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Literature Majors Should Read All of These 14 Books

Can you honestly call yourself a literature major and have not read this?

You are going to major in literature. You are going to be the go-to source the learned ones of the art of words are going to look up to for approval and wisdom, that means that you better know exactly what you are talking about.

To really become an anointed expert of everything the formal and classical literary world has got to offer, you would do well in diving deep into both official and complementary books that deal with the subject. The books listed here can only enhance your comprehension literature further.

#1 The Ring And The Book by Robert Browning

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The Ring and the Book by Robert Browning is a book-length narrative poem that describes a grisly murder from many points of view. It is both a captivating narrative and a legal drama worthy of anything you’ve ever seen on television or the internet..

Most people know Robert Browning for his shorter poems like My Last Duchess, itself an interesting narrative where the facts are not revealed easily.. The Ring and the Book has always maintained its reputation as his masterpiece, and it deserves that praise. Because poetry, and especially epic length poetry, is long out of fashion, you are unlikely to run across it accidentally.

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#2 Ulysses by James Joyce

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James Joyce is perhaps the most influential modernist author of the twentieth century, and Ulysses is his a masterwork. Detailing the events and encounters of main character Leopold Bloom over the course of a regular day, the book plays with structure, character, and form by creating parallels between Leopold’s life and that of Odysseus in Homer’s epic novel The Odyssey. The novel’s stream of consciousness flow, experimental prose, and rich humor and characterizations are still relevant for any literature major to experience today.

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#3 Knickerbocker Classics, The Complete Novels of Jane Austen

Knickerbocker Classics, The Complete Novels of Jane AustenGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

Jane Austen revolutionized the literary romance, using it as a platform from which to address issues of gender politics and class consciousness among the British middle-class of the late eighteenth century. The novels included in this collection from the elegant Knickerbocker Classics series-Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, and Lady Susan-represent all of Austen’s complete novels, and provide the reader with an entrance into the world she and her memorable characters inhabited.

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#4 Knickerbocker Classics, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

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Arm yourself with this volume from the Knickerbocker Classics series, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, including 16 comedies, 10 histories, 12 tragedies, and all the poems and sonnets of the world’s most influential writer. This collection includes poems and plays that were not included in Shakespeare’s First Folio of 1623 to make one complete, authentic collection. For Shakespeare and poetry fans worldwide, this stunning hardcover edition with its elegant cover is perfect for gift giving.

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#5 Knickerbocker Classics, Jane Eyre

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Complete and unabridged, Jane Eyre is an essential entry to any book lover’s library. The Knickerbocker Classics edition comes in a lovely, cloth bound cover and has a handy elastic enclosure to keep the pages safe while you’re on the go.

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#6 Knickerbocker Classics, The Complete Tales & Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

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The Complete Tales & Poems of Edgar Allan Poe is the next edition in the Knickerbocker Classic series, featuring works from the famous gothic American writer. His works span from 1827 to his death in 1849. His often macabre and dark works included The Raven, The Black Cat, The Tell-Tale Heart, and Annabelle Lee. For Poe fans worldwide, this stunning gift edition has a full cloth binding, foil blocking on the spine, ribbon marker, and is packaged neatly in an elegant slipcase. The Complete Tales & Poems of Edgar Allan Poe contains every known Poe tale ever written, this deluxe edition boasts the entire Poe catalogue.

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#7 Classics Reimagined, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

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Andrea D’Aquino’s modern, illustrative interpretation of this classic tale follows Alice on her fanciful journey down the rabbit hole where she meets friends like the Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat, and the Caterpillar! The lush, multi-faceted images breathe new life into this classic novel, making it a collectible for book and art lovers everywhere.

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#8 Knickerbocker Classics, Charles Dickens: The Essential Collection

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Considered the greatest novelist of the Victorian era, Dickens was especially known for his unusual characters, incisive social commentary, and carefully constructed plots. Over the last two centuries, his popular fiction has continued to inspire adaptations in nearly artistic genre, and now it is available–complete and unabridged–in this gorgeous slipcase edition.

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#9 Knickerbocker Classics, Jules Verne: The Essential Collection

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Often called the father of science fiction, Verne was a masterful storyteller and visionary, anticipating such technological marvels as the submarine and skyscraper. For nearly 150 years, his unusual characters, outlandish plots, and vivid descriptions have captivated readers, and now they are available–complete and unabridged–in this gorgeous slipcase edition.

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#10 Knickerbocker Classics, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave

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The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave is widely considered to be the most significant work to have been written by a former slave. This memoir, first published in 1845 set the tone for the American abolitionist movement. Within four months of its publication, more than five thousand copies had made their ways into the hands of the American people.

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#11 Knickerbocker Classics, Uncle Tom’s Cabin

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The first black hero of literature, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Tom is a slave who suffers for refusing to obey his white oppressors. Few books have changed the world as much as Uncle Tom’s Cabin, which was published in 1852, nine years before the start of the American Civil War. It galvanized opposition to slavery in the free states, vividly dramatizing slavery’s cruelties for mass audiences. This elegantly designed clothbound edition features an elastic closure and a new introduction.

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#12 Knickerbocker Classics, Le Morte d’Arthur

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Originally published in 1485 by William Caxton, Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur remains the most exciting and magical interpretation of the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. For Arthurian fans worldwide, this stunning gift edition has a cloth binding, ribbon marker, and is packaged neatly in an elegant slipcase. Featuring a new introduction and the elegant illustrations by Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898), this volume of Le Morte d’Arthur is an indispensable classic for every home library.

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#13 Knickerbocker Classics, Beowulf

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Composed by an anonymous Anglo-Saxon singer toward the end of the first millennium CE, Beowulf is an Old English epic tale recounting the adventures of Beowulf, a Geatish hero from present-day Sweden. He is called on by Hrothgar, King of the Danes, to defeat Grendel, the powerful monster that threatens his great hall.

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#14 The Iliad and the Odyssey

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The Iliad is the epic poem which retells the story of the ten-year siege on Troy by the Greeks. Its sequel, the Odyssey, describes the journey that the triumphant Greek leader, Odysseus, takes back to Greece following the fall of Troy. Together, they are among the oldest pieces of literature in the Western world and have given rise to many modern ideas.

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Adam Cole from Adam Cole Works, LLC

Shaan Patel from Prep Expert

Lydia Rasmussen from Race Point Publishing

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