The Classics Club

(Introductory Post.)

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  1. Homer: The Iliad (c. 8th century BCE)
  2. Homer: The Odyssey (c. 8th century BCE)*
  3. Hesiod: Works and Days & Thoegony (c. 8th-7th century BCE)
  4. Aeschylus (Aiskhulos): Plays
    1. Agamemnon (458 BCE)
    2. The Libation Bearers (458 BCE)
    3. The Eumenides (458 BCE)
  5. Sophocles (Sophoklēs): Plays
    1. Antigone (c. 442 BCE)*
    2. Oedipus Rex [Oedipus the King] (c. 429 BCE)*
    3. Oedipus at Colonus (c. 406 BCE)
  6. Euripides: Plays
    1. Alcestis [Alkēstis] (438 BCE)
    2. Medea [Mēdeia] (431 BCE)*
    3. Hippolytus (428 BCE)
    4. Electra [Ēlektra] (c. 420 BCE)
    5. Trojan Women [Troades] (415 BCE)
    6. The Bacchae (405 BCE)
  7. Carson, Anne, translator: An Oresteia (5th century BCE)
  8. Aesop: Fables (c. 5th century BCE)
  9. Virgil: The Aeneid [Aeneis] (29-19 BCE)
  10. Ovid: Metamorphoses ( 8)*
  11. Anonymous: Beowulf (between 8th-11th centuries)
  12. Anonymous: The Poem of the Cid [El Cantar del Mio Cid] (12th century)
  13. Chaucer, Geoffrey: The Canterbury Tales (1380s)
  14. Montalvo, Garci Rodríguez de: Amadis of Gaul [Amadis de Gaula] (1508)
  15. Camões, Luís Vaz de: The Lusiad (1572)
  16. Shakespeare, William: Plays
    1. The Two Gentlemen of Verona (1589-91)
    2. Taming of the Shrew (1590-91)
    3. Titus Andronicus (1592)
    4. A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1595)*
    5. Much Ado About Nothing (1598-99)
  17. Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de: Don Quixote (1605, 1615)
  18. Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de: Three Exemplary Novels (1613)†§
  19. Bunyan, John: The Pilgrim’s Progress (1678)
  20. Defoe, Daniel: Robinson Crusoe (1719)
  21. Swift, Jonathan: Gulliver’s Travels (1726)
  22. Walpole, Horace: The Castle of Otranto (1765)
  23. Burney, Fanny: Evelina (1778)
  24. Radcliffe, Ann: The Italian (1797)
  25. Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von: Faust I, Faust II (1808, 1832)
  26. Austen, Jane: Pride and Prejudice (1813)*
  27. Austen, Jane: Persuasion (1818)*
  28. Hugo, Victor: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1831)
  29. Poe, Edgar Allan: Tales of Mystery and Imagination (1830s-40s)
  30. Brontë, Anne: Agnes Grey (1847)
  31. Gaskell, Elizabeth: Mary Barton (1848)
  32. Dickens, Charles: Bleak House (1853)
  33. Gaskell, Elizabeth: Cranford (1853)
  34. Trollope, Anthony: The Warden (1855)
  35. Melville, Herman: The Piazza Tales (1856)
  36. Trollope, Anthony: Barchester Towers (1857)
  37. Dickens, Charles: A Tale of Two Cities (1859)
  38. Collins, Wilkie: The Woman in White (1860)
  39. Hawthorne, Nathaniel: The Marble Faun (1860)
  40. Dickens, Charles: Great Expectations (1861)*
  41. Hugo, Victor: Les Misérables (1862)
  42. Gaskell, Elizabeth: Wives and Daughters (1865)
  43. Tolstoy, Leo: War and Peace (1869)
  44. Verne, Jules: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870)
  45. Eliot, George: Middlemarch (1871-72)
  46. Tolstoy, Leo: Anna Karenina (1877)
  47. James, Henry: The Turn of the Screw and Other Short Fiction (1878-1908)‡
  48. James, Henry: The Portrait of a Lady (1881)
  49. Collodi, Carlo: Le avventure di Pinocchio. Storio di un burattino. [The Adventures of Pinocchio] (1883)¤
  50. Zola, Émile: Germinal (1885)
  51. Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan: The Sherlock Holmes stories & novels (1887-1927)
    1. A Study in Scarlet (1887, Scotland)
    2. The Sign of Four(1890, Scotland)
    3. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892, Scotland)
    4. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1894, Scotland)
    5. The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902, Scotland) [post 2]
    6. The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1905, Scotland)
    7. The Valley of Fear (1915, Scotland)
    8. His Last Bow (1917, Scotland)
    9. The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (1927, Scotland)
  52. Hardy, Thomas: Tess of the D’Urbervilles (1891)
  53. Wilde, Oscar: The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891)*
  54. Wells, H. G.:The Time Machine (1895)
  55. Dreiser, Theodore: Sister Carrie  (1900)
  56. Conrad, Joseph: Heart of Darkness (1902)
  57. Wharton, Edith: The House of Mirth (1905)
  58. Galsworthy, John: Forsyte Saga (1906-1929)
  59. Forster, E. M.: A Room with a View (1908)
  60. Lawrence, D. H.: Sons and Lovers (1913)
  61. Unamuno, Miguel de: Mist [Niebla] (1914, Spain)
