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200 Must-Read Classics by Women

This list is just a sampling of great books written by women of the past. For the purposes of this list, I've defined classics as books that are more than 50 years old. The lists focuses on novels, but there are some plays, poems, and works of nonfiction as well. And I've tried to include some well-known favorites, as well as more obscure books. Whatever your reading prefences, you're bound to find something to enjoy here. So step back in time and listen to the voices of women who came before us.
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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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The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood)
The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood)
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Frankenstein
Frankenstein
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Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
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The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)
The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)
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Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre
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The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
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9
Anne of Green Gables
Anne of Green Gables
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The Secret Garden
The Secret Garden
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Wuthering Heights
Wuthering Heights
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Gone With the Wind
Gone With the Wind
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Rebecca (Daphne Du Maurier)
Rebecca (Daphne Du Maurier)
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
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Emma
Emma
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Gone Girl
Gone Girl
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Persuasion
Persuasion
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A Wrinkle in Time
A Wrinkle in Time
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Beloved (Toni Morrison)
Beloved (Toni Morrison)
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The Time Traveler's Wife
The Time Traveler's Wife
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21
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
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Their Eyes Were Watching God
Their Eyes Were Watching God
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The God of Small Things (Arundhati Roy)
The God of Small Things (Arundhati Roy)
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Bridget Jones's Diary (Helen Fielding)
Bridget Jones's Diary (Helen Fielding)
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To the Lighthouse
To the Lighthouse
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And Then There Were None
And Then There Were None
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Northanger Abbey
Northanger Abbey
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The Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton)
The Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton)
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Middlemarch
Middlemarch
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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
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The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
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We Have Always Lived in the Castle (Shirley Jackson)
We Have Always Lived in the Castle (Shirley Jackson)
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33
Uncle Tom's Cabin (Harriet Beecher Stowe)
Uncle Tom's Cabin (Harriet Beecher Stowe)
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Mansfield Park
Mansfield Park
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Interview With the Vampire
Interview With the Vampire
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I Am Malala (Malala Yousafzai)
I Am Malala (Malala Yousafzai)
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North and South (Elizabeth Gaskell)
North and South (Elizabeth Gaskell)
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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine (Gail Honeyman)
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine (Gail Honeyman)
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The Blind Assassin (Margaret Atwood)
The Blind Assassin (Margaret Atwood)
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Americanah (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
Americanah (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
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