Masterpieces of world literature and why they matter

Throughout history and around the world, certain books have made such an impact on readers that they created a permanent place in literature. Often, these books illustrate elements of humanity that resonate with people, such as class struggle or finding oneself. Other times, what the book brings is so unique or groundbreaking that it serves as an example for the next generation of literature. This course will explore ten literary masterpieces from around the world and why they have earned a measure of importance.

   932 students completed this course

   90% recommend it to other students

   Teacher: Alisa Miller


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90% of students recommend

  “This has been my favorite course so far! Please write more… I learned so much. I’m a reader and some of these books I’ve never heard of and now that I know of their importance, I am going to. Thank you! Please write more!”

  “Really good lesson structure. Thoroughly enjoyed the course. Hadn’t heard of some of works but will follow up. Thanks.”

  “Spoiler alert! If you love classics but haven’t read the ones on this list you might want to skip some lessons before you do. That being said, the synopses and literary interpretations are masterful.”


Course plan

Lesson 1. Anna Karenina (1878)
Lesson 2. Metamorphosis (1915)
Lesson 3. Siddhartha (1922)
Lesson 4. Finnegans Wake (1939)
Lesson 5. The Stranger (1942)
Lesson 6. Lolita (1955)
Lesson 7. Things Fall Apart (1958)
Lesson 8. One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967)
Lesson 9. Midnight’s Children (1981)
Lesson 10. Beloved (1987)
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    10 days
  • Time
    5 minutes reading a day

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