Classics You Always Meant to Read

by Ellen Peterson | Apr 02, 2020

Here are a few classics you may have missed back in those pre-quarantine days. Classics you always meant to read but never had time to.

Don Quixote
by Miguel de Cervantes

Don Quixote is a middle-aged gentleman from the region of La Mancha in central Spain. Obsessed with the chivalrous ideals touted in the many books he has read, he decides to take up his lance and sword to defend the helpless and destroy the wicked. In many works, the experiences of a man like Don Quixote would probably appear tragic. He's repeatedly beaten, chased away, lied to, and misunderstood. But in the hands of Miguel de Cervantes, these events are comic. -- Provided by publisher

Moby Dick
by Herman Melville

The outcast youth Ishmael, succumbing to wanderlust during a dreary New England autumn, signs up for passage aboard a whaling ship. The Pequod sails under the command of the one-legged Captain Ahab, who has set himself on a monomaniacal quest to capture the cunning white whale that robbed him of his leg: Moby-Dick. -- Provided by publisher.


The Last of the Mohicans
by James Fenimore Cooper

As the French and Indian war rages, the two daughters of a British officer prepare to return home. But when, Cora, Alice, and the soldiers who guard them are betrayed by their Native American scout, their safety depends on wily forest tracker Hawkeye and his friends Chingachkook and Uncas—the last of the Mohicans. -- From

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Crime and Punishment
by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

One of the greatest works of fiction ever written, Crime and Punishment is at once an intense psychological study, a terrifying murder mystery, and a fascinating detective thriller instilled with philosophical, religious, and social commentary. -- Provided by publisher.

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Gulliver's Travels
by Jonathan Swift

A parody of the popular seafaring narratives of his time, a harsh judgment against inherently corrupt human nature, and a satire of the ways of England, Swift’s masterpiece was written “to vex the world rather than divert it.” -- From

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