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    I'm thinking of applying to university to study English Literature later this year and I've been doing a lot of reading to prepare for that.

    I just wanted to know whether it is valuable or useful to read works in translation. I'd love to read Hugo, Tolstoy and several other writers but I'm afraid they won't at all be useful to an English application.

    Also does anyone have any recommendations that you consider essential for a prospective English applicant?
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    It is completely fine to read works in translation, though obviously be aware that different version offer different flavours. With Tolstoy I would suggest that Maude translations but a lot comes down to preference.

    There is absolutely nothing that is essential reading, it is (usually) essential that you read. Read what you enjoy and enjoy what you read, the rest will take care of itself.
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