What classics have you read?

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  1. shesulsa

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    What classic pieces of literature have you read?

    Which is your favorite so far?

    What would you like to read next?
     
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    Of Mice & Men
    To Kill a Mockingbird
    Tale of Teo Cities
    Lord of the Flies
    Brave New World
    Of Mice & Men
    To Kill a Mockingbird
    Tale of Teo Cities



    Would like to read Heart of Darkness again.
     
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    Have read too many to list, but faves are:

    Grapes Of Wrath, and To Kill a Mockingbird.

    I do want to read a bit more Hemingway, but fiction is lower on my list of priorities....
     
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    hmmm...
    Two Years Before The Mast - R.H. Dana
    1984 - George Orwell
    The Stranger - Albert Camus
    The Metamorphosis and others - Franz Kafka
    Beowulf
    Shakespeare
    Some Dickens
    A variety of Ayn Rand


    1984 is, by far, my favorite.

    I still want to read Paradise Lost and Inferno completely
     
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    I have read dozens of classics. I found a fantastic book: The New Lifetime Reading Plan. It lists and describes hundreds of classic books from a variety of cultures that you should read.

    Here is the list. Enjoy.

    New Lifetime Reading Plan by Clifton Fadiman and John S. Major
    Assumes you have read both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.


    Part 1.
    1. Anonymous ca 2000 BCE The Epic of Gilgamesh
    2. Homer ca 800 BCE The Iliad
    3. Homer ca 800 BCE The Odyssey
    4. Confucius 551-479 BCE The Analects
    5. Aeschylus 535-455 BCE The Oresteia
    6. Sophocles 496-406 BCE Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone
    7. Euripides 484-406 BCE Alcestis, Medea, Hippolytus, The Trojan Woman, Electra, The Bacchae
    8. Herodotus ca 484 -425 BCE The Histories
    9. Thucydides ca 470-400 BCE The History of the Peloponnesian War
    10. Sun Tzu ca 450-380 BCE The Art of War
    11. Aristophanes 448-388 BCE Lysistrata, The Clouds