What are the best books that are out of copyright?

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    #1Jane Eyre

    Jane Eyre

    Jane Eyre is a novel by Charlotte Brontë that tells the story of Jane Eyre who is left under the care of cruel guardians as a young girl, and then goes to Thornfield Hall to work as a governess, under a harsh employer.


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    #2Pride and Prejudice

    Pride and Prejudice

    Pride and Prejudice is a novel by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows Elizabeth Bennet as she navigates British society and is confronted with how people regard things like upbringing, education, manners, morality, and marriage.


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    Ethan Owens
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This is a cool public domain book. I definitely enjoyed it. It's not the most fast paced or even currently relevant material, but it's interesting to read something from yesteryear that is well thought out and put together. It's like a time capsule of a book. "
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    #3Great Expectations

    Great Expectations

    Great Expectations is a coming-of-age story about an orphan boy named Pip and a colorful cast of characters. This greatly-acclaimed work is Dicken's 13th novel.


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    Ridhi Sharma
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Great book. One of my favorite classics!"
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    #4Wuthering Heights

    Wuthering Heights

    Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë tells the story of Catherine and Heathcliff. After she rejects him for a boy from a better background he develops a lust for revenge that takes over his life. This tale of hauntings, passion, and greed remains unsurpassed in its depiction of the dark side of love.


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    Ronald Miller
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This is a good solution as Wuthering Heights is a good book that explores the dark depths of the human psyche and is now out of copyright considering it was published in 1847 by its then author Emily Bronte."
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    #5Little Women

    Little Women

    Little Women is a coming-of-age fiction novel written by Louisa May Alcott. This book follows the story of four teenage sisters living with their mother. The two volumes were consecutively released in 1868 and 1869.


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    Dylan Hudson
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I wanted to read a good book that is out of copyright and came across Little Women. This is a classic story that has been told over and over. The writing is great and the story really captivates you. I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for something out of copyright, and for someone who wants to read a classic. "
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    First published in 1914, James Joyce's Dubliners is one of the most well-known short story collections. It is comprised of 15 short stories about life in early 20th century Dublin.


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    Paul Lawrence
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This is a perfect example of a book that is out of copyright as the author passed away and for this reason the book is out of the copyright protection period. This is a good book about short stories and I look forward to finding more out of copyright books."
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    #7The Importance of Being Earnest

    The Importance of Being Earnest

    The Importance of Being Earnest is a satirical play by Oscar Wilde. It tells the story of John Worthing, who pretends to have a brother named Earnest as part of an alter ego, and AlgernonMoncrieff, who pretends to be Earnest.


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    Diana Walker
    Written on April 23, 2018
    " The Importance of Being Earnest is one of Oscar Wildes best plays and if you love that the book you will enjoy also light heartened and easy to follow"
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    #8The Time Machine

    The Time Machine
    One classic novel and one of the first books of taking time travel and Victorian technology as a thematic instalment. H.G. Wells tells the story of a man that creates a time machine and travels to the future where the world is divided into two different races, the Eloi and the Morlocks.

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    #9Tess of the D'Urbervilles

    Tess of the D'Urbervilles

    Tess of the D'Urbervilles is a classic romance novel written by Thomas Hardy which centers on Tess Durbeyfield trying to claim a portion of the family fortune of the D'Urbervilles and meets her cousin Alec.


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    Lauren Delgado
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I tried hard to enjoy this book. But truthfully I found it a bit of a bore. The story is somewhat depressing. However, it is well written."
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    #10Bleak House

    Bleak House
    This book by Charles Dickens was published as a serial between 1852 and 1853. It narrates, via Esther Summerson and an omniscient narrator, the lives of many characters, who are inspired in real-life people, something characteristic of Dickens' style, and that are used to satirize the English judicial system. 

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    Carl Carpenter
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This is a well-written novel that has interesting characters and lots of dimensions. It speaks on the unjustness of the law in those days and in law in general I believe. "
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    #11Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street

    Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street

    Bartleby, The Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street is a novella written by the famous author of Moby-Dick, Herman Melville. First published in 1853, it tells the story of Bartleby, a scribe in 19th century Wall Street.


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    Madison Elliott
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street although one of the greatest books, is out of copyright. I spent months searching for this book and when I finally found it in a little vintage book store, it was worth the wait. "
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    #12The Mayor of Casterbridge

    The Mayor of Casterbridge

    The Mayor of Casterbridge is a classic fiction novel written by Thomas Hardy which follows Michael Henchard's life after he sold his wife and baby daughter for five guineas at a country fair. 


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    Thomas Richards
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This was an old soap opera style serialization, still an interesting story. Interesting premise as well. "


Best What are the best books that are out of copyright
1Jane EyreBooks 20 Paid
2Pride and PrejudiceBooks 17 Paid
3Great ExpectationsBooks 15 Paid
4Wuthering Heights Books 15 Paid
5Little WomenBooks 13 Paid
6DublinersBooks 12 Paid
7The Importance of Being EarnestBooks 10 Paid
8The Time MachineBooks 9 Paid
9Tess of the D'UrbervillesBooks 9 Paid
10Bleak HouseBooks 7 Paid

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