20 Classic Novels Every Writer Should Read

June 5, 2024

Writing can be a predominantly difficult task with not much help to go around. Whether you need a break, some good old fashioned inspiration to help you overcome your obstacles, or you’re just starting out as a writer, these are 20 classic novels every writer should read.

 

 

1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

 

2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

 

4. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

 

5. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

 

6. Animal Farm by George Orwell

 

7. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

 

8. The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

 

9. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

 

10. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

 

11. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Márquez

 

12. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

 

13. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

 

14. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

 

15. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

 

16. Beloved by Toni Morrison

 

17. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

 

18. Dracula by Bram Stoker

 

19. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

 

20. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

 

 

Writing is more than just our own creativity, it’s the learning experiences we gain from others. I hope that by reading even one of these iconic pieces of literature, you’re able to learn something new from them.

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