Top 10 World Classics of All Time

9781909438996Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

An autobiographical memoir told by the titular horse named Black Beauty. Beginning with his carefree days as a colt on an English farm with his mother, to his difficult life pulling cabs in London, to his happy retirement in the country. Along the way, he meets with many hardships and recounts many tales of cruelty and kindness. Each short chapter recounts an incident in Black Beauty’s life containing a lesson or moral typically related to the kindness, sympathy, and understanding treatment of horses, with Sewell’s detailed observations and extensive descriptions of horse behaviour.

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell, ISBN: 9781909438996, Sovereign, 164 pp

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9781909438972Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Montgomery

Anne, a young orphan from fictional community of Bolingbroke, Nova Scotia, is sent to Prince Edward Island after a childhood spent in strangers’ homes and orphanages. The book recounts Anne’s adventures in making a home: the country school, where she quickly excels in her studies; her friendship with Diana Barry; her budding literary ambitions; and her rivalry with classmate Gilbert Blythe, who teases her about her red hair.

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Montgomery, ISBN: 9781909438972, Sovereign, 260 pp

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9781909175112Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Anna Karenina is one of the greatest novels written by Leo Tolstoy, often credited as the pinnacle of realist fiction, and described by Tolstoy himself as his first true novel.

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, ISBN: 9781909175112, Sovereign, 964 pp

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9781909175211Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Is murder is permissible in pursuit of a higher purpose? Meet Raskolnikov, an impoverished ex-student in St. Petersburg who formulates and executes a plan to kill an unscrupulous pawnbroker for her cash. Raskolnikov argues that with the pawnbroker’s money he can perform good deeds to counterbalance the crime.

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, ISBN: 9781909175211, Sovereign, 482 pp

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perf5.250x8.000.inddTess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Hardy’s finest novel, written in most lyrical and atmospheric language. Set in the semi-fictional county of Wessex, the story follows life of a young woman who struggles to find her place in society. Tess, often viewed as an Earth goddess, and in Hardy’s view, a truly good woman, is despised by society after loosing her virginity before marriage. A tale of seduction, love, betrayal, and murder. The book challenged the sexual norms of the day and was heavily censored when first published.

Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy, ISBN: 9781907832666, Egoist Press, 368 pp

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9781907832512Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

One of the most important novels of its time about love, family, rejection and social order in Dickens’ native England of 19th century. We follow life of 13 years old orphan boy Pip who falls in love with Estella, adopted daughter of Miss Havisham, a wealthy spinster, who wears an old wedding dress and lives in the dilapidated Satis House.

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, ISBN: 9781907832512, Sovereign, 486 pp

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perf5.250x8.000.inddThe Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde’s only novel, a classic instance of the aestheticism of the 19th century English literature. Dorian is what I would like to be – in other ages, perhaps, said Oscar Wilde describing this novel. Basil Hallward is what I think I am. Lord Henry is what the world thinks I am. New edition of original prize winning classic.

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, ISBN: 9781907832338, Urban Romantics, 230 pp

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9781909676480Ulysses by James Joyce

The story follows Leopold Bloom on a seemingly ordinary day in Dublin, during which Bloom’s wife, Molly, commits adultery. This experimental novel is among the most important works of Modernist literature. It was initially deemed obscene in England and the USA for its scandalously frank, life-changing reading experience.

Ulysses by James Joyce, ISBN: 9781909676480, urban-romantics.com, 660 pp

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9781909904378Sherlock Holmes by Conan Doyle

Complete Adventures of legendary detective Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson. Written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes considered one of the greatest detective stories of all time. This Fractal Press release contains complete collection of Sherlock Holmes Stories.

Sherlock Holmes by Conan Doyle, ISBN: 9781909904378, Fractal Press, 1088 pp

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9781909904460A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen

Nora is leaving her husband and children because she wants to discover herself.

A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen, ISBN: 9781909904460, Sovereign, 124 pp

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