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A Listmania! list by D. Summerfield (Missoula, Montana)
The list author says: "One of the best aspects of owning a Kindle is the freebies -- all those lovely public domain books which are available just for the push of a button.

This list contains books available through the Amazon.com website. I know that there are other websites available for downloading free books onto the Kindle. But I like the ease of whisking mine onto my lovely Kindle through the Whispernet -- no wires, no plugs, no learning anything new.

A word of caution to purists: There are some wonderful classic books available through Amazon.com. But beware of books which have been altered or abridged in some way. For instance, there is a freebie Kindle version of Lewis Carroll's "Through the Looking Glass" which omits all the poetry (!); and there is a version of Charles Perrault's "Cinderella" which must have been amended by some mid-nineteenth century do-gooder because it contains a bunch of added morals for "good little children." And you can find "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" by Mark Twain, and "Don Quixote" by Cervantes, but only in several parts -- it's better to spend the dollar and get the whole thing at once. So even though the books are free, your time is worth something and you should settle for nothing less than unabridged, unaltered, complete texts of these classic works. (The only exception I have made in my list is with Teddy Roosevelt's five-part series "The Winning of the West." I have only listed Volume One, but all five are available for free, and all are worth reading. I made the exception because each volume stands alone.)

Finally, because it isn't that easy to "page through" the Kindle, I prefer my classics in individual books rather than as collections. For instance, there are some free collections of the complete works of Jane Austen, but I like to have each novel available to me separately. It's a personal preference."
Emma
1.  Emma by Jane Austen
The list author says:
  "Perhaps the most polished of Austen's novels, Emma is a lovable buttinsky who is taken down a notch by life before she finds true love."
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Northanger Abbey
2.  Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
The list author says:
  "With a heroine who loves the early nineteenth century equivalent of my own guilty pleasure -- racy romance novels -- this lesser Austen work is well worth your time."
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Sense and Sensibility
3.  Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
The list author says:
  "Most people will know the Oscar-winning movie, with an fabulous adapted screenplay by Emma Thompson, but reading the novel gives still further insight into the real difference in how these two wonderful sisters view the world and their place in it.  A novel to love."
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Persuasion
4.  Persuasion by Jane Austen
The list author says:
  "I never can decide if this is my favorite Austen novel.  I love that the heroine is older, has lost her "bloom" and has a second chance at love.  I delight in how Anne comes to life when her old flame reappears.  And the characters of her two sisters and her preening father are fine examples of comedic writing at its best."
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Pride and Prejudice
5.  Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The list author says:
  "How can anyone not love Elizabeth Bennet and the wonderfully haughty Mr. Darcy?  Of course you must re-read this masterpiece at least annually."
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Mansfield Park
6.  Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
The list author says:
  "Perhaps Austen's most practical heroine, and one whose love story is quietest.  But this is still Austen, after all, and satisfying to the last  syllable.  I especially love the scenes when the family rehearses for the racy home theatrics."
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Bartleby, the Scrivener A Story of Wall-Street
7.  Bartleby, the Scrivener A Story of Wall-Street by Herman Melville
The list author says:
  "Melville's wonderful novella is a tour de force of high comedy, pathos and human tragedy.  The character of Bartleby, who just decides to "prefer" not to do any work one fine day, much to the exasperation of his long-suffering employer, is one of my favorite works of literature."
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Life on the Mississippi
8.  Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain
The list author says:
  "Mostly autobiographical, as most of Twain's best work is, this tale of life as a river boat captain in the mid-nineteen century is absorbing and fun."
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The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson
9.  The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson by Mark Twain
The list author says:
  "An important book about the still-relevant arguments of "nature versus nurture," this tale of prejudice and perfidy is one of Twain's most intellectual works."
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A Christmas Carol
10.  A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
The list author says:
  "A must-read for Christmas eve, when the kids are in bed and the gifts have been put under the tree.  This book is written as though the spirit of Dickens were standing "over your right shoulder".  It's truly wonderful, can be easily read in a few hours, and should be a holiday tradition."
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Nicholas Nickleby
11.  Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
The list author says:
  "A "life story" book, in the tradition of "Oliver Twist" and "David Copperfield,"  this novel is one of my favorites.  The brother-sister relationship is tenderly-written, and the acting troop is hilarious -- especially the gin-soaked "Infant Phenomenon.""
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Bleak House
12.  Bleak House by Charles Dickens
The list author says:
  "A phenomenal indictment of the British legal system, and its horrible effect on the people trapped within a civil case.  If you have never heard of "Jarndyce v. Jarndyce," you must read this book immediately."
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Great Expectations
13.  Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
The list author says:
  "My favorite Dickens novel, this wonderful tale of fate and how kindness can come back to haunt us, is eminently readable."
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Freckles
14.  Freckles by Gene Stratton-Porter
The list author says:
  "The story of a boy who captures the American dream with hard work and good character in a great swamp in middle America.  That description makes it sound dull, but it is anything but.  If you love the great outdoors, true love and a wonderful tale, this is your book."
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A Girl of the Limberlost
15.  A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter
The list author says:
  "A sequel to "Freckles," the story of the plucky Elnora and her quest for knowledge, love and a good relationship with her mother is still timely and absorbing."
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Black Beauty
16.  Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
The list author says:
  "The ultimate horse story for animal lovers, this book, told from the horse's mouth (literally), will make you cry and be a little more aware of the cruelties people can inflict on our beasts of burden."
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The Time Machine
17.  The Time Machine by H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
The list author says:
  "Wonderfully imagined early science fiction."
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The Island of Doctor Moreau
18.  The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
The list author says:
  "Science experiments gone awry as the diabolical Dr. Moreau turns beasts into human form.  Creepy."
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The Invisible Man
19.  The Invisible Man by H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
The list author says:
  "Invisibility can make you crazy.  The book is better than the movies!"
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Vanity Fair
20.  Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
The list author says:
  "The literary version of "Gone With The Wind.""
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A Journey to the Centre of the Earth
21.  A Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne
The list author says:
  "This is NOT the Brendan Fraser version.  But it is still quite visual.  A good adventure story."
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Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz
22.  Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz by L. Frank (Lyman Frank) Baum
The list author says:
  "My favorite of all the Oz books, this is the fourth entry in the series.  In this book, Toto has been left in Kansas while Dorothy journeys to California to visit her uncle.  She has along a wonderfully acerbic cat named Eureka.   An earthquake sends them tumbling into the center of the Earth, where they meet up with none other than the humbug Wizard himself."
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The Life of Hon. William F. Cody Known as Buffalo Bill the Famous Hunter, Scout and Guide
23.  The Life of Hon. William F. Cody Known as Buffalo Bill the Famous Hunter, Scout and Guide by William Frederick Cody
The list author says:
  "I love Buffalo Bill, and his exploits, told in his own voice, are as grand as the wild, wild West he helped to shape."
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101 best jokes by various authors

