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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Penguin 100 Classics to Read Before You Die / Penguin 10 Essentials


I found a list online called "Penguin's 100 Classic Books You Must Read Before You Die." I found it online in lots of places and in lots of blogs, but not on Penguin's site. It seems old, so maybe that's why. But I thought the list was worth repeating, like so many lit lovers, because it's an interesting assortment. I'm really glad to see Wilkie Collins on here, that's for sure. Plus, I get all stoked when I can highlight books I've read off of major lists--like the 27 I've already tackled below. {Sorry for all the weird highlighting, there are two colors and yet I only selected one...} The ones in blue type are on my definitely-to-read list, meaning at the end of my life I'll have at least tried to tackle 50%--the only books I care about, anyhow. 

1. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey  
2. Diary of a Madman and Other Stories - Nikolai Gogol  
3. Wide Sargasso Sea - Jean Rhys 
4. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky 
5. Notes From Underground - Fyodor Dostoyevsky 
6. Story of the Eye - Georges Bataille 
7. Spy In House Of Love - Anais Nin 
8. Lady Chatterly's Lover - D.H.Lawrence 
9. Venus in Furs - Leopold von Sacher-Masoch 
10. The Canterbury Tales - Geoffrey Chaucer 
11. The Karamazov Brothers - Fyodor Dostoevsky 
12. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad 
13. Diamonds Are Forever - Ian Fleming 
14. The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov 
15. The Secret Agent - Joseph Conrad16. A Room With a View - E. M. Forster 
17. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte 
18. Don Juan - Lord George Gordon Byron 
19. Love in a Cold Climate- Nancy Mitford 
20. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof - Tennessee Williams 
21. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens 
22. Middlemarch - George Eliot 
23. She: A History of Adventure - H. Rider Haggard 
24. The Fight - by Norman Mailer 
25. No Easy Walk to Freedom - Nelson Mandela 
26. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck 
27. The Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton 
28. Notre-Dame of Paris (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) - Victor Hugo 
29. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy 
30. The Old Curiosity Shop - Charles Dickens 
31. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson 
32. Bram Stoker's Dracula - Bram Stoker33. Frankenstein - Mary Shelley 
34. The Castle of Otranto - Horace Walpole 
35. The Turn of the Screw - Henry James 
36. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray 
37. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov 
38. Baby doll - Tennessee Williams 
39. Breakfast at Tiffany's - Truman Capote 
40. Emma - Jane Austen 
41. On the Road - Jack Kerouac 
42. The Odyssey - Homer 
43. The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck 
44. Three Men in a Boat - Jerome K. Jerome 
45. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll 
46. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald 
47. Vile Bodies - Evelyn Waugh 
48. The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde 
49. The Beautiful and Damned - F. Scott Fitzgerald 
50. Against Nature - Joris-Karl Huysmans 
51. The Autobiography of Malcolm X - Malcolm X 
52. The Outsider - Albert Camus 
53. Animal Farm - George Orwell 
54. The Communist Manifesto - Karl Marx 
55. Les Mis√©rables - Victor Hugo 
56. The Time Machine - H. G. Wells 
57. The Man in the High Castle - Philip K. Dick 
58. The Invisible Man - H.G. Wells 
59. The Day of the Triffids - John Wyndham 
60. We - Yevgeny Zamyatin 
61. A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess 
62. Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga - Hunter S. Thompson 
63. A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens 
64. Another Country - James Baldwin 
65. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote 
66. Junky: The Definitive Text of Junk - William S. Burroughs 
67. The Moonstone - Wilkie Collins 
68. Confessions of an English Opium Eater - Thomas De Quincey 
69. Subterraneans - Jack Kerouac 
70. Monsieur Monde Vanishes - Georges Simenon 
71. Nineteen Eighty-four - George Orwell 
72. The Monkey Wrench Gang - Edward Abbey 
73. The Prince - Niccolo Machiavelli 
74. Bound for Glory - Arthur Miller 
75. Death of a Salesman - Georges Simenon 
76. Maigret and the Ghost - Georges Simenon 
77. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins 
78. The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler 
79. A Study in Scarlet - Arthur Conan, Sir Doyle 
80. The Thirty-Nine Steps - John Buchan 
81. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert 
82. Therese Raquin - √Émile Zola 
83. Les Liaisons dangereuses - Pierre Choderlos de Laclos 
84. The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne 
85. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy 
86. I, Claudius : From the Autobiography of Tiberius Claudius, Born 10 B.C., Murdered and Deified A.D. 54 - Robert Graves 
87. Hangover Square - Patrick Hamilton 
88. The Beggar's Opera - John Gay 
89. The Twelve Caesars - Suetonius 
90. Guys and Dolls - Hal Leonard Corporation 
91. Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson 
92. The Iliad of Homer - Homer 
93. The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas94. From Russia with Love - Ian Fleming 
95. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy 
96. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons 
97. The Diary of a Nobody - George Grossmith 
98. Pickwick Papers - Charles Dickens 
99. Scoop - Evelyn Waugh100. Lucky Jim - Kingsley Amis

Interestingly, while searching for the official origin of this list, I came across Penguin's 10 Essential Classics. Like, if you only read 10 classics, read these. I've tackled 70% of that list. Of note: Only two of these ten are on the 100 list. Hmmp. And there's no Dickens or Mark Twain. Hmmm....

Penguin’s 10 Essential Classics:
1. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
2. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
3. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
4. The Odyssey – Homer
5. Hamlet – William Shakespeare
6. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
7. Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka
8. Oedipus Rex – Sophocles
9. Walden – Henry David Thoreau
10. Inferno – Dante 

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