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50 classics from (almost) everyone's high school's required reading list

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    50 classics from (almost) everyone's high school's required reading list

    Some might dread their high school reading assignments, but literature can teach students about everything from history to Greek mythology. It also can inspire strong emotions.

    Research shows that reading fiction can even encourage empathy. While some might feel the curriculum should include more modern, diverse writers like Amy Tan and Malala Yousafzai, certain classics—like John Steinbeck’s "The Grapes of Wrath" and Sandra Cisneros’s "The House on Mango Street"—endure. George Orwell’s "1984," a novel published in 1949 about a dystopian future where the government controls the truth, even surged to the Amazon best-sellers list in 2017, shortly after Kellyanne Conway, an adviser to President Donald Trump, described falsehoods as “alternative facts.”

    Sometimes parents and officials disagree on what kids should or shouldn’t read in high school. In 2018, "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" were dropped in a Minnesota school district because they contain a racial slur. Kurt Vonnegut’s "Slaughterhouse-Five," a book about an American soldier doomed to repeat history, has been controversial for decades. In 2011, a Missouri High School pulled it from library shelves after complaints it was anti-American.

    Some literature deserves a first, second, or maybe even a third read. Using data from Goodreads, Stacker compiled a list of 50 timeless books, plays, and epic poems that most everyone likely read in high school. A total of 1,002 voters picked the most essential reading required for students. The final ranking takes into account how many times each book was voted on and how highly voters ranked them.

    Click through to see which classics made the list.

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  • #50. A Raisin in the Sun
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    #50. A Raisin in the Sun

    Author: Lorraine Hansberry

    Score: 3,202

    The story follows the Youngers, a working-class black family living on the South Side of Chicago who move to an all-white neighborhood during a time of desegregation. In 1959, Lorraine Hansberry became the first black playwright to get a play produced on Broadway. The title of the play comes from "Dream Deferred,” a poem by Langston Hughes.

  • #49. The House on Mango Street
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    #49. The House on Mango Street

    Author: Sandra Cisneros

    Score: 3,379

    Originally published in 1984, "The House on Mango Street" tells the story of Esperanza Cordero, a Mexican-American girl coming of age in Chicago. Told in vignettes, the plot focuses on how important it is for people to have their own space. The book was an immediate success, winning the Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award in 1985.

  • #48. The Pearl
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    #48. The Pearl

    Author: John Steinbeck

    Score: 3,403

    John Steinbeck’s "The Pearl" tells the story of Kino, a poor diver who is trying to support his family by gathering pearls from gulf beds. He is only barely scraping by until he happens upon a giant pearl. Kino thinks this discovery will finally provide him with the financial comfort and security he has been seeking, but it ultimately brings disaster. The story addresses the reader’s relationship to nature, the human need for connection, and the consequences of resisting injustice.

  • #47. The Importance of Being Earnest
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    #47. The Importance of Being Earnest

    Author: Oscar Wilde

    Score: 3,560

    This comedic play by Oscar Wilde takes a satiric look at Victorian social values while following two men—Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff—as they tell lies to bring some excitement to their lives. "The Importance of Being Earnest" was Wilde’s final play, and some consider it his masterpiece.

  • #46. Moby-Dick or, The Whale
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    #46. Moby-Dick or, The Whale

    Author: Herman Melville

    Score: 3,576

    Herman Melville uses the narrative of a sailor, Ishmael. He is on board with Captain Ahab who is trying to exact revenge against Moby Dick, the white whale that bit off his leg at the knee. For those who didn’t study the tale in high school—or couldn’t make it through the 135 chapters—critics say it really is worth a read. Some refer to it as the American Bible, better approached after becoming an adult and not as a student in high school.

  • #45. The Red Badge of Courage
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    #45. The Red Badge of Courage

    Author: Stephen Crane

    Score: 3,609

    In "The Red Badge of Courage," Henry Fleming enlists in the Union Army, enticed by visions of glory. When the reality of war and battle set in, Fleming retreats in fear. In the end, he faces his cowardice and rises to leadership. This American war novel was published in 1895 and is so authentic that it’s easy to believe the author—who was born after the Civil War ended—was himself a veteran.

