You can’t beat a classic. From solving cases with Sherlock Holmes to falling in love with Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, the popularity of classic books proves they stand the test of time. Some of our most popular titles include Little WomenGreat ExpectationsWuthering Heights and the works of George Orwell and Oscar Wilde. You can find the most beautiful editions of these titles and more in our Little Black ClassicsClothbound Classics and Modern Classics collections. But if you’re not sure where to start, take a look at our list of 100 must-read classics.

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We asked you for your must-read classics, from iconic bestsellers to lesser-known gems.

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