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The Journals of Lewis and Clark, 1804-1806
24.  The Journals of Lewis and Clark, 1804-1806 by Meriwether Lewis
The list author says:
  "Perhaps the most important "journey of discovery" in American history (until the moon shot), these journal entries detail the courage and attention to detail it took to undertake a two-year trip to discover a continent and report back to an anxious President Jefferson."
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Little Women (Sterling Unabridged Classics)
25.  Little Women (Sterling Unabridged Classics) by Louisa May Alcott
The list author says:
  "A terrific heroine, Jo March is one of my favorite characters in fiction."
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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
26.  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin
The list author says:
  "If I could invite any of the Founding Fathers to dinner, it would be Benjamin Franklin.  This book is witty, funny, opinionated and inspiring.  He was also quite the ladies man."
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Crime and Punishment
27.  Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The list author says:
  "Sad, dark and so very Russian, this is my favorite Russian novel.  A tragedy, and yet somehow uplifting.  It has never been adequately captured on film."
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Free Kindle Classics: Linked List Of Over 1,000 Fiction Books From Classic Authors For Free Download From Amazon by Morris Rosenthal

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The Scarlet Letter
28.  The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The list author says:
  "A tale of sex and passion denied.  The feminist in me so admires Hester and the way she stands up for herself and her child while shielding the weakness of the man she loves.  Wonderful story-telling."
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The Beautiful and Damned
29.  The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott (Francis Scott) Fitzgerald
The list author says:
  "Fitzgerald in Hollywood.  Not his best, but it's Fitzgerald, so you will be enthralled."
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The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott (Francis Scott) Fitzgerald

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Babbitt
30.  Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis
The list author says:
  "A wonderful character study of a middle-aged hypocritical man -- a leading citizen in Zenith, Ohio -- who cannot quite understand why his life is just not turning out the way he thought it would."
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The Jungle
31.  The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
The list author says:
  "This indictment of the meat-packing industry changed the way America looked at slaughter houses and the way we obtain our food.  An important book."
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
32.  Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
The list author says:
  "No one can call themselves truly literate who does not read Alice's stories at least once a year.  Treat yourself to a hardback copy of "The Annotated Alice."  It contains both "Wonderland" and "Through the Looking-Glass", and it has the originals of all the wonderful poetry parodies found in both books."
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Alice in Wonderland: The Complete Collection (Illustrated Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Illustrated Through the Looking Glass, plus Alice's Adventures Under Ground and The Hunting of the Snark) by Lewis Carroll

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Alice Adams
33.  Alice Adams by Booth Tarkington
The list author says:
  "What the well-read romantic was reading in the early 20th century, Alice Adams is from a working-class background, but tries to fit into the best society.  Katharine Hepburn plays Alice in a wonderful movie adaptation of this best-selling novel."
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The Art of War
34.  The Art of War by Sunzi
The list author says:
  "Philosophy at its pithiest.  Some would opine that this book is a road map for success in such diverse endeavors as business, politics and love."
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The Art of War (annotated) by Sun Tzu

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Dream Psychology Psychoanalysis for Beginners
35.  Dream Psychology Psychoanalysis for Beginners by Sigmund Freud
The list author says:
  "Try some self-analysis."
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The Woman's Bible
36.  The Woman's Bible by Elizabeth Cady Stanton
The list author says:
  "Rabble-rousing from an early feminist."
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The Man Who Would Be King
37.  The Man Who Would Be King by Rudyard Kipling
The list author says:
  "Kipling's story of two friends who search for fortune and power.  Mark Twain greatly admired this book."
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The Jungle Book
38.  The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
The list author says:
  "Kipling's masterpiece -- has all the Disney characters, but is much more satisfying."
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Oz: The Complete Collection (All 14 Oz Books, with Illustrated Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and Exclusive Bonus Features) by L. Frank Baum

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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
39.  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The list author says:
  "The most filmed detective, and the one most recognizable, even today.  Robert Downey Jr. made him sexy, but he was always intelligent, obnoxious and tortured."
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Sherlock Holmes: The Ultimate Collection (4 Novels, 56 Short Stories, and Exclusive Bonus Features) by Arthur Conan Doyle

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The Winning of the West, Volume 1 From the Alleghanies to the Mississippi, 1769-1776
40.  The Winning of the West, Volume 1 From the Alleghanies to the Mississippi, 1769-1776 by Theodore Roosevelt
The list author says:
  "Volume one of a five-part series, all available for free.  Roosevelt loved the West, and it shows in this well-written prose."
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