The Classics Club, Revisited

The Classics ClubMy original list for The Classics Club was posted on March 31, 2015, with a goal date of 2018.  However, as I’ve been away from blogging from almost a year and am just returning, I’ve decided to start fresh with a new list today, January 1, 2016, submit my updated list to The Classics Club, and set my new goal date to January 1, 2021.

In selecting my classics list, I have chosen a (largely arbitrary) 50-year cut-off age for each book’s original publication date, so each book on my list must be from 1966 or before.  I’m aiming to read and review (fully or briefly) 50 titles during that time span, but I’m listing more than 50 here, as I’m not yet certain which books I want to cut from my line-up.  I expect my list to morph a ridiculous number of times, as I can never leave well enough alone.

This is my current roster.  Please let me know if there are any here that you either love or loathe!

2016 reading note:  I have bolded the titles that I know, as of today, I will be reading in the coming year.

  1. Assis, Machado de – Epitaph of a Small Winner (1880)
  2. Balzac, Honoré de – Cousin Bette (1846)
  3. Barnes, Djuna – Nightwood (1936)
  4. Bennett, Arnold – The Old Wives’ Tale (1908)
  5. Brontë, Charlotte – Villette (1853)
  6. Brooks, Gwendolyn – Maud Martha (1953)
  7. Buck, Pearl S. – Living Reed (1963)
  8. Cabell, James Branch – Jurgen (1919)
  9. Camus, Albert – The Plague (1947)
  10. Carson, Rachel – Under the Sea Wind (1941)
  11. Cather, Willa – O Pioneers! (1913)
  12. Collins, Wilkie – The Woman in White (1860)
  13. Comyns, Barbara – Sisters by a River (1947)
  14. Dumas, Alexandre – The Black Tulip (1850)
  15. Durrell, Lawrence – Justine (The Alexandria Quartet #1) – 1957
  16. Eliot, George – Middlemarch (1872)
  17. Ellison, Ralph – Invisible Man (1952)
  18. Faulkner, William – As I Lay Dying (1930)
  19. Ferber, Edna – So Big (1924)
  20. Finney, Jack – The Body Snatchers (1955)
  21. Fothergill, Jessie – The First Violin (1877)
  22. Gaskell, Elizabeth – Cranford (1851)
  23. Gautier, Théophile – Mademoiselle de Maupin (1835)
  24. Gibbons, Stella – Cold Comfort Farm (1932)
  25. Grau, Shirley Ann- The Keepers of the House (1964)
  26. Graves, Robert – I, Claudius (1934)
  27. Highsmith, Patricia – Strangers on a Train (1958)
  28. Jackson, Shirley – Hangsaman (1951)
  29. Jackson, Shirley – The Bird’s Nest (1954)
  30. Jackson, Shirley – The Sundial (1958)
  31. Kafka, Franz – The Trial (1925)
  32. Kaye-Smith, Sheila – Joanna Godden (1921)
  33. Keun, Irmgard – The Artificial Silk Girl (1932)
  34. Laclos, Pierre Choderlos de – Dangerous Liaisons (1782)
  35. Laforet, Carmen – Nada (1944)
  36. Lagerlöf, Selma – The Saga of Gösta Berling (1891)
  37. Laxness, Halldór – Independent People (1934)
  38. Lee, C.Y. – The Flower Drum Song (1957)
  39. Lessing, Doris – The Golden Notebook (1962)
  40. Lewis, Sinclair – Elmer Gantry (1927)
  41. London, Jack – The Star Rover (1915)
  42. Mahfouz, Naguib – Cairo Modern (1945)
  43. Maurier, Daphne du – Rebecca (1938)
  44. McCullers, Carson – The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1940)
  45. Murdoch, Iris – The Bell       (1958)
  46. Nabokov, Vladimir – Pale Fire (1962)
  47. Porter, Katherine Anne – Pale Horse, Pale Rider (3 novellas, 1939)
  48. Powell, Dawn – The Locusts Have No King (1948)
  49. Pushkin, Alexander – Eugene Onegin (1833)
  50. Rhys, Jean – Good Morning, Midnight (1939)
  51. Sabatini, Rafael – Scaramouche (1921)
  52. Sackville-West, Vita – All Passion Spent (1931)
  53. Salinger, J. D. – Franny and Zooey (1955 & 1957, together in 1961)
  54. Southworth, E.D.E.N. – The Hidden Hand (1859)
  55. Spark, Muriel – The Comforters (1957)
  56. Stone, Irving – Lust for Life (1934)
  57. Swift, Jonathan – Gulliver’s Travels (1726)
  58. Tanizaki, Jun’ichiro – Naomi (1924)
  59. Tanizaki, Jun’ichiro – The Makioka Sisters (1943)
  60. Undset, Sigrid – The Wreath (Kristin Lavransdatter #1) (1920)
  61. Vesaas, Tarjei – The Ice Palace (1963)
  62. Webb, Mary – Precious Bane (1924)
  63. West, Nathanael – Miss Lonelyhearts (1933)
  64. West, Rebecca – The Fountain Overflows (1956)
  65. Wilder, Thornton – The Ides of March (1948)
  66. Wodehouse, P. G. – The Code of the Woosters (1938)
  67. Woolf, Virginia – Orlando (1928)
  68. Xueqin, Cao – The Golden Days (The Story of the Stone #1) (1760)
  69. Yourcenar, Marguerite – Memoirs of Hadrian (1951)
  70. Zola, Émile – The Belly of Paris (1873)
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3 thoughts on “The Classics Club, Revisited

  1. Welcome back, I’m looking forward to,reading your thoughts again. Your list is an intriguing mixture – I like the fact you’ve gone outside the mainstream American/British authors to include some African and Chinese authors.

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  2. interesting list, I have read only 14 of these. We have some authors in common, but not 1 title in common in my 50 titles to read, interesting to find so much diversity in classics. Good luck!

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