  62. Joyce, James: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916)
  63. Fitzgerald, F. Scott: The Great Gatsby (1925)*
  64. Woolf, Virginia: Mrs. Dalloway (1925)
  65. Kafka, Franz: “Metamorphosis” (1915) and The Trial (1925)
  66. Cather, Willa: Death Comes for the Archbishop (1927)
  67. Arlt, Roberto: Seven Madmen [Los siete locos] (1929, Argentina)
  68. Ford, Ford Madox: Parade’s End (1928)
  69. Faulkner, William: “The Bear” (1942) and As I Lay Dying (1930)
  70. Huxley, Aldous: Brave New World (1932)
  71. Dinesen, Isak (Karen Blixen): Out of Africa (1937)
  72. du Maurier, Daphne: Rebecca (1938)
  73. Steinbeck, John: The Grapes of Wrath (1939)*
  74. Hemingway, Ernest: For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940)
  75. Wright, Richard: Native Son (1940)
  76. Smith, Dodie: I Capture the Castle (1940)
  77. Green, Henry: Loving (1945)
  78. Orwell, George: Animal Farm (1945)
  79. Waugh, Evelyn: Brideshead Revisited (1945)
  80. Asturias, Miguel Ángel: The President [El Señor Presidente] (1946)
  81. Carpentier, Alego: Kingdom of This World [El reino de este mundo] (1949)
  82. Orwell, George: Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949)
  83. Bradbury, Ray: The Martian Chronicles (1950)
  84. Cela, Camilo José: The Hive [La colmena] (1951)
  85. Asimov, Isaac: Foundation Trilogy (1951-53)
  86. Ellison, Ralph: Invisible Man (1952)
  87. Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr Isayev: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (1952)
  88. Steinbeck, John: East of Eden (1952)
  89. Baldwin, James: Go Tell It on the Mountain (1953)
  90. Tolkien, J. R. R.: The Lord of the Rings (1954-56)*
  91. Nabokov, Vladimir: Lolita (1955)
  92. Rulfo, Juan: Pedro Páramo (1955)
  93. Kerouac, Jack: On the Road (1957)
  94. Tomasi di Lampedusa, Giuseppe: The Leopard [Il Gattopardo] (1958)
  95. Jackson, Shirley: The Haunting of Hill House (1959)
  96. Spark, Muriel: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961)
  97. Sciascia, Leonardo: The Day of the Owl [Il giorno della civetta] (1961)
  98. Fuentes, Carlos: The Death of Artemio Cruz [La muerte de Artemio Cruz] (1962)
  99. Borges, Jorge Luis: Ficciones (1962) Post 1
  100. Vargas Llosa, Mario: The Time of the Heroes [La ciudad y los perros] (1962)
  101. Cortázar, Julio: Hopscotch [Rayuela] (1963)
  102. Various: El Cuento Hispanoamericano, vol. 1 & 2 (1964, Seymour Menton, ed.)§
  103. Pynchon, Thomas: The Crying of Lot 49 (1966)
  104. García Márquez, Gabriel: Cien años de soledad [One Hundred Years of Solitude] (1967)*§
  105. Dick, Philip K.: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968)
  106. Vonnegut, Jr., Kurt: Slaughterhouse-Five (1969)
  107. Fowles, John: The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1969)
  108. Morrison, Toni: The Bluest Eye (1970)
  109. Calvino, Italo: Invisible Cities [Le città invisibili] (1972)
  110. Doctorow, E.L.: Ragtime (1975)
  111. Tolkien, J.R.R.: The Silmarillion (1977, posthumous)
  112. Calvino, Italo: If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler [Se una notte d’inverno un viaggiatore] (1979)
  113. McCarthy, Cormac: Suttree (1979)
  114. Eco, Umberto: The Name of the Rose [Il nome della rosa] (1980)
  115. Rushdie, Salman: Midnight’s Children (1980)
  116. Walker, Alice: The Color Purple (1982)
  117. Saer, Juan José: The Witness [El entenado] (1983)
  118. García Márquez, Gabriel: Love in the Time of Cholera [El amor en los tiempos del cólera] (1985)
  119. Atwood, Margaret: The Handmaid’s Tale (1985)
  120. Marías, Javier: All Souls [Todas las almas] (1987)
  121. Morrison, Toni: Beloved (1987)
  122. Wallace, David Foster: Infinite Jest (1996)
  123. Bolaño, Roberto: Nazi Literature in the Americas [La literatura nazi en América] (1996)
  124. Vargas Llosa, Mario: The Feast of the Goat [La fiesta del chivo] (2000)
  125. Bolaño, Roberto: 2666 (2004)

* Indicates a reread.
† Vicente Llorens, ed., 1964. Includes El Licenciado Vidriera, El Casamiento Enganoso, and El Coloquio de los Perros
‡ Includes The Turn of the Screw, Daisy Miller*, Washington Square, The Beast in the Jungle, and The Jolly Corner
§ I hope to read in Spanish
¤ I hope to read in Italian

Last updated 20.05.2012

23 thoughts on “The Classics Club

    1. Thanks! That was the goal of my list, that everything should be tempting so that I would actually read from it! Isn’t it fun to look at other people’s lists, though, and see so many other ideas?

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