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Old 06-23-2011, 05:14 AM   #3
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1. Paradise Lost by Milton
Yes, it's poetry, but it is also one of the greatest and most powerful works in Western Literature. It has the titanic figure of Satan infusing the epic with unexpected ethical and psychological dilemmas. It's not a work to approach lightly.

2. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
The least read of the mature works of this great author. It is also one which uses a number of interesting devices such as a play within a novel, psychologically symbolic landscapes, a villain who shouldn't be one, and the only view of life in the lower classes we get in her works.

3, Ulysses by James Joyce.
Joyce claimed that this would keep critics busy for at least a century. It is {according to some} the greatest novel of the twentieth century. The original 1922 first edition is in the public domain and available for free download from Gutenberg. You'll get nothing more challenging than this novel.

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