The Classics Club

Thanks, Jillian!  This is such a fun idea.

  • My planned finish date:  open end date**(changed 1.17.2016)
  • Number of books to read in that time:  75

As of July 5, 2012, I compiled my fixed Classics Club list with my ever-growing Alternate Classics list.  This was to save the headache of flipping back and forth to swap out titles and to keep things from being too static for my liking.

Markings

  1. As I complete each book, it will be crossed off the list.
  2. Any book marked with an asterisk is a re-read.
  3. Books on my nightstand (considered “in progress”) are marked in red.
  4. Books that have been put on hold (possibly indefinitely) will be marked in ice blue.

 

Because the membership continues to grow, The Classics Club created its own blog to house everything!  It can be found here.

Book Pool

20th Century

  • Truman Capote.  In Cold Blood (1965)
  • Raymond Chandler. The Big Sleep (1939)
  • Anton Chekhov.  The Cherry Orchard (1904)
  • Arthur Conan Doyle.  The Lost World (1912), The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Vol. 1 (1927), The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Vol. 2 (1930)
  • Daphne du Maurier.  Rebecca (1938)
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald.  The Great Gatsby* (1926), The Beautiful and the Damned (1922)
  • E.M. Forster.  A Passage to India (1924), A Room with a View (1908)
  • William Golding.  Lord of the Flies (1954)
  • Dashiell Hammett.  The Maltese Falcon (1930), The Thin Man (1932)
  • Aldous Huxley.  Brave New World (1932)
  • D.H. Lawrence.   Sons and Lovers (1913), The Rainbow (1915), Lady Chatterley’s Lover (1928), Women in Love (1920)
  • Harper Lee.  To Kill a Mockingbird (1961)
  • C.S. Lewis.  The Chronicles of Narnia (mid-20th century, compiled)
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez.  One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967)
  • Carson McCullers.  The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1940)
  • L.M. MontgomeryAnne of Green Gables* (1908), Anne of Avonlea* (1909), Anne of the Island* (1915), Anne of Windy Poplars* (1936), Anne’s House of Dreams* (1917), Anne of Ingleside* (1939), Rainbow Valley* (1919), Rilla of Ingleside* (1921)
  • Vladimir Nabokov.  Lolita (1955)
  • Emmuska Orczy.  The Scarlet Pimpernel (1903)
  • George Orwell.  Animal Farm (1945), 1984 (1949)
  • Marcel Proust.  In Search of Lost Time (1927)
  • Ayn Rand.  The Fountainhead* (1943), Atlas Shrugged (1957)
  • Rafael Sabatini.  Scaramouche (1921)
  • J.D. Salinger.  The Catcher in the Rye (1951)
  • George Bernard Shaw.  Pygmalion (1913)
  • Upton Sinclair.  The Jungle (1906)
  • Betty Smith.  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1943)
  • J.R.R. Tolkien.  The Hobbit (1937), The Lord of the Rings (1954-5), The Silmarillion (posthumous, 1977)
  • John Kennedy Toole.  A Confederacy of Dunces (1980)
  • Edith Wharton.  The House of Mirth (1905)
  • Virginia Woolf.  A Room of One’s Own (1929), Mrs. Dalloway (1925), Orlando (1928)

