Classics

Classics are stories written over 100 years ago that stand the test of time as works of high literary merit and artistic qualities. Classics are universally appealing to readers and their themes endure and resonate in contemporary society. Classics are also traditionally accepted as influential in shaping culture.

Pride and Prejudice (1813)

Pride and Prejudice (1813)

JaneAusten
61 parts / 182 pages, updated Jul 05, 2013Completed
The story follows the main character Elizabeth Bennet as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the lan... read more
3,444,753 reads votes 24,748 comments 6,827
Wuthering Heights (1847)

Wuthering Heights (1847)

EmilyBronte
34 parts / 173 pages, updated Jul 31, 2013Completed
Wuthering Heights is a wild, passionate story of the intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine's f... read more
1,239,787 reads votes 4,877 comments 1,803
Little Women (1880)

Little Women (1880)

LouisaMayAlcott
47 parts / 268 pages, updated Aug 07, 2013Completed
"Little Women" follows the lives of four sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March – and is loosely based on the author's childhood experiences with her three sisters.
141,224 reads votes 1,635 comments 215
Great Expectations (1861)

Great Expectations (1861)

CharlesDickens
60 parts / 265 pages, updated Aug 02, 2013Completed
On Christmas Eve, around 1812, Pip, an orphan who is about six years old, encounters an escaped convict in the village churchyard while visiting the graves of his ... read more
940,491 reads votes 2,772 comments 410
Dracula (1897)

Dracula (1897)

BramStoker
27 parts / 222 pages, updated Jul 31, 2013Completed
Famous for introducing the character of the vampire Count Dracula, "Dracula" tells the story of Dracula's attempt to move from Transylvania to England, and the batt... read more
107,190 reads votes 1,116 comments 87
The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice

WilliamShakespeare
21 parts / 34 pages, updated Oct 03, 2013Completed
Though classified as a comedy in the First Folio and sharing certain aspects with Shakespeare's other romantic comedies, "The Merchant of Venice" is perha... read more
16,556 reads votes 117 comments 22
A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

WilliamShakespeare
10 parts / 26 pages, updated Aug 23, 2013Completed
"A Midsummer Night's Dream" portrays the events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of Athens, Theseus, and Hippolyta. These include the adventures ... read more
18,349 reads votes 158 comments 45
King Lear

King Lear

WilliamShakespeare
27 parts / 41 pages, updated Aug 15, 2013Completed
"King Lear" is a tragedy by William Shakespeare. The title character descends into madness after disposing of his estate between two of his three daughters based on their flattery, bringing tragic consequences for all.
6,547 reads votes 26 comments 3
Emma (1815)

Emma (1815)

JaneAusten
55 parts / 235 pages, updated Jul 08, 2013Completed
Emma Woodhouse, aged 20 at the start of the novel, is a young, beautiful, witty, and privileged woman in Regency England. She lives on the fictional estate of Hartfield in Surre... read more
930,278 reads votes 2,561 comments 318
Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

WilliamShakespeare
27 parts / 38 pages, updated Aug 15, 2013Completed
"Romeo and Juliet" is a tragedy about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families.
248,085 reads votes 2,016 comments 326
Black Beauty (1877)

Black Beauty (1877)

AnnaSewell
49 parts / 81 pages, updated Sep 24, 2014Completed
"Black Beauty" is narrated as an autobiographical memoir told by the titular horse named Black Beauty—beginning with his carefree days as a colt on an English... read more
14,052 reads votes 468 comments 34
A Tale of Two Cities (1859)

A Tale of Two Cities (1859)

CharlesDickens
45 parts / 201 pages, updated Jul 16, 2013Completed
The novel depicts the plight of the French peasantry demoralized by the French aristocracy in the years leading up to the revolution, the corresponding brutality... read more
119,116 reads votes 922 comments 340
Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

WilliamShakespeare
18 parts / 31 pages, updated Aug 23, 2013Completed
"Twelfth Night; or, What You Will" is a comedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written around 1601–02 as a Twelfth Night's entertainment for the clos... read more
7,829 reads votes 76 comments 17
Othello

Othello

WilliamShakespeare
16 parts / 41 pages, updated Jan 12, 2014
"Othello" revolves around four central characters: Othello, a Moorish general in the Venetian army; his new wife, Desdemona; his lieutenant, Cassio; and his trusted ensign, Iago.
11,725 reads votes 81 comments 13
Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

WilliamShakespeare
19 parts / 31 pages, updated Sep 27, 2013Completed
"The Tragedy of Julius Caesar" portrays the 44 BC conspiracy against the Roman dictator Julius Caesar, his assassination and the defeat of the conspirators at the Battle of Philippi.
15,440 reads votes 104 comments 16
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