  • #44. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
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    #44. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

    Author: Maya Angelou

    Score: 3,696

    Maya Angelou, who was raped by her mother’s boyfriend when she was 8, writes about her experience with sexual assault and racism while growing up in the Jim Crow South in "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings." The autobiography, which Angelou wrote at the urging of friend and fellow writer James Baldwin, was one of the first written by a black woman to reach a wide general audience.

  • #43. Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes
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    #43. Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes

    Author: Edith Hamilton

    Score: 3,825

    Author Edith Hamilton takes the reader on a journey through Greek, Roman, and Norse mythology with tales of the Olympus and Norse gods in Valhalla and the Trojan War in Odysseus. For high school students, it can serve as an important introduction to classic mythology that can help them better understand the themes behind other works like "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey." Hamilton's book is considered the standard by which all other books on mythology are measured.

  • #42. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
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    #42. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    Author: Mark Twain

    Score: 3,917

    "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" takes place in the fictional town of St. Petersburg, Missouri, during the 1840s. Tom Sawyer and his friend Huck Finn witness a murder by Injun Joe. After the boys stay silent, the wrong man is accused of the crime. When they flee, the whole town presumes them dead and the boys end up attending their own funerals. Mark Twain’s portrayal of Sawyer and Finn challenge the idyllic American view of childhood, instead showing children as fallible human beings with imperfections like anyone else.

  • #41. Slaughterhouse-Five
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    #41. Slaughterhouse-Five

    Author: Kurt Vonnegut

    Score: 4,357

    In "Slaughterhouse-Five," Kurt Vonnegut tells the story of Billy Pilgrim—based on a real American soldier—who is "unstuck in time.” He travels throughout the timeline of his life in a nonlinear fashion, forced to relive certain moments. He is first pulled out after he is drafted and is captured in Germany during World War II. The book, which explores how humankind repeats history, has been banned or challenged in classrooms throughout the United States. It even landed in the U.S. Supreme Court in 1982 in Board of Education v. Pico, and the court held that banning the book was a violation of the First Amendment.

  • #40. The Taming of the Shrew
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    #40. The Taming of the Shrew

    Author: William Shakespeare

    Score: 4,581

    This five-act comedy tells the story of the courtship of the headstrong Katharine and the money-grubbing Petruchio, who is determined to subdue Katharine and make her his wife. After the wedding, Petruchio drags his new wife through the mud to their new home in the country. He proceeds to starve and deprive her of sleep to make his new bride submissive. The play, one of Shakespeare’s most popular, has been both criticized for its abusive and misogynistic attitude toward women, and praised as a challenging view of how women are supposed to behave.

  • #39. A Separate Peace
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    #39. A Separate Peace

    Author: John Knowles

    Score: 4,759

    In "A Separate Peace," John Knowles explores the friendship of two young men—the quiet, intellectual Gene Forrester and his extroverted, athletic friend Finny. Gene lives vicariously through Finny, but his jealousy ultimately ends in tragedy after he commits a subtle act of violence. The book touches on themes of envy and the need to achieve.

  • #38. Crime and Punishment
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    #38. Crime and Punishment

    Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky

    Score: 5,148

    This Russian classic, published in 1886, tells the story of a former student named Rodion Raskolnikov who is now impoverished and on the verge of mental instability. In order to get money, he comes up with a murderous plan to kill a pawnbroker. Considered one of the first psychological novels, the plot is also a political one that explores the character’s pull toward liberal views and his rebellion against them.

  • #37. The Little Prince
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    #37. The Little Prince

    Author: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

    Score: 5,160

    In "The Little Prince," a pilot whose plane has crashed in the Sahara desert meets a young boy from outer space. The boy is traveling from planet to planet in search of friendship. On the boy’s home—an asteroid —he lived alone, accompanied only by a solitary rose. Once on Earth, the boy meets a wise fox who tells him he can only see clearly with his heart.

