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Oscar Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Gray

It’s eloquent. It’s beautiful. It’s rich. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde is a must-read for any book lover. Celebrated for his epigrams, plays, and other groundbreaking works, Oscar Wilde is an Irish writer and poet who became one of the most popular playwrights during the early 1890s. The Picture of Dorian Gray is the only published novel by Wilde, which first appeared as a lead story in Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine on June 1890. An amended version was published in April 1891 through Ward, Lock and Company. The most recent adaptation of this work was a film entitled Dorian Gray, directed by Oliver Parker and stars Ben Barnes.

L. Frank Baum: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Treat yourself to a quick read with one of the handful classics that almost everyone is familiar with, L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Lyman “L.” Frank Baum is an American author of children’s book who wrote over 55 novels (plus 4 missing ones) , 82 short stories, over 200 poems, and a lot of scripts. His most famous work and the first book in his sequel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, was originally published on May 17, 1900 and had been reprinted a dozen of times under the title Wizard of Oz. The story has already been re-envisioned through stage plays, musicals, and a well-known film version starring the amazing Judy Garland.

Jane Austen: Northanger Abbey

Get ready for a lighearted entertainment in Jane Austen’s famous gothic parady, Northanger Abbey. Jane Austen was an english novelist whose romantic works earned her the title for being one of the most read writer in English Literatue. Written approximately during 1798-99, Northanger Abbey was considered as Austen’s first novel to be completed for publication.

Charles Dickens: Great Expectations

Revive the classic lover in you and devour on one of Charles Dickens’ highly-acclaimed novel Great Expectations. Generally regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian Period, Charles John Huffman Dickens gave us some of the most influential works in literature such as Oliver Twist, Tale of Two Cities, A Christmal Carol, and many more. First published in serial form in All the Year Round (Dickens’ weekly periodical), Great Expectations tells the story of Pip, a young orphan whose personal growth and development depicts real-life issues of Victorian England ranging from its relationships, colonies, imperfect educational system, and extending concern with social status and mobility.

Victor Hugo: Les Misérables

Widely considered as one of the greatest novels of the nineteenth century, Les Misérables (literally “The Miserable Ones”) by Victor Hugo reeks of passion, idealism and high drama.

Jack London: White Fang

White Fang by the famous Jack London is the perfect companion for a night of solitude. After its publication in 1906, this well-known novel has been the cause of the nature fakers controversy, a literary debate between science and sentiment on popular culture. Jack Griffith “Jack” London is an American author, journalist and an advocate of unionization, socialism and the workers’ rights. He was one of the first fiction writers who became popular worldwide mainly due to his masterpieces such as Call of the Wild, White Fang, Klondike Gold Rush and many more.

Washington Irving: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Many have seen the TV or movie version of Washington Irving’s famous short story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow but what better way to appreciate a work of art is to read the original version. First published in his collection The Sketch Books of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent., the short story is set on a Dutch Settlement known as ‘Tarry Town’ where strange tales are told. It revolves around a tall and gangly school master who falls in love with the beautiful Katrina Van Tassel and tries to woo her away from his rival suitors until one night he was hunted by the headless horseman who roams around the town.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Devour on twelve mystifying detective stories with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous collection, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Set in the foggy streets of Victorian London, join Sherlock Holmes and his trusted friend Dr. Watson as they solve serial crimes and interesting curiosities. Sherlock's wit and exceptional intellect will make you crave for more. Each plot presents a perfect blend of mystery and comedy, keeping the reader entertained all throughout the book.

Kate Chopin: The Awakening

Considered a landmark work of early feminism, The Awakening by Kate Chopin is definitely a must-read. Catherine O’Flaherty or as many know her, Kate Chopin, was born on February 8, 1850. Even at school or at home, Kate grew up being surrounded with intelligent women that had a great effect on her writing. Though it received much public contempt during its release, The Awakening is one of the earliest American novels that focus on women’s issues without condescension. The story revolves around the character of Edna Pontellier and her struggle to reconcile her liberated beliefs with oppressive social structures of her time.