What are the best public domain books?

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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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    Huang Dong
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "A classic book about pretty feminism. A good read too. I thoroughly enjoyed Jane."
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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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    Austin Howard
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "We are so lucky to have this book on the public domain. Every reader should read this book, it is a classic. There is no excuse not to, as it is free. One of the best books of all time. "
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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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    Tammy Chapman
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I avoided reading books by Charles Dickens because I thought the old style of English would be too tough to work through and keep my interest. I was wrong. I waited 64 years before I figured this out. Maybe I needed to wait until this before I could appreciate his work. It is basically a story of a young orphan boy, named Pip, coming of age in the mid- 19th century. It is a life full of characters both good, bad and in between. The main thrust though is how theses characters all affect young Pip's beliefs; fears and... great expectations. As he grows he finds that many are not what he originally thought them to be. However, they are what they are. The story is about how Pip learns to deal with them and life's twist and turns"
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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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    Barbara Newman
    Written on May 14, 2018
    " he truly desires to be reunited with his soul mate Heathcliff and Catherine are united in death, and Hareton and Cathy are going to be united in marriage. i love it soo so much i also have some story same like this"
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    #5A Tale of Two Cities

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities is set in the late 18th century during the French Revolution. While political events drive the story, Dickens takes a decidedly antipolitical tone, lambasting both aristocratic tyranny and revolutionary excess.

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    George Miller
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I had to read this for school and I hated it. I read it again years later and I loved it. I guess I wasn't ready for the themes back then. A tale of love and honor. One of Dickens's best novels. I will definitely read this one again!"
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    #6The Three Musketeers

    The Three Musketeers
    The Three Musketeers is a classic novel by French writer Alexandre Dumas. It tells the story of D'Artaganan, a musketeer in training, and his friends Athos, Porthos, and Aramis. This book popularized the phrase "one for all and all for one."
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    Christine Sandoval
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This was a really good read. It played on my imagination as I was reading it."
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    #7The 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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    Bobby Hayes
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "The Picture of Dorian Gray is one of the all time great novels, with characters and a story line that is still relevant all these years later. It has been the basis of countless other works of literature, film and other media, and it perfect for anyone seeking a classic work in the public domain that both entertains and stimulate the mind and heart. "
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    #8Frankenstein

    Frankenstein

    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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    Alice Larson
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I've always been intrigued by the story of Frankestein. This book was very detailed and extremely captivating to say the least. It was, in my opinion one of the best written horror stories to date that I've read."
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    #9A 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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    Linda Simpson
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "A Christmas Carol remains a classic and it is a great public domain book. This is the famous tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his visits from the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future. "
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    #10Dracula

    Dracula

    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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    Sean Robertson
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I like to use public domain material as a way to download cheap online books. One of the best books that I have been able to find is probably Dracula. This book is a classic that any avid reader should check out."
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    #11The Scarlet Letter

    The Scarlet Letter
    First published in 1850, The Scarlet Letter is a classic work by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Set in a Puritan society, it tells the story of Hester Prynne as she is punished and publicly shamed for having a child outside of wedlock.
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    Howard Miller
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This version of THE SCARLET LETTER is a good option, particularly on Kindle because it is free. Other options such as paperback are reasonably priced. The publisher has added expert commentary. "
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    #12The Secret Garden

    The Secret Garden

    The Secret Garden is a novel about Mary Lennox, a spoiled and alone child who is sent to his grieving uncle after her parent's death. She found out about that there is a forgotten garden there and she visited it to know its mysteries.

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    Adam Andrews
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "If you want a book that is out in the public domain, I recommend the secret garden. Instant classic when it came out, and classic to this day."
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    #13Crime and Punishment

    Crime and Punishment
    Crime and Punishment is a classic of Russian literature by Fyodor Dostoyevsky published in 1866. It tells the story of ex-student Rodion Raskolnikov who plans to kill an unscrupulous pawnbroker to liberate himself from poverty.

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    Judy Torres
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Crime and Punishment is one of the best books that are public domain. I like that the work is available to everyone who wishes to read. Despite being over a century old, this classic tale holds to this day in the genre of crime fiction. "
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    #14The 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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    Kathryn Ellis
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Yes, we all hated reading in middle and high school especially when I unimaginative teachers assigned them to us, but Huck finn is one that stands up to that standard. I loved harkening back to the olden days with the characters in this book. Yes, it is a little graphic at times and I would save for older adolescents, but once through you will see why it will forever remain a classic. "
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    #15The Iliad

    The Iliad

    The Iliad is the first and also most important literary achievement in the history of ancient Greek and mankind. It's an epic poem without rival in world literature that explains the story of the last year of the Trojan War. 

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    Ralph White
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "The illiad is a must read in terms of free books. It basically is the first book of modern western civilization and is an important starting point for any reader."

Summary

Best What are the best public domain books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Jane EyreBooks 17 Paid
2Pride and PrejudiceBooks 17 Paid
3Great ExpectationsBooks 14 Paid
4Wuthering Heights Books 13 Paid
5A Tale of Two CitiesBooks 12 Paid
6The Three MusketeersBooks 11 Paid
7The Picture of Dorian GrayBooks 10 Paid
8FrankensteinBooks 8 Paid
9A Christmas CarolBooks 8 Paid
10DraculaBooks 7 Free
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