50 Classic Books Everyone Should Read in Their Lifetime

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  • 1984 by George Orwell 

  • A House for Mr. Biswas by V.S. Naipaul

  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy 

  • Cane by Jean Toomer 

  • Emma by Jane Austen 

  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley 

  • Go Tell It On The Mountain by James Baldwin 

  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens 

  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

  • Howards End by E.M. Forster

  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison 

  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte 

  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott 

  • Middlemarch by George Eliot 

  • Moby-Dick; or The Whale by Herman Melville 

  • My Antonia by Willa Cather 

  • Native Son by Richard Wright 

  •  Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass 

  • Night by Elie Wiesel 

  • Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov 

  • Paradise Lost by John Milton 

  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier 

  • Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse 

  • Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison 

  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

  • The Awakening by Kate Chopin

  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

  • The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky 

  • The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty by Eudora Welty

  • The Complete Works of William Shakespeare by William Shakespeare

  • The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor

  • The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams 

  • The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy 

  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 

  • The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers 

  • The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper 

  • Metamorphoses by Ovid 

  • The Moviegoer by Walker Percy 

  • The Odyssey by Homer 

  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde 

  • The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner 

  • The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway 

  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston 

  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe 

  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 

  • To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

  • Ulysses by James Joyce 

  • Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys 

  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte  

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