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Collection: Greatest Novels: Before 1800

The World's Most Remarkable Fiction written before 1800

Novels grip readers like no other kind of book. How often does someone speak of staying up late at night, unable to put their novel down until they finished it? In the 18th century, when novel first became the best selling type of book, critics and moralists warned about its power to possess readers. Novels were just too exciting; they gave young people (especially young women) dangerous ideas,

We have curated a list designed to make you read (or reread) the greatest novels in each generation. These books have survived the fashions of their time and influenced how books are written today. They prove to be worth rereading.
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  • Les Liaisons dangereuses - Oxford World's Classics by Pierre Choderlos De Laclos, Douglas Parmee (translator)
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