  • #36. Death of a Salesman
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    #36. Death of a Salesman

    Author: Arthur Miller

    Score: 5,224

    Arthur Miller introduces readers to an aging Willy Loman, a traveling salesman nearing the end of his career. Loman decides he’s tired of driving for work and asks for an office job in New York City, believing he is vital to the company. His boss ends up firing him. Loman is also faced with the fact that his son, Biff, has not turned into the success Loman had hoped for. In the end, Loman commits suicide so his son can have the insurance money to jumpstart a better life. After his death, only Loman’s family attends his funeral. "Death of a Salesman" won the 1949 Pulitzer Prize in Drama.

  • #35. The Old Man and the Sea
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    #35. The Old Man and the Sea

    Author: Ernest Hemingway

    Score: 5,394

    "The Old Man and the Sea" was Ernest Hemingway’s final major work. The story follows an old man who catches a large fish, only to have it eaten by sharks before he can get it back to shore. Although many may see symbolism about life and aging in the book, Hemingway said there wasn’t a deeper meaning in the prose.

  • #34. Flowers for Algernon
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    #34. Flowers for Algernon

    Author: Daniel Keyes

    Score: 5,481

    The main character in "Flowers for Algernon" is Charlie Gordon, a man of low intelligence who becomes a genius after undergoing an experimental procedure. The experiment has already been performed on a lab mouse named Algernon. Gordon’s intelligence opens his eyes to things he’s never understood before, but he eventually loses his newly acquired knowledge. The mouse, who Gordon remembers fondly, dies. Daniel Keyes wrote the book after realizing that his education was causing a rift between him and his loved ones, making him wonder what it would be like if someone’s intelligence could be increased.

  • #33. The Canterbury Tales
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    #33. The Canterbury Tales

    Author: Geoffrey Chaucer

    Score: 5,798

    "The Canterbury Tales," written by Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century, was one of the first major works of English literature. The story follows a group of pilgrims who tell tales during their journey from London to Canterbury Cathedral. The cast of characters—including a carpenter, cook, and knight, among others—paint a varied picture of 14th-century society. The stories inspired the modern film "A Knight’s Tale,"  starring Heath Ledger as a poor knight, and Paul Bettany as Chaucer.

  • #32. Othello
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    #32. Othello

    Author: William Shakespeare

    Score: 5,809

    Shakespeare wrote "Othello" in the early 17th century. The play tells the tragic story of Othello—a Moor and general in the Venetian army, and Iago—a traitorous low-ranking officer. Shakespeare tackles themes of racism, betrayal, and jealousy. While he refers to Othello as "black,” Shakespeare most likely meant he was darker-skinned than most Englishmen at the time and not necessarily of African descent.

  • #31. Beowulf
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    #31. Beowulf

    Author: Unknown

    Score: 6,141

    "Beowulf" is an epic poem—an original manuscript copy is housed in the British Library—of 3,000 lines. It was written in Old English somewhere between 700 and 1000 A.D., and tells the story of Beowulf, a nobleman and warrior in Sweden who is sent to Denmark to fight a swamp monster called Grendel.

  • #30. The Hobbit
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    #30. The Hobbit

    Author: J.R.R. Tolkien

    Score: 6,414

    In this prequel to the "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, readers tag along with Bilbo Baggins, an unassuming hobbit who sets off to fight the dragon Smaug. "The Hobbit” written in 1932, contains many of the building blocks—an epic quest, an unwilling hero, elves, and goblins—that modern fantasy writers still reference today.

  • #29. A Tale of Two Cities
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    #29. A Tale of Two Cities

    Author: Charles Dickens

    Score: 6,658

    "A Tale of Two Cities," famously starts out: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...” Set in the late 1700s, Charles Dickens vividly writes about the time leading up to and during the French Revolution. The historical novel describes death and despair, but also touches on themes of redemption.

  • #28. Wuthering Heights
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    #28. Wuthering Heights

    Author: Emily Brontë

    Score: 6,887

    "Wuthering Heights," published in 1847, was the first and only novel by Emily Brontë, who died a year later at the age of 30. Brontë tells the tragic love story between Heathcliff, an orphan, and Catherine, the daughter of his wealthy benefactor. Considered a classic in English literature, the novel shows readers how passionate and destructive love can be.

