Classics Club II


The Classics Club exists to “unite those of us who like to blog about classic literature, as well as to inspire people to make the classics an integral part of life.” (--the founder, who is now anonymous)  We each made out a list of (at least 50) classic titles we intend to read and blog about within the next five years. Response was unexpectedly enormous, so the Club now has its own site and blog where we collect reviews, discuss, and have fun.

At your own blog, list 50, 100, or 200 classics that most interest/scare/excite you, alongside your goal date for finishing this list. You can either make a straight list of titles (what I’ll be doing), or explain next to each title why you’ve chosen it. You could also explain a few of your chosen titles, but leave the others explanation-free. It’s up to you. Rereads are encouraged. When you link your list in the comments here, please pick one title from your list that you are most excited to read, so it can be included on the participant listThe goal? To read every classic on your list at your blog, and write about each one at your blog. Each time you write about a classic from your list, hyperlink the discussion post at the main classics list on your blog. 


This is my Classics Club List II.   So far it has 175 titles, many of which are whoppers, so it will take well more than 5 years to finish, and that is just fine.  I haven't even finished it yet!  Maybe I can get it up to a truly ridiculous 200.  It's really just a list of everything I've seen that could plausibly be called a classic, that I want to read and haven't gotten to yet (or wish to re-read), and is by no means complete.  Let's call it a work in progress.  Official start date: March 2017

American literature:

Sky Loom/Native American myth
Dred, by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Stories of Washington Irving
Sister Carrie, by Theodore Drieser
Old Creole or Grandissimes, by George Washington Cable
Light of Truth, by Ida B. Wells
Clotel, by William Wells Brown
Conjure Tales, by Charles Chesnutt
Black No More, by George Schuyler
Quicksand, by Nella Larsen
Jurgen, by James Branch Cabell
Plum Bun, by Jessie Redmon Fauset
Short stories of Flannery O'Connor
Sport of the Gods, by Paul Dunbar
Walls of Jericho, by Rudolph Fisher
Tender is the Night, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
This Side of Paradise, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Maltese Falcon, by Dashiell Hammett
One selection by Zora Neale Hurston
Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
Cannery Row, by John Steinbeck
The Lottery: Adventures of the Demon Lover, by Shirley Jackson
Selected poetry of Robert Frost
The Human Comedy, by William Saroyan
It Can't Happen Here, by Sinclair Lewis
White Noise, by Don DeLillo
Franny and Zooey, by J. D. Salinger
Cat's Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut


Other literature in English

Revelations of Divine Love, by Julian of Norwich
Selections of Anglo-Saxon literature (Age of Bede, Anglo-Saxon World)
The Canterbury Tales, by Chaucer
The Parliament of Birds, by Chaucer
The Obedience of a Christian Man, by William Tyndale
The Duchess of Malfi, by John Webster
The White Devil, by John Webster
Shakespeare plays: As You Like It, Twelfth Night, Henry IV, Part I, Henry IV, Part II, Antony and Cleopatra, Othello
The Faerie Queene, by Edmund Spenser
Paradise Lost, by Milton
Metaphysical Poetry
The Life of Johnson, by Boswell
The Journal of a Tour Through the Hebrides, by Boswell
Rasselas, by Samuel Johnson
The Female Quixote, by Charlotte Lennox
Marriage, by (somebody...)
Lorna Doone, by R. D. Blackmore
The Heart of Midlothian, by Sir Walter Scott
Rob Roy, by Sir Walter Scott
The Adventures of Random Random, by Tobias Smollett
Phineas Finn, by Anthony Trollope
The Beggar's Opera, by John Gay
The Eustace Diamonds, by Anthony Trollope
The Claverings, by Anthony Trollope
Miss MacKenzie, by Anthony Trollope
Our Mutual Friend, by Charles Dickens
The Well at the End of the World, by William Morris
News from Nowhere, by William Morris
The Four Quartets, by T. S. Eliot
The Fortunes of Richard Mahony, by Henry Handel Richardson
Chronicles of Pantouflia, by Andrew Lang
The Golden Bough, by James Frazer
 Elizabeth and her German Garden, by Elizabeth von Arnim
Stories by Walter de la Mare
Stories by Saki
Down and Out in Paris and London, by George Orwell
Keep the Aspidistra Flying, by George Orwell
The Go-Between, by L. P. Hartley
Seven Storey Mountain, by Thomas Merton
A Descant for Gossips by Thea Astley
The Road From Coorain by Jill Ker Conway
Cloudstreet by Tim Winton
Dark Emu/Black Seeds, by Bruce Pascoe



Western European literature

Herodotus
Thucydides
Homeric Hymns
Constellation Myths, by Eratosthenes and Hyginus
Polyhistor Solinus
The Nature of Things, by Lucretius
Germania, and other works, by Tacitus
Lives, by Plutarch
The Kalevala (Finnish national saga)
The Poetic Edda
The Prose Edda
Sagas of Icelanders
El Cid
The Prose Lancelot (if I can get it)
Lais of Marie de France
Memoirs of the Crusades
The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas a Kempis
Life of St. Theresa
Treasure of the City of Ladies, by Christine de Pisan
The Divine Comedy, by Dante
Orlando Inamorata and Orlando Furioso, by Ludovico Ariosto
Don Quixote, by Cervantes
Tasso's Jerusalem
Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo
The Man in the Iron Mask, by Alexandre Dumas
The Hunchback of Notre Dame, by Victor Hugo
Selected stories of Le Fanu
The Charterhouse of Parma, by Stendhal
Human Comedy (selections), by Balzac
Stories of de Maupassant
The Plague, by Albert Camus
Gigi and the Cat, by Colette
Marie Grubbe, by Jens Peter Jacobsen
One selection by Selma Lagerlöf
Either/Or, by Søren Kierkegaard
Hunger, by Knut Hamsun
Pan, by Knut Hamsun
Amerika, by Kafka
Effi Friest, by Fontane
Ibsen plays, 2 not read
Pelle the Conqueror (4 vols), by Martin Andersen Nexø
The Green Face and Walpurgisnacht, by Gustav Meyrink
Eichmann in Jerusalem, by Hannah Arendt
Steppenwolf, by Hermann Hesse
Glass Bead Game, by Hermann Hesse
The Song of Bernadette
Shadows in Paradise, by Erich Maria Remarque
My Brilliant Friend, by Elena Ferrante
The Third Policeman, by Flann O'Brien


Eastern European and Russian literature

Short stories by Pushkin
Boris Godounov, by Pushkin
Sketches From a Hunter's Album, by Turgenev
First Love and Other Stories, by Turgenev
The Death of Ivan Ilych, by Tolstoy
The Kingdom of God is Within You, by Tolstoy
Selected short stories by Tolstoy
Resurrection, by Tolstoy
Crime and Punishment, by Dostoyevsky
Demons, by Dostoyevsky
Oblomov, by Goncharov
And Quiet Flows the Don, by Sholokov
Folktales collected by Afanas'ev
The White Guard, by Bulgakov
The Foundation Pit, by Platonov
Subtly Worded, by Teffi
Voices From Chernobyl, by Alexievich

Bovo-Buch, by Elia Levita Bachur
The Dybbuk and other stories, by Ansky
The Glatstein Chronicles
Selections of I. L. Peretz
The Zelmenyaners, by Moyshe Kulbak
The Faithful River, by Stefan Zeromski
The Pharaoh and the Priest, by Bołeslaw Prus
The Siencewicz Trilogy: With Fire and Sword, The Deluge, Pan Michael
Pan Tadeusz, by Adam Mickiewicz 
Tales of the Narts (Ossetian myths)
Physics of Sorrow, by Gospodinov
Alamut, by Vladimir Bartol
The Stranger, by Popovici
The Dawning, by Milka Bajic Poderegin

Asian literature 

The Tao Te Ching, by Lao-Tzu
Stories/essays of Lu Xun
To Live, by Yu Hua
Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio by Pu Songling
Rickshaw Boy, by Lao Shi
Love in a Fallen City, by Zhang Ailing
Madwoman on the Bridge, by Su Tong
A Town Called Malgudi, by N. K. Narayan
Untouchable, by Mulk Raj Anand
Train to Pakistan, by Khushwant Singh
Amrita, Banana Yoshimoto
Silence, by Shusaku Endo
The Sea and Poison, by Shusaku Endo
Rashomon and other stories, by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
Land, by Park Kyong-ni
The Guest, by Hwang Sok-yong
And So Flows History, by Hahn Moo-Souk
Paradise of the Blind, by Duong Thu Huong
The Buru Quartet, by Toer  (This Earth of Mankind, Child of All Nations, etc.)
Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange (Medieval Arabic stories)
The Blue Sky, by Galsan Tshinag


African literature

Palm-Wine Drinkard, by Tutuola
The Bride-Price, by Buchi Emecheta
Second-Class Citizen, by Buchi Emecheta
Cry the Beloved Country, by Paton
Stealth, by Sonallah Ibrahim
The First Wife, by Paulina Chiziane


Latin American literature

The Burning Plain, by Juan Rulfo
Aleph and stories, by Jorge Luis Borges
The Seven Madmen, by Roberto Arlt


2 comments:

Ruth said...

Yay for you!

Biblio Atlas said...

This is very cool!! I love how you made up your own reading list and I haven't heard of tonnes of these books. Good 'ole nosey me is very happy to learn new books ^.^