The 50 Best Classic Novels

"It's such a classic."

Those words are thrown around an awful lot amongst avid readers, authors, critics, and those in the publishing industry. Many are left to wonder, though, what really makes a book a true classic? Is it simply that it's old or written by a well-known author? Or, is there something else to it?

Truth be told, there's a lot more to it. Classic novels meet certain criteria that earn them the right to be called classic, to be revered by readers and scholars alike, and to be passed down from generation to generation.

What standards must be met, and what books are considered must-read classic novels?

Want to know what makes these audiobooks classics? Head over to the blog to read: 4 Criteria Required to Make a Novel a True Classic.

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Extended Sample To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Extended Sample The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
Extended Sample Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Extended Sample And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Extended Sample Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Extended Sample Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Extended Sample East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Extended Sample A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Extended Sample Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Extended Sample Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Extended Sample Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Extended Sample Dracula & Carmilla by Bram Stoker and Sheridan Le Fanu
Extended Sample The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Extended Sample A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
Extended Sample Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Extended Sample Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Extended Sample The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Extended Sample The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka by Franz Kafka
Extended Sample Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
Extended Sample Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Extended Sample Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
Extended Sample The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Extended Sample Grimm's Fairy Tales by Brothers Grimm
Extended Sample A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
Extended Sample Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen
Extended Sample Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
Extended Sample A Room with a View by E. M. Forester
Extended Sample The Iliad of Homer by Homer
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