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    Classics: from the Iliad to Midnight's Children

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    • Intact spine
    • No pen and pencil marks
    • No yellow or dirty pages
    • No physical damage
    • Intact front and back covers
    • Intact dust jacket and cover in case of Hardcovers
    • Accessories (if any) 

    Good: These are the books which have have been sourced from book lovers and are in very good condition. They may have signs of ageing but will be in pretty good condition. These books will have:

    • Visible wrinkles on covers
    • Name and other minor markings inside
    • Yellow pages and folded corners
    • A few wrinkled pages inside
    • Damaged or no dust jacket in case of hardcovers

    Readable: These are the warriors who have withered the storm. These books may be old and have visible wear and tear signs. These books will have:

    • Visible wrinkles on book and inside
    • Minor tear in a few pages but has all the pages
    • Name and other markings 
    • Dark and yellowish pages
    • Damages spine 
    • Damaged front and back cover

    Vintage: These are the books which are collector's delight. They will have the year of publication in their name and are usually in good condition except for the usual sign of wear and tear due to ageing.

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    And yet in our uncertain modern times, not only do books that are considered classics fill the shelves of many bookshops, but these books still exert a powerful influence on contemporary culture. Some do so in obvious ways, such as the film and television adaptations of the works of Homer, Jane Austen, George Eliot, Charles Dickens and Henry James; others in less obvious ways, through their enduring impact on fellow writers, artists and musicians. Until the end of twentieth century, many of these books were taught in schools and universities as part of a commonly recognised list of great literature known as 'the canon'. This canon has quite rightly been challenged by postmodern critics, essentially because it excluded writers from beyond the prevailing culture, especially women and non-European writers, and it is no longer taught. Nonetheless, the books the canon once embraced, and other books now considered classics, are invaluable for their insights into the human heart and soul; for their wisdom and humour; for their worth as records of social, political and economic life in other terms and places; and for their extraordinary mastery of language - so extraordinary, in fact, that each book serves as a storehouse of literary quality, of style, rhythm, vocabulary, and ingenuity of expression. These books are important because they are among the best books ever published, whether in our times or in their own - and it's worth remembering that many of these novels were bestsellers of their day, particularly those published before the twentieth century, before technological advances made it economically feasible to print small quantities of books for specialised markets. This is a selection of some of the best books ever written and published. It represents a small cosmos of 2500 years of our literary heritage. It is your invitation to those great works you always wanted to read, a gateway of fulfilling pursuit of understanding of human culture by exploring some of the most enduring writings of the world: