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60 Classic Books Everyone Ought to Read

There's a lot of debate as to what makes certain books 'classics' – is it longevity, popularity, literary merit or all of the above? Are all the books we view as 'classic' deserving of that title? Should some lesser-known books be considered 'classics' instead?
There are no easy answers to these questions, and opinions as to which classic books should be read by everyone will always vary. Listed below is a variety of books which are, however, a good starting point.
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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
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Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland
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All Quiet on the Western Front
All Quiet on the Western Front
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Americanah (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
Americanah (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
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Anna Karenina
Anna Karenina
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Beloved (Toni Morrison)
Beloved (Toni Morrison)
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The Canterbury Tales
The Canterbury Tales
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The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
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Crime and Punishment
Crime and Punishment
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Don Quixote
Don Quixote
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Dubliners
Dubliners
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Fahrenheit 451
Fahrenheit 451
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Ficciones
Ficciones
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Frankenstein
Frankenstein
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The God of Small Things (Arundhati Roy)
The God of Small Things (Arundhati Roy)
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Great Expectations
Great Expectations
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The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
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Hamlet
Hamlet
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The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood)
The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood)
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Homegoing (Yaa Gyasi)
Homegoing (Yaa Gyasi)
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21
Inferno (Dante)
Inferno (Dante)
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Interpreter of Maladies (Jhumpa Lahiri)
Interpreter of Maladies (Jhumpa Lahiri)
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Invisible Man
Invisible Man
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Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre
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The Joy Luck Club
The Joy Luck Club
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Lady Chatterley's Lover
Lady Chatterley's Lover
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Les Miserables (Victor Hugo)
Les Miserables (Victor Hugo)
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Like Water for Chocolate
Like Water for Chocolate
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Lolita
Lolita
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Lost Illusions
Lost Illusions
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Madame Bovary
Madame Bovary
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Metamorphoses
Metamorphoses
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Midnight's Children
Midnight's Children
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Mrs. Dalloway
Mrs. Dalloway
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Never Let Me Go
Never Let Me Go
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The Odyssey
The Odyssey
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Of Mice and Men
Of Mice and Men
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The Old Man and the Sea
The Old Man and the Sea
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One Hundred Years of Solitude
One Hundred Years of Solitude
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Oscar and Lucinda (Peter Carey)
Oscar and Lucinda (Peter Carey)
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