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The Picture of Dorian Gray The Picture of Dorian Gray (Paperback)
by (shelved 69 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.08 — 976,199 ratings — published 1890
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Dracula Dracula (Paperback)
by (shelved 62 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.00 — 949,197 ratings — published 1897
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Jane Eyre Jane Eyre (Paperback)
by (shelved 57 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.13 — 1,636,175 ratings — published 1847
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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Paperback)
by (shelved 51 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.82 — 1,156,623 ratings — published 1884
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Pride and Prejudice Pride and Prejudice (Paperback)
by (shelved 51 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.26 — 3,026,152 ratings — published 1813
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A Christmas Carol A Christmas Carol (Paperback)
by (shelved 50 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.06 — 604,391 ratings — published 1843
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The Time Machine The Time Machine (Paperback)
by (shelved 48 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.89 — 416,755 ratings — published 1895
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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz, #1) The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz, #1)
by (shelved 48 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.98 — 373,573 ratings — published 1900
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Treasure Island Treasure Island (Hardcover)
by (shelved 45 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.83 — 405,491 ratings — published 1879
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The Count of Monte Cristo The Count of Monte Cristo (Paperback)
by (shelved 44 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.26 — 751,077 ratings — published 1844
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Little Women Little Women (Paperback)
by (shelved 43 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.09 — 1,694,502 ratings — published 1868
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Wuthering Heights Wuthering Heights (Paperback)
by (shelved 41 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.86 — 1,352,767 ratings — published 1847
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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Paperback)
by (shelved 40 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.91 — 763,896 ratings — published 1876
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Don Quixote Don Quixote (Paperback)
by (shelved 37 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.88 — 211,850 ratings — published 1615
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Moby-Dick or, the Whale Moby-Dick or, the Whale (Paperback)
by (shelved 37 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.51 — 481,495 ratings — published 1851
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Great Expectations Great Expectations (Paperback)
by (shelved 37 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.78 — 655,976 ratings — published 1861
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The Scarlet Letter The Scarlet Letter (Paperback)
by (shelved 36 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.41 — 710,346 ratings — published 1850
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Robinson Crusoe (Robinson Crusoe #1) Robinson Crusoe (Robinson Crusoe #1)
by (shelved 36 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.68 — 249,377 ratings — published 1719
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Oliver Twist Oliver Twist (Paperback)
by (shelved 35 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.87 — 321,594 ratings — published 1838
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The Secret Garden The Secret Garden (Hardcover)
by (shelved 35 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.13 — 899,734 ratings — published 1910
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Gulliver's Travels Gulliver's Travels (Paperback)
by (shelved 34 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.57 — 233,379 ratings — published 1726
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Peter Pan Peter Pan (Hardcover)
by (shelved 34 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.05 — 280,920 ratings — published 1911
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Les Misérables Les Misérables (Mass Market Paperback)
by (shelved 33 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.18 — 686,623 ratings — published 1862
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The Metamorphosis The Metamorphosis (Paperback)
by (shelved 33 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.82 — 651,184 ratings — published 1915
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A Tale of Two Cities A Tale of Two Cities (Paperback)
by (shelved 33 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.85 — 814,203 ratings — published 1859
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Crime and Punishment Crime and Punishment (Paperback)
by (shelved 32 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.22 — 633,318 ratings — published 1866
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The War of the Worlds The War of the Worlds (Paperback)
by (shelved 31 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.83 — 246,905 ratings — published 1898
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The Importance of Being Earnest The Importance of Being Earnest (Paperback)
by (shelved 31 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.18 — 303,770 ratings — published 1895
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David Copperfield David Copperfield (Paperback)
by (shelved 31 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.00 — 200,155 ratings — published 1850
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War and Peace War and Peace (Paperback)
by (shelved 29 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.12 — 267,023 ratings — published 1867
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The Island of Doctor Moreau The Island of Doctor Moreau (Paperback)
by (shelved 29 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.73 — 97,337 ratings — published 1896
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The Odyssey The Odyssey (Paperback)
by (shelved 29 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.77 — 866,692 ratings — published -700
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Emma Emma (Paperback)
by (shelved 28 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.01 — 657,736 ratings — published 1815
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Persuasion Persuasion (Paperback)
by (shelved 28 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.14 — 528,308 ratings — published 1818
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Sense and Sensibility Sense and Sensibility (Paperback)
by (shelved 28 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.07 — 963,149 ratings — published 1811
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Around the World in Eighty Days Around the World in Eighty Days (Paperback)
by (shelved 27 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.94 — 185,790 ratings — published 1872
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A Study in Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes, #1) A Study in Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes, #1)
by (shelved 27 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.16 — 327,883 ratings — published 1887
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The Invisible Man The Invisible Man (Paperback)
by (shelved 27 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.64 — 147,935 ratings — published 1897
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Heart of Darkness Heart of Darkness (Paperback)
by (shelved 27 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.43 — 418,007 ratings — published 1899
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Hamlet Hamlet (Paperback)
by (shelved 26 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.02 — 735,458 ratings — published 1603
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The Iliad The Iliad (Paperback)
by (shelved 26 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.87 — 354,998 ratings — published -750
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Northanger Abbey Northanger Abbey (Paperback)
by (shelved 26 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.83 — 300,241 ratings — published 1817
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Ashim Shanker
“Naturally there was the notion of private property as a pragmatic concept, for individuals or groups have a proclivity to tend to their own possessions with greater care and reverence than they would to common property...in such cases, the notion of ownership would underscore a relationship existing between distinct people, rather than a legal association between a person and that which is said to be possessed, which is to say that ownership was, in its strictest definition, the societal distinction between the owner and the non-owner with respect to the property in question. Beyond this, the concept of ownership varied further from society-to-society according to their respective derivations of natural law, legal positivism and legal realism. Some societies—the indigenous Itako tribes...for example—railed against their governments’ initiatives for private ownership in favor of maintaining equal access to available resources (in the case of the Itako, this was due primarily to the fact that theirs were kin-based tribes whose membership sought to live communally). All the same, even this notion of common possession seemed to me rather arrogant, for the necessitated existence of a public domain was rooted in the shared human dominance over the objects or organisms in question. And so, in my dizzying contemplation, I began to yearn for a greater law that stretched to vast limits beyond that which governed humanity alone. The voice in my mind spoke earnestly of the need for a unifying jurisprudence which could preside over all of Nature’s manifestations in a manner either probabilistically fair or mathematically arbitrary. And perhaps, still, this would not be enough.”
Ashim Shanker, Only the Deplorable

Victor Hugo
“The principle is twofold, do not forget. The book, as a book, belongs to the author, but as a thought, it belongs – the word is not too extreme – to the human race. All intelligences, all minds, are eligible, all own it. If one of these two rights, the right of the writer and the right of the human mind, were to be sacrificed, it would certainly be the right of the writer, because the public interest is our only concern, and that must take precedence in anything that comes before us.”
Victor Hugo

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