Top-10 best works of classical literature

It's hard to deny that modern people read less than a hundred years ago. Therefore, any attempts to revive interest in literature cause respect.

The British edition of the Daily Telegraph published Top-10 of the best works of classical literature .The newspaper's experts are convinced that these books have changed the world. We can say that they have successfully passed the test of time. Of course, it should be borne in mind that the list was made by British journalists, so it is not surprising that more than half of the list is made up of English-language works.


  • 10. "The Wind of Change", George Eliot.
  • 9. "Madame Bovary", Gustav Flaubert.
  • 8. "Vanity Fair", William Thackeray.
  • 7. "War and Peace", Leo Tolstoy.
  • 6. "David Copperfield", Charles Dickens.
  • 5. "Jane Eyre", Charlotte Bronte.
  • 4. "Gulliver's Travels", Jonathan Swift.
  • 3. "Pride and Prejudice", Jane Austen.
  • 2. "The Barsetshire Chronicles," Anthony Trollop.
  • 1. "Iliad" and "Odyssey", Homer.

10. "The Wind of Change", George Eliot.

The heroes of this novel are impetuous, romantic and full of the desire to make the world around better. Characters are found in the small British town of Middlemarch. Everyone is looking for a goal in life and is on the verge of big changes. The book was filmed in 1994.

9. "Madame Bovary", Gustav Flaubert.

Roman saw the light in 1856, and the author was immediately charged with insulting morality. However, the work was called a masterpiece by many great writers, including Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev.

8. "Vanity Fair", William Thackeray.

A novel without a hero is full of pessimism and black humor, it reveals the darkest aspects of human nature. The work was screened as many as 10 times in the period from 1911 to 2004.

7. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy.

The epic work of the great Russian classic gives an idea of ​​the life of all walks of life and describes the events of two wars - 1805 and 1812.Work on the novel took 6 years. The book contains more than 550 characters, 200 of which are real historical figures.

6. "David Copperfield", Charles Dickens.

Roman is largely an autobiographical work. The book was published in 1850 and immediately received a lot of enthusiastic reviews. In Russia Tolstoy and Dostoevsky admired the novel. By the way, in one of the adaptations of the book of the little Copperfield, the future Harry Potter was played by Daniel Radcliffe.

5. "Jane Eyre", Charlotte Bronte.

This classic novel was published in 1847.Readers are invariably attracted by the strong and integral character of the main character. In the book there are features of a Gothic novel. The novel was screened 9 times, the last film was released on the world screens in 2011.

4. "Gulliver's Travels", Jonathan Swift.

Satiriko-fantastic work in four parts immediately became a classic of moral and political literature. However, despite all the serious background of the plot, the novel often serves as the basis for alterations intended for the children's audience.

3. "Pride and Prejudice", Jane Austen.

The work, which today is considered an exemplary classic novel, was initially rejected by publishers and lay for 15 years under the cloth. The best among the translations into Russian is the translation of I.Ya. Marshak. The novel was filmed 5 times.

2. "The Barsetshire Chronicles," Anthony Trollop.

This cycle of six novels is a vivid example of the satirical literature of the Victorian era. The author reflects in the works political, social and family problems, characteristic of his time.

1. "Iliad" and "Odyssey", Homer.

Epic poems of the great Homer became for readers not only an object of admiration, but also a valuable source of information about the life and customs of the Trojan War era. For many famous authors, "Odyssey" and "Iliad" became a source of inspiration. Both poems were at the source of Western literature, including the folklore legends of that time. And let the historical authenticity of the events described by Homer cause controversy, the value of his work can not be denied.

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