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Best Classic Literature Books Worth Your Attention

Until you’ve consumed all of the best Classic Literature books, can you even claim to be a true fan?

1. The Alchemist (2014)

Best Classic Literature Books Worth Your AttentionNote: Item has rough Cut edges(Edges are cut improperly intentionally by the manufacturer) A special 25th anniversary edition of the extraordinary international bestseller, including a new Foreword by Paulo Coelho. Combining magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder into an inspiring tale of self-discovery, The Alchemist has become a modern classic, selling millions of copies around the world and transforming the lives of countless readers across generations. Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will…
Author(s): Paulo Coelho

2. To Kill a Mockingbird (2005)

Best Classic Literature Books Worth Your AttentionVoted America’s Best-Loved Novel in PBS’s The Great American ReadHarper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep South—and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatredOne of the most cherished stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than forty million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the twentieth century by librarians across the country. A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South…
Author(s): Harper Lee

3. Fahrenheit 451 (2012)

Best Classic Literature Books Worth Your AttentionRay Bradbury’s internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 is a masterwork of twentieth-century literature set in a bleak, dystopian future.Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television “family.” But then he meets an…
Author(s): Ray Bradbury

4. Lord of the Flies (2003)

Best Classic Literature Books Worth Your Attention  This edition includes a new Suggestions for Further Reading by Jennifer Buehler. At the dawn of the next world war, a plane crashes on an uncharted island, stranding a group of schoolboys. At first, with no adult supervision, their freedom is something to celebrate. This far from civilization they can do anything they want. Anything. But as order collapses, as strange howls echo in the night, as terror begins its reign, the hope of adventure seems as far removed from reality as the hope of being rescued. #133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #3 in Teen & Young Adult Classic Literature #5 in TV, Movie &…
Author(s): William Golding, E. L. Epstein

5. The Haunting of Hill House (Penguin Classics) (2006)

Best Classic Literature Books Worth Your AttentionFirst published in 1959, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting”; Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose…
Author(s): Shirley Jackson, Laura Miller

6. Of Mice and Men (1993)

Best Classic Literature Books Worth Your Attention  They are an unlikely pair: George is “small and quick and dark of face”; Lennie, a man of tremendous size, has the mind of a young child. Yet they have formed a “family,” clinging together in the face of loneliness and alienation. Laborers in California’s dusty vegetable fields, they hustle work when they can, living a hand-to-mouth existence. For George and Lennie have a plan: to own an acre of land and a shack they can call their own. When they land jobs on a ranch in the Salinas Valley, the fulfillment of their dream seems to be within their…
Author(s): John Steinbeck

7. The Old Man and The Sea (1995)

Best Classic Literature Books Worth Your AttentionThe Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway’s most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal — a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Here Hemingway recasts, in strikingly contemporary style, the classic theme of courage in the face of defeat, of personal triumph won from loss. Written in 1952, this hugely successful novella confirmed his power and presence in the literary world and played a large part in his winning the 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature. #1,195 in Books (See Top 100…
Author(s): Ernest Hemingway

8. It Can’t Happen Here (Signet Classics) (2014)

Best Classic Literature Books Worth Your AttentionIt Can’t Happen Here is the only one of Sinclair Lewis’s later novels to match the power of Main Street, Babbitt, and Arrowsmith. A cautionary tale about the fragility of democracy, it is an alarming, eerily timeless look at how fascism could take hold in America. Written during the Great Depression, when the country was largely oblivious to Hitler’s aggression, it juxtaposes sharp political satire with the chillingly realistic rise of a president who becomes a dictator to save the nation from welfare cheats, sex, crime, and a liberal press. Called…
Author(s): Sinclair Lewis , Michael Meyer, et al.

