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Works That Are Crucial for Understanding Western Literature

These works are heavily referenced in Western Literature. Being familiar with them will unlock many literary allusions, symbols, and punchlines.
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Gilgamesh (Anonymus)
Gilgamesh (Anonymus)
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Iliad
Iliad
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Odyssey (Homer)
Odyssey (Homer)
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Ovid's Metamorphoses
Ovid's Metamorphoses
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Genesis
Genesis
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Exodus
Exodus
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Matthew
Matthew
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Luke
Luke
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John
John
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Beowulf (Tr. Seamus Heaney)
Beowulf (Tr. Seamus Heaney)
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Poetic Edda
Poetic Edda
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The Prose Edda (Sturlulson)
The Prose Edda (Sturlulson)
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Everyman (Anonymous C. 1500)
Everyman (Anonymous C. 1500)
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Canterbury Tales (Geoffrey Chaucer)
Canterbury Tales (Geoffrey Chaucer)
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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Simon Armitage (Translator))
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Simon Armitage (Translator))
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Faerie Queene (Edmund Spenser)
Faerie Queene (Edmund Spenser)
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Othello
Othello
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Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet
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King Lear
King Lear
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Hamlet
Hamlet
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Shakespeare's Sonnets (William Shakespeare)
Shakespeare's Sonnets (William Shakespeare)
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Paradise Lost (John Milton)
Paradise Lost (John Milton)
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Divine Comedy
Divine Comedy
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Le Morte D'Arthur (Thomas Malory)
Le Morte D'Arthur (Thomas Malory)
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Grimm's Fairy Tales
Grimm's Fairy Tales
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Perrault's Fairy Tales (Charles Perrault)
Perrault's Fairy Tales (Charles Perrault)
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Hans Christian Anderson Fairy Tales
Hans Christian Anderson Fairy Tales
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The Nursery Rhymes of England (James Orchard Halliwell (-Phillipps))
The Nursery Rhymes of England (James Orchard Halliwell (-Phillipps))
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Don Quixote (Miguel De Cervantes)
Don Quixote (Miguel De Cervantes)
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Frankenstein
Frankenstein
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Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre
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A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Tales (Barnes & Noble)
A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Tales (Barnes & Noble)
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A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
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Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland
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Dracula (1897)
Dracula (1897)
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Moby Dick (Herman Melville)
Moby Dick (Herman Melville)
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Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
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The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
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Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Jrr Tolkein)
Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Jrr Tolkein)
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Bullfinch's Mythology (Bullfinch, Thomas)
Bullfinch's Mythology (Bullfinch, Thomas)
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