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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.

And if you’re in the holiday spirit, check out our list of 15 Christmas Classics, and even more books for the season on our Holiday Gift Guide.

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    East of Eden

    by John Steinbeck

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    $18.00

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    America Is in the Heart

    by Carlos Bulosan

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    Paperback
    $18.00

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    Wuthering Heights

    by Emily Bronte

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    Hardcover
    $24.00

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    Little Women

    by Louisa May Alcott

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    Paperback
    $16.00

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    Cane

    by Jean Toomer

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    Paperback
    $15.00

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    Twelve Years a Slave

    by Solomon Northup

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    Paperback
    $17.00

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    Devil on the Cross

    by Ngugi wa Thiong’o

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    $16.00

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    Amiable with Big Teeth

    by Claude McKay

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    Paperback
    $18.00

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    Dark Tales

    by Shirley Jackson

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    Paperback
    $16.00

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    The Joy Luck Club

    by Amy Tan

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    Paperback
    $17.00

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    The Bloody Chamber

    by Angela Carter

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    Paperback
    $17.00

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    $30.00

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    The River Between

    by Ngugi wa Thiong’o

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    Paperback
    $16.00

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    Les Miserables

    by Victor Hugo

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    Paperback
    $25.00

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    $17.00

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    $13.00

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    On Being Different

    by Merle Miller

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    Paperback
    $14.00

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    $17.00

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    The Beautiful and Damned

    by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    $17.00

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    Revolutionary Suicide

    by Huey P. Newton

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    Paperback
    $18.00

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    Pride and Prejudice

    by Jane Austen

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    Paperback
    $18.00

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    Candide

    by Francois Voltaire

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    Hardcover
    $26.00

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    Lady Chatterley’s Lover

    by D. H. Lawrence

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    Hardcover
    $20.00

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    The Snow Leopard

    by Peter Matthiessen

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    $18.00

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    $18.00

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    $17.00

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    The Pillow Book

    by Sei Shonagon

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    Paperback
    $19.00

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    Under the Sea-Wind

    by Rachel L. Carson

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    Paperback
    $17.00

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    Ceremony

    by Leslie Marmon Silko

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    Paperback
    $18.00

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    The Haunting of Hill House

    by Shirley Jackson

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    Paperback
    $18.00

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    The Odyssey

    by Homer

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    Paperback
    $17.00

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    Gravity’s Rainbow

    by Thomas Pynchon

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    Paperback
    $23.00

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    The Divine Comedy

    by Dante Alighieri

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    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    Twelve Angry Men

    by Reginald Rose

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    Paperback
    $14.00

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    Jane Eyre

    by Charlotte Bronte

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    Paperback
    $18.00

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    Paperback
    $12.00

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    Kokoro

    by Natsume Soseki

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    Paperback
    $17.00

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    Therese Raquin

    by Emile Zola

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    Paperback
    $13.00

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    The Quiet American

    by Graham Greene

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    Paperback
    $17.00

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    The Aleph and Other Stories

    by Jorge Luis Borges

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    Paperback
    $17.00

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    Anna Karenina

    by Leo Tolstoy

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    Hardcover
    $30.00

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    East Goes West

    by Younghill Kang

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    Paperback
    $18.00

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    $14.00

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    Sixty Stories

    by Donald Barthelme

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    Paperback
    $18.00

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    The Art of War

    by Sun Tzu and Thomas Cleary

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    The Hanging on Union Square

    by H. T. Tsiang

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    Paperback
    $18.00

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    The Count of Monte Cristo

    by Alexandre Dumas

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    Hardcover
    $30.00

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    Frankenstein

    by Mary Shelley

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    Hardcover
    $23.00

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    Utopia

    by Thomas More

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    Paperback
    $12.00

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    Lysistrata and Other Plays

    by Aristophanes

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    Paperback
    $12.00

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    Dracula

    by Bram Stoker

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    Hardcover
    $23.00

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    Robinson Crusoe

    by Daniel Defoe

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    Hardcover
    $23.00

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    $24.00

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    $14.00

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    The Crucible

    by Arthur Miller

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    Paperback
    $15.00

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    Middlemarch

    by George Eliot

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    Hardcover
    $26.00

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    The Bhagavad Gita

    by Anonymous

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    Paperback
    $11.00

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    Gulliver’s Travels

    by Jonathan Swift

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    Hardcover
    $22.00

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    Don Quixote

    by Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra

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    Paperback
    $17.00

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    Herzog

    by Saul Bellow

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    Paperback
    $18.00

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    The Canterbury Tales

    by Geoffrey Chaucer

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    Hardcover
    $25.00

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    Pygmalion

    by George Bernard Shaw

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    Paperback
    $12.00

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    Passing

    by Nella Larsen

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    Hardcover
    $24.00

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    The Prince

    by Niccolo Machiavelli

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    Paperback
    $8.00

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    Hardcover
    $24.00

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    Great Expectations

    by Charles Dickens

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    Paperback
    $16.00

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    Madame Bovary

    by Gustave Flaubert

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    Hardcover
    $24.00

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    Moby-Dick

    by Herman Melville and Coralie Bickford-Smith

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    Hardcover
    $30.00

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    Siddhartha

    by Hermann Hesse

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    $16.00

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    $17.00

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    The Scarlet Letter

    by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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    Paperback
    $8.00

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    The Tale of Genji

    by Murasaki Shikibu

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    Paperback
    $34.00

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    The Communist Manifesto

    by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

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    Hardcover
    $22.00

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    Hamlet

    by William Shakespeare

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    Paperback
    $10.00

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    A Room with a View

    by E. M. Forster

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    Paperback
    $11.00

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    Treasure Island

    by Robert Louis Stevenson

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    Hardcover
    $23.00

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    Personal Memoirs

    by Ulysses S. Grant

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    Paperback
    $19.00

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    The Souls of Black Folk

    by W. E. B. Du Bois

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    $14.00

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    The Age of Innocence

    by Edith Wharton

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    Paperback
    $11.00

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    Of Mice and Men

    by John Steinbeck

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    Paperback
    $16.00

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    $18.00

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    My Antonia

    by Willa Cather

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    Paperback
    $11.00

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    Dubliners

    by James Joyce

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    Paperback
    $11.00

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    The Joy Luck Club

    by Amy Tan

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    Paperback
    $16.00

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    The Last of the Mohicans

    by James Fenimore Cooper

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    Paperback
    $13.00

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    Fear and Trembling

    by Soren Kierkegaard

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    Paperback
    $13.00

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    The Jungle

    by Upton Sinclair

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    Paperback
    $19.00

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    Walden and Civil Disobedience

    by Henry David Thoreau

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    Paperback
    $14.00

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    Uncle Tom’s Cabin

    by Harriet Beecher Stowe

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    Paperback
    $10.00

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    The Analects

    by Confucius

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    Paperback
    $12.00

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    Confessions

    by Augustine of Hippo

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    Hardcover
    $22.00

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    Leaves of Grass

    by Walt Whitman

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    $13.00

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    $12.00

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    The Travels

    by Marco Polo

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    Paperback
    $17.00

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    The Song of Roland

    by Anonymous

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    Paperback
    $13.00

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    Beowulf

    by Anonymous

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    $4.95

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    The Song of Kieu

    by Du Nguyen

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    $15.00

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