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Don Quixote

Miguel De Cervantes - Harper Perennial; Reprint edition
Format: Print book

Edith Grossmans definitive English translation of the Spanish masterpiece. Widely regarded as one of the funniest and most tragic books ever written, Don Quixote chronicles the adventures of the self-created knight-errant Don Quixote of La Mancha and his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, as they...
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The Canterbury Tales

Geoffrey Chacer - Dover
Format: Book

A group of pilgrims bound for Canterbury Cathedral agree to pass the weary miles by taking turns at storytelling. The travelers noble, coarse, jolly, and pious offer a vibrant portrait of fourteenth-century English life.
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The Divine Comedy: Inferno; Purgatorio; Paradiso

Dante Alighieri - Everyman's Library; One-volume edition
Format: Hardcover

The Divine Comedy, translated by Allen Mandelbaum, begins in a shadowed forest on Good Friday in the year 1300. It proceeds on a journey that, in its intense recreation of the depths and the heights of human experience, has become the key with which Western civilization has sought to unlock...
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Bleak House

Charles Dickens - Penguin Classics
Format: Paperback

Charles Dickens's masterful assault on the injustices of the British legal systemAs the interminable case of 'Jarndyce and Jarndyce' grinds its way through the Court of Chancery, it draws together a disparate group of people: Ada and Richard Clare, whose inheritance is gradually...
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Crime and Punishment

Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Penguin Classics
Format: Paperback

Raskolnikov, a destitute and desperate former student, wanders through the slums of St Petersburg and commits a random murder without remorse or regret. He imagines himself to be a great man, a Napoleon: acting for a higher purpose beyond conventional moral law. But as he embarks on a dangerous...
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The Count of Monte Cristo

Alexandre Dumas - Penguin Classics
Format: Paperback

"On what slender threads do life and fortune hang"Thrown in prison for a crime he has not committed, Edmond Dantes is confined to the grim fortress of If. There he learns of a great hoard of treasure hidden on the Isle of Monte Cristo and he becomes determined not only to escape,...
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Middlemarch

George Eliot - Penguin Books
Format: Paperback

George Eliot's Victorian masterpiece: a magnificent portrait of a provincial town and its inhabitantsGeorge Eliot's novel, Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life, explores a fictional nineteenth-century Midlands town in the midst of modern changes. The proposed Reform Bill promises...
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The Pillars of the Earth

Ken Follett - Berkley Pub Group, 2016.
Format: Print book

If you liked the Century Trilogy, you'll love the "extraordinary...monumental masterpiece" (BOOKLIST ) that changed the course of Ken Follett's already phenomenal career."Follett risks all and comes out a clear winner," extolled Publishers Weekly on the release...
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Love in the Time of Cholera

Gabriel García Márquez - Alfred A. Knopf
Format: Paperback

Set in a country on the Caribbean coast of South America, this is a story about a woman and two men and their entwined lives. From the author of the legendary One Hundred Years of Solitude.
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The Four Winds: A Novel

Kristin Hannah - St. Martin's Press
Format: Hardcover

The Four Winds, by #1 New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah, is an epic novel of love and heroism and hope, set against the backdrop of one of America's most defining eras--the Great Depression. "If I close my eyes, I can still taste the dust..."Texas, 1934. Millions...
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Les Miserables

Victor Hugo - Signet Classics; Unabridged edition
Format: Print book

Introducing one of the most famous characters in literature, Jean Valjean—the noble peasant imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread—Les Misérables ranks among the greatest novels of all time. In it, Victor Hugo takes readers deep into the Parisian underworld, immerses them...
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Ulysses

James Joyce - Vintage Books
Format: Book

This revised volume follows the complete unabridged text as corrected in 1961. Contains the original foreword by the author and the historic court ruling to remove the federal ban. It also contains page references to the first American edition of 1934.
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Paradise Lost

John Milton - Modern Library
Format: Book

Written in blank verse of unsurpassed majesty, Paradise Lost is the work of a mastermind involved in a profound search for truth. -- Often considered the greatest epic in any modern language, Paradise Lost tells the story of the revolt of Satan, his banishment from Heaven, and the ensuing...
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Jerusalem

Alan Moore - Liveright Publishing Corporation
Format: Print book

Fierce in its imagining and stupefying in its scope, Jerusalem is the tale of everything, told from a vanished gutter.In the epic novel Jerusalem, Alan Moore channels both the ecstatic visions of William Blake and the theoretical physics of Albert Einstein through the hardscrabble streets...
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Gravity's Rainbow

Thomas Pynchon - Penguin Classics; Deluxe edition
Format: Paperback

Winner of the 1973 National Book Award, Gravity's Rainbow is a postmodern epic, a work as exhaustively significant to the second half of the twentieth century as Joyce's Ulysses was to the first. Its sprawling, encyclopedic narrative and penetrating analysis of the impact of technology...
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Atlas Shrugged (Centennial Edition)

Ayn Rand - Dutton Adult; Centennial edition
Format: Hardcover

This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world - and did. Was he a destroyer or the greatest of liberators? Why did he have to fight his battle, not against his enemies, but against those who needed him most, and his hardest battle against the woman he loved?...
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War and Peace

LEO TOLSTOY - Oxford University Press
Format: Hardcover

Tolstoy's epic masterpiece intertwines the lives of private and public individuals during the time of the Napoleonic wars and the French invasion of Russia. The fortunes of the Rostovs and the Bolkonskys, of Pierre, Natasha, and Andrei, are intimately connected with the national history...
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