  • #27. The Grapes of Wrath
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    #27. The Grapes of Wrath

    Author: John Steinbeck

    Score: 7,105

    "The Grapes of Wrath" is considered a great American novel partly because it brought to light the destruction and despair caused by the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression. The story follows Tom Joad after he is released from prison to find his family’s Oklahoma farmstead empty and destroyed. Joad and his family later set off for a new life in California, only to face struggles along the way. The book, which focuses on the theme of hard work, won the 1940 Pulitzer Prize for Novel (now Fiction).

  • #26. Frankenstein
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    #26. Frankenstein

    Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

    Score: 7,501

    Mary Shelley wrote "Frankenstein," considered one of the greatest horror novels of all time, when she was only 19. The story was published in 1818 and introduced readers to Dr. Victor Frankenstein, a scientist who brings to life a creature he assembled from discarded corpse parts. Although Dr. Frankenstein is horrified by his creation and abandons it, the creature manages to educate itself and then seeks revenge on his creator. The novel explores humanity’s desire for innovation and the fear of change it brings.

  • #25. A Midsummer Night's Dream
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    #25. A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Author: William Shakespeare

    Score: 7,728

    Like many of Shakespeare’s plays, "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" explores the theme of love. This comedy shows the events that surround the marriage of Theseus, the duke of Athens, to Hippolytus, a former Amazon queen. The play also shares the stories of several other lovers who are influenced by the fairies who live in the forest near the wedding. The play is a favorite for actors and audiences, even today.

  • #24. Great Expectations
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    #24. Great Expectations

    Author: Charles Dickens

    Score: 7,930

    This Charles Dickens classic tells the story of Pip, an orphan who gets a chance at a better life through an anonymous benefactor. The plot mostly centers around Pip’s regular visits to Miss Havisham, a wealthy recluse, and his love for her adopted daughter Estella, who is cold toward Pip until years later. Many consider the novel a great masterpiece.

  • #23. The Outsiders
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    #23. The Outsiders

    Author: S.E. Hinton

    Score: 8,197

    S.E. Hinton introduced readers to 14-year-old Ponyboy Curtis in "The Outsiders," a novel she wrote when she was 15. The plot centers around two rival gangs: the lower-class Greasers and the well-off Socials. It touches on themes of teen angst, including the frustrations young people have when they can’t rely on adults to change things, while also not knowing how to fix things themselves. Hinton’s publishers encouraged her to publish under her initials because they didn’t think the public would respect a book about teenage boys that was written by a female.

  • #22. Julius Caesar
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    #22. Julius Caesar

    Author: William Shakespeare

    Score: 9,061

    Shakespeare takes on history with "Julius Caesar," a tragic story of power and betrayal. Brutus, who worked closely with Caesar, joined his fellow conspirators to assassinate Caesar in order to save the republic from a tyrannical leader. The events had the opposite effect when, only two years later, Caesar’s grand nephew was crowned the first emperor of Rome. The play marked a political shift in Shakespeare's writing.

  • #21. Night
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    #21. Night

    Author: Elie Wiesel

    Score: 9,160

    Elie Wiesel gives a first-hand account of the atrocities experienced in German concentration camps during World War II. Wiesel and his family were deported to Auschwitz. His mother, father, and younger sister all died. In "Night," Wiesel’s vivid and horrific descriptions of beatings, starving men, and death shine a chilling, personal light on the tragedy of the Holocaust.

  • #20. Brave New World
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    #20. Brave New World

    Author: Aldous Huxley

    Score: 9,218

    In "Brave New World," published in 1932, Aldous Huxley paints a picture of a dystopian future where people can pop a pill called soma to get a sense of instant bliss without side effects. Emotions, individuality, and lasting relationships aren’t allowed. A preordained class system is decided at the embryonic stage, with certain people getting hormones for peak mental and athletic fitness. Some historians believe the book’s plot could somewhat represent our actual future in the next 100 years.

  • #19. The Crucible
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    #19. The Crucible

    Author: Arthur Miller

    Score: 9,439

    This 1953 play is a dramatized version of the Salem witch trials of the late 1600s. In the novel, a group of young girls are dancing in the forest. When they’re caught, they fake illness and shift blame to avoid punishment. Their lies set off witchcraft accusations throughout the town. Arthur Miller wrote "The Crucible" as a protest to the actions of Sen. Joseph McCarthy, who set up a committee to investigate and prosecute the Communists he thought had infiltrated the U.S. government. It won the 1953 Tony Award for Best Play.

