Posted 01 May 2004 - 01:59 AM
What do you think is a great classic everyone should read?
Posted 01 May 2004 - 04:40 AM
Those were the first that sprang to my mind.
Posted 01 May 2004 - 05:44 AM
The strange but wondrous Parzival by Wolfram Von Eschenbach is another.
BTW: the definitive list of classics was compiled by the erstwhile Harold Bloom in his The Western Canon
Check it out: The Western Canon
I refer to Moby-Dick as painful because I was once reading it in bed while holding it over my head...fell asleep and dropped the tome on my face. Where's Starbucks when you need him?
Damn you, white whale!
Posted 01 May 2004 - 08:22 AM
Posted 01 May 2004 - 08:30 AM
Posted 01 May 2004 - 09:19 AM
My own personal list:
Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice or Emma.
Tolstoy: War & Peace. I read it once a decade. Make sure yours is unabridged.
Willa Cather: Death Comes to the Archbishop, Song of the Lark or My Antonia
Charles Dickens: A Tale of Two Cities
Toni Morrison: Song of Solomon or Beloved
Arthur Koestler: Darkness at Noon
Flannery O'Connor: A Good Man is Hard to Find
John Steinback: Grapes of Wrath
Posted 03 May 2004 - 04:55 AM
F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby
Emily Bronte: Wuthering Heights
Charlotte Bronte: Jane Eyre
Jane Austen: Persuasion
Posted 03 May 2004 - 07:46 AM
Shakespeare-- Julius Ceasar and Antony and Cleopatra were two of my favorites years ago, since they were full of historical figures that I recognized--didn't have to spend so much time figuring out who was who.
The four Gospels, The Acts of the Apostles and The Book of Revelation. King James version.
James Joyce--Dubliners--the ubiquitous and occasionally exercable Harold Bloom calls it the greatest volume of short stories in English.
Thomas Hardy The Mayor of Casterbridge
Joseph Conrad Typhoon
MelvilleMoby Dick and Benito Cereno
Edith Wharton Custom of the Country
Mark Twain Life on the Mississippi
Posted 03 May 2004 - 08:20 AM
as much classical literature as you can read, including all the works mentioned already (the Iliad, the Aeneid, Thucydides, and various Romans as well)
Chaucer: Canterbury Tales
Dante: The Divine Comedy (there are now some good translations, including side-by-side)
Dostoevsky: Crime and Punishment
Flaubert: Madame Bovary
Tolstoy: Anna Karenina
Joyce: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
James (Henry): The Portrait of a Lady
Cather: Death Comes for the Archbishop
Wharton: The House of Mirth
Posted 03 May 2004 - 09:33 AM
Posted 03 May 2004 - 09:47 AM
Marjolein, I notice you're located in Belgium, and I don't think that everything listed here will be considered a 'great classic' in Belgium, for instance Willa Cather or Mark Twain.
Notwithstanding, I'll add some of my own biased choices: the Old Testament esp. Genesis and Alice in Wonderland,
Posted 03 May 2004 - 09:55 AM
But if one doen't read the classics how is one to know that?
BTW: I'd admit Bloom is sometimes flatulent... but never execrable.
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