Classics Club List

This is my list for The Classics Club.

Why 75? Because I’m indecisive and couldn’t choose 50! I tried to include a little bit of everything. I’ve divided the list by period, so it’s roughly chronological.

I might change a few of these, but I will keep the number the same.

Start date: 9/21/2018 — 9/22/2022 (5 years)

ANCIENT & MEDIEVAL — 17
    1. The Bacchae & other plays – Euripides (own) (drama) (4 plays — The Bacchae & Women of Troy will be rereads; Ion & Helen are new to me) 2/12/2019 read & reviewed!
    2. Electra by Sophocles (drama)
    3. The Iliad – reread – read & reviewed
    4. The Odyssey – Homer  (poetry) (reread) (translation: Emily Wilson) (library) 3/5/2019
    5. The Symposium – Plato (philosophy)
    6. Metamorphoses – Ovid (own) I kept putting this off until I had read The Aeneid, which I finished in June 2018. I’ll probably start this in January 2019. finished 2019!
    7. The Golden Ass – Apuleius (AS Kline translation, free, poetryintranslation.com)
    8. Meditations – Marcus Aurelius (Project Gutenberg or Serial Reader app)
    9. The True History — Lucian of Samosata
    10. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, and Sir Orfeo (reread, except for Pearl, which is new to me) (public library) read in  December 2018
    11. Le Morte d’Arthur: King Arthur and the Legends of the Round Table – Malory (online) (Project Gutenberg)
    12. The Saga of the Volsungs
    13. The Lais of Marie de France (library) read & reviewed
    14. The Canterbury Tales – Chaucer (own)
    15. The Kalevala (Project Gutenberg) (Finnish) one of J.R.R. Tolkien’s favorites
    16. The Poetic Edda (Project Gutenberg)
    17. The Sagas of Icelanders (public library or buy)
 
EARLY MODERN: 6
 

Love’s Labour’s Lost – Shakespeare (own) read & reviewed, 2018!
Macbeth – Shakespeare (reread) (own) read & reviewed, March 2019!
Troilus & Cressida – Shakespeare (own) (2020?)
Cymbeline – Shakespeare (own)
The Faerie Queene – Spenser (own)
Paradise Lost – Milton (reread) (paradiselost.org)

CLASSICAL PERSIA & CHINA: 2 books

The Conference of the Birds – Farid ad-Din Attar (public library)
Journey to the West volume one

 
18th-19th CENTURY EUROPE & WORLD (history + political thought + Romanticism + novels): 14 books 

 

  1. The Social Contract – Jean Jacques Rousseau (Project Gutenberg) nonfiction 2/7/2019
  2. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire – Edward Gibbon (own) nonfiction 7/26/2019
  3. Democracy in America – Alexis de Tocqueville
  4. Songs of Innocence & Experience – William Blake (poetry) (Project Gutenberg) poetry
  5. Lyrical Ballads – Wordsworth & Coleridge (poetry) (Project Gutenberg) poetry
  6. Manfred – Lord Byron (drama) https://www.bartleby.com/18/6/ read & reviewed!
  7. Idylls of the King – Alfred Lord Tennyson (poetry) (Project Gutenberg)
  8. Vanity Fair – Willliam Makepeace Thackeray (Project Gutenberg)
  9. Hunchback of Notre Dame – Victor Hugo (Project Gutenberg)
  10. Tess of the D’Ubervilles – Thomas Hardy (Project Gutenberg)
  11. Collected Poems – Emily Dickinson (poetry)
  12. Three Men in a Boat – Jerome K. Jerome 1/28/2019 read & reviewed!
  13. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Anne Bronte – reread
  14. Lilith by George McDonald
    1. 20th CENTURY — 1900-1950: 15 books
  1. The Souls of Black Folk – W.E.B. Dubois (Project Gutenberg) read & reviewed
  2. The Complete John Silence – replaced with Four Weird Tales – Algernon Blackwood  (LibriVox) (read & reviewed)
  3. Tales Before Tolkien: The Roots of Modern Fantasy – I think this collection is 19th-early 20th century? (library)
  4. Orlando – Virginia Woolf (own) I’d like to give this modernist classic another try. – Read & reviewed 2018!
  5. A Portrait of the Artist As A Young Man – another modernist classic
  6. The Sound & the Fury – Wiliam Faulkner (library) (I can’t believe I still haven’t read this.) – Read & reviewed August 2019!
  7. Selected Poems by Langston Hughes (library)
  8. The House on the Borderland  – William Hope Hodgson (Project Gutenberg or LibriVox) (read October 2019)
  9. The King of Elfland’s Daughter – Lord Dunsany (Project Gutenberg, this just entered the public domain!) I really loved this a few years ago
  10. The Best of CL Moore – C.L. Moore (library)
  11. The Left Hand of Darkness (reread) – Ursula LeGuin read & reviewed April 2019
  12. Collected Poems – W.B. Yeats (own)
  13. The Road to Wigan Pier – George Orwell
  14. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism – Max Weber
  15. The First Men in the Moon – HG Wells (Project Gutenberg or LibriVox) I love Wells, but I’ve never read this one

20th Century — 1950-1990: 18 books

  1. The Spy Who Came in From the Cold – John Le Carre (library) read & reviewed
  2. Eichmann in Jerusalem Hannah Arendt (read & reviewed)
  3. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez (library) 5/19/2019 read & reviewed
  4. I Explain A Few Things – Pablo Neruda (own) (poetry)
  5. Stand on Zanzibar – John Brunner (library)
  6. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie (own) (reread) read & reviewed!
  7. The Satanic Verses – Salman Rushdie (library)
  8. Haroun & the Sea of Stories – Salman Rushdie (own) (reread)
  9. The Boat of a Million Years – Poul Anderson (own)
  10. The Complete Cosmicomics – Italo Calvino (library) (reread)
  11. The Wild Shore – Kim Stanley Robinson (library)
  12. The Gold Coast – Kim Stanley Robinson (library)
  13. Pacific Edge – Kim Stanley Robinson (library)
  14. The Fifth Head of Cerberus – Gene Wolfe
  15. Beloved – Toni Morrison (library)
  16. The Hobbit  – J.R.R. Tolkien (reread) read & reviewed!
  17. Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien  (reread)
  18. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norman Juster (reread)

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