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Classic Fiction

A classic means many different things to different people. The following is a subjective list of some fiction authors whose works are considered classics by many. Although only one title is listed per author, many of these authors have written other books that could also be considered classics.

Historical Classics

United States

Crane, Stephen. The Red Badge of Courage
Cooper, James Fenimore. The Last of the Mohicans
Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter
Henry, O. Complete Works
Hudson, W. H. Green Mansions
James, Henry. The Portrait of a Lady
Melville, Herman. Moby Dick
Poe, Edgar Allan. Tales
Twain, Mark. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

Great Britain & Ireland

Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice
Bronte, Charlotte. Jane Eyre
Bronte, Emily. Wuthering Heights
Collins, Wilkie. The Moonstone
Defoe, Daniel. Moll Flanders
Dickens, Charles. Great Expectations
Doyle, Arthur Conan. Tales of Sherlock Holmes
Eliot, George. Middlemarch
Fielding, Henry. The History of Tom Jones
Goldsmith, Oliver. The Vicar of Wakefield
Hardy, Thomas. Tess of the d’Urbervilles
Scott, Walter Sir. Ivanhoe
Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein
Stevenson, Robert Louis. Treasure Island
Swift, Jonathan. Gulliver’s Travels
Thackeray, William. Vanity Fair
Trollope, Anthony. Barchester Towers
Wilde, Oscar. The Picture of Dorian Gray


Balzac, Honore de. Le Pere Goriot
Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de. Don Quixote of La Mancha
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. Crime and Punishment
Dumas, Alexandre. The Three Musketeers
Flaubert, Gustave. Madame Bovary
Hugo, Victor. Les Miserables
Maupassant, Guy de. Short Stories
Stendhal. The Red and the Black
Tolstoy, Leo. War and Peace
Zola, Emile. Nana


Murasaki Shikibu. The Tale of Genji
Ts’ao, Hsueh-Ch’in. Dream of the Red Chamber
Wu, Ch’eng-en. The Journey to the West
Wu, Ching-tsu. The Scholars

Modern Classics

The Americas

Agee, James. A Death in the Family
Asturias, Miguel. Men of Maize
Baldwin, James. Go Tell It on the Mountain
Bellow, Saul Henderson. The Rain King
Buck, Pearl S. The Good Earth
Cather, Willa. My Antonia
Davies, Robertson. The Deptford Trilogy
Dreiser, Theodore. Sister Carrie
Ellison, Ralph. Invisible Man
Faulkner, William. The Sound & the Fury
Ferber, Edna. So Big
Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby
Garcia Marquez, Gabriel. One Hundred Years of Solitude
Heller, Joseph. Catch-22
Hemingway, Ernest. A Farewell to Arms
Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird
Lewis, Sinclair. Main Street
London, Jack. The Call of the Wild
McCullers, Carson. The Member of the Wedding
Morrison, Toni. The Bluest Eye
Rawlings, Marjorie. The Yearling
Salinger, J. D. The Catcher in the Rye
Sinclair, Upton. The Jungle
Steinbeck, John. The Grapes of Wrath
Updike, John. The Centaur
Warren, Robert Penn. All the King’s Men
Welty, Eudora. Collected Stories
Wharton, Edith. The Age of Innocence
Wilder, Thornton. The Bridge of San Luis Rey
Wright, Richard. Native Son
Wolfe, Thomas. You Can’t Go Home Again
Wouk, Herman. The Caine Mutiny

Great Britain & Ireland

Conrad, Joseph. Lord Jim
Forster, E.M. A Passage to India
Galsworthy, John. The Forsyte Saga
Golding, William. Lord of the Flies
Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World
Joyce, James. Ulysses
Lawrence, D. H. Lady Chatterley’s Lover
Llewellyn, Richard. How Green Was My Valley
Maugham, W. Somerset. Of Human Bondage
Orwell, George. Animal Farm
Scott, Paul. The Raj Quartet
Tolkien, J.R.R. Lord of the Rings
Waugh, Evelyn. Brideshead Revisited
Woolf, Virginia. To the Lighthouse


Boll, Heinrich. The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum
Camus, Albert. The Stranger
Chekhov, Anton. Short Stories
Gide, Andre. The Immoralist
Grass, Gunter. The Tin Drum
Hesse, Hermann. Siddhartha
Kafka, Franz. The Metamorphosis
Mann, Thomas. Death in Venice
Pasternak, Boris. Dr. Zhivago
Proust, Marcel. Remembrance of Things Past
Remarque, Erich. All Quiet on the Western Front
Singer, Isaac B. Collected Stories
Solzhenitsyn, Alexandr. One Day In the Life of Ivan Denisovich
Turgenev, Ivan. Fathers and Sons
Undset, Sigrid. The Bridal Wreath

Africa, Asia & Australia

Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart
Gordimer, Nadine. Crimes of Conscience
Kawabata, Yasunari. Thousand Cranes
Mahfouz, Naguib. Wedding Song
Mishima, Yukio. The Temple of the Golden Pavilion
Oe, Kenzaburo. Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids
Paton, Alan. Cry the Beloved Country
Shute, Nevil. On the Beach
Soyinka, Wole. Season of Anomy
Tanizaki, Jun’ichiro. The Makioka Sisters
White, Patrick. The Eye of the Storm