What are the best Penguin classic novels?

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    #1Little 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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    Bobby Simpson
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Great classic novel. I was forced to read it in high school. I didn't like it then, but I have gained a new appreciation for this series after re-reading it as an adult. Highly recommend"
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    Dracula is classic horror, Paranormal and fantasy fiction written by Bram Stoker. It was published September 18, 2012 Canterbury Classics as a part of Word Cloud Classics series.


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    Mark Evans
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "A gruesome an uninteresting read to anyone over eighteen. It is information for extraordinary readers."
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    #3Pride 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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    Kathleen Wells
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "A classic,one of the best sociological studies about early nineteen century British loyalty and society. This was followed up by being made into a movie, virtually every modern romance novel and movie has roots in Pride and Prejudice."
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    #4Jane 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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    Rose Dixon
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "No library is complete without a copy of this classic. I probably did read this, or was assigned to read it in high school but I was mostly absent in high school so I am revisiting the classics now in my 30s. I couldn't put down this gripping story and read it over the course of a couple of days. We can all related to Jane Eyre in some form or another and I recommend that everyone reads this book at some point in their lifetime."
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    #5A Christmas Carol

    A Christmas Carol

    A Christmas Carol is one of Dicken's greatest masterpieces. It tells the story of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, who gets unexpected visitors in his sleep one Christmas Eve and wakes up a changed man.


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    Kenneth Simmons
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Classic work that still requires and should be read every few years. A masterful story that has been delighting families for years."
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    #6The Odyssey

    The Odyssey

    After enduring the Trojan War, Odysseus begins the treacherous journey home to Ithaca. Homer's The Odyssey was composed around 700 BC and is one of the earliest epics in existence, remaining as one of the most influential works of literature today.


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    Jeffrey Salazar
    Written on March 14, 2018
    "Had to actually google what Penguin Classics was. But once I got that information I would say the solution is effective. I think they should have given a broader view of what Penguin Classics are and the type of novels they are famous for before just simply giving their opinion of which book is the best. "
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    #7The Count of Monte Cristo

    The Count of Monte Cristo
    The Count of Monte Cristo is written by French author Alexandre Dumas, which is about a man who wanted revenge against those who framed and jailed him for a crime he did not commit. 

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    Anna Diaz
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "This book is one of my favorite novels and a classic to read. The twists and turns of the Count kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next. I am glad that I added this book to my collection of classic novels."
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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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    Linda Robinson
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "This both is and isn't what I was looking for. Dracula is one of Penguin's classic novels, and for that, this is an excellent choice. But this link is for an Amazon edition and points toward an ebook version."
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    #9Wuthering 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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    Reyansh Verma
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This novel was a very interesting read, I found myself interested in what was going to happen next and would continue to read until time had passed and I didn't notice. I would recommend this to anyone looking for classic Penguin novels."
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    #10The Picture of Dorian Gray

    The Picture of Dorian Gray

    The Picture of Dorian Gray is a philosophical book by Oscar Wilde that tells the story of Dorian Gray's thirst for everlasting beauty and the curse over his portrait. This novel is first published in 1890.


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    José Guadalupe León
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "Forget the movie. Read this book and find out why Oscar Wilde was looked down upon by society in Victorian England. Although it was kind of a love-hate relationship. Anyways Wilde reveals the absurdities of that time and actually all times. His deconstruction is still apt today. I’d love to see him portray the age of Trump."
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    #11The Island of Dr. Moreau

    The Island of Dr. Moreau

    The Island of Dr Moreau is a book written by H.G. Wells. The Island of Dr Moreau was published on March 31, 2005 by Penguin Classics. This edition contains an introduction by Margaret Atwood and annotations by Steve Maclean.


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    Zachary King
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "The island of Dr. Moreau, a thriller about survival. When scientific ideas and thriller merge, creating a horror page turner"
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    #12The Invisible Man

    The Invisible Man

    The Invisible Man is a book written by H.G. Wells. The Invisible Man was published on March 31, 2005 by Penguin Classics. This edition contains an introduction by Christopher Priest.


