What are the best Virago Modern Classics books?

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    #1My Antonia

    My Antonia

    My Antonia is a historical classic fiction written by Willa Carther. This novel is the third book in Cather's Great Plains Trilogy. First published in 1918 by Virago Modern Classics, this book is republished in 2006 by Virago.

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    Jacob Williams
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "My favorite book out of the Virago Modern Classics line is My Antonia written by Willa Carther. It's third in the Great Plains Trilogy. Even though this book was written 100 years old, I find it interesting and I really got sucked into the story. "
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    #2Rebecca

    Rebecca
    Working as a lady's companion, the heroine of Rebecca learns her place. Her future looks bleak until, on a trip to the South of France, she meets Max de Winter, a handsome widower whose sudden proposal of marriage takes her by surprise. She accepts, but whisked from glamorous Monte Carlo to the ominous and brooding Manderley, the new Mrs de Winter finds Max a changed man. And the memory of his dead wife Rebecca is forever kept alive by the forbidding housekeeper, Mrs Danvers...
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    Moisés Lugo
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Great about the modern classics book of it"
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    #3The Birds And Other Stories

    The Birds And Other Stories

    The Birds And Other Stories is a classic horror collection of short stories written by Daphne du Maurier. With over 200 pages, this book was published in 2004 by Virago Press.

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    Elena Solano
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "I recently had a friend suggest the genre of Virago Modern Classic to me when we were discussing our interest in a wide array of genres. Accordingly, I set out to find the best of the genre. I love getting the suggestions, but I do wish that the descriptions gave me a little more context on what the book was about, so I could make a more insightful decision about what to pick. "
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    #4South Riding

    South Riding

    South Riding is a historical classic fiction written by Winifred Holtby with Shirley Williams for the Preface, and Marion Shaw for the Introduction. First published in 1936 by Virago Modern Classics, this book is republished in 2011.

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    Danielle Gonzalez
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "South Riding is an excellent Virago Modern Classic book. This book takes place around the time of the Great Depression and is about overcoming hardships. In my opinion, South Riding is a book that everyone should read."
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    #5The House of Mirth

    The House of Mirth

    The House of Mirth is a classic fiction book written by Edith Wharton with an introduction by Nina Bawden. With over 300 pages, this book is published in 2006 by Virago.

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    Christina Weaver
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This is definitely a must read for those who like modern classics. This book was well before its time. In an era where men prevailed and women were next to nothing without the support of men this novel dared to challenge that theory. I would recommend this to anyone who has an open mind and enjoys challenging the norm. "
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    #6The Thorn Birds

    The Thorn Birds

    This book narrates the adventures of three generations from the same sheep country Australia family. It mainly focuses in two characters, Meggie Cleary, who is trying her best to possess the man she loves, and Ralph de Bricassart, a man who will make it to the Vatican but has strong feelings for Meggie. 

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    Michelle Gibson
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Looks like it tells the history of titanic. It might be an interesting bit of history to read"
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    #7Their Eyes Were Watching God

    Their Eyes Were Watching God

    Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston is one of the most important and enduring books of the 20th century. It brings to life a Southern love story with incredible wit and pathos.

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    Sandra Freeman
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This book is a great classic. I bought it for my youngest son who is finishing high school this year. There is a reason this book is on every senior's reading list, it is a timeless classic. The description, the imagery, the vernacular, everything about this book is beautifully written. The symbolism is mesmerizing throughout. Although it was a bit slow in the beginning it does pick up and become an incredible read by the time you finish the book. I highly recommend it. "
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    #8I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words. This memoir is a modern classic that will touch hearts and change minds.

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    Brandon Lawrence
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Not really sure."
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    #9I Capture the Castle

    I Capture the Castle

    I Capture the Castle is a novel by Dodie Smith that tells the story of the Mortmain family through the eyes of Cassandra. Through poverty and the dawn of first love, Cassandra writes down her experiences in her journal.

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    Peter Cooper
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I read this book in college when we were studying Greek mythology. This book was such an eye opener and made me like the class so much that I was motivated to discover more about the topic. Definitely recommend it. "
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    #10The Age of Innocence

    The Age of Innocence

    In Edith Wharton's Age of Innocence, Newland Archer must choose between social stability, as embodied by the wealthy socialite May Welland, or passion in the form of Ellen Olenska.

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    Anna Hernandez
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Although, difficult to tell at first glance at the page, the description for this book is pretty thorough. Also, there are just plain classics offered to purchase in addition and relation to this book. It just claims to be classic, but I want to know why it's so great. The solution just seems overall to me to be dry and uninformative."
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    #11The Yellow Wallpaper

    The Yellow Wallpaper

    The Yellow Wallpaper is a classic fiction book written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman with Elaine Hedges for the Afterword, and Maggie O'Farrell for the Introduction. First published in 1892 by Virago Modern Classics and republished in 2006.

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    Frank Nguyen
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I hated this book."

Summary

Best What are the best Virago Modern Classics books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1My AntoniaBooks 40 Paid
2RebeccaBooks 35 Paid
3The Birds And Other StoriesBooks 24 Paid
4South RidingBooks 11 Paid
5The House of MirthBooks 10 Paid
6The Thorn BirdsBooks 10 Paid
7Their Eyes Were Watching GodBooks 8 Paid
8I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Books 5 Paid
9I Capture the CastleBooks 4 Paid
10The Age of InnocenceBooks 3 Paid
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