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Read your way through these classic books
Storytelling has been around since the dawn of time, and through it all, humans have woven stories of love, hate, morality, and culture. With the advent of book printing – historians point to first millennium China as the origin of the first printed text – people were able to not only read entertaining and moving tales, but also revisit them again and again, which makes them classic books.
So what exactly qualifies a work of classic literature? Generally speaking, classic books are groundbreaking for their time, have broad appeal beyond one community or country, and have stood the test of time – their stories and messages remain relevant today. today. For our list, we’ve picked classic books written in the 20th century or earlier, and every book on this list is over 25 years old. We’ve combed through old bestseller lists to unearth books that have been well-reviewed and have won awards. But more importantly, we collected books that broke new ground, got us thinking, and even created new literary genres.
Many of these novels have graced high school reading lists for generations, while others have come to light and elevated in recent decades, particularly books about racism and those by female authors. All have earned a place among the best fiction books and the best books of all time. In an increasingly fast-paced, technology-centric world with attention spans shrinking by the minute, we bring you this list of classic books in hopes that you’ll slow down, dive in, and enjoy the warm comfort that a good book can bring. . When you’ve had your fill of classic literature, dive into these books of historical fiction and mystery.
1. The purple color by Alice Walker
Set in rural Georgia at the turn of the last century, Alice Walker’s epic novel weaves the harrowing and hopeful story of Celie, an uneducated black teenager who fights for her dignity and freedom while relying on the fraternity of the women around him. The novel bravely and honestly tackles issues such as sexual abuse, domestic violence, women’s struggles, and ultimate resilience. Published in 1982, it won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award. Three years later, the story was made into a movie directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey, both of whom earned Oscar nominations for their portrayals.