romancingtheclassics

One girl's journey to read the top 100 literature classics of all time in the space of 365 days, a quest for only the most foolhardy and brave

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Deep down I’ve always felt more at home with the past than the present. I’ve never been a big follower of the latest best seller or popular book series. Even when I was persuaded to take a chance on a ‘must have’ book, I’d find myself stealing mournful glances to my well-worn Jane Austen or Bronte Sister collections.

The prose, the subtleties, the characters and the ebb and flow of classics has always drawn me in and left me addicted. But I’ve never ventured far from Jane Austen, except to a bit of Hemingway or Elizabeth Barret Browning and Shakespeare.

So this year, as part of a re-education of my inner reader and writer, I’ve decided to embark on a romance with a difference. A year of romancing the classics. The top 100 literature classics all in the space of 365 days. Maybe this time I will find the happy ever after I am looking for.

For those keen to take the journey with me, my new bevy of beaus courtesy of Modern Library are listed below.

  1. ULYSSES by James Joyce
  2. THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  3. A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN by James Joyce
  4. LOLITA by Vladimir Nabokov
  5. BRAVE NEW WORLD by Aldous Huxley
  6. THE SOUND AND THE FURY by William Faulkner
  7. CATCH-22 by Joseph Heller
  8. DARKNESS AT NOON by Arthur Koestler
  9. SONS AND LOVERS by D.H. Lawrence
  10. THE GRAPES OF WRATH by John Steinbeck
  11. UNDER THE VOLCANO by Malcolm Lowry
  12. THE WAY OF ALL FLESH by Samuel Butler
  13. 1984 by George Orwell
  14. I, CLAUDIUS by Robert Graves
  15. TO THE LIGHTHOUSE by Virginia Woolf
  16. AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY by Theodore Dreiser
  17. THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER by Carson McCullers
  18. SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE by Kurt Vonnegut
  19. INVISIBLE MAN by Ralph Ellison
  20. NATIVE SON by Richard Wright
  21. HENDERSON THE RAIN KING by Saul Bellow
  22. APPOINTMENT IN SAMARRA by John O’Hara
  23. U.S.A.(trilogy) by John Dos Passos
  24. WINESBURG, OHIO by Sherwood Anderson
  25. A PASSAGE TO INDIA by E.M. Forster
  26. THE WINGS OF THE DOVE by Henry James
  27. THE AMBASSADORS by Henry James
  28. TENDER IS THE NIGHT by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  29. THE STUDS LONIGAN TRILOGY by James T. Farrell
  30. THE GOOD SOLDIER by Ford Madox Ford
  31. ANIMAL FARM by George Orwell
  32. THE GOLDEN BOWL by Henry James
  33. SISTER CARRIE by Theodore Dreiser
  34. A HANDFUL OF DUST by Evelyn Waugh
  35. AS I LAY DYING by William Faulkner
  36. ALL THE KING’S MEN by Robert Penn Warren
  37. THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY by Thornton Wilder
  38. HOWARDS END by E.M. Forster
  39. GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN by James Baldwin
  40. THE HEART OF THE MATTER by Graham Greene
  41. LORD OF THE FLIES by William Golding
  42. DELIVERANCE by James Dickey
  43. PORTRAIT OF A LADY by Henry James
  44. POINT COUNTER POINT by Aldous Huxley
  45. THE SUN ALSO RISES by Ernest Hemingway
  46. THE SECRET AGENT by Joseph Conrad
  47. NOSTROMO by Joseph Conrad
  48. THE RAINBOW by D.H. Lawrence
  49. WOMEN IN LOVE by D.H. Lawrence
  50. TROPIC OF CANCER by Henry Miller
  51. THE NAKED AND THE DEAD by Norman Mailer
  52. THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE DAMNED by F.Scott Fitzgerald
  53. THE AGE OF INNOCENCE by Edith Wharton
  54. PORTNOY’S COMPLAINT by Philip Roth
  55. PALE FIRE by Vladimir Nabokov
  56. LIGHT IN AUGUST by William Faulkner
  57. ON THE ROAD by Jack Kerouac
  58. THE MALTESE FALCON by Dashiell Hammett
  59. PARADE’S END by Ford Madox Ford
  60. THE AGE OF INNOCENCE by Edith Wharton
  61. ZULEIKA DOBSON by Max Beerbohm
  62. THE MOVIEGOER by Walker Percy
  63. DEATH COMES FOR THE ARCHBISHOP by Willa Cather
  64. FROM HERE TO ETERNITY by James Jones
  65. THE WAPSHOT CHRONICLES by John Cheever
  66. THE CATCHER IN THE RYE by J.D. Salinger
  67. A CLOCKWORK ORANGE by Anthony Burgess
  68. OF HUMAN BONDAGE by W. Somerset Maugham
  69. HEART OF DARKNESS by Joseph Conrad
  70. MAIN STREET by Sinclair Lewis
  71. THE HOUSE OF MIRTH by Edith Wharton
  72. THE ALEXANDRIA QUARTET by Lawrence Durell
  73. A HIGH WIND IN JAMAICA by Richard Hughes
  74. A HOUSE FOR MR BISWAS by V.S. Naipaul
  75. THE DAY OF THE LOCUST by Nathanael West
  76. A FAREWELL TO ARMS by Ernest Hemingway
  77. SCOOP by Evelyn Waugh
  78. THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE by Muriel Spark
  79. FINNEGANS WAKE by James Joyce
  80. KIM by Rudyard Kipling
  81. A ROOM WITH A VIEW by E.M. Forster
  82. BRIDESHEAD REVISITED by Evelyn Waugh
  83. THE ADVENTURES OF AUGIE MARCH by Saul Bellow
  84. ANGLE OF REPOSE by Wallace Stegner
  85. A BEND IN THE RIVER by V.S. Naipaul
  86. THE DEATH OF THE HEART by Elizabeth Bowen
  87. LORD JIM by Joseph Conrad
  88. RAGTIME by E.L. Doctorow
  89. THE OLD WIVES’ TALE by Arnold Bennett
  90. THE CALL OF THE WILD by Jack London
  91. LOVING by Henry Green
  92. MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN by Salman Rushdie
  93. TOBACCO ROAD by Erskine Caldwell
  94. IRONWEED by William Kennedy
  95. THE MAGUS by John Fowles
  96. WIDE SARGASSO SEA by Jean Rhys
  97. UNDER THE NET by Iris Murdoch
  98. SOPHIE’S CHOICE by William Styron
  99. THE SHELTERING SKY by Paul Bowles
  100. THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE by James M. Cain
  101. THE GINGER MAN by J.P. Donleavy
  102. THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS by Booth Tarkington
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