Since its success in 1813, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice has been one of the most popular novels in the English language. The romantic sparring between the strongly-opinionated Elizabeth and arrogant Mr. Darcy has been emulated in far too many stories. The classic continues to have many spinoffs, including one with zombies.
With its most famous line, "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn", Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind is one of the greatest American novels. Although this is Mitchell's only bestselling novel, she won a Pulitzer Prize for this epic saga. Moreover, the book was even adapted as a film.
This masterpiece of American literature by Harper Lee became an instant bestseller and a critical success after it was published in 1960. Lee received a Pulitzer Prize for the book in 1961. A year later, it was adapted into an Academy-winning film starring Gregory Peck and Robert Duvall.
F. Scott Fitzgerald's third book, The Great Gatsby is the story of a wealthy man, his love Daisy Buchanan, and his lavish parties on Long Island. One of the greatest classics in literature, the Great Gatsby is an exemplary tale of the 1920s exquisite Jazz Age.
First published in 1885, Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is commonly known as one of the greatest American novels. It is one of the first works of American literature that has been completely written in vernacular English. The book is a direct sequel of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
This 1954 book by William Golding is considered as a parable or an allegory. Initially entitled Strangers From Within, the book's title was changed to Lord of the Flies when a reader criticized the original title as "dull".
Charles Dickens was inspired to write A Tale of Two Cities, his 1859 historical novel, after he helped Willkie Collins write a play called The Frozen Deep. In Christopher Nolan's film, The Dark Knight Rises, the character of Bane was apparently inspired by the Madame Defarge.
The plot of the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is loosely based on this book. In the play, the younger protagonists travel back in time and revisit scenes from the Goblet of Fire. They try to save Cedric Diggory but ending up creating more problems in the present.
The Picture of Dorian Gray is Oscar Wilde's most popular works. The book has been often cited as Wilde's autobiographical story. However, Wilde claimed, "Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry what the world thinks me: Dorian what I would like to be in other ages, perhaps."
The plot of Alexandre Dumas's 1844 novel, The Count of Monte Cristo, was expanded from one of the ideas by his collaborating ghostwriter Auguste Maquet. Dumas also reused many ideas and plot devices from his earlier short novel, Georges.
One of the most enduring works of American literature, The Old Man and the Sea is the last novel published by Ernest Hemingway. This 20th-century classic was used as a plot element in one of the episodes of South Park. In the episode, Mrs. Garrison, the teacher, makes the boys read the book and write an essay on it.
One of the most popular comedies written by William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream has been adapted into countless films and plays. Sci-fi writer Terry Pratchett created a parody of the play in his book Lords and Ladies, published in 1992.
Robert Louis Stevenson's gothic novella had a huge impact on pop culture. The phrase "Jekyll and Hyde" is often used to refer to people with highly unpredictable dual natures. Many speculate that the Marvel Comics Universe superhero The Incredible Hulk is inspired by Stevenson's characters.
Alexandre Dumas' timeless classic The Three Musketeers was serialized just four years before the French Revolution in 1848. D'Artagnan, one of the main characters of the book, appears again in Dumas's other works Twenty Years After and The Vicomte of Bragelonne: Ten Years Later.
J.D Salinger's 1951 classic has been one of the most challenged books in American schools. The book has served as an inspiration for some bestselling novels including The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews and The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.
One of the most significant works in the Spanish literature, One Hundred Years of Solitude is Gabriel García Márquez's magnum opus. The epic novel was never adapted into a motion picture since Márquez refused to sell the rights. However, Márquez's son, Rodrigo García Barcha, announced an adaptation to be released in 2020.
Often shortened to Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll's 1865 novel has had a far-reaching influence on literature, films, music, and more. The book is a running theme in the popular sci-fi trilogy, the Matrix. A number of Batman villains are based on the characters from the book as well.
Sometimes translated as The Karamazov Brothers, this passionate philosophical novel was Fyodor Dostoevsky's final work. He spent almost two years writing this book and is considered as one of the greatest works in world literature.
Aldous Huxley's dystopian novel is one of the most challenged and banned books across the world. Huxley wrote the essay Brave New World Revisited as a sequel to the book. The essay features one of the best-known literary passages from the Russian classic The Brothers Karamazov.
This epic fantasy novel by JRR Tolkien was written as a sequel to his 1937 fantasy novel, The Hobbit. It developed into a much larger work and was published as a standalone series. This novel increased the demand for fantasy fiction. Moreover, the popular role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons was influenced by Tolkien's epic book.
