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Classic Literature

Below is a list of books generally considered to be classics in English literature. All are originally published before 1960, and are recognized by many of the most respected public and private schools throughout the United States and abroad.

These books have entertained and educated young and old for generations, and offer insight into the the most basic tools and tenets of Western civilization, often revealing essential truths about human nature. How many have you readjQuery18303796365774184206_1474409385131
 
1984 -- George Orwell

Absalom, Absalom! -- William Faulkner

Adam Bede -- George Eliot

Aeneid, The -- Vergil

Age of Innocence -- Edith Wharton

All the King's Men -- Robert Penn Warren

All Quiet on the Western Front -- Erich Remarque

American, The -- Henry James

American Tragedy, An -- Theodore Dreiser

Animal Farm -- George Orwell

Antigone -- Sophocles

Anna Karenina -- Leo Tolstoy

Arms and the Man -- George Bernard Shaw

Arrowsmith -- Sinclair Lewis

As I Lay Dying -- William Faulkner

Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, The -- Benjamin Franklin

Awakening, The -- Kate Chopin

Babbitt -- Sinclair Lewis

Barchester Towers -- Anthony Trollope

Black Boy -- Richard Wright

Billy Budd -- Herman Melville

Bleak House -- Charles Dickens

Brave New World -- Aldous Huxley

Brideshead Revisited -- Evelyn Waugh

Brothers Karamazov -- Fyodor Dostoevski

Buddenbrooks -- Thomas Mann

Caine Mutiny, The -- Herman Wouk

Candide -- Voltaire

Canterbury Tales, The -- Geoffrey Chaucer

Castle, The -- Franz Kafka

Catcher in the Rye, The -- J.D. Salinger

Cherry Orchard, The -- Anton Chekhov

Crime and Punishment -- Fyodor Dostoevski

Crucible, The -- Arthur Miller

Cruel Sea, The -- Nicholas Monsarrat

Cyrano de Bergerac -- Edmond Rostand

Daisy Miller -- Henry James

Darkness at Noon -- Arthur Koestler

David Copperfield -- Charles Dickens

Death Comes for the Archbishop -- Willa Cather

Death in the Family, A -- James Agee

Death of a Salesman -- Arthur Miller

Demian -- Hermann Hesse

Divine Comedy, The -- Dante

Doctor Zhivago -- Boris Pasternak

Doll's House, A -- Henrik Ibsen

Don Quixote -- Miguel Cervantes

Dr. Faustus -- Christopher Marlowe

Dubliners -- James Joyce

East of Eden -- John Steinbeck

Emma -- Jane Austen

Emperor Jones, The -- Eugene O'Neill

Enemy of the People, An -- Henrik Ibsen

Essays -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Far From the Madding Crowd -- Thomas Hardy

