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Jane Austen is the greatest! Pride and Prejudice, or Sense and Sensibility are the best of her books, but they're all wonderful.
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East of Eden by John Steinbeck is amazing.
Some of my favorite classics are:

Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Lord of the Rings by Tolkien
Anna Karinena by Tolstoy
All of the Jane Austin books
To Kill A Mockingbird
Dr. Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
them by Joyce Carol Oates
The Magus by John Fowles

I could go on and on.....
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I would say go for Oscar Wilde! The picture of Dorian Gray is amazing obviously but I also really enjoy reading his plays (the importance of being earnest being my favourite)

I also loved Dracula, Jekyll & Hyde and Frankenstein

Not sure this would be what you're looking for but I suppose some people call it a classic: Brave new world by aldous huxley. I loved it even though I'm not into that genre at all! Ties in with 1984 quite nicely too
Hamlet!!! It has everything, love, revenge, of the best books ever written IMHO.
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Pride and predjudice (again)
i like George Orwell a lot - try Animal Farm and 1984
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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

and I'm not sure if this one is really a 'classic' but it is one of my favorite books...
Lolita by Vladimir Nabacov
East of Eden - the bestest ever!!

Les Miserables

The Good Earth - very, very good
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Love Jane Eyre. I've read it several times.
I also agree with many of the ones listed by the previous posters.
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- Persuasion by Jane Austen

- A Thousand and One Nights by A Bunch of Various/Unknown People

- Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Happy reading!
Someone said the Picture of Dorian Gray, which I couldn't agree more. It was an amazing book, a little crazy but all the same.

As others said, To Kill A Mockingbird is a must read. I love it.

Midsummer's Night Dream. Yes, it is Shakespeare but just because it is Shakespeare, doesn't mean it is boring. As a matter of fact, I loved it, and I am not a bit fan at all.

Edgar Allen Poe's short stories and poems. I personally love his writing and find it beautiful.

The Chronicles of Narnia.
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I second the To Kill A Mockingbird, GWTW, and A Brave New World and Jane Austen reccs. I hated 1984 but loved BNW.

Any Shakespeare is good. My personal favorite is MacBeth.

Paradise Lost (Milton) and The Inferno (Dante)

Great Expectations is a good read.

Le Morte d'Arthur
by Sir Thomas Mallory and continuing on that The Once and Future King is excellent.

Continuing with epic poetry Beowulf would be good. The Seamus Heany translation is really accessible.

Books that I typically see in "classics" collections are Dracula, Frankenstein, Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, Wuthering Heights, etc. This list from the Cincinnati has a bunch on them.
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I forgot The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I don't know why, but I always loved that book, as much as most people hated it.
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Jane Eyre and Dracula are two of my favorite 19th century novels. So good. :]
Any books by Sidney Sheldon. One of his classics are the Other Side of Midnight. Awesome book!
I'm just finishing The Jungle by Upton Sinclair for the first time. I really like it but I found it very depressing. It is definately applicable to life in the 21st century.
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One of my favorite books of all time. I also second A Clockwork Orange, and that you need to keep notes on the Once you learn the slang it's an incredible novel. Johnny Got His Gun is another recommendation. I read this because of the Metallica song "One", which is based on this novel - great great antiwar message. I love this book. Also recommended is anything by Jack London.
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Glad you like The Giver - I think it's a great book, though I haven't read it in way too many years.
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Originally Posted by Poodlehead
I totally agree with many of the earlier suggestions, especially To Kill a Mockingbird, East of Eden (or any other Steinbeck), the Brontes, Shakespeare, etc...


Middlemarch by George Eliot
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
The Stranger by Albert Camus (also The Plague)
Tess of the D'Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (I love the story of how young Englishmen would hand the book to their intended, and if she didn't "get it" they wouldn't marry!)

and some newer stuff:
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

and the following books by Margaret Atwood
The Handmaid's Tale
Cat's Eye
The Blind Assassin
Alias Grace
Oryx and Crake

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More votes for Steinbeck, the Brontes, Orwell, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Dickens, Twain, Victor Hugo, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Mockingbird.

I'd add - mostly more modern classics, I gues you'd say:

Gone With the Wind
Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged
Any James Michener
Any Pearl S. Buck
Any Herman Wouk
Any John Jakes
Any Taylor Caldwell
Any Louisa May Alcott
Any Francis Parkinson Keyes
Tennessee Williams plays
Any Ernest Hemingway
Any Daphne DuMaurier
Any Edna Ferber
Any Gwen Bristow
Any Frank Yerby
Any Eugenia Price, esp. the Lighthouse series

Probably other very obvious ones that I'm not thinking of right now. "Classic" might be pushing it a little for some, but they're well worth reading.

I loved the Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. The only others I've read by her were Cat's Eye and The Blind Assassin. IMO, they don't compare. Maybe I need to try some of the others though, Snickdog.
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