm
Romeo and Juliet
Little Women (Little Women, #1)
Lord of the Flies
Frankenstein
Of Mice and Men
Sense and Sensibility
The Picture of Dorian Gray
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeePride and Prejudice by Jane AustenJane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë1984 by George OrwellThe Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Must Read Classics
1,306 books — 3,719 voters

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeRomeo and Juliet by William ShakespeareThe Great Gatsby by F. Scott FitzgeraldLord of the Flies by William GoldingMacbeth by William Shakespeare
Required Reading in High School
602 books — 984 voters
Pride and Prejudice by Jane AustenThe Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar WildeWuthering Heights by Emily BrontëJane Eyre by Charlotte BrontëCrime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Best Books of the 19th Century
979 books — 5,878 voters


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May you not rest, as long as I am living. You said I killed you - haunt me, then.
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Which of us is happy in this world? Which of us has his desire? or, having it, is satisfied?
William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair

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