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100 Essential Penguin Classics

Fan of classic fiction or looking for a new read? Here’s a list of important Penguin Classics.

  1. 1

    East of Eden

    by John Steinbeck

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  2. 2

    America Is in the Heart

    by Carlos Bulosan

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  3. 3

    Wuthering Heights

    by Emily Bronte

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  4. 4

    Little Women

    by Louisa May Alcott

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  5. 5

    Cane

    by Jean Toomer

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    Twelve Years a Slave

    by Solomon Northup

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    Twelve Years a Slave Book Cover Picture

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  7. 7

    Devil on the Cross

    by Ngugi wa Thiong’o

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    Devil on the Cross Book Cover Picture

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  8. 8

    No-No Boy

    by John Okada

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    No-No Boy Book Cover Picture

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  9. 9

    Amiable with Big Teeth

    by Claude McKay

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    Amiable with Big Teeth Book Cover Picture

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  10. 10

    Dark Tales

    by Shirley Jackson

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    Dark Tales Book Cover Picture

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    The Joy Luck Club

    by Amy Tan

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    The Joy Luck Club Book Cover Picture

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  12. 12

    The Bloody Chamber

    by Angela Carter

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    The Bloody Chamber Book Cover Picture

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  14. 14

    The River Between

    by Ngugi wa Thiong’o

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    The River Between Book Cover Picture

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  15. 15

    Les Miserables

    by Victor Hugo

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  18. 18

    On Being Different

    by Merle Miller

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    The Beautiful and Damned

    by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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    Revolutionary Suicide

    by Huey P. Newton

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    Revolutionary Suicide Book Cover Picture

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    Pride and Prejudice

    by Jane Austen

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    Candide

    by Francois Voltaire

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    Candide Book Cover Picture

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  25. 25

    Lady Chatterley’s Lover

    by D. H. Lawrence

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    Lady Chatterley's Lover Book Cover Picture

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    The Snow Leopard

    by Peter Matthiessen

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    The Pillow Book

    by Sei Shonagon

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    Under the Sea-Wind

    by Rachel L. Carson

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    Under the Sea-Wind Book Cover Picture

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    Ceremony

    by Leslie Marmon Silko

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    The Haunting of Hill House

    by Shirley Jackson

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    The Haunting of Hill House Book Cover Picture

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    The Odyssey

    by Homer

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    Gravity’s Rainbow

    by Thomas Pynchon

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    Gravity's Rainbow (Classics Deluxe Edition) Book Cover Picture

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    The Divine Comedy

    by Dante Alighieri

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    Twelve Angry Men

    by Reginald Rose

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    Jane Eyre

    by Charlotte Bronte

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    Jane Eyre Book Cover Picture

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    Kokoro

    by Natsume Soseki

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    Therese Raquin

    by Emile Zola

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    The Quiet American

    by Graham Greene

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    The Quiet American Book Cover Picture

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    The Aleph and Other Stories

    by Jorge Luis Borges

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    The Aleph and Other Stories Book Cover Picture

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    Anna Karenina

    by Leo Tolstoy

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    Anna Karenina Book Cover Picture

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    East Goes West

    by Younghill Kang

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  46. 46

    Sixty Stories

    by Donald Barthelme

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    The Art of War

    by Sun-tzu

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    The Art of War Book Cover Picture

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    The Hanging on Union Square

    by H. T. Tsiang

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    The Hanging on Union Square Book Cover Picture

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    The Count of Monte Cristo

    by Alexandre Dumas pere

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    The Count of Monte Cristo Book Cover Picture

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    Frankenstein

    by Mary Shelley

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    Utopia

    by Thomas More

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    Lysistrata and Other Plays

    by Aristophanes

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    Lysistrata and Other Plays Book Cover Picture

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    Dracula

    by Bram Stoker

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    Dracula Book Cover Picture

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    Robinson Crusoe

    by Daniel Defoe

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    The Crucible

    by Arthur Miller

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    Middlemarch

    by George Eliot

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    The Bhagavad Gita

    by Anonymous

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    Gulliver’s Travels

    by Jonathan Swift

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    Gulliver's Travels Book Cover Picture

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    Don Quixote

    by Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra

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    Don Quixote Book Cover Picture

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    Herzog

    by Saul Bellow

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    The Canterbury Tales

    by Geoffrey Chaucer

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    Pygmalion

    by George Bernard Shaw

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    Passing

    by Nella Larsen

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    The Prince

    by Niccolo Machiavelli

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    Great Expectations

    by Charles Dickens

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    Madame Bovary

    by Gustave Flaubert

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    Moby-Dick

    by Herman Melville and Coralie Bickford-Smith

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    Siddhartha

    by Hermann Hesse

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    The Scarlet Letter

    by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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    The Tale of Genji

    by Murasaki Shikibu

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    The Tale of Genji Book Cover Picture

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    The Communist Manifesto

    by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

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    The Communist Manifesto Book Cover Picture

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    Hamlet

    by William Shakespeare

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    Hamlet Book Cover Picture

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    A Room with a View

    by E. M. Forster

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    A Room with a View Book Cover Picture

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    Treasure Island

    by Robert Louis Stevenson

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    Treasure Island Book Cover Picture

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    Personal Memoirs

    by Ulysses S. Grant

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    Personal Memoirs Book Cover Picture

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    The Souls of Black Folk

    by W. E. B. Du Bois

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    The Souls of Black Folk Book Cover Picture

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    The Age of Innocence

    by Edith Wharton

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    The Age of Innocence Book Cover Picture

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    Of Mice and Men

    by John Steinbeck

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    My Antonia

    by Willa Cather

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    Dubliners

    by James Joyce

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    The Joy Luck Club

    by Amy Tan

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    The Joy Luck Club Book Cover Picture

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    The Last of the Mohicans

    by James Fenimore Cooper

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    Fear and Trembling

    by Soren Kierkegaard

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    Fear and Trembling Book Cover Picture

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    The Jungle

    by Upton Sinclair

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    Walden and Civil Disobedience

    by Henry David Thoreau

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    Walden and Civil Disobedience Book Cover Picture

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    Uncle Tom’s Cabin

    by Harriet Beecher Stowe

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    Uncle Tom's Cabin Book Cover Picture

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    The Analects

    by Confucius

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    Confessions

    by Augustine of Hippo

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    Leaves of Grass

    by Walt Whitman

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    Leaves of Grass Book Cover Picture

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    The Epic of Gilgamesh

    by Anonymous

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    The Epic of Gilgamesh Book Cover Picture

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    The Travels

    by Marco Polo

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    The Song of Roland

    by Anonymous

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    Beowulf

    by Anonymous

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    The Song of Kieu

    by Du Nguyen

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