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.

Oliver Twist (1837)

Oliver Twist (1837)

CharlesDickens
53 parts / 230 pages, updated Aug 09, 2013Completed
The story is about an orphan, Oliver Twist, who endures a miserable existence in a workhouse and then is placed with an undertaker. He escapes and travels to London wher... read more
114,808 reads votes 1,097 comments 132
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
124,175 reads votes 996 comments 351
Frankenstein (1818)

Frankenstein (1818)

MaryShelley
28 parts / 112 pages, updated Aug 20, 2013Completed
"Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus" is about an eccentric scientist Victor Frankenstein, who creates a grotesque creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment.
74,258 reads votes 809 comments 129
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.
7,348 reads votes 47 comments 3
The Three Musketeers (1844)

The Three Musketeers (1844)

AlexandreDumas
69 parts / 345 pages, updated Aug 15, 2013Completed
The Three Musketeers (French: Les Trois Mousquetaires) is a novel by Alexandre Dumas, which recounts the adventures of a young man named d'Artagnan after he leav... read more
59,435 reads votes 599 comments 25
Mansfield Park (1814)

Mansfield Park (1814)

JaneAusten
48 parts / 235 pages, updated Jul 08, 2013Completed
Fanny Price is a young girl from a large and relatively poor family, who is taken from them at age 10 to be raised by her rich uncle and aunt, Sir Thomas, a baronet, a... read more
48,671 reads votes 607 comments 9
Gulliver's Travels (1726)

Gulliver's Travels (1726)

JonathanSwift
42 parts / 154 pages, updated Sep 22, 2014Completed
Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World. In Four Parts. By Lemuel Gulliver, First a Surgeon, and then a Captain of Several Ships, better known simply a... read more
12,473 reads votes 122 comments 7
Dubliners (1914)

Dubliners (1914)

JamesJoyce
15 parts / 99 pages, updated Jul 31, 2013Completed
"Dubliners" is a collection of 15 short stories by James Joyce. They form a naturalistic depiction of Irish middle class life in and around Dublin in the early years of the 20th century.
116,087 reads votes 215 comments 23
Moby-Dick; Or, the Whale (1851)

Moby-Dick; Or, the Whale (1851)

HermanMelville
138 parts / 323 pages, updated Aug 26, 2013Completed
"Moby-Dick" tells the adventures of wandering sailor Ishmael, and his voyage on the whaleship Pequod, commanded by Captain Ahab. Ishmael soon learns ... read more
128,169 reads votes 730 comments 101
Sense and Sensibility (1811)

Sense and Sensibility (1811)

JaneAusten
50 parts / 179 pages, updated Jul 08, 2013Completed
Sense and Sensibility is set in southwest England between 1792 and 1797, and portrays the life and loves of the Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne. The novel... read more
259,644 reads votes 1,164 comments 79
Jane Eyre (1847)

Jane Eyre (1847)

CharlotteBronte
41 parts / 274 pages, updated Jun 28, 2013Completed
"Jane Eyre" follows the emotions and experiences of its eponymous character, including her growth to adulthood, and her love for Mr. Rochester, the byronic master of fictitious Thornfield Hall.
1,007,413 reads votes 5,127 comments 409
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.
12,675 reads votes 82 comments 13
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
17,823 reads votes 145 comments 24
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.
16,596 reads votes 112 comments 16
The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew

WilliamShakespeare
15 parts / 33 pages, updated Aug 26, 2013Completed
"The Taming of the Shrew" depicts the courtship of Petruchio, a gentleman of Verona, and Katherina, the headstrong, obdurate shrew. Initially, Katherina ... read more
8,002 reads votes 67 comments 27
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