19th Century

  • Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice (1813), Sense and Sensibility* (1811), Emma (1815), Persuasion* (1818), Mansfield Park (1814), Northanger Abbey (1818)
  • Honoré de Balzac.  The Black Sheep (1842), Père Goriot (1835), A Harlot High and Low (1847)
  • R.D. Blackmore.  Lorna Doone: a Romance of Exmoor (1869)
  • Mary Elizabeth Braddon.  Lady Audley’s Secret (1862)
  • Anne Brontë.  Agnes Grey (1847), The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848)
  • Charlotte Brontë.  Jane Eyre* (1847), Shirley (1849), Villette (1853), The Professor (1857)
  • Emily Brontë.  Wuthering Heights (1847)
  • Anton Chekov.  Uncle Vanya (1897)
  • Wilkie Collins.  The Woman in White (1859), The Moonstone (1868), Armadale (1866)
  • Benjamin Constant.  Adolphe (1816)
  • James Fenimore Cooper.  The Last of the Mohicans (1826)
  • Charles Dickens.   A Tale of Two Cities (1859), Oliver Twist (1839), Great Expectations (1861), David Copperfield (1850), Bleak House (1853), Nicholas Nickleby (1839), Martin Chuzzlewit (1844), Our Mutual Friend (1865), Barnaby Rudge (1841), Little Dorrit (1857)
  • Fyodor Dostoyevsky.  Crime and Punishment* (1866)
  • Alexandre Dumas.  The Count of Monte Cristo (1846), The Man in the Iron Mask (1850), The Three Musketeers (1844), The Black Tulip (1850), Queen Margot (1845)
  • George du Maurier.  Trilby (1893)
  • Maria Edgeworth.  Castle Rackrent (1800), Belinda (1801)
  • George Eliot.  The Mill on the Floss (1860), Middlemarch (1872), Adam Bede (1859), Daniel Deronda (1876), Silas Marner (1861)
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson.  Essays and Lectures (19th century, compiled)
  • Gustave Flaubert.  Madame Bovary (1857), Sentimental Education (1869), Salammbô (1862)
  • Elizabeth Gaskell.  Mary Barton (1848), North and South (1855), Wives and Daughters (1866), Cranford (1851)
  • H. Rider HaggardKing Solomon’s Mines (1885)
  • Thomas HardyFar from the Madding Crowd (1874), Tess of the D’Urbervilles (1891), The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886) , Jude the Obscure (1895), The Woodlanders (1887)
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne.  The Scarlet Letter* (1850)
  • Victor Hugo.  Les Misérables (1862), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1831)
  • Henry James.  The Princess Casamassima (1886)
  • Samuel Pepys.  The Diary of Samuel Pepys (1825)
  • Edmond Rostand.  Cyrano de Bergerac (1897)
  • Sir Walter Scott.  Waverley* (1814), Ivanhoe (1819), The Bride of Lammermoor (1819)
  • Mary Shelley.  The Last Man (1826), Frankenstein (1818)
  • Stendhal.  The Red and the Black* (1830), The Charterhouse of Parma (1839)
  • Robert Louis Stevenson.  Treasure Island (1883), Kidnapped (1886), The Black Arrow (1888), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886)
  • Bram Stoker.  Dracula (1897)
  • William Makepeace Thackeray.  Vanity Fair (1848)
  • Henry David Thoreau.  Collected Essays and Poems (19th century, compiled)
  • Leo Tolstoy.  Anna Karenina (1875)
  • Anthony Trollope.  Can You Forgive Her? (1865)
  • Jules VerneTwenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870), Around the World in 80 Days (1872), Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864)
  • H.G. Wells.  The Time Machine (1895)
  • Oscar Wilde.  The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890)
  • Émile Zola.  Nana (1880)

18th Century

  • Jane Barker.  The Galesia Trilogy (1713-26)
  • William Blake.  A Marriage of Heaven and Hell (1793), Songs of Innocence and of Experience (1789)
  • H. H. Brackenridge.  Modern Chivalry (1792)
  • Fanny Burney.  Evelina (1778), Camilla (1796)
  • Daniel Defoe.   Robinson Crusoe (1719), Moll Flanders (1722), A Journal of the Plague Year (1722)
  • Henry Fielding.  The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling (1749)
  • William Godwin.  The Adventures of Caleb Williams (1794)
  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.  The Sorrows of Young Werther (1774; 1787)
  • Oliver Goldsmith.  The Vicar of Wakefield (1766)
  • Pierre de Laclos.  Les Liasons Dangereuses (1782)
  • Charlotte Lennox.  The Female Quixote (1752)
  • Ann Radcliffe.  The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794), The Romance of the Forest (1791)
  • Samuel Richardson.  Pamela (1740), Clarissa (1748)
  • Laurence Sterne.  The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1759)
  • Jonathan Swift.  Gulliver’s Travels (1726)
  • Madame de Villedieu.  Memoirs of Henriette-Sylvie de Molière (1672)
  • Voltaire.  Candide (1759)
  • Mary Wollstonecraft.  A Vindication of the Rights of Woman* (1792)
  • Cao Xueqin.  A Dream of Red Mansions (ca. 1750s)

