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The Picture of Dorian Gray The Picture of Dorian Gray (Paperback)
by (shelved 76 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.12 — 1,353,243 ratings — published 1890
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Frankenstein: The 1818 Text Frankenstein: The 1818 Text (Paperback)
by (shelved 73 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.85 — 1,457,859 ratings — published 1818
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Dracula Dracula (Paperback)
by (shelved 71 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.01 — 1,166,358 ratings — published 1897
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Jane Eyre Jane Eyre (Paperback)
by (shelved 62 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.14 — 1,963,241 ratings — published 1847
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The Time Machine The Time Machine (Paperback)
by (shelved 62 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.90 — 489,075 ratings — published 1895
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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Paperback)
by (shelved 58 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.83 — 1,234,017 ratings — published 1884
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Pride and Prejudice Pride and Prejudice (Paperback)
by (shelved 58 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.28 — 3,911,835 ratings — published 1813
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Treasure Island Treasure Island (Hardcover)
by (shelved 57 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.84 — 462,092 ratings — published 1882
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A Christmas Carol A Christmas Carol (Paperback)
by (shelved 56 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.07 — 775,184 ratings — published 1843
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The Count of Monte Cristo The Count of Monte Cristo (Paperback)
by (shelved 53 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.29 — 863,308 ratings — published 1844
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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Mass Market Paperback)
by (shelved 51 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.83 — 518,949 ratings — published 1886
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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz, #1) The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz, #1)
by (shelved 49 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.99 — 430,217 ratings — published 1900
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Wuthering Heights Wuthering Heights (Paperback)
by (shelved 47 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.88 — 1,672,437 ratings — published 1847
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The Three Musketeers (The D'Artagnan Romances, #1) The Three Musketeers (The D'Artagnan Romances, #1)
by (shelved 47 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.09 — 309,461 ratings — published 1844
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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Paperback)
by (shelved 45 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.92 — 887,641 ratings — published 1876
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Little Women Little Women (Paperback)
by (shelved 43 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.14 — 2,073,005 ratings — published 1868
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Don Quixote Don Quixote (Paperback)
by (shelved 42 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.89 — 251,773 ratings — published 1605
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Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1) Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1)
by (shelved 42 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.30 — 912,113 ratings — published 1908
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Great Expectations Great Expectations (Paperback)
by (shelved 42 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.79 — 760,186 ratings — published 1860
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The Secret Garden The Secret Garden (Hardcover)
by (shelved 41 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.15 — 1,090,767 ratings — published 1911
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Gulliver's Travels: Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World. Gulliver's Travels: Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World. (Paperback)
by (shelved 40 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.58 — 262,345 ratings — published 1726
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Moby-Dick or, the Whale Moby-Dick or, the Whale (Paperback)
by (shelved 40 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.53 — 532,874 ratings — published 1851
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A Tale of Two Cities A Tale of Two Cities (Paperback)
by (shelved 40 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.86 — 907,978 ratings — published 1859
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Oliver Twist Oliver Twist (Paperback)
by (shelved 39 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.88 — 368,463 ratings — published 1838
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The Metamorphosis The Metamorphosis (Paperback)
by (shelved 39 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.85 — 905,822 ratings — published 1915
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Robinson Crusoe (Robinson Crusoe, #1) Robinson Crusoe (Robinson Crusoe, #1)
by (shelved 38 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.68 — 290,224 ratings — published 1719
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The Invisible Man The Invisible Man (Paperback)
by (shelved 37 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.64 — 179,756 ratings — published 1897
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Crime and Punishment Crime and Punishment (Paperback)
by (shelved 37 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.25 — 812,205 ratings — published 1866
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Peter Pan Peter Pan (Hardcover)
by (shelved 36 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.04 — 328,733 ratings — published 1911
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The Scarlet Letter The Scarlet Letter (Paperback)
by (shelved 36 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.43 — 821,519 ratings — published 1850
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Les Misérables Les Misérables (Mass Market Paperback)
by (shelved 35 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.20 — 764,265 ratings — published 1862
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The War of the Worlds The War of the Worlds (Paperback)
by (shelved 35 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.83 — 293,132 ratings — published 1897
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The Island of Dr. Moreau The Island of Dr. Moreau (Paperback)
by (shelved 34 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.73 — 112,956 ratings — published 1896
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War and Peace War and Peace (Paperback)
by (shelved 32 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.15 — 308,731 ratings — published 1869
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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (Captain Nemo, #2) Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (Captain Nemo, #2)
by (shelved 32 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.89 — 238,752 ratings — published 1870
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The Odyssey The Odyssey (Paperback)
by (shelved 32 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.80 — 1,011,589 ratings — published -700
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David Copperfield David Copperfield (Paperback)
by (shelved 32 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.02 — 224,487 ratings — published 1850
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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 — 349,308 ratings — published 1895
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Heart of Darkness Heart of Darkness (Paperback)
by (shelved 31 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.43 — 483,533 ratings — published 1899
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Persuasion Persuasion (Paperback)
by (shelved 30 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.15 — 648,232 ratings — published 1817
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Emma Emma (Paperback)
by (shelved 29 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.04 — 816,907 ratings — published 1815
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Around the World in Eighty Days Around the World in Eighty Days (Paperback)
by (shelved 29 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.94 — 229,879 ratings — published 1872
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A Study in Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes, #1) A Study in Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes, #1)
by (shelved 29 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.14 — 411,546 ratings — published 1887
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A Princess of Mars (Barsoom, #1) A Princess of Mars (Barsoom, #1)
by (shelved 29 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.81 — 55,591 ratings — published 1912
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Hamlet Hamlet (Paperback)
by (shelved 28 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.03 — 885,718 ratings — published 1601
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The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby (Paperback)
by (shelved 28 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.93 — 4,802,508 ratings — published 1925
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Candide Candide (Paperback)
by (shelved 28 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.76 — 261,724 ratings — published 1759
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Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions (Paperback)
by (shelved 28 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.81 — 65,922 ratings — published 1884
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Sense and Sensibility Sense and Sensibility (Paperback)
by (shelved 27 times as public-domain)
avg rating 4.08 — 1,124,001 ratings — published 1811
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Northanger Abbey Northanger Abbey (Paperback)
by (shelved 27 times as public-domain)
avg rating 3.84 — 370,395 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

“From writing in a diary and trying hard to hide it, to writing on public domains, we grew up so fast!”
Sakshi Mishra

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