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The Odyssey The Odyssey (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.75 — 797,576 ratings — published -700
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The Iliad The Iliad (Paperback)
by (shelved 41 times as western-canon)
avg rating 3.85 — 320,470 ratings — published -750
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Don Quixote Don Quixote (Paperback)
by (shelved 31 times as western-canon)
avg rating 3.87 — 186,361 ratings — published 1605
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The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby (Paperback)
by (shelved 27 times as western-canon)
avg rating 3.91 — 3,356,570 ratings — published 1926
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The Canterbury Tales The Canterbury Tales (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.49 — 176,390 ratings — published 1390
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Oedipus Rex  (The Theban Plays, #1) Oedipus Rex (The Theban Plays, #1)
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avg rating 3.69 — 157,302 ratings — published -429
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The Aeneid The Aeneid (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.83 — 98,868 ratings — published -19
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Hamlet Hamlet (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.01 — 662,459 ratings — published 1603
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The Divine Comedy The Divine Comedy (Hardcover)
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avg rating 4.07 — 103,199 ratings — published 1320
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Frankenstein Frankenstein (Paperback)
by (shelved 23 times as western-canon)
avg rating 3.78 — 1,042,884 ratings — published 1818
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The Republic The Republic (Paperback)
by (shelved 23 times as western-canon)
avg rating 3.93 — 147,883 ratings — published -380
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Crime and Punishment Crime and Punishment (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.21 — 550,265 ratings — published 1866
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1984 1984 (Kindle Edition)
by (shelved 23 times as western-canon)
avg rating 4.17 — 2,679,750 ratings — published 1949
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Beowulf Beowulf (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.43 — 211,099 ratings — published 975
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Pride and Prejudice Pride and Prejudice (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.25 — 2,638,048 ratings — published 1813
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The Epic of Gilgamesh The Epic of Gilgamesh (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.68 — 73,113 ratings — published -2100
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Moby-Dick, or, the Whale Moby-Dick, or, the Whale (Paperback)
by (shelved 21 times as western-canon)
avg rating 3.49 — 448,624 ratings — published 1851
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The Histories The Histories (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.98 — 37,798 ratings — published -450
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The Catcher in the Rye The Catcher in the Rye (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.80 — 2,473,604 ratings — published 1951
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War and Peace War and Peace (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.11 — 239,881 ratings — published 1867
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Metamorphoses Metamorphoses (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.05 — 54,361 ratings — published 8
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The Brothers Karamazov The Brothers Karamazov (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.32 — 215,522 ratings — published 1879
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Anna Karenina Anna Karenina (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.04 — 593,698 ratings — published 1877
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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.81 — 1,087,677 ratings — published 1884
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Wuthering Heights Wuthering Heights (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.84 — 1,198,498 ratings — published 1847
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Jane Eyre Jane Eyre (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.12 — 1,470,384 ratings — published 1847
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The Picture of Dorian Gray The Picture of Dorian Gray (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.07 — 839,735 ratings — published 1890
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Great Expectations Great Expectations (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.77 — 595,929 ratings — published 1861
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Gulliver's Travels Gulliver's Travels (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.56 — 213,135 ratings — published 1726
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Paradise Lost Paradise Lost (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.81 — 119,972 ratings — published 1667
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Dracula Dracula (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.99 — 832,313 ratings — published 1897
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The Scarlet Letter The Scarlet Letter (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.39 — 647,411 ratings — published 1850
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Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet (Paperback)
by (shelved 17 times as western-canon)
avg rating 3.74 — 1,891,199 ratings — published 1595
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Antigone (The Theban Plays, #3) Antigone (The Theban Plays, #3)
by (shelved 17 times as western-canon)
avg rating 3.63 — 94,294 ratings — published -441
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The Stranger The Stranger (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.97 — 609,879 ratings — published 1942
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Lolita Lolita (Paperback)
by (shelved 16 times as western-canon)
avg rating 3.89 — 602,853 ratings — published 1955
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The Nicomachean Ethics The Nicomachean Ethics (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.93 — 30,055 ratings — published -340
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The Grapes of Wrath The Grapes of Wrath (Hardcover)
by (shelved 16 times as western-canon)
avg rating 3.95 — 676,940 ratings — published 1939
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Othello Othello (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.89 — 288,295 ratings — published 1603
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Macbeth Macbeth (Mass Market Paperback)
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avg rating 3.89 — 610,202 ratings — published 1606
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Middlemarch Middlemarch (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.95 — 125,893 ratings — published 1871
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The Prince The Prince (Paperback)
by (shelved 15 times as western-canon)
avg rating 3.81 — 227,942 ratings — published 1513
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Emma Emma (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.00 — 577,933 ratings — published 1815
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Swann's Way (In Search of Lost Time, #1) Swann's Way (In Search of Lost Time, #1)
by (shelved 14 times as western-canon)
avg rating 4.14 — 39,482 ratings — published 1913
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Brave New World Brave New World (Paperback)
by (shelved 14 times as western-canon)
avg rating 3.98 — 1,289,853 ratings — published 1932
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As I Lay Dying As I Lay Dying (Paperback)
by (shelved 14 times as western-canon)
avg rating 3.71 — 126,786 ratings — published 1930
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Candide Candide (Paperback)
by (shelved 14 times as western-canon)
avg rating 3.76 — 201,941 ratings — published 1759
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“The creator of Sir John Falstaff, of Hamlet, and of Rosalind also makes me wish I could be more myself. But that, as I argue throughout this book, is why we should read, and why we should read only the best of what has been written.”
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