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1984 George Orwell


George Orwell

"Arguably the greatest dystopian novel ever written ... a book that everyone should read not just once, but again, every 10 years. It certainly deserves a reread right now. – CNN



On The Duty of Civil Disobedience

Henry David Thoreau

“Thoreau is more relevant than ever” – Boston Globe

“It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right.” – Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau’s concept of Civil Disobedience inspired many public figures whose actions altered the flow of history: Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., President John F. Kennedy; and influenced writers including Leo Tolstoy, Marcel Proust, Ernest Hemingway, and William Butler Yeats.




The Metamorphosis

Franz Kafka

“The greatest short story in all literary fiction.” – The Guardian

“[T]here is nothing which Metamorphosis could be surpassed by.” – Elias Canetti

“The greatest German writer of our time.” – Vladimir Nabokov

A harrowing – though absurdly comic – meditation on human feelings of inadequacy, guilt, and isolation, The Metamorphosis has taken its place as one of the most widely read and influential works of twentieth-century fiction.



Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass

“Frederick Douglass is a singular, towering figure of American history. The entire legacy of black intellectual thought and civil rights activism flows in some way through Douglass” – The New York Times

Frederick Douglass's autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave, is widely regarded as a classic of American nineteenth-century history, of African-American studies, and of literature.