My 100 Classics List

Well, this is my 100 Classics list for Classics Club and it took me ages! The first 25 were relatively easy, then I started going through classics lists and then I had to figure out what I thought  a classic was. Although almost all books on this list are from the early 1900's, it has barely anything to do with age. It's just that after 2 generations, a book has proven it is successful . I find it very hard to write down what I think a classic is, it just has a certain quality to it that makes it both recognizable as being from a certain area but also timeless and essentially human.

I chose to give myself quite some time to read this. I am going to University while also working so I am expecting to have to somehow fit these in alongside everything else. The list will probably also change over time. I've already removed one after starting it, 'Crash' by Ballard. One strange, messed-up book!

Anyways, here is my list! It goes all the way to 100, sorry for the long read. Just be happy I cut out all my explanations on why I wanted to read them! ;)

  1. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Anne Bronte
  2. Germinal – Emile Zola
  3. Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
  4. The Iliad – Homer
  5. Paradise Lost – John Milton
  6. The Cherry Orchard – Anton Checkov
  7. The Epic of Gilgamesh - Anonymous
  8. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
  9. The Last of the Mohicans – James F. Cooper
  10. The Picture of Dorian Grey – Oscar Wilde
  11. Moll Flanders - Daniel Defoe
  12. Hard Times – Charles Dickens
  13. Notes from Underground – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  14. The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
  15. Ivanhoe – Walter Scott
  16. The Lifted Veil – George Eliot
  17. The Waste Land – T.S. Eliot
  18. The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano – Olaudah Equino
  19. As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner
  20. Where Angels Fear To Tread – E.M. Forster
  21. The Black Sheep - Honore De Balzac 
  22. The Diary of a Nobody – George Grossmith
  23. The Call of the Wild – Jack London
  24. The Good Soldier – Ford Madox Ford
  25. The Plague – Albert Camus
  26. Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell
  27. The Time Machine - H.G. Wells
  28. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
  29. Betrayal – Harold Pinter
  30. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
  31. Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
  32. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel G. Marquez
  33. The Executioner’s Song – Norman Miller
  34. Love – Toni Morrison
  35. If On a Winter’s Night a Traveller – Italo Calvino
  36. Lanark – Alasdair Gray
  37. The Book of Laughter and Forgetting – Milan Kundera
  38. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  39. An American Tragedy – Theodore Dreiser
  40. At Swim-Two-Birds – Flann O’Brien
  41. The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood
  42. The Bridge of San Luis Rey – Thornton Wilder
  43. The Corrections – Jonathan Franzen
  44. A Death in the Family – James Agee
  45. The Death of the Heart – Elizabeth Bowen
  46. The Magus – John Fowles
  47. Electra - Sophocles
  48. The Man Who Loved Children – Christina Stead
  49. The Sorrows of Young Werther – Goethe
  50. Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
  51. The Painted Bird – Jerzy Kosinski
  52. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Muriel Spark
  53. The Awakening - Kate Chopin
  54. Angels in America – Tony Kushner
  55. Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut
  56. The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner
  57. Anthem - Ayn Rand
  58. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea – Jules Verne
  59. The Tale of Genji – Lady Murasaki
  60.  London Fields – Martin Amis
  61. Die Blechtrommel – Gunter Grass
  62. Far From The Maddening Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  63. The Secret Garden – Frances H. Burnett
  64. The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand
  65. I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith
  66. The Famished Road – Ben Okri
  67. River of Fire – Qurratulain Hyder
  68. Baudolino – Umberto Eco
  69. The Mandrake – Nicolo Machiavelli
  70. De Droomkoningin – Maarten ‘t Hart.
  71. Faust - Goethe
  72. The Day of the Locust – Nathanael West
  73. The Decameron – Giovanni Boccaccio
  74. The Stranger - Albert Camus
  75. The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare – G. K. Chesterton
  76. Waiting for Godot – Samuel Beckett
  77. Watership Down – Richard Adams
  78. Candide – Voltaire
  79. All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich M. Remarque
  80. The Pearl – John Steinbeck
  81. The Feigned Courtesan – Aphra Behn
  82. The Count of Monte Christo – Alexander Dumas
  83. My Antonia – Willa Cather
  84. Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes
  85. The Glass Menagerie – Tennessee Williams
  86. The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov
  87. Franny and Zooey – J.D. Salinger
  88. Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf? – Edward Albee
  89. Die Hamletmachine – Heiner Muller
  90. Murder on the Orient Express – Agatha Christie
  91. Equus – Peter Shaffer
  92. The Poetic Edda - Anonymous
  93. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
  94. Breakfast of Champions - Kurt Vonnegut
  95. A House for Mr. Biswas – V.S. Naipaul
  96. Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town – Stephen Leacock
  97. Housekeeping – Marilynne Robinson
  98. Les Misérables - Victor Hugo
  99. Bluebeard – Kurt Vonnegut
  100. Cyrano de Bergerac – Edmond Rostand

I'd love a link to your list so leave a link behind in the comments!!!

1 comment:

  1. Nice list. I'm also working on 100 (two-thirds of the way through). I'm going to slowly pick through and compare notes where we've overlapped. Cheers. My list: http://100greatestnovelsofalltimequest.blogspot.com/2011/08/the-official-list-of-100-greatest.html

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