  • #18. Fahrenheit 451
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    #18. Fahrenheit 451

    Author: Ray Bradbury

    Score: 9,885

    Ray Bradbury describes a futuristic world where books are banned and burned. Guy Montag, one of the firemen tasked with extinguishing the books, begins to question the practice. When Bradbury wrote the classic in the 1950s, television sets were becoming ubiquitous in American households. The theme of the book was a warning about how mass media could interfere with people’s ability or desire to think critically, a theme that many think resonates with the social media-obsessed world of today.

  • #17. Jane Eyre
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    #17. Jane Eyre

    Author: Charlotte Brontë

    Score: 9,892

    Charlotte Brontë—sister to Emily—speaks directly to the reader in "Jane Eyre." The Victorian novel follows the headstrong Jane, an orphan who lives with her aunt and cousins, on her quest to find her identity and true love. The novel, marketed as an autobiography and published in 1847 under the pen name Currer Bell, is written in first person and introduced the concept of "the self” in writing.

  • #16. The Giver
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    #16. The Giver

    Author: Lois Lowry

    Score: 9,990

    This 1993 young adult dystopian novel tells of a society that values similarity and not individuality. People are discouraged from being different and are given jobs that will best serve the community. Those who don’t like their role are "released,” which means they are forced to leave society. One person is assigned the role of the Giver, and tasked with holding onto memories. Young Jonas becomes the new Giver. With his new memories, his awareness grows and he begins to question life. The movie adaptation of the book was released in 2014.

  • #15. Pride and Prejudice
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    #15. Pride and Prejudice

    Author: Jane Austen

    Score: 11,225

    Published in 1813, "Pride and Prejudice" was Jane Austen’s second novel. The story follows the will-they-won’t-they relationship between the wealthy Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett, who comes from meager means. Throughout the chapters, both change for the better as they fall in love. The book has inspired at least 17 movie and television adaptations.

  • #14. The Diary of a Young Girl
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    #14. The Diary of a Young Girl

    Author: Anne Frank

    Score: 12,687

    In 1944, a young Anne Frank recorded her thoughts and feelings as she and other Jewish citizens hid from the German Nazis during World War II. The coming-of-age diary, which chronicles Frank’s time hiding in the Secret Annex while she became a young woman, has been translated into 70 languages. While she and most of her family were killed, her father survived and helped publish her work, making it possible for millions to learn her story.

  • #13. 1984
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    #13. 1984

    Author: George Orwell

    Score: 12,867

    George Orwell describes a dystopian future rife with war and one where the government—led by Big Brother—controls the truth and snuffs out individual thought. The protagonist, Winston Smith, becomes disillusioned with the "Party,” and he rebels against it. Although it was published in 1949, the novel had a resurgence in 2017.

  • #12. The Odyssey
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    #12. The Odyssey

    Author: Homer

    Score: 12,868

    "The Odyssey," a Greek epic poem, follows Odysseus as he travels back to the island of Ithaca after fighting in the war at Troy—something addressed in Homer’s poem, "The Iliad." When he returns home, he and his son, Telemachus, kill all the men who are trying to marry Odysseus’s wife, Penelope. In the end, Athena, the goddess of wisdom, victory, and war, intervenes. Like many Greek myths, it focuses on themes of love, courage, and revenge.

  • #11. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
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    #11. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    Author: Mark Twain

    Score: 13,867

    Huckleberry Finn is the main character in this follow-up novel to "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer." The book explores themes of racism as Huck Finn floats down the Mississippi River with a man escaping slavery. Like Huck, Twain changed his childhood views and rejected slavery as an institution.

  • #10. The Scarlet Letter
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    #10. The Scarlet Letter

    Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne

    Score: 14,880

    Nathaniel Hawthorne published "The Scarlet Letter" in 1850. In the novel, which is based on historical events, readers follow the story of Hester Prynne, a woman who is forced to wear a red "A” on her clothes after she conceives a child out of wedlock. She bears the punishment alone when she refuses to name the baby’s father. Her character marked one of the first where a strong female was the protagonist. Hawthorne also touches on themes of hypocrisy, shame, guilt, and love.

  • #9. Hamlet
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    #9. Hamlet

    Author: William Shakespeare

    Score: 16,532

    Hamlet, the prince of Denmark, becomes vengeful after attending his father’s funeral, only to find his mother has remarried his uncle, Claudius. The stepfather crowns himself king, a role that should have gone to Hamlet. The prince finds out his father was murdered, after which he kills the new king. The tragedy, which launched the famous line "To be, or not to be,” shines a light on some of the worst traits of humanity. Some consider the play Shakespeare’s greatest work.

  • #8. Of Mice and Men
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    #8. Of Mice and Men

    Author: John Steinbeck

    Score: 16,545

    "Of Mice and Men" tells the story of George and his simple-minded friend, Lennie. The two have to get new jobs on a ranch because of some trouble in Lennie’s past. The novel, set during the Great Depression, tackles topics of sexism and racism.

  • #7. The Catcher in the Rye
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    #7. The Catcher in the Rye

    Author: J.D. Salinger

    Score: 17,055

    J.D. Salinger aptly captures teen angst in "The Catcher in the Rye" when the reader gets a look at three days in the life of its narrator, 16-year-old Holden Caulfield. The book was an instant success, but some schools have banned it from their libraries and reading lists, citing vulgarity and sexual content.

  • #6. Animal Farm
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    #6. Animal Farm

    Author: George Orwell

    Score: 17,550

    A group of farm animals organizes a revolt after they realize their master, Mr. Jones, is mistreating them and offering them nothing in return for their work. When they challenge the leadership, they are disciplined for speaking out. This classic isn’t about animal rights. It is a larger critique on Soviet Communism. Orwell wrote it as an attack against Stalinism in Russia.

  • #5. Macbeth
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    #5. Macbeth

    Author: William Shakespeare

    Score: 18,390

    Another Shakespeare classic, "Macbeth" portrays the weakness of humanity. The character of Macbeth receives a prophecy that he will one day become king of Scotland. His unchecked ambition ends in murder; Macbeth kills King Duncan to steal the throne for himself. It shows the destructive influence of political ambition and pursuing power for its own sake.

  • #4. Lord of the Flies
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    #4. Lord of the Flies

    Author: William Golding

    Score: 19,803

    "Lord of the Flies" tells the alarming story of a group of young boys who survive a plane crash, only to descend into tribalism on the island where they landed. Two of the boys—Ralph and Jack—clash in their pursuit of leadership. The novel, which has been challenged in schools, shows how struggles for power based on fear and division can result in a collapse of social order, themes that might seem relevant today.

  • #3. The Great Gatsby
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    #3. The Great Gatsby

    Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald

    Score: 23,943

    Nick Carraway, a Midwest transplant and Yale graduate, moves to West Egg, Long Island. Carraway enters a world of extravagance when he becomes entangled with millionaire Jay Gatsby and his mistress, Daisy Buchanan. The novel is viewed as a cautionary tale about achieving the American Dream of wealth and excess.

  • #2. Romeo and Juliet
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    #2. Romeo and Juliet

    Author: William Shakespeare

    Score: 29,709

    Two star-crossed lovers meet and perish in this tragedy. Juliet, a Capulet, falls in love with Romeo, a Montague. Because their families are rivals, they are forbidden to marry. They secretly wed before misfortune leads to their deaths. Losing their children inspires a peace among the families. Some critics claim the play’s childish view of love hasn’t stood the test of time, but others think the story is multilayered and deserves its classic status.

  • #1. To Kill a Mockingbird
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    #1. To Kill a Mockingbird

    Author: Harper Lee

    Score: 38,094

    Harper Lee’s first novel, which was published in 1960, tackles issues of racial and social injustice in the South. Set in Alabama, it introduces readers to Atticus Finch, a lawyer who defends a black man accused of raping a white woman; his daughter, Scout; and Boo Radley, their reclusive neighbor. Lee’s work won her a Pulitzer Prize and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Because of some of the racial language, the book has been challenged in many schools throughout America.

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