17th Century

  • Miguel de Cervantes.  Don Quixote (1605)
  • John Ford.  ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore and Other Plays (17th century, compiled)
  • Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen.  Simplicissimus (1668)
  • John Milton.  Paradise Lost (1667)
  • Molière.  Tartuffe (1664), The Misanthrope (1666)
  • Blaise Pascal.  Pensées (1654)
  • William Shakespeare.  The Norton Shakespeare* (17th century, compiled)
  • John Webster.  The Duchess of Malfi and Other Plays (17th century, compiled)

16th Century

  • Ludovico Ariosto.  Orlando Furioso (1516)
  • Francis Bacon.  The Essays (1597)
  • Christopher Marlowe.  The Complete Plays* (16th century, compiled)
  • Michel de Montaigne.  The Complete Essays (16th century compiled)
  • Thomas More.  Utopia (1516)
  • Marguerite de Navarre.  The Heptameron (1558)
  • François Rabelais.  Gargantua and Pantagruel (1532)
  • Edmund Spenser.  The Faerie Queene* (1590)

15th Century

  • Sebastian Brant.  The Ship of Fools (1494)
  • Margery Kempe.  The Book of Margery Kempe (1438)
  • Christine de Pizan.  The Book of the City of Ladies (1405)

14th Century

  • Dante Alighieri.  The Divine Comedy* (1321)
  • Giovanni Boccaccio.  The Decameron (1351)
  • Geoffrey Chaucer.  Troilus and Criseyde (ca. 1380), The Canterbury Tales* (1390)
  • William Langland.  Piers Plowman (1360)

13th Century

  • Unknown.  The Saga of the Volsungs (1290)

12th Century

  • Pierre Abélard.  The Letters of Abélard and Heloise (1139), The Story of my Misfortunes (1135)
  • Marie de France.  The Lais of Marie de France (1160)
  • Geoffrey of Monmouth.  The History of the Kings of Britain (1138)
  • Chrétien de Troyes.  Arthurian Romances* (12th century, compiled)
  • Unknown.  The Nibelungenlied* (ca. 12th century)

10th Century

  • Unknown.  Beowulf* (ca. 10th century)

1st Century

  • St. Augustine.  Confessions (397 AD)

Centuries BC

  • Herodotus.  The Histories (429 BC)
  • Homer.  The Iliad (8th century BC), The Odyssey (8th century BC)
  • Plato.  The Republic (380 BC)
  • Sophocles.  Oedipus Rex (429 BC), Antigone (422 BC)
  • Virgil.  The Aeneid (19 BC)

NOTES

This seems to be an ever expanding list as I run across book ideas posted here there and everywhere.  Who knows where it will end!

All posts relating to this category can be found under the tag:  The Classics Club.

4 thoughts on “The Classics Club

  1. Pingback: Classics: Ad Infinitum? | Allegraphy

  2. Fantastic list! I hope you enjoy reading more of the Brontes. I studied them during my MA and, at this point, am a bit of a fanatic. 🙂

    1. Surprisingly, I never read any Bronte novel during my English lit undergrad or my MFA–though they were mentioned often enough. I read Jane Eyre on my own a long time ago, but I thought it was time to tackle Charlotte, Anne, and Emily all the way through…

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