9. The Count of Monte Cristo (Bantam Classics) (1984)

Best Classic Literature Books Worth Your AttentionA popular bestseller since its publication in 1844, The Count of Monte Cristo is one of the great page-turning thrillers of all time. Set against the tumultuous years of the post-Napoleonic era, Alexandre Dumas’s grand historical romance recounts the swashbuckling adventures of Edmond Dantès, a dashing young sailor falsely accused of treason. The story of his long imprisonment, dramatic escape, and carefully wrought revenge offers up a vision of France that has become immortal. As Robert Louis Stevenson declared, “I do not believe there is another volume extant where you can breathe the same…
Author(s): Alexandre Dumas

10. Little Black Classics Box Set (Penguin Little Black Classics) (2015)

Best Classic Literature Books Worth Your AttentionThis spectacular box set of the 80 books in the Little Black Classics series showcases the many wonderful and varied writers in Penguin Black Classics. From India to Greece, Denmark to Iran, the United States to Britain, this assortment of books will transport readers back in time to the furthest corners of the globe. With a choice of fiction, poetry, essays and maxims, by the likes of Chekhov, Balzac, Ovid, Austen, Sappho and Dante, it won’t be difficult to find a book to suit your mood. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of the Penguin Classics list – from drama to…
Author(s): Various

11. The Great Gatsby (2004)

Best Classic Literature Books Worth Your AttentionA true classic of twentieth-century literature, this edition has been updated by Fitzgerald scholar James L.W. West III to include the author’s final revisions and features a note on the composition and text, a personal foreword by Fitzgerald’s granddaughter, Eleanor Lanahan—and a new introduction by two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward.The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. First published in 1925, this quintessential novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the mysteriously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his…
Author(s): F. Scott Fitzgerald

12. War and Peace (Vintage Classics) (2008)

Best Classic Literature Books Worth Your Attentionbroadly focuses on Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812 and follows three of the most well-known characters in literature: Pierre Bezukhov, the illegitimate son of a count who is fighting for his inheritance and yearning for spiritual fulfillment; Prince Andrei Bolkonsky, who leaves his family behind to fight in the war against Napoleon; and Natasha Rostov, the beautiful young daughter of a nobleman who intrigues both men.A s Napoleon’s army invades, Tolstoy brilliantly follows characters from diverse backgrounds—peasants and nobility, civilians and…
Author(s): Leo Tolstoy , Richard Pevear, et al.

13. 1984 (Signet Classics) (1950)

Best Classic Literature Books Worth Your Attention“The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.”Winston Smith toes the Party line, rewriting history to satisfy the demands of the Ministry of Truth. With each lie he writes, Winston grows to hate the Party that seeks power for its own sake and persecutes those who dare to commit thoughtcrimes. But as he starts to think for himself, Winston can’t escape the fact that Big Brother is always watching…A startling and haunting vision of the world, 1984 is so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to…
Author(s): George Orwell, Erich Fromm

Best Classic Literature Books Worth Your Attention

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Curiosities and Splendour: An anthology of classic travel literature

Author(s): Lonely Planet
Publisher: Lonely Planet, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2339412

Gaze, Vision, and Visuality in Ancient Greek Literature

Author(s): Kampakoglou, Alexandros; Novokhatko, Anna
Publisher: De Gruyter, Inc., Year: 2018, Size: 7 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2238005

Recognition in the Arabic narrative tradition : discovery, deliverance and delusion

Author(s): Kennedy, Philip F.
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press, Year: 2018, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2245580

Hope in ancient literature, history, and art : ancient emotions I

Author(s): Kazantzidis, George; Spatharas, Dimos
Publisher: de Gruyter, Year: 2018, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2248662

Literary Landscapes: Charting the Worlds of Classic Literature

Author(s): John Sutherland; Maya Jaggi; Wayne Gooderham; Jared Shurin
Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal, Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2286107

A Political Economy of Modernism: Literature, Post-Classical Economics, and the Lower Middle-Class

Author(s): Ronald Schleifer
Publisher: Cambridge University Press, Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2308929

Buddhist Literature of Ancient Gandhara: An Introduction with Selected Translations

Author(s): Salomon Richard
Publisher: Wisdom Publications, Year: 2018, Size: 6 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2394157

Medicine and Literature: the Doctor's Companion to the Classics

Author(s): Heath, Iona; Salinsky, John
Publisher: Chapman and Hall/CRC, Year: 2018, Size: 20 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2416067

Modern Chinese Literature, Lin Shu and the Reformist Movement: Between Classical and Vernacular Language

Author(s): César Guarde-Paz
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2017, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1701047

Anatomical Adaptations of Halophytes: A Review of Classic Literature and Recent Findings

Author(s): Marius-Nicușor Grigore, Constantin Toma
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2017, Size: 27 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2153633

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are truly chart-busters according to Chicago Tribune, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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