Classics

A classic stands the test of time. The work is usually considered to be a representation of the period in which it was written; and the work merits lasting recognition. In other words, if the book was published in the recent past, the work is not a classic.

A classic has a certain universal appeal. Great works of literature touch us to our very core beings--partly because they integrate themes that are understood by readers from a wide range of backgrounds and levels of experience. Themes of love, hate, death, life, and faith touch upon some of our most basic emotional responses.

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The Handmaid's Tale
Animal Farm
The Alchemist
The Little Prince
Fahrenheit 451
1984
Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10)
The Great Gatsby
The Old Man and the Sea
Pride and Prejudice
Of Mice and Men
The Stranger
The Metamorphosis
Slaughterhouse-Five
Brave New World
Pride and Prejudice
To Kill a Mockingbird (To Kill a Mockingbird, #1)
The Great Gatsby
Jane Eyre
1984
Wuthering Heights
The Catcher in the Rye
Animal Farm
Romeo and Juliet
Little Women (Little Women, #1)
Lord of the Flies
Frankenstein
Of Mice and Men
Sense and Sensibility
The Picture of Dorian Gray

Cynthia Hand
Cynthia Hand My Plain Jane (The Lady Janies, #2)
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Clifton Fadiman
When you re-read a classic you do not see in the book more than you did before. You see more in you than there was before.
Clifton Fadiman, Any Number Can Play

William Shakespeare
O teach me how I should forget to think (1.1.224)
William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

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