Written by the author of Stuart Little, Charlotte's Web is one of the most beloved children's classic. Published in 1952, this E B White book is one of the best-selling children's paperbacks of all time. In 2006, the book was made into a live-action/animated film.
Written in 1949, George Orwell's dystopian novel is still relevant. The book popularized the adjective Orwellian, which refers to common tendencies of an authoritarian or totalitarian stats such as official deception, manipulation of recorded history, and secret surveillance.
Italian writer Italo Calvino's 1979 novel is one of the best-known meta-fiction books about a reader trying to read a book called If on a Winter's Night a Traveler. According to Calvino, he wrote each chapter inspired by the narrative styles of different authors, including Mikhail Bulgakov, Yasunari Kawabata, Jun'ichir? Tanizaki, etc.
First published in 1988, Salman Rushdie's fourth novel got quite a bit of recognition. However, Rushdie received several death threats as a result of a fatwa issued against him in 1989 by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, then Supreme Leader of Iran.
It took Ralph Ellison nearly five years to write Invisible Man. The book won the US National Book Award for Fiction in 1953. Reportedly, former US president Barack Obama took inspiration from this book to write his memoir Dreams from My Father.
This classic about envy, resentment, pessimism, and nostalgia is the only book that Emily Brontë wrote in her lifetime. The book was first published in 1847 under the pseudonym "Ellis Bell". The English singer-songwriter Kate Bush released her debut single Wuthering Heights based on Brontë's book, which topped the UK Singles Chart for four weeks.
Great Expectations is the thirteenth novel by Charles Dickens. It was first published in 1860 in a serialized form in a weekly periodical and then published in three volumes by Chapman and Hall in 1861. Dicken's revised and changed the book's original ending after his friend and fellow novelist Willkie Collins insisted.
Arthur Golden's debut was a literary sensation and runaway bestseller when it released in 1997. The book was adapted into a motion picture in 2005. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards and won three of them including Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, and Best Costume Design.
This American classic was the only novel written by writer and poet Sylvia Plath. Plath published the book in 1963 under the pseudonym "Victoria Lucas". The book is often considered a symbol of teenage angst along with another classic Catcher in the Rye.
Douglas Adams's comedy science fiction series was originally written as a radio comedy broadcast for BBC Radio 4 in 1978. It became a significant series in British pop culture with countless adaptions for stage shows, comic books, TV series, video game, and novels.
The first installment of this book was published in the Russian Messenger under the name 1805. Leo Tolstoy's wife, Sofya, was a major part of his writing process, as he insisted that she sit with him while he wrote. Also, she was his first critique.
Considered one of the most beloved works of the 20th Century, Joseph Heller's Catch-22 is undoubtedly one of the funniest war comedies. The idea struck him while he was lying on his bed in his Westside apartment. It only took him the next 90 minutes to develop the rough plot and sketch of his iconic characters.
Khaled Hosseini's harrowing depiction of Afghani women's lives was both critically and commercially lauded. The book sold over a million copies and was a number 1 bestseller according to the New York Times for 15 weeks. Hosseini stated that unlike his previous book, The Kite Runner, this story was more challenging for him to pen.
This book helped Atwood become one of the most prominent writers of the 20th century. She wrote this book in 1984 while she was living in Berlin before the fall of the Berlin Wall. She mentioned that the tense environment in Germany during that year inspired some parts of this dystopian novel.
Released in 1984 during Kundera's exile, The Unbearable Lightness of Being explores the lives of two couples during the 1968 Prague Spring. It was adapted into a movie in 1988 starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Juliette Binoche, and Lena Olin.
Carson McCullers's debut novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, was part of Time magazine's Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005. The title of the book is inspired by The Lonely Hunter, a poem written by William Sharp. When published, it became a literary sensation and instantly made it to renowned bestseller lists.
This Murakami novel has sold over 4 million copies in Japan alone. Safe to say, this is one of his most iconic works. It explores themes of drama and romance with a melancholic edge that's hauntingly beautiful yet depressing. Apart from Norwegian Woods, some of his popular works include Kafka on the Shore and Sputnik Sweetheart.
Nathaniel Hawthorne began writing The Scarlet Letter after he was fired from the Salem Custom House. Moreover, his mother's death during the same time incited more hatred in him. While his book was well-received by numerous critics, some conservative groups thought of it as scandalous. The initial print run of 2500 copies was sold out in just 10 days.
