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The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka Book Cover

Franz Kafka was born on July 3, 1883 in Prague. One of his best known works is Die Verwandlung (The Metamorphosis), the novella about a salesman named Gregor Samsa who wakes one morning to find himself transformed into a giant beetle-like insect and struggles to adjust to this new condition.

In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust

In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust Book Cover

Born Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Marcel Proust on July 10, 1871 in Auteuil, France, Proust was one of the most influential and quotable writers of the 20th century who is best known for À la recherche du temps perdu (In Search of Lost Time). Originally published in seven volumes between 1913 and 1927, the novel recounts the narrator’s childhood memories and adulthood experiences while reflecting on loss of time and lack of meaning in the world.

No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy Book Cover

This American novelist, screenwriter, and playwright was born in Providence, Rhode Island on July 20, 1933. Before winning the 2007 Academy Award for Best Picture, No Country for Old Men was the novel, published in 2005, about a drug deal gone wrong in Texas along the United States-Mexico border.

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas Book Cover

Born Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie on July 24, 1802 in present-day Haiti, Alexandre Dumas completed one of his most popular novels, Le Comte de Monte-Cristo (The Count of Monte Cristo) in 1844. Originally published in 18 parts, the historical adventure novel centers on a man who is wrongfully imprisoned, escapes from jail, acquires a fortune, and seeks revenge against those responsible for his imprisonment.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter Book Cover

Helen Beatrix Potter was born on July 28, 1943 in London and is best known for her children’s book The Tale of Peter Rabbit about the mischievous and disobedient young rabbit who is chased around the vegetable garden by Mr. McGregor.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte Book Cover

Emily Jane Brontë was born on July 30, 1818 as the younger sister of Charlotte Brontë and the fifth of six children. In 1847, she published the first edition of her only novel, Wuthering Heights, under the pseudonym Ellis Bell. Now considered an English literature classic, the story of the wild, intense, and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff was controversial because it challenged the strict Victorian ideals of the time.

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling Book Cover

Born on July 31, 1965, Joanne Rowling is famous for writing the international best-selling Harry Potter fantasy series. However, in 2012, Rowling entered the world of adult fiction with The Casual Vacancy, a big novel about a small town. When Barry Fairbrother dies, the town of Pagford is left in shock, and Barry’s seat on the parish council becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

Your Turn

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