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If you have time wanting to catch up on the classics of literature, your time has come. We have created the most important list and it is available in this section. Just select one of the writers from our selection of books by classic authors in PDF format and get going.
We prepare it thinking about saving your time, since the search and choice of books can take time; of your energy because it takes an effort to do that work; and your money, because buying all the outstanding classics would require a considerable expense.
For those who consider themselves true readers, the classics should be among their must-read. It is almost a moral duty to read the masterpieces that have marked the history of world literature.
We are not saying it, prominent writers have touched on this issue and all conclude the same: Reading the classics is a necessary decision for the entire reading community. Our wish is that you do not lag behind in this search and access the best books by classical authors in our virtual library.
The famous Italian writer, Italo Calvino, wrote an essay entitled Why read the classics? In which he raises all the reasons why it is a good idea to read classic works, including: “A classic is a book that never finishes saying what it has to say.”
He also affirmed that every reading of a classic is a rereading. Classical authors speak in a universal language, on topics that are relevant to human existence. Giving a classic a chance is giving the opportunity to ideas that have been installed in the collective unconscious, it is giving it the opportunity to inquire into fundamental concerns, to explore the emotions that move us all and to have the privilege of experiencing a way of art that will never go out of style.
Who does not have to his credit a reference like that of Romeo and Juliet? Who wouldn’t want to go around the world in 80 days? Who wouldn’t die of curiosity to know how Sherlock Holmes solves hundreds of impossible cases? A classic is not a work that has transcended time by chance, there are reasons for this, a series of elements are combined that make it a perfect piece that does not expire.
But immortality cannot be attributed only to books, but also to their writers. They were immortalized through their talent and with each reading of their works they have the opportunity to be reborn. A classic can also establish a relationship of identity with you for life, it can define part of who you are and accompany you like a talisman.
Give yourself the opportunity to find that author or book that will mark you forever, do not rule out that it may be a classic. Allow yourself to experience what the insignificance of time means versus what is memorable. We invite you to read our classic authors and try which of them you feel comfortable with, which style or genre you prefer and give yourself permission to enjoy it.
Here is a table with all the authors that we have developed, the order we present them is by date of birth.
Classics Authors Books
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- AGATHA CHRISTIE BOOKS – 1890
- ALEXANDRE DUMAS BOOKS – 1802
- ARISTOTLE BOOKS – 384 BC
- EDGAR ALLAN POE BOOKS – 1809
- CHARLES DICKENS BOOKS – 1812
- FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE BOOKS – 1844
- H.P. LOVECRAFT BOOKS – 1890
- JANE AUSTEN BOOKS – 1775
- JULES VERNE BOOKS – 1828
- MARQUIS DE SADE BOOKS – 1740
- OSCAR WILDE BOOKS – 1854
- PLATO BOOKS – 428 BC
- SIGMUND FREUD BOOKS – 1856
- WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE BOOKS – 1564
1) AGATHA CHRISTIE BOOKS – 1809
Agatha Christie is considered one of the greatest authors of crime and mystery in world literature. Her prolific work still draws a legion of followers, being one of the most translated authors in the world and whose novels and stories are still the subject of reissues, performances and adaptations to the cinema.
Christie was the creator of great characters dedicated to the world of mystery, such as the endearing Miss Marple or the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. To date, it is estimated that more than four billion copies of his books translated into more than 100 languages have been sold worldwide. In addition, his play La ratonera remained on the bill for 23,000 performances.
2) ALEXANDRE DUMAS BOOKS – 1802
Alexander Dumas was a celebrated French author best known for his historical adventure novels, which include “The Three Musketeers” and “The Count of Monte Cristo.” The popularity of his writings made Dumas a household name in France and a celebrity in much of Europe.
He was born on July 24, 1802 in Villers-Cotterêts, France. He took the surname “Dumas” from his grandmother, a former Haitian slave. Dumas established himself as one of the most popular and prolific authors in France, known for plays and historical adventure novels. He died on December 5, 1870 in Puys, France. His works have been translated into more than 100 languages and adapted for numerous films.
3) ARISTOTLE BOOKS – 384 BC
Aristotle was a philosopher, mathematician and logician born in 385 BC in the city of Estagira, Greece. His father was a renowned physician to King Amyntas III of Macedon. At the age of 17, when his father died, Proxeno de Atarneo his tutor, sent him to the intellectual school of Greece to study Plato. He spent more than 20 years learning all the knowledge that his great teacher could give him.
After Plato’s death in 347 BC, Aristotle decides to go on a journey through different cities in Greece. It is for this reason that in approximately 343 BC, King Philip II of Macedon called the Greek philosopher to be the advisor to his 13-year-old son, who would later be known as Alexander the Great.
4) EDGAR ALLAN POE BOOKS – 1809
Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston, United States, on January 19, 1809 and died in Baltimore, United States, on October 7, 1849. He was an American romantic writer, poet, critic, and journalist, generally recognized as one of the teachers universal of the short story, of which he was one of the first practitioners in his country.
Orphaned of father and mother, Poe went through an irregular education, from the United States to Scotland and England, until his brief stint at the University of Virginia, where he published his first book anonymously, and through the army, publishing his second book.
5) CHARLES DICKENS BOOKS – 1812
Charles John Huffam Dickens (Portsmouth, February 7, 1812 – Gads Hill Place, June 9, 1870) was an English writer and novelist, one of the most recognized in world literature, and the most outstanding of the Victorian era. Charles Dickens, as he is usually called, knew how to masterly handle the narrative genre, humor, the tragic feeling of life, irony, with a sharp and critical social criticism as well as descriptions of people and places, both real and imaginary. .
