Modern Classics

Classics must resonate with an audience and have continued readership. Modern classics are generally written after WWI. They are also popularly known as "contemporary classics."

To Kill a Mockingbird
1984
The Great Gatsby
The Catcher in the Rye
Animal Farm
Lord of the Flies
Fahrenheit 451
Of Mice and Men
The Handmaid's Tale
Brave New World
Lolita
The Bell Jar
Slaughterhouse-Five
A Clockwork Orange
Catch-22

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