England is a great cultural exporter both musically and literally but, in this post, we are going to focus on this second aspect. Making lists is not easy but only the brave dare to take on the most difficult challenges, so today we bring you 5 essential books of English literature. Here you have the best books by British authors:
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Charles Dickens – Great Hopes
If anyone knew how to portray the lower class of society, it was Dickens, probably because in his childhood he lived in a similar situation which led him to fight against injustice and poverty both as a writer and as a citizen. In this work, the orphan and poor Pip receives an offer that would be tempting for anyone, especially being in a disadvantaged situation. However, there are certain things that can never be bought.
George Orwell – 1984
Eric A. Blair, better known as George Orwell, wrote some of the most important books of the last century. Surely you have all heard of Big Brother, for we owe it to him. With the difference that his term refers to the State and does not intend to make a show with your life to later reward you financially, but instead, in his dystopian novel the Big Brother has the intention is to subjugate citizens to his will and think, act and live as he wants. This work is clearly an exponent of the anti-totalitarian current. As a result, this book is included in the list of classic novels.
J.R.R. Tolkien – The Lord of the Rings
Does this author need an introduction? Humans, orcs, elves, dwarves, magicians, rings with powers… This work has everything. Tolkien’s magnificent writing together with his great imagination came together to give life to this marvelous novel. Page by page we submerge and let ourselves be captured by the universe of this writer who, once in his spider’s web, will not let us escape until we finish the last paragraph. This is why he has well earned the title of the father of modern fantasy.
Mary Shelley – Frankenstein
There have always been those who have played at being God but not all of them have had the transcendence of Victor Frankenstein. Shelley’s character was nothing more than a young student in love with his fiancée Elisabeth and science. This second love would be the one that would make him mad. After finding the formula to give life back to a corpse, he gest scared of the result of his work and the monster, who just wanted to be loved and live in peace with others, gets rejected and mistreated by his appearance, thus beginning to hate and eventually search for revenge on his creator.
William Shakespeare – Hamlet
It’s impossible to think of classic writers and not think of this author. His great works are countless as are the conspiracies about whether he really wrote them, but until proven otherwise, Shakespeare will remain the king of the classics. It is very difficult to highlight one of his works above all the others but, in the end, no one said it was easy to make a list. So we kept Hamlet. The story of the prince of Denmark whose aim is to avenge the death of his father and for that he plans to murder his uncle since he is the main suspect of having ended the life of Hamlet’s father to rise with the Danish crown.
Many works have been left off this list, but there are so many great British authors and so few that fit on Olympus that it is precisely the reason it makes them so special. In short, it is better that there are plenty of great authors to sit at the table than that there are not enough chairs to fill, right?
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