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    Mildred Bell
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This book is over 115 years old and yet the technology and the invasion by an alien race is almost prophetic in its very nature. It is a wonderfully written story told by one of the masters of Sci-Fi whose visions of the future were amazing. The story of the invasion is eerily realistic and describes how an invading race of aliens who cannot tolerate our atmosphere and gravity use advanced technology to crawl out of there craters they have created and take on the military might of England."
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    #13The Saga of the Volsungs

    The Saga of the Volsungs
    The Saga of the Volsungs is a classic fantasy poetry book written by an anonymous author. This historical medieval book is about a dragon slayer Sigurd. It is first published in 1290 and Penguin Classics reproduced copies in 1999. 

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    Jorge Velasco
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "i must disagree, although a lot of people like it i think there is a lot better penguin classic novels"
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    #14Egil's Saga

    Egil's Saga
    Egil's Saga is a classic mythology fiction book written by an anonymous author. This history book is about a warrior named Egil Skallagrimsson. It is first published in 1240 and Penguin Classic reprinted it in 2004. 

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    Jose Keller
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Decent story that it marred by a so-so translation. I had read this MANY years ago at school, but even though I had a hard time getting into then, it was far more interesting than this dumbed down edition. Who changes chattel to possessions? A real head scratcher."
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    #15The Recognitions

    The Recognitions

    The Recognitions is a fiction written by William Gaddis with an introduction written by William H. Gass. First published in 1955, this book is published in 1993 by Penguin Classics and among the titles of Dalkey Archive Press.


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    Arjun Powar
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This is a terrible solution to the search. The solution talks about a very specific book which does not really appear related to the original search. Furthermore, the solution doesn't really help provide a better understanding or next lead on how to satisfy the searcher's wish."
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    #16The Sagas of Icelanders

    The Sagas of Icelanders
    The Sagas of Icelanders is a classic non-fiction mythology book written by Jane Smiley. This historical book is set in Saga Age or Vikings Age. It is first published in 1200 and reproduced by Penguin Books. 

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    Michelle Payne
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "The Penguin classic novels are often top of the line. I think this one of the books that reminds you why you check for the Penguin classics label. I did not a lot of this book myself. I did enjoy the parts I read. I got this for my husband and he loved it."
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    #17The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby is a classic book written by F. Scott Fitzgerald which was first published in 1914. It tells the story of wealthy man Jay Gatsby who is in love with Daisy Buchanan from an old money family. This has two film adaptations. 


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    #18Alice'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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    Emily Garza
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Penguin classic novels are always a good price, but not always to everyone's taste. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is the kind of book everybody should read sometime. It has something for everyone and it is a really fun book, with all the puzzles and playful stuff. It can also get pretty deep, if you want to look at it that way."
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    Written by Mary Shelley, this book narrates the life of Victor Frankenstein, a scientist who creates a terrifying human-like creature through a dangerous and innovative scientific experiment. 


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    Shreya Jaiteley
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Great story about Frankenstein. This book takes an in-depth look at the life of the scientist who created the monster. This is a classic must read, especially if you enjoy the movies."
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    #20Great 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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    Wayne Santos
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Great Expectations is a novel written by Charles Dickens, who is arguably most well known for his work A Christmas Carol. Great Expectations is just as great and timeless as A Christmas Carol and a good book for younger people to read in my opinion."
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    #21Nineteen Eighty Four

    Nineteen Eighty Four

    1984 is a George Orwell fiction originally published in 1949. It is filled with political themes and was ranked 13th in the 100 best English novels in 1998. It is about Winston, a man fighting the totalitarian government ruling the land.


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    Nancy Davis
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Orwell's novel 1984 will always be impressed into my mind, with the thought police, Big Brother. It seems so relevant when I read it twenty years ago and seems even more relevant today."
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    #22The Sorrows of Young Werther

    The Sorrows of Young Werther

    The Sorrows of Young Werther is a classic novel written by the German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. It tells the story of an artist named Werther as he laments the marriage of the woman he loves to another man.


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    César Zavala
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I recently read the book The Sorrows of Young Werther, a classical written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and I really loved it! There is lot of love, passion, and suffering, and I couldn't stop reading till I reached the end. I suggest it to everyone!"


Best What are the best Penguin classic novels
1Little WomenBooks 42 Paid
2DraculaBooks 26 Paid
3Pride and PrejudiceBooks 14 Paid
4Jane EyreBooks 10 Paid
5A Christmas CarolBooks 9 Paid
6The OdysseyBooks 7 Paid
7The Count of Monte CristoBooks 7 Free
8DraculaBooks 4 Free
9Wuthering Heights Books 3 Paid
10The Picture of Dorian GrayBooks 1 Paid

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