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10 unforgettable but underrated Classics


Apr 9, 2024

Aakanksha Sharma

Underrated classics

In the world of Literature, Classics are like a Holy Grail. They are discussed, criticised, appreciated and even worshipped by some! But, the Classics people today know of are rather limited and there are many that remain unappreciated. Here we list some of them.


​‘Wuthering Heights’ by Emily Bronte

‘Wuthering Heights’ by Bronte is a story of love, betrayal, and revenge. The book touches upon the power of obsession and the ups and downs of human nature.


​‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare

Usually ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is the only Shakespeare book that is added to the list of Classics. But, ‘Macbeth’ is a gripping tragedy by William Shakespeare that deserves more appreciation. Macbeth’s descent into tyranny is a reminder of the corrupting nature of power.


‘Anna Karenina’ by Leo Tolstoy

This Classic by Tolstoy is a tale of love and society set in Imperial Russia. Through beautifully detailed character portraits and social commentary, Tolstoy looks at the problems and complexities of relationships, morality, and man’s search for happiness.


​‘Frankenstein’ by Mary Shelley

‘Frankenstein’ is an epic yet underrated work of science fiction that looks into the ethical dilemmas that concern creation and humanity. Shelley’s tale of a scientist’s pride and the creature he creates has raised questions about identity and responsibility.


​‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ by Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde’s only novel follows the life of Dorian Gray, who trades his soul for eternal youth. And then as he indulges in vice, his portrait reflects the corruption of his soul.


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‘Silas Marner’ by George Eliot

‘Silas Marner’ by George Eliot is a wholesome story of redemption and community set in rural England. Through the transformation of the lone weaver Silas, Eliot shows the reader the power of love, friendship, and second chances in life.


​‘Of Mice and Men’ by John Steinbeck

‘Of Mice and Men’ follows George and Lennie, two unlikely friends who share a dream of owning a piece of land. Set in 1930s California, the book has themes of friendship, hardship, and the pursuit of meaning in a cruel, harsh world.


‘Divine Comedy’ by Dante Alighieri

‘Dante’s Divine Comedy’ is an epic poem that takes readers on a trip through Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven. The poem talks about sin, redemption, and the human condition, making it a classic of world literature.


‘Crime and Punishment’ by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Dostoevsky is a rather underrated author and so is his literature. ‘Crime and Punishment’ is a psychological thriller that follows the life of Raskolnikov, a brilliant man who commits a crime and then is sucked into a world of guilt and questions of morality.


‘The Bell Jar’ by Sylvia Plath

The only novel by Plath, ‘The Bell Jar’ is a semi-autobiographical novel showing a young woman’s descent into mental illness. Plath’s portrayal of Esther Greenwood’s struggles with identity and society remain loved by her readers and appreciated in literary circles.


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