Regarded to be Chinua Achebe's magnum opus, Things Fall Apart has sold over 20 million copies worldwide. The book has been translated into more than 50 languages, and due to its socio-political theme, it is a part of literature, history, and African studies' curriculums. The book has also been adapted into numerous television series, films, and theatrical productions.
This 1939 best-selling book was one of the most discussed novels in the 20th century American literature. It bagged the biggest literary honors post its publication including National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. In 1962, when Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize, the committee credited The Grapes of Wrath as a major reason for his win.
David Copperfield was first published as a series titled The Personal History, Adventures, Experience and Observation of David Copperfield the Younger of Blunderstone Rookery. The book tells the story of David's life, right from his childhood to adulthood that interestingly bears a strong resemblance to Dickens's own life.
Touted as Henry James's best works, The Portrait of a Lady was released as a series in the Macmillan's Magazine and Atlantic Monthly in 1881. The book was adapted into a Broadway Play and BBC miniseries later on.
Published in 1889, Three Men in a Boat is a witty account written by Jerome K. Jerome. Surprisingly, the book was supposed to be a serious travel guide, but the humorous passages led to its conversion into a comic novel. Though the reception by critics was somewhat lukewarm, the book did really well commercially.
Started as a series in a magazine, Jude the Obscure is one of Thomas Hardy's last completed works. The book revolves around the lives of Jude Fawley and Sue Bridehead. It bore the brunt of numerous negative reviews during its time because of Hardy's unconventional interpretation of social themes such as religion, class, morality, education, and marriage.
E. M. Forster's most celebrated work, A Passage to India is one of the greatest novels of the 20th century. Over the decades it has been recognized by several eminent literary organizations including modern Library and Time Magazine. Its title was derived from the poem Passage to India by Walt Whitman.
"Books are uniquely portable magic"- Stephen King. Books take you across time and place, while you are still sitting comfortably indoors. Although there are plenty of books for you to read throughout your lifetime, only a few will have an impact on you. These are known as the greatest books of all time. If you are a bibliophile, you will probably know the tiles of some great novels. Want to take up the challenge? Complete the titles of these novels.
Netflix’s most popular animated comedy series, BoJack Jackson follows the misadventures of an anthropomorphic horse who once starred in a '90s sitcom. The show is highly praised for its realistic depiction of issues such as sexism, racism, childhood trauma, mental health, sexual orientation, and more. It has won numerous accolades from Writers Guild of America Awards, Annie Awards, Critics' Choice Television Awards, and Gold Derby Awards.
With the 99th Precinct watching the streets of New York, no criminals can escape! Isn’t it “noice” to have such great detectives battling all sorts of trouble in their uniquely witty way? If you have guffawed at Holt’s deadpan expression or admired how tough Rosa is, or say “cool, cool, cool, cool” every time you are anxious, then take this quiz and find out how well you know Brooklyn Nine-Nine. So, ready, set, NINE-NINE!
If nihilistic optimism were to be explained in various ways, this show would definitely be an out-of-this-world example. Rick and Morty has received love from around the globe for its gripping story structure and the mindblowing adventures that the protagonists venture into. It is a show that explores possibilities, philosophical ruminations, despair, and even drama to keep you entertained. Think you've followed enough of the show to know everything about it? Take this quiz!
Numbers can get confusing at times and might make you wonder if you are dealing with an integer or a fraction, a rational number or a negative? But if you think you have a way with numbers, we have the perfect quiz for you. See if you can ace the quiz that features math history, prominent mathematicians, mathematical expressions and so much more.
America is a land of diversity and the second largest democracy in the world. The great nation plays host to various cultural groups and is home to some of the most iconic landmarks and locations in the world. But just how well do you know the history of your country? Take this quiz to find out if you can answer all 45 questions correctly.
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Commonly defined as the science of numbers and their operations, mathematics is an old, vast area of study with its uses in almost all aspects of life. Its concepts and theorems are applied to other disciplines such as physics, engineering, and astronomy to name a few. But, many of us have lost touch with the beauty of this subject. Take this quiz to find out how well you remember your math!
Released in October 2019, Joker redefined the way we saw Gotham's worst villain. If you are equally enthralled by the origin story of Joker, take this quiz to find out how well you know the movie and Batman's archenemy.