He learned shorthand and, little by little, he managed to earn a living from what he wrote; He began by writing court chronicles to later gain a position as a parliamentary journalist and, finally, under the pseudonym Boz, published a series of articles inspired by everyday life in London (Sketches by Boz).
6) FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE BOOKS – 1844
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche was born on October 15, 1844 in Röcken bei Lützen, a small town in Prussia (part of present-day Germany). His father, Carl Ludwig Nietzsche, was a Lutheran preacher; he died when Nietzsche was 4 years old. Nietzsche and his younger sister, Elisabeth, were raised by their mother, Franziska.
Nietzsche attended a private school in Naumburg and then received a classical education at the prestigious Schulpforta School. After graduating in 1864, he attended the University of Bonn for two semesters. He transferred to Leipzig University, where he studied philology, a combination of literature, linguistics and history.
He was strongly influenced by the writings of the philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer. While in Leipzig, he befriended the composer Richard Wagner, whose music he greatly admired.
7) H.P. LOVECRAFT BOOKS – 1890
Howard Phillips Lovecraft (Providence, United States, August 20, 1890 – ibid, March 15, 1937) commonly abbreviated and known as H.P. Lovecraft was an American writer famous for his work in the horror genre writing short stories published in pulp magazines during his lifetime.
Lovecraft is recognized for having created the genre of cosmic horror, also known as Lovecraftian horror or simply Lovecraftian. The genre combines elements of horror along with science fiction. Lovecraft was also the founder of the literary philosophy called cosmicism. His works have been taken as inspiration by various authors and films.
8) JANE AUSTEN – 1775
Born on December 16, 1775, Jane Austen was the seventh child of Anglican clergyman George Austen and Cassandra Leigh, residents of Hampshire, southern England. Mr. Austen ran a modest boarding school for boys as an additional means of earning money, and it is believed that at times his daughter absorbed teachings from this school.
In 1783 Jane went to boarding school at Oxford with her sister Cassandra, but they had to withdraw because they became ill. They then continued their education at the Abbey School in Reading. Unfortunately, in 1786 they had to leave the school because their parents could not afford it. From then on, the education of the future writer would be self-taught.
9) JULES VERNE– 1828
Jules Verne (Nantes, February 8, 1828 – Amiens, March 24, 1905), was a French writer, poet and playwright famous for his adventure novels and for his profound influence on the literary genre of science fiction.
Born into a bourgeois family, he studied to follow in his father’s footsteps as a lawyer, but later decided to abandon that path to devote himself to literature.
Jules Verne’s life is, apparently, a succession of sensible decisions: he studied law following the family tradition, married a rich widow, reached a well-to-do position and only when his overwhelming success allowed him to do so did he devote himself exclusively to literature.
10) MARQUIS DE SADE – 1740
Donatien-Alphonse-François, better known as Marquis de Sade, was a French writer and philosopher. Known for having given name to a sexual tendency that is characterized by obtaining pleasure by inflicting pain on others (sadism), he is the cursed writer par excellence.
Of aristocratic origin, he was educated with his uncle, the Abbe de Sade, a libertine scholar who followed Voltaire who had a great influence on him. A student of the Cavalry School, in 1759 he obtained the rank of captain of the Burgundy regiment and participated in the Seven Years’ War.
11) OSCAR WILDE – 1854
Oscar Wilde was born on October 16, 1854 in Dublin – Ireland. He died on November 30, 1900 in Paris – France.
Wilde was born to professional and literary parents. His father, Sir William Wilde, was Ireland’s leading oto-ophthalmologic surgeon, who also published books on archaeology, folklore and the satirist writer Jonathan Swift. His mother, who wrote under the name Speranza, was a revolutionary poet and an authority on Celtic myths and folklore.
After attending the Portora Royal School, Enniskillen (1864-1871), Wilde was awarded successive scholarships to Trinity College, Dublin (1871-1874) and Magdalen College, Oxford (1874-1878), which awarded him a degree with honors. During these four years, he distinguished himself not only as a clever classical scholar and poseur but also as a poet by winning the coveted Newdigate Prize in 1878 with a long poem, Ravenna.
12) PLATO – 428 BC
Born around 428 BC, the ancient Greek philosopher Plato was a student of Socrates and teacher of Aristotle. His writings explore justice, beauty and equality, and also contain discussions of aesthetics, political philosophy, theology, cosmology, epistemology and philosophy of language. Plato founded the Academy of Athens, one of the first institutions of higher learning in the Western world.
Due to the lack of primary sources of the time, much of Plato’s life has been constructed by scholars through his writings and those of his contemporaries and classical historians.
13) SIGMUND FREUD– 1856
Born in Freiberg – Moravia on May 6, 1856, the Austrian-born physician, psychoanalyst and neurologist is considered the creator of psychoanalysis. Sigmund Freud is one of the most influential psychologists in the history of mankind.
He grew up in a Jewish family with whom he moved to Vienna when he was four years old. Freud lived in the Austrian city until 1937, when he had to leave that territory due to the Nazi invasion, and took refuge in London where he died on September 23, 1939 due to a cancer of the jaw.
His vocation for research arose at a very young age and he felt an inclination for everything related to physiology. Freud studied biology and medicine at the University of Vienna and specialized in clinical neurology.
14) WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE – 1564
William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor. He was born on April 26, 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon. His father was a successful local businessman and his mother was the daughter of a landowner. Shakespeare is widely regarded as the best English-language writer and preeminent playwright in the world. He is often called the national poet of England and is known as the Bard of Avon.
He wrote about 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems and some other verses, of which the authorship of some is uncertain. His plays have been translated into all major living languages and are performed more frequently than those of any other playwright.
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