What are the best oxford classic novels?

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    Set in the fictitious town of Middlemarch, this book written by George Eliot is a study of provincial life, where many important life aspects are involved, like the status of women, religion or marriage. Despite being set in a fake town, there are several historic events involved with the plot, like the 1832 Reforming Act or the death of King George IV. 


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    Saanvi Das
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This fictitious tale set in a fictitious town will take you back in time. It offers lots of details about provincial life and involves real life, historical events that are sure to transport you to a time long gone. You will enjoy real life aspects including having a look at the status of women, the difference in religious views, and even on historical views of marriage. "
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    Frankenstein is a science fiction book written by Mary Shelley which centers on scientist Victor Frankenstein who creates a grotesque and cognizant being through a scientific experiment. 


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    Kelly Moore
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "This is not just one of my favorite classic novels but one of my favorite books of all time. This version is light and affordable. I read this book over and over but I needed this version of it for travel. This version would also be great in a gift basket or box for someone going into Junior High or High School to get them started with some classics in a genre they will enjoy."
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    1984 is a dystopian novel by George Orwell that tells the story of Winston Smith, who lives under the rule of the tyrannical government ruled by the omnipresent Big Brother. It is a bleak portrayal of how society might become in the future.

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    Amy Chavez
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "1984 is a classic novel that I enjoy very much. George Orwell brings us the story of Winston Smith who is living under the rules of Big Brother. Many find this a shocking portrayal of a possible future society. "
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    #4Pride 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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    Larry Hall
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This is a classic, I read in english class. There's a reason they teach it in schools. Really teaches you a lot."
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    #5The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a classic American novel by Mark Twain. Published in 1884, it tells the story of a naughty boy settled in the Mississippi Valley. Full of humor it's also considered a deep and complex work.

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    José Hurtado
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I grew up with Mark Twain stories and essays. I read Huck Finn as a child and evidently I read the white-washed homogenized "kids" version because this original transcription contains all the local dialects and nuances that would not be interesting to a kid. I have to say this is the adult version of what became a children's adventure tale. Yes, the N word is used, and appropriately in the context of the story. I wish I could have read this original text when I was a child and could identify with the linguistic pronunciations. This Huck was more adult and endearing than I remember it as a child. It was loose, disordered and not at all interesting back then. This book was more than satisfying for the humor, outrageousness and sweet and moving friendships that are timeless and give a glimpse of what life was like in the rural country along the Mississippi. I highly recommend reading this book and experiencing the characters anew. You will not be disappointed."
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    #6Louise de la Vallière (Oxford World's Classics)

    Louise de la Vallière (Oxford World's Classics)
    Louise de la Vallière is the middle section of The Vicomte de Bragelonne, or, Ten Years After. Against a tender love story, Dumas continues the suspense which began with The Vicomte de Bragelonne and will end with The Man in the Iron Mask

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    Brittany Alexander
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "I have read so many of these books! I had never read this one! I'm so happy I found it! This is a good story."
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    #7Alice's Adventures In Wonderland

    Alice's Adventures In Wonderland
    Alice's Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll is a book where wordplay, parody, and logical and philosophical puzzles are everywhere. For all the surface playfulness, there is meaning in every page.

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    Melissa Bryant
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Classic novels never go out of style. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland is something that my kids love."
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    #8The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

    The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
    The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is Anne Bronte's feminist novel about a woman's fight against domestic abuse from her husband. According to Stevie Davis' introduction, Bronte was inspired by her experience as a governess in writing this story.

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    Aaron Kim
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "looks like a reasonable option"
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    Dracula is a Gothic horror book written by Irish author Bram Stoker, which was first published in 1897. It follows the story of the vampire Dracula attempting to move from Transylvania to England to find new blood and spread his curse.


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    Jessica Hansen
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "I felt the book was dark and sinister not really my genre. It seemed to be kind of depressing. I would prefer a more positive spin on the story. "
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    #10Romeo and Juliet

    Romeo and Juliet

    Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare early in his career about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families.


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    Liu Hou
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "A really well known novel about the story of two people that can never be together. It is probably the best well known novel in the world."
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    #11Jane 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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    Martha Gray
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre is one of my favorite novels of all times. I read it in high school and have read it about five times since then. I love Bronte’s use of the English language. Her style is a little challenging at times, but I enjoy a challenge. My favorite element of the story is the relationship between Jane and Mr. Rochester. This is definitely my favorite classic!"
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    #12Wuthering 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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    Orson Welles's adaptation of one of the best plays of Shakespeare. This story of love, treason, and prophecies remains as one of the best film adaptations of Shakespeare works and a peak in the career of the British filmmaker


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    Thomas Jenkins
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "While this is based on a novel, it is not a novel, it's a movie adaptation of the book. It would be nice to actually see a novel when searching for novels."
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    #14The Lusíads

    The Lusíads

    The Lusíads is a Portuguese historical book written by Portuguese author Luís de Camões and translated by Landeg White. The Lusíads was published on November 14, 2002 by Oxford University Press.


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    Coco Jin
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "One must include The Lusiads, (which roughly translates to The Portuguese) in any classic novel selection. Written in a long poem style, similar to The Odyssey. It's the adventurous story of a voyage from Portugal to India. It's a great read, even in the translated English version. Although some of the rhyming is lost in translation. "
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    #15Tom Brown's Schooldays

    Tom Brown's Schooldays

    Tom Brown's Schooldays (Oxford World's Classics) is a Classic European Literature and Children's Fiction book written by Thomas Hughes. It was published April 19, 1999 by Oxford University Press.


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    Megan Arnold
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "The story line it entertaining, humorous and interesting. The quality of the hard book though leaves a lot to be desired. The print was tiny and as others stated looks like it was photocopied. "
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    #16Secrets In Phoenix (Phoenix Holt)

    Secrets In Phoenix (Phoenix Holt)

    Secrets In Phoenix (Phoenix Holt) is a Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult Fiction novel written by Gabriella Lepore. It was published October 12, 2015 by Oftomes Publishing.


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    Robert Powell
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This is not Oxford's best book. It is fine, but I have seen better books."
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    #17Mist & Whispers (The Weavers Riddle)

    Mist & Whispers (The Weavers Riddle)

    Mist & Whispers (The Weavers Riddle) is a Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction novel written by C.M. Lucas. It was published October 26, 2016 by Oftomes Publishing.


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    Marilyn Curtis
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Mist & Whispers starts out good, but I felt the middle towards the end were disappointing. There's a change in character, but I won't give away details. This would be a great book if only the author kept the characters consistent! However despite this, I'd still read the next book just to see if the author can redeem the series. If so, I have another collection to look forward to reading! "


Best What are the best oxford classic novels
1MiddlemarchBooks 54 Paid
2FrankensteinBooks 48 Paid
31984Books 29 Paid
4Pride and PrejudiceBooks 19 Paid
5The Adventures of Huckleberry FinnBooks 14 Free
6Louise de la Vallière (Oxford World's Classics)Books 13 Paid
7Alice's Adventures In WonderlandBooks 12 Paid
8The Tenant of Wildfell HallBooks 10 Paid
9DraculaBooks 8 Free
10Romeo and JulietBooks 6 Paid

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