The Classics Club Strikes Back

From 2015 to 2019, I participated in the Classics Club, leaving one book to read in 2020 from my list of 50 — and  having finished, it’s time to start again.   I decided to focus on stories closer to home, since there’s much of American literature that’s a blank for me.   Official end-date: January 1st, 2026!  In this first year, I’ll also be  dovetailing with the Back to the Classics Challenge.

Classic, Medieval, and Renaissance
Plutarch’s Heroes, volumes 1 & 2 (two entries)
Purgatorio, Dante. Trans. Anthony Esolen
Paradiso, Dante. Trans. Anthony Esolen.
Paradise Lost, Milton
On the Nature of Things, Lucretius, trans. Anthony Esolen

World Lit

The Shahnameh, Ferdowsi

European Literature
Ida
Elizabeth, Sigrid Unset
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Alekandr Solzhenitsyn
Cancer Ward, Aleksandr Solzhenisyn
The Death of Ivan Ilyich, Leo Tolstoy
Resurrection,  Leo Tolstoy
Mephisto, Klaus Mann
The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka.

British Literature
Rebecca, Daphne de Maurier
My Cousin Rachel, Daphne de Maurier
Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll. (Yes. I’ve seriously never read it.)
Mansfield Park, Jane Austen
Northanger Abby, Jane Austen
Persuasion, Jane Austen (Annnnd then I’ll have read All the Austen save her juvenalia.)
Captains Courageous, Rudyard Kipling
Watership Down, Richard Adams

American Literature
Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville
My Antonia, Willa Cather
Angle of Repose, Wallace Stegner
All the Little Live Things, Wallace Stegner
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
The Moon is Down, John Steinbeck
The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,  Betty Smith
My Name is Asher Lev, Chaim Potok
Davida’s Harp, Chaim Potok

Southern Literature
Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
The Mind of the South, W.J. Cash
Cold Sassy Tree, Olivia Ann Burns.
All the King’s Men, Robert Penn Warren
Their Eyes were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories, Flannery O’Connor
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman,  Ernest J. Gaines
A Gathering of Old Men, Ernest J. Gaines
Traveller,  Richard Adams  (Well, sort of southern lit. It’s about the South, at any rate.)
Go Tell It on the Mountain, James Baldwin
The Old Man and the Boy, Robert Ruark

Classic SF
Dune, Frank Herbert
Neuromancer, William Gibson
The Shockwave Rider, John Brunner
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe, Douglas Adams
The First Men on the Moon, H.G. Wells

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6 Responses to The Classics Club Strikes Back

  1. Cyberkitten says:

    Nice list. BTW – I haven’t read ‘Alice’ either…! I missed out on a lot of so-called Children’s Classics and aim to catch up with them. Plus, as you know, I intend to re-read ‘Dune’ this year before the movie release. Presumably that’s the TOTAL list and not the first years one? [grin]

    HAPPY New Year!

    • This would be an absolute LOAD for one year! It’s the five-year set, though I am hoping to finish early — may by the three mark. We’ll see. Happy new year! May 2021 be far less interesting. 😉

  2. Exciting to think about starting a brand new list. I adore My Name is Asher Lev in an almost worshipful manner, and I hope you do, too.

  3. Awesome stuff here.
    Great Gatsby, Catcher in the Rye, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Gone With the Wind, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Plutarch, Ivan Denisovich. And, of course, some of these still on my TBR…
    Happier New Year!

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