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100 Must-Read Classic Books, as Chosen by Penguin Readers

"They broke boundaries and challenged conceptions. We asked our readers for their must-reads; from timeless non-fiction to iconic bestsellers, these are their essential recommends."
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The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
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One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
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To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
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Pride and Prejudice
Pride and Prejudice
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In Cold Blood (Truman Capote)
In Cold Blood (Truman Capote)
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Wide Sargasso Sea (Jean Rhys)
Wide Sargasso Sea (Jean Rhys)
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Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
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I Capture the Castle (Dodie Smith)
I Capture the Castle (Dodie Smith)
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Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre
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Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
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The Secret History (Donna Tartt)
The Secret History (Donna Tartt)
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The Call of the Wild (Jack London)
The Call of the Wild (Jack London)
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The Chrysalids
The Chrysalids
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Persuasion (Jane Austen)
Persuasion (Jane Austen)
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Moby-Dick
Moby-Dick
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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
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To the Lighthouse
To the Lighthouse
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The Death of the Heart (Elizabeth Bowen)
The Death of the Heart (Elizabeth Bowen)
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Tess of the D'urbervilles
Tess of the D'urbervilles
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Frankenstein
Frankenstein
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The Master and Margarita (Mikhail Bulgakov)
The Master and Margarita (Mikhail Bulgakov)
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The Go-Between
The Go-Between
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
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Nineteen Eighty-Four (George Orwell - 1949)
Nineteen Eighty-Four (George Orwell - 1949)
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Buddenbrooks (Thomas Mann)
Buddenbrooks (Thomas Mann)
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The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
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Beloved (Ohio)
Beloved (Ohio)
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The Code of the Woosters (Wodehouse)
The Code of the Woosters (Wodehouse)
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Dracula (Bram Stoker)
Dracula (Bram Stoker)
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The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R.Tolkien)
The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R.Tolkien)
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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
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Great Expectations
Great Expectations
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Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
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The Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton)
The Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton)
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Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe)
Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe)
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Middlemarch (George Eliot)
Middlemarch (George Eliot)
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Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie)
Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie)
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The Iliad (Homer)
The Iliad (Homer)
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Vanity Fair (William Makepeace Thackeray)
Vanity Fair (William Makepeace Thackeray)
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Brideshead Revisited (Evelyn Waugh)
Brideshead Revisited (Evelyn Waugh)
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