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Ngā pukapuka pakiwaitara puāwaiatanga Classic novels


Classic fiction is not a literary genre as such. It is best understood as works that over a long time have gathered much critical judgement and praise. These novels are among the best that has been written anywhere, at any time. They are books we should probably all read, but know they will always be available when we do get around to reading them. They are books that can be read many times, and enjoyed greatly each time.

We have divided the classic novels into the three groups below for easy access — these are not all the novels in these categories, but just a selection to get you started.

Pre-1900 Classics

Early 20th Century

Modern Classics

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