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#ClassicsClubList 2019-2020-2021

2021: Classics     Planning

Here is my reading list:

  1.  19th C Classic: Iola Leroy – Frances E.W. Harper (1892)
  2.  20th C Classic: The Ways of White Folks: Stories – Langston Hughes (1934)
  3.  Classic by a woman: Their Eyes Were Watching God: – Zora Neale Hurston (1937)
  4. Classic in translation: The River Between – Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o (1965)
  5. Classic BIPOC Author: The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison (1970)
  6. Classic new  Author: Palace Walk: The Cairo Trilogy, – Naguib Mahfouz (1956)
  7. Classic favorite Author: Notes of  Native Son – J.Baldwin (1955)
  8. Classic with animal in title: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou (1969)
  9. Children’s Classic: The House of Dies Drear – Virginia Hamilton (1968)
  10. Humorous Classic: Not Without Laughter – Langston Hughes (1930)
  11. Travel Classic: The Lonely Londoners – Sam Selvon (1956)
  12. Classic Play: Funnyhouse of a Negro – Adrienne Kennedy (1964)


2020:  Classics

  1. Atlas ShruggedAyn Rand 
  2. RunawayAlice Munro (8 short stories)  winner Nobel Prize 2013
  3. The Quiet American – G. Greene
  4. The Crucible – A. Miller   play
  5. Animal Farm – George Orwell
  6. The Lottery S. Jackson   short story
  7. A Doll’s  House – H. Ibsen   play
  8. The Martian Chronicles – R. Bradbury


2019:   Classics

  1. Pascal, B. – Pensées
  2. Shelley, M.  – Frankenstein
  3. Stendhal – La Chartreuse de Parme (french edition)
  4. Miller A.  – Death of a Salesman – (play)
  5. Vaz da Camões, L.  – The Lusiads (epic poem)
  6. Alighieri, Dante  – The Divine Comedy
  7. Doyle, Arthur Conan – The Hound of the Baskervilles
  8. Hermans, W.F. Nooit Meer Slapen (Beyond Sleep)
  9. De Lorris, G. et De Meun, J. – Le Roman de la Rose
  10. Woolf, V. – Mrs. Dalloway
  11. Wollstonecraft, M.  – A Vindication of the Rights of Women
  12. Virgil –The Aeneid 
  13. Cooper, J.F. – Deerslayer
  14. Hemingway, E. – The Sun Also Rises
  15. James, H. – The Golden Bowl
  16. Shirer, W. – The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
  17. Seneca – Letters From a Stoic
  18. Dickens, C. – Our Mutual Friend
  19. Dickens, C. – David Copperfield
  20. Dickens, C. – Great Expectations
  21. Sei Shonagon –The Pillow Book
  22. Chaucer – The Knights Tale
  23. Maupassant, G. de  –  Une vie
  24. Caro, R.Means of Ascent (LBJ) modern classic non-fiction
  25. Sophocles – Electra  (play)
  26. Ibsen, I. – Rosmersholm  (play)
  27. Bronte, A. – The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
  28. Boswell, J. – The Life of Samuel Johnson
  29. Austen, J  – Pride and Prejudice 
  30. Anonymous, – Myths from Mesopotamia – trans. S. Dalley
  31. Horace, – Satires
  32. Eusebius,   – The History of the Church
  33. Eliot, G. – Selected Essays, Poems and other Writings
  34. Dickens, C.  – The Christmas Carol
  35. Shakespeare, W.  – Midsummer Night’s Dream
  36. Shakespeare, W.  – Othello
  37. Shakespeare, W. – Hamlet
  38. Shakespeare, W. – Richard II 
  39. Melville, H.  – Moby Dick
  40. Du Maurier, D.  – Rebecca
  41. Anonymous  – Beowulf
  42. Chopin, K. – The Awakening
  43. Plato – The Symposium
  44. O’ Connor, Flannery – The Selected Stories
  45. Suetonius – The Twelve Caesars
  46. Conrad, J. – The Heart of Darkness
  47. Fitzgerald, F.S. – The Great Gatsby
  48. Dickens, C.  – A Tale of Two Cities
  49. Eliot, G. – The Mill on the Floss
  50. Poe, E.A.  – The Portable Edgar Allan Poe, 28 tales


Short stories:

  1. The Angel of the Odd – E.A. Poe (The Complete Short Stories)
  2. The Birthday of the InfantaO. Wilde ( The Works of Oscar  Wilde)
5 Comments Post a comment
  1. Jul 23 2018

    East of Eden and Their Eyes Were Watching God are two of my all-time favourite reads. And I loved The Commandant (which I read last AusReadingMonth depsite the distractions and upsets during that time – loosing myself in fabulous historical fiction helped at that time) and Picnic at hanging Rock is another favourite ever since my teen years (the Peter Weir movie is spectacular too, even if a little dated around the edges now).

    I’m thrilled you’ve found your Les Mis mojo again.
    David Copperfield is my favourite Dickens to date – I’d love to reread Passage to India one day – maybe we can do it together one month? I’ve never read The Palace Walk but it’s a biggie that would be nice to read in tandem too 🙂

    I think I have Independent People somewhere on my TBR pile too.

    I’ve been recently alerted to Zweig – I’ll be curious to see what you think.
    Great to have you on board.

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    • Jul 23 2018

      I’m totally ‘fired up’ about reading classics. I read several duds this year and don’t want to waste my reading time. Les Mis….I just keep on trying. I’d love to read Passage together…but have difficulty finding an ebook version. I’m so spoiled my my Kindle (adjustable font) …that the prospect of reading a paperback does not thrill me. But if push comes to shove….I’ll do the paperback. I was inpired by On Bookes blog to add some Greek and Roman classics. Time to broaden my horizons. 🙂
      Australian classics….I used your post including the JEAN GLEESON’S TOP 50 Australian books in last 200 yrs. I have to sift through the selections b/c not all seem to appeal to me. 🙂

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    • Jul 23 2018

      I found ebook Passage to India!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Feb 22 2019

    Thank you for kind words!


  3. Mar 21 2019

    I think 50 classics per year is enough. (July 2018 – February 2019)
    A third list (this one was my 2nd list!) will probably be ready
    at the end of the summer.
    I need to read Irish literature and plays for a few more months.
    Thanks so much for you comments!



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