Farewell to Arms, A -- Ernest Hemingway

Fathers and Sons -- Ivan Turgenev

For Whom the Bell Tolls -- Ernest Hemingway

Forsyte Saga, The -- John Galsworthy

Ghosts -- Henrik Ibsen

Giants in the Earth -- O.E. Rolvaag

Glass Menagerie, The -- Tennessee Williams

Go Tell It on the Mountain -- James Baldwin

Good Earth, The -- Pearl Buck

Grapes of Wrath, The -- John Steinbeck

Great Expectations -- Charles Dickens

Great Gatsby, The -- F. Scott Fitzgerald

Gulliver's Travels -- Jonathan Swift

Handful of Dust, A -- Evelyn Waugh

Hard Times -- Charles Dickens

Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, The -- Carson McCullers

Heart of Darkness -- Joseph Conrad

Heart of the Matter, The -- Graham Greene

Hedda Gabler -- Henrik Ibsen

House of the Seven Gables, The -- Nathaniel Hawthorne

How Green Was My Valley -- Richard Llewellyn

Human Comedy, The -- William Saroyan

I, Claudius -- Robert Graves

Iliad, The -- Homer

Importance of Being Earnest, The -- Oscar Wilde

Inherit the Wind -- Jerome and Robert E. Lee Lawrence

Intruder in the Dust -- William Faulkner

Invisible Man -- Ralph Ellison

Jane Eyre -- Charlotte Bronte

J.B. -- Archibald MacLeish

Joseph Andrews -- Henry Fielding

Jude the Obscure -- Thomas Hardy

Jungle, The -- Upton Sinclair

Les Miserables -- Victor Hugo

Light in August -- William Faulkner

Long Day's Journey into Night, A -- Eugene O'Neill

Look Homeward, Angel -- Thomas Wolfe

Lord Jim -- Joseph Conrad

Lord of the Flies -- William Golding

Madame Bovary -- Gustave Flaubert

Magic Mountain, The -- Thomas Mann

Main Street -- Sinclair Lewis

Major Barbara -- George Bernard Shaw

Man for All Seasons, A -- Robert Bolt

Master Builder, The -- Henrik Ibsen

Mayor of Casterbridge, The -- Thomas Hardy

Metamorphosis -- Franz Kafka

Middlemarch -- George Eliot

Mill on the Floss -- George Eliot

Moby-Dick -- Herman Melville

Moll Flanders -- Daniel Defoe

Moonstone, The -- Wilkie Collins

Mourning Becomes Electra -- Eugene O'Neill

Mrs. Dalloway -- Virginia Woolf

Murder in the Cathedral -- T.S. Eliot

My Antonia -- Willa Cather

Mythology -- Edith Hamilton

Native Son -- Richard Wright

New Testament -- The Bible

Nine Tailors, The -- Dorothy Sayers

Northanger Abbey -- Jane Austen

Oedipus Rex -- Sophocles

Odyssey, The -- Homer

Of Human Bondage -- Somerset Maugham

Of Mice and Men -- John Steinbeck

Old Testament -- The Bible

Oliver Twist -- Charles Dickens

On the Beach -- Nevil Shute

On the Road -- Jack Kerouac

Once and Future King, The -- T.H. White

Our Town -- Thornton Wilder

Out of Africa -- Isak Dinesen

Passage to India, A -- E.M. Forster

Pere Goriot -- Honore de Balzac

Picture of Dorian Gray, The -- Oscar Wilde

Plague, The -- Albert Camus

Plays and sonnets -- William Shakespeare

Poems -- Robert Browning

Poems -- Emily Dickinson

Poems -- Langston Hughes

Poems -- John Keats

Portrait of a Lady -- Henry James

Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man -- James Joyce

Power and the Glory, The -- Graham Greene

Pride and Prejudice -- Jane Austen

Prince, The -- Machiavelli

Pudd'nhead Wilson -- Mark Twain

Pygmalion -- George Bernard Shaw

Rabbit Run -- John Updike

Red Badge of Courage, The -- Stephen Crane

Return of the Native, The -- Thomas Hardy

Room with a View, A -- E.M. Forster

Saint Joan -- George Bernard Shaw

Scarlet Letter, The -- Nathaniel Hawthorne

School for Scandal, The -- Richard B. Sheridan

Secret Sharer, The -- Joseph Conrad

Sense and Sensibility -- Jane Austen

She Stoops to Conquer -- Oliver Goldsmith

Short Stories -- Edgar Allan Poe

Siddhartha -- Hermann Hesse

Silas Marner -- George Eliot

Single Pebble, A -- John Hersey

Sister Carrie -- Theodore Dreiser

Sons and Lovers -- D.H. Lawrence

Sound and the Fury, The -- William Faulkner

Steppenwolf -- Hermann Hesse

Stories -- O. Henry

Stranger, The -- Albert Camus

Streetcar Named Desire, A -- Tennessee Williams

Sun Also Rises, The -- Ernest Hemingway

Sword in the Stone, The -- T.H. White

Tale of Two Cities, A -- Charles Dickens

Tender Is the Night -- F. Scott Fitzgerald

Tess of the D'Urbervilles -- Thomas Hardy

To the Lighthouse -- Virginia Woolf

Tom Jones -- Henry Fielding

Trial, The -- Franz Kafka

Turn of the Screw, The -- Henry James

Typee -- Herman Melville

Uncle Tom's Cabin -- Harriet Beecher Stowe

Vanity Fair -- William M. Thackeray

Victory -- Joseph Conrad

Waiting for Godot -- Samuel Beckett

Walden -- Henry David Thoreau

War and Peace -- Leo Tolstoy

Way of All Flesh, The -- Samuel Butler

Wild Duck, The -- Henrik Ibsen

Winesburg, Ohio -- Sherwood Anderson

Wuthering Heights -- Emily Bronte