Greatest Literary Villains - Book Collections

May 29, 2023

Prepare to be enthralled, fascinated, and even repulsed as you encounter the formidable antagonists who have left an indelible mark on the literary world. With each book in this curated collection, you will experience the mastery of renowned authors who have crafted villains that transcend the pages and become unforgettable cultural icons. Unleash your fascination with the darker side of human nature and embark on an unforgettable journey through the realms of literary villainy.

1 The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Victor Hugo | Fiction Classics


The story of Quasimodo, the hunchback bellringer of Notre-Dame cathedral and his devotion to the beautiful gypsy dancer Esmeralda. When the demented archdeacon Frollo sets out to abduct Esmeralda, he uses Quasimodo to do the evil deed on his behalf. However, Quasimodo turns from captor to saviour.

2 Hamlet


William Shakespeare | Drama Classics


After Hamlet's father is killed by his brother, Claudius, Hamlet struggles with his vow to seek revenge by murdering Claudius.

3 Beowulf


Heyn-Socin | Humanities and Arts


The classic Anglo- Saxon epic poem

4 Les Miserables

Les Miserables

Victor Hugo | Fiction Classics


Ex-convict Jean-Valjean struggles to find redemption after his release for a 19 year prison sentence for stealing food for his starving family.

5 The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book

Rudyard Kipling | Children's Classics


After getting lost in the jungle, Mowgli is adopted into a family of wolves where he learns Jungle Law, the importance of loyalty, and survival skills.

6 Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist

Charles Dickens | Fiction Classics


Oliver escapes from a miserable workhouse where he's spent his childhood, travels to London, and befriends Artful Dodger, Fagin, and their group of thieves.

7 Uncle Tom's Cabin

Uncle Tom's Cabin

Harriet Beecher Stowe | Fiction Classics


In order to pay off his debts, farmer Arthur Shelby, so he makes the tough decision to sell two of his slaves.

8 Othello


William Shakespeare | Drama Classics


Classic theater by the master

9 Scaramouche, a Romance of the French Revolution

Scaramouche, a Romance of the French Revolution

Rafael Sabatini | Romance Classics


Through a procession of vocations, the hero constantly opposes a villainous nobleman, the Marquis de la Tour d'Azyr. First as a lawyer, then as an actor, a swordsman, and finally a revolutionary politician, the hero finds himself confronted by d'Azyr, and finally faces an astounding revelation that changes his life.

10 Moby Dick

Moby Dick

Herman Melville | Fiction Classics


Captain Ahab's is fueled by his desire to kill the great white whale that tore off his leg leads, but his attempts lead to disaster.

11 Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness

Joseph Conrad | Fiction Classics


Captain Charles Marlow describes his experience transporting ivory along the Congo River in Africa where he encounters many instances of ruin and destruction.

12 Macbeth


Abhishek | Fiction Classics


Macbeth - A play by William Shakespeare, summarized just in 10 pages.

13 Understanding Shakespeare: Macbeth

Understanding Shakespeare: Macbeth

Robert A. Albano | Classic Literature


Shakespeare's great tragedy explained in plain and simple prose!"Macbeth" begins with spectacle. Just as movie audiences today may find elaborate special effects to be thrilling and exciting, so too did Renaissance theater audiences enjoy the stage effects that would accompany certain performances. Shakespeare immediately brings his audience into the supernatural world. ...

14 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Mark Twain | Children's Classics


Set on a 19th century Mississippi town, Tom Sawyer is a mischievous boy who skips school, witnesses to a crime, hunts for pirate treasure, and gets lost in a cave.

15 Dracula


Bram Stoker | Horror Classics


Count Dracula is a vampire who terrifies the countryside in his quest for human blood, but the residents soon learn his real identity and vow to destroy him.

16 The Divine Comedy

The Divine Comedy

Dante Alighieri | Poetry Classics


A pilgrim named Dante receives help of the Roman poet, Virgil, on a journey through Purgatory, on their way to Heaven.

17 Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

William Makepeace Thackeray | Fiction Classics


During the time of Waterloo, Amelia Sedley begins a courtship and Becky Sharp utilizes her cleverness to avoid becoming a governess.

18 David Copperfield

David Copperfield

Charles Dickens | Fiction Classics


This book unearths the life of David Copperfield from his childhood into adulthood.

19 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle | Mystery Classics


Twelve fascinating stories recount the investigations of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson as they try to solve crimes in Victorian London.

20 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

L. Frank Baum | Children's Classics


The story of Dorothy and her dog, Toto, who are swept off the Kansas plains by a huge cyclone, and find themselves in the land of Oz. With color illustrations by Michael Foreman.

21 Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost

Robert Gates Sr. | Politics


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22 The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter

Nathaniel Hawthorne | Fiction Classics


In early colonial Massachusetts, a young woman experiences the results of adultery and must spend the remainder of her life atoning for her sins.