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20 Classic Novels You Can Read in One Sitting

You know that in order to become a better writer, you need to become a better reader — and so polishing off some classic novels is in your future. But who has the time? You do. Nobody’s admonishing you to get your book report in within two weeks. But if you still feel pinched between the hour hand and the minute hand, ease into great English literature with these short novels (most have fewer than 200 pages):

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A Christmas carol

Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870. |

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Twain, Mark, 1835-1910. |

Alice's adventures in Wonderland

Carroll, Lewis, 1832-1898. |

Animal farm : a fairy story

Orwell, George, 1903-1950. |

Around the world in eighty days

Verne, Jules, 1828-1905. |

Brave new world

Huxley, Aldous, 1894-1963. |


Voltaire, 1694-1778. |

Cannery row

Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968. |

The catcher in the rye

Salinger, J. D. (Jerome David), 1919- |

Ethan Frome

Wharton, Edith, 1862-1937. |

Fahrenheit 451

Bradbury, Ray, 1920- |

Frankenstein : or, The modern Prometheus

Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, 1797-1851. |

The great Gatsby

Fitzgerald, F. Scott (Francis Scott), 1896-1940. |

Heart of Darkness

Conrad, Joseph, 1857-1924, author. |


Wiesel, Elie, 1928-2016, author. |

The picture of Dorian Gray

Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900. |

The stranger

Camus, Albert, 1913-1960. |

The sorrows of young Werther and selected writings

Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von, 1749-1832. |

Wuthering Heights

Brontë, Emily, 1818-1848. |


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