Literature is the perfect example of how powerful stories could be. There have been millions of stories written throughout history, yet there are only a select few that were truly able to transcend both time and language. The literature we have here are the ones that have touched many generations throughout the globe—even in non-English speaking parts. When literature transcends the usual conformities, it only means that it’s something special. The pieces of literature we’ve listed here are not only some of the most famous throughout the world; they’re also the ones that have crossed the boundaries of time and space to touch many lives.
1. Herman Melville’s Moby Dick
Even those who have never read Moby Dick know exactly what the book was about. Moby Dick is considered to be one of the greatest American novels of all time, and it’s about the hunt for a great whale. The entire book is about the whaling industry in the 19th century, but it’s also filled with tons of symbolism that could make a man think for a few days.
2. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
This book follows the stories of the Buendia family throughout the course of several generations. This book is considered to be one of the greatest pieces of literature written in the Spanish literary canon. This book was written in the most unique literary movement that emerged from the 60s: magical realism. Magical realism is something that emerged from Latin America, and it’s a genre that became very popular in most recent works.
3. Arabian Nights translated by Andrew Lang
The ancient stories of the Middle East are all full of adventure. Take for example the stories of Aladdin and Sinbad. Both stories came from the Arabian Nights book and are only two out of a ton of adventure stories. The English language version of One Thousand and One Nights has challenged the imagination of many children throughout the world and continues to do so to this very day.
4. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
Perhaps no other writer in the English language ever had the fame or could ever be as popular as William Shakespeare is to this day. There have been many speculations about the true identity of William Shakespeare, but regardless of who he might’ve been, Shakespeare is arguably one of the most influential people in all of the world and in all of history. Imagine that he did it all way back in the days.
5. The Canterbury Tales – Geoffrey Chaucer
Perhaps no other piece of work is as important in literature as Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. There’s a reason why this is read and studies in a number of schools. This story was written so long ago that you’d think it would be obsolete today. However, the story is just as popular now. It provides a glimpse into how things were like back in the day. It’s a tremendous amount of insight that only a piece of genius could’ve done. This work is also credited to be one of the reasons why English is so popular today.