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50 Classics

I have decided to join the Classical Club Blog and read 50 classics in 5 years.  I probably would have ended up doing something like it anyway, but this way I have a goal and can actually track my progress (or lack thereof!) :)

I will italicize books that I have read and link to the post(s) regarding them.


The List:

Alcott, Louisa May: Little Women

Anon.: The Epic of Gilgamesh

Bronte, Charlotte: Villette

Buck, Pearl: The Good Earth

Burgess, Anthony: A Clockwork Orange

Carroll, Lewis: Alice in Wonderland

Cather, Willa: My Antonia (post 1, 2, 3, 4)

Collins, Wilkie: The Moonstone


Conrad, Joseph: Heart of Darkness

Dickens, Charles: The Pickwick Papers


Dreiser, Theodore: An American Tragedy

Du Maurier, Daphne: Rebecca

Dumas, Alexandre: The Count of Monte Cristo

Durrell, Lawrence: The Alexandria Quartet (ok, so I read Justine already- see blog posts 1 and 2- but I still want to read the other three)

Faulkner, William: As I Lay Dying

Fitzgerald, F. Scott: This Side of Paradise (1 and 2)

Flaubert, Gustav: Madame Bovary

Forster, E.M.: Howard’s End


Gaskell, Elizabeth: North and South

Goethe, Johann: Faust


Hardy, Thomas: Jude the Obscure

Hemmingway, Ernest: A Moveable Feast

Ishiguro, Kazuo: The Remains of the Day

James, Henry: The Aspern Papers

James, Henry: The Wings of the Dove

Kafka, Franz: Metamorphosis

Kipling, Rudyard: Kim

Lewis, M.G.: The Monk

Malory, Thomas: Le Morte d’Arthur

Mann, Thomas: Death in Venice


Murdoch, Iris: The Sea, The Sea

Nabokov, Vladimir: Pale Fire

Orwell, George: Burmese Days

Pamuk, Ohram: My Name is Red

Plath, Sylvia: The Bell Jar

Radcliffe, Ann: The Mysteries of Udolpho

Rushdie, Salman: The Satanic Verses

Salinger, J.D.: Franny and Zooey

Scott, Walter: Ivanhoe

Sophocles: Oedipus Rex


Steinbeck, John: The Grapes of Wrath

Sturluson, Snorri: The Prose Edda

Tanizaki, Junichiro: In Praise of Shadows

Twain, Mark: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Ueda, Akinari: Tales of Moonlight and Rain

Virgil: The Aenead

Waugh, Evelyn: Brideshead Revisited

Wharton, Edith: The Age of Innocence

Wilder, Thorton: The Bridge Of San Luis Rey

Wu, Cheng: Journey to the West/Monkey

One Thought on “50 Classics

  1. I’m planning on reading North and South for my list as well. Great choices!

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