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The Picture of Dorian Gray The Picture of Dorian Gray (Paperback)
by (shelved 51 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.06 — 1,121,567 ratings — published 1888
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Jane Eyre Jane Eyre (Paperback)
by (shelved 45 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.10 — 1,793,483 ratings — published 1847
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Pride and Prejudice Pride and Prejudice (Paperback)
by (shelved 42 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.24 — 3,093,681 ratings — published 1813
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Frankenstein Frankenstein (Paperback)
by (shelved 41 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.92 — 74,403 ratings — published 1818
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Dracula Dracula (Paperback)
by (shelved 38 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.98 — 1,011,422 ratings — published 1897
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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Paperback)
by (shelved 35 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.80 — 1,297,471 ratings — published 1884
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The Count of Monte Cristo The Count of Monte Cristo (Paperback)
by (shelved 35 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.21 — 993,957 ratings — published 1844
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A Christmas Carol A Christmas Carol (Paperback)
by (shelved 34 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.01 — 591,385 ratings — published 1843
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Wuthering Heights Wuthering Heights (Paperback)
by (shelved 33 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.83 — 1,451,685 ratings — published 1847
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Don Quixote Don Quixote (Paperback)
by (shelved 33 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.82 — 320,350 ratings — published 1615
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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz, #1) The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz, #1)
by (shelved 33 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.98 — 404,709 ratings — published 1900
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The Time Machine The Time Machine (Paperback)
by (shelved 29 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.88 — 485,621 ratings — published 1895
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Treasure Island Treasure Island (Hardcover)
by (shelved 28 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.82 — 414,849 ratings — published 1882
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Crime and Punishment Crime and Punishment (Paperback)
by (shelved 28 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.18 — 762,769 ratings — published 1866
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A Tale of Two Cities A Tale of Two Cities (Paperback)
by (shelved 28 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.81 — 1,122,154 ratings — published 1859
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Little Women (Little Women, #1) Little Women (Little Women, #1)
by (shelved 28 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.04 — 1,776,402 ratings — published 1868
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Moby-Dick or, The Whale Moby-Dick or, The Whale (Paperback)
by (shelved 27 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.45 — 668,474 ratings — published 1851
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The Scarlet Letter The Scarlet Letter (Paperback)
by (shelved 27 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.37 — 793,556 ratings — published 1850
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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Paperback)
by (shelved 26 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.90 — 820,432 ratings — published 1876
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Robinson Crusoe Robinson Crusoe (Paperback)
by (shelved 26 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.67 — 285,943 ratings — published 1719
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Les Misérables Les Misérables (Mass Market Paperback)
by (shelved 25 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.14 — 1,041,048 ratings — published 1862
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David Copperfield David Copperfield (Paperback)
by (shelved 25 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.96 — 287,823 ratings — published 1849
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Great Expectations Great Expectations (Paperback)
by (shelved 25 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.75 — 789,336 ratings — published 1860
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The Secret Garden The Secret Garden (Hardcover)
by (shelved 25 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.12 — 974,502 ratings — published 1911
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Sense and Sensibility Sense and Sensibility (Paperback)
by (shelved 25 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.06 — 1,168,242 ratings — published 1811
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Oliver Twist Oliver Twist (Paperback)
by (shelved 24 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.85 — 423,509 ratings — published 1838
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The Metamorphosis The Metamorphosis (Paperback)
by (shelved 24 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.79 — 613,346 ratings — published 1915
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Persuasion Persuasion (Paperback)
by (shelved 24 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.13 — 650,159 ratings — published 1817
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War and Peace War and Peace (Paperback)
by (shelved 23 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.08 — 493,791 ratings — published 1869
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Alice in Wonderland Alice in Wonderland (Hardcover)
by (shelved 23 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.03 — 509,454 ratings — published 1865
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Peter Pan Peter Pan (Hardcover)
by (shelved 22 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.10 — 312,163 ratings — published 1904
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Emma Emma (Paperback)
by (shelved 22 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.99 — 784,601 ratings — published 1815
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The War of the Worlds The War of the Worlds (Paperback)
by (shelved 21 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.80 — 293,675 ratings — published 1898
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Candide Candide (Paperback)
by (shelved 21 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.76 — 264,776 ratings — published 1759
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The Odyssey The Odyssey (Paperback)
by (shelved 21 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.72 — 1,009,374 ratings — published -720
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The Call of the Wild The Call of the Wild (Paperback)
by (shelved 21 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.82 — 340,118 ratings — published 1903
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Hamlet Hamlet (Paperback)
by (shelved 21 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.00 — 778,315 ratings — published 1603
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Northanger Abbey Northanger Abbey (Paperback)
by (shelved 21 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.80 — 363,418 ratings — published 1818
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Mansfield Park Mansfield Park (Paperback)
by (shelved 20 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.85 — 358,997 ratings — published 1814
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The Invisible Man The Invisible Man (Paperback)
by (shelved 20 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.63 — 201,639 ratings — published 1897
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Heart of Darkness Heart of Darkness (Paperback)
by (shelved 20 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.41 — 435,819 ratings — published 1899
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A Study in Scarlet A Study in Scarlet (Paperback)
by (shelved 19 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.17 — 338,818 ratings — published 1887
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The Importance of Being Earnest The Importance of Being Earnest (Paperback)
by (shelved 19 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.17 — 370,980 ratings — published 1895
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Gulliver's Travels Gulliver's Travels (Paperback)
by (shelved 19 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.55 — 281,104 ratings — published 1726
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The Iliad The Iliad (Paperback)
by (shelved 18 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.82 — 427,260 ratings — published -750
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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

“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

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