These have been written by brilliant minds, and the many significant themes reflected during those time periods are still relevant today. Classic literature continues to impact the minds of many, and it has helped lay the foundation of many works of fiction you see in your local library or bookstore.

1. To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

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Published in 1960, this iconic classic explores the Deep South in the midst of the Great Depression and the social injustices of racism and hatred. Scout Finch, although a little girl, is extremely thoughtful and wise. Along with her father, Atticus Finch, and brother Jem, they all share a common goal of establishing equality and justice to Maycomb, Alabama. With warm humor and an impactful theme, it is no wonder it is dubbed one of the greatest novels ever written.

2. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Taking place in the height of the Jazz Age, The Great Gatsby observes the glitz and glamour of the time period as well as the unfortunate reality that even the most successful may not achieve true love and happiness. From F. Scott Fitzgerald's lyrical style to the engaging plot and multifaceted characters, The Great Gatsby is a timeless classic that continues to entertain and inspire.

3. Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott

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Little Women observes the four March sisters and their lives in 19th century New England. With each having unique personalities, they all go through trials and tribulations to become strong, independent women, sticking together all the while,

4. Animal Farm, by George Orwell

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George Orwell's Animal Farm is a unique and thought-provoking political interpretation of the Russian Revolution and Stalinist era of the Soviet Union and its social classes, with each of the animals symbolizing something much deeper than basic human understanding. The allegorical novella fuses political statement with artistic purpose, creating an entertaining and incredibly clever piece of literature.

5. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley

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Written by Mary Shelley at just eighteen-years-old, Frankenstein is an expertly crafted piece of literature that fuses contrasting elements of romance and the typical Gothic thriller. This leaves its readers pondering: What is humanity? How can we and should we push the boundaries of nature with science? What are the consequences? This early 19th-century novel packs a punch despite its "old-school" setting.

Friendly reminder: Frankenstein is the scientist, not the monster.