6 "Easy to Read" Classics of English and American Literature your Teacher Recommends

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6 books your teacher recommends plus a bonus book.
If you like reading the classics but want something that is not too difficult, either because you are a non-native speaker or you are just starting on the classics, I’ve got six great books for you today that you can read from level intermediate upwards + a bonus book that can be enjoyed even by someone with a basic level of English.
I indicate the suggested English level for reading each book. Some are advanced but others you can tackle at intermediate level.

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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
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The Importance of being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
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Also by Oscar Wilde
The Picture of Dorian Grey
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US https://amzn.to/3ituY0v

Animal Farm by George Orwell
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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
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Also by Frederick Douglass
The Complete Autobiographies of Frederick Douglass
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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
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Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
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Bonus book
Tales of American Life. Edited by Paul Auster.
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US https://amzn.to/3ikVZTP

0:00 What is an easy classic?
03:15 The Catcher in the Rye
07:32 The Importance of Being Earnest
10:54 Animal Farm
13:57 The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
17:33 Pride and Prejudice
20:05 Cold Comfort Farm
22:38 Tales of American Life

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LetThemTalkTV says:

ERRATUM: OSCAR WILDE was IRISH (not English) sorry for my mistake. And George Orwell was born in India…

CornerTalker says:

Try "The Good Earth" by Pearl Buck. It may take just a chapter or two to get used to her style, but it's not hard reading, but it's a wonderful book.

Viktor Artemiev says:

We do not imagine, we hope,
that we-novices

are doing this

in a spirit of selfishness and privilege!

Many of us actually
dislike listed stories.

I dislike them myself.

Our sole object

in taking these things

is to preserve

our soul’s health.

Lolo 56 says:

Other easy books to read: Frankenstein, the chronicles of Narnia, Sherlock Holmes. Thanks a lot for your videos. I discovered writers and books. From France! 🙂

Felipe Lesage says:

What an EXCELLENT video thank you

Mark C says:

Stoner by John Williams
All the Light We Can Not See by Anthony Doeer

Both highly recommend

marie parker says:

'The catcher in the rye' is THE book for teenagers about the hypocrisy of the adult world. It actually gives one hope at that age!

marie parker says:

'. . . within reach of all', surely – not 'to' all.

Elías says:

You've made me think in the classics I read, in my early days learning of English. One of them, I don't know how or why was Rasipuram Krishnaswami Narayanaswami better known as R. K. Narayan. "The english teacher" can be a good one to start knowing this writter. If my memory doesn't lie to me it was quite easy to read.


When the mind remained under the sky of monotony, the blood of culture froze in the arteries of contemplation, and the forces of thinking grew old, and the luster of literary stagnation eroded, and the passers by lost their way back to the seat of wisdom and guidance.
Would the steps of the decline towards the depth of failure proceed without the speculative fiction sensors being lethargic to go deeply to read the current situation with the eyes of science?
There is no doubt that joining the list of cultural distinction many tools in order for awareness to be able to overcome the most current obstacles in order to reach a sure solution to the existing and complex problems.
In order not to remain confined to the circle of literary apathy
we must push for a return to the historical word, and here I mean going back to the books to founding the pure mind, so that we do not merge into the furnace of contemporary modernity and get lost from our tongues all the wonderful alphabets.


Metal Empire says:

I have moby dick book,An adventure for a huge white whale,it a little bit unrealistic,but it's fine,I like it.

manuel_alfonso85 says:

Gideon: You should put a paypal handle, so that people can contribute for your work and effort.

Quotes in Quotation says:

This guy is awesome he also makes weird mistakes but handles it nicely

lita slon says:

Спасибо большое

Lucie Bertrand says:

On peut donc laisser des messages en français alors 😉

Pinella Franich says:

I love The catcher in the rye, i read it several times, i think its a masterpiece .

Francesca Corbi says:

What about "Of Mice and Men" of John Steinbeck?

Xuanhoa Lenguyen says:

Thank you sir so much for doing these videos , it’s very helpful and glad to heard to learning English in this easy simple way online like this ! Best regard

lamambanegra123 says:

I read Animal Farm last year and it’s amazing. Though it is an allegory from the Russian revolution, I was able to identify with the story in my context, as I was working in a bad job and buying into all the things they were telling me. Animal Farm helped me quit my job and now I found a new one and way better 🙂

Christian Geiselmann says:

I learned English with W. Thesiger's "Arabian Sands" 😄

More appropriate (as more related to our world) would probably be all the funny novels by Carl Hiaasen.

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