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The xx asked in Arts & HumanitiesBooks & Authors · 1 decade ago

Classics that I must, must, must read?

A list of classic books? Books that ARE good? Who's got suggestions?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Will these do?


    Lord of the Flies and The Inheritors by William Golding

    The Professor and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

    Gulliver's Travels by Johnathan Swift

    Sons and Lovers - D H Lawrence

    Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D H Lawrence

    Great Gatsby - Scot Fitzgerald

    1984 and Animal Farm – George Orwell

    Mrs Dalloway - Virginia Wolfe

    I Claudius - Robert Graves

    Rebecca - Daphne de Maurier

    Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck

    Decline and Fall - Evelyn Waugh

    Women in Love - D H Lawrence

    Lord Jim - Joseph Conrad

    A Portrait of an Artist as a Young man - James Joyce

    Goodbye to all That - Robert Graves

    Shirley - Charlotte Bronte

    Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte

    Brave New World - Aldais Huxley

    Anna Karnina - Tolstoy

    The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien

    Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens

    Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

    Lolita - Vladimer Naborkov

    Tarka the Otter - Henry Williamson

    Burning Bright - John Steinbeck

    Hunchback of Notre Dame - Victor Hugo

    Les Miseriables - Victor Hugo

    Lorna Doon - R D Blackmore

    Moll Flanders - Daniel Defoe

    Brideshead Revisted - Evelyn Waugh

    War and Peace - Tolstoy

    Women in Love - D H Lawrence

    Brighten Rock - Graham Greene

    The Portrait of A Lady - Henry James

    Daisy Miller – Henry James

    The Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton

    The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne

    Uncle Tom’s Cabin - Harriet Beecher Stowe

    The Black Joke - J M Scott

    The Catcher in the Rye - J D Solinger

    The French Lieutenants Woman - John Fowles

    A Room of One’s Own - Virginia Woolf

    The Thirty Nine Steps - John Buchan

    The Last Tycoon - Scot Fitzgerald

    The Trail - Franz Kataka

    Villette – Charlotte Bronte

    Robin Hood - Henry Gilbert

    Chien/Cheri The last of - Collette

    The Mill on the Floss - George Elliott

    Catch 22 - Joseph Heller

    Hound of the Baskervilles - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    Close Quarters - William Golding

    Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy

    Agnes - Anne Bronte

    The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Anne Bronte

    Three Men in A Boat - Jerome K Jerome

    The Hearing Trumpet - Leonora Carrington

    20,000 Leagues under the Sea – Jules Verne

    Tom Sawyer/Hunkleberry Finn – Mark Twain

    Around the World in 80 days – Jules Verne

    Babbitt – Sinclair Lewis


    Billy Budd – Herman Melville

    The Black Arrow – Robert Louis Stevenson

    Bleak House – Charles Dickens

    The Blue Zone – Andrew Gross

    The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky

    Captains Courageous – Rudyard Kipling

    The Chouans – Honore de Balzac

    A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

    Common Sense – Thomas Paine

    A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court – Mark Twain

    The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

    Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky

    Dacid Copperfield – Charles Dickens

    Don Juan – George Byron

    Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes

    Emma – Jane Austen

    English Lord, Ordinary Lady – Fiona Harrrper

    Theee Fall of the House of Usher – Edgar Alan Poe

    Faust – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

    Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

    Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

    The House of the Seven Gables – Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The Iliad of Homer

    The Importance of being Earnest – Oscar Wilde

    A Journey to the interior of the Earth – Jules Verne

    The Jungle Book – Rudyard Kipling

    Kidnapped – Robert Louis Stevenson

    The Last of The Mohicans – James Fenimore Cooper

    Letters on England – Voltaire

    The Man who would be King – Rudyard Kipling

    Mansfield Park – Jane Austen

    Middlemarch – George Elliot

    Moby Dick – Herman Melville

    The odyssey of Homer

    Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

    On the Origin of Species – Charles Darwin

    Paradise Lost – John Milton

    Paz/Pierrette/The Purse – Honore de Balzac

    Persuasion – Jane Austen

    Poison Study – Maria V Snyder

    The Portrait of a Lady – Henry James

    Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

    The Prince – Nicolo Machavelli

    The Prince and the Pauper – Mark Twain

    The Raven – Edgar Allan Poe

    The Red Badge of Courage – Stephen Crane

    The Republic – Plato

    Rhoda Fleming/Sandra Belloni – George Meredith

    The Rime of the Ancient Mariner – Samuel Taylor Coleride

    Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe

    The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne

    Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

    The Sentimentalists – George Meredith

    Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde/Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson

    A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

    The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas

    Uncle Vanya – Anton Checkov

    Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray

    Walden or life in the Woods – Henry David Thoreau

    The Wicked Earl Margaret McPhee

    The Wife and other stories – Anton Chekov

    The Works of Aristotle

    The Works of Edgar Allan Poe

    Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

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  • 1 decade ago

    Leo Tolstoy:

    Anna Karenina

    War and Peace

    Mark Twain:

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    Bronte Sisters:

    Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

    Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

    Moby Dick by Herman Melville

    The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

    The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

    Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Here are my top 3:

    1. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

    2. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

    3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

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  • 1 decade ago

    Most of those listed, plus:

    Crime and Punishment - Dostoevsky

    1984 - Orwell

    The Trial - Kafka

    Metamorphosis - Kafka

    Tess of the D'urbervilles - Hardy

    A portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - Joyce

    Pere Goriot - Balzac

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  • 1 decade ago

    The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

    The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

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  • 1 decade ago

    A Room of One's Own, Pride and Prejudice, Gone With The Wind, Love in the Time of Cholera.

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  • Nicole
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    1 decade ago

    Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

    Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

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  • 1 decade ago

    The top two classics I love

    1)Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

    2)Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Dracula by Bram Stoker

    Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Red Badge of Courage

    Tom Sawyer

    The Giver (is that a classic?)

    Wrinkle in time

    Chronicles of Narnia

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