Classics Club

For the purposes of my Classics Club challenge, the books must be published in 1990 or earlier.

Pre-19th Century

1. Daodejing (Tao Te Ching) by Laotzi (Lao Tzu) (approximately 500 BC)

2. The Pillow Book, by Sei Shonagon (1002)

3. The Divine Comedy, by Dante Alighieri (1321)

4. Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes (1605)

19th Century

5. Mansfield Park, by Jane Austen (1814)

6. Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austen (1818)

7. Agnes Grey, by Anne Bronte (1847)

8. Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte (1847)

9. Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte (1849)

10. In Memoriam, by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1849)

11. Villette, by Charlotte Bronte (1853)

12. North and South, by Elizabeth Gaskell (1855)

13. Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whitman (1855)

14. Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens (1861)

15. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, by Harriet Jacobs (1861)

16. Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo (1862)

17. War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy (1869)

18. The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1880)

19. The Country of Pointed Firs, by Sarah Orne Jewett (1896)

Early 20th Century

20. The Call of the Wild, by Jack London (1903)

21. A Room with a View, by E.M. Forster (1908)

22. O Pioneers, by Willa Cather (1913)

23. Dubliners, by James Joyce (1914)

24. The Song of the Lark, by Willa Cather (1915)

25. To the Lighthouse, by Virginia Woolf (1927)

26. Shadows on the Rock, by Willa Cather (1931)

27. The Good Earth, by Pearl S. Buck (1931)

28. The Diary of Anaïs Nin (1931-34)

29. Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston (1937)

30. Out of Africa, by Isak Dinesen (1937)

31. The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck (1939)

Late 20th Century

32. The Violent Bear It Away, by Flannery O’Connor (1955)

33. The Haunting of Hill House, by Shirley Jackson (1959)

34. The Death and Life of Great American Cities, by Jane Jacobs (1961)

35. Franny and Zooey, by J.D. Salinger (1961)

36. Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson (1962)

37. Pale Fire, by Vladimir Nabokov (1962)

38. Master and Margarita, by Mikhail Bulgakov (1966)

39. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison (1970)

40. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, by Dee Brown (1970)

41. Angle of Repose, by Wallace Stegner (1971)

42. Roots, by Alex Haley (1976)

43. The Name of the Rose, by Umberto Eco (1980)

44. Housekeeping, by Marilynne Robinson (1980)

45. Midnight’s Children, by Salman Rushdie (1981)

46. The House of the Spirits, by Isabel Allende (1982)

47. Lonesome Dove, by Larry McMurty (1985)

48. The General in His Labyrinth, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1989)

49. The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan (1989)

50. Possession, by A.S. Byatt (1990)


2 thoughts on “Classics Club

    • Thanks so much for your comment! It’s encouraging to hear good things about Don Quixote. I have to say I’m a bit intimidated! My sincere apologies for letting your comment languish for more than a month – I’m clearly still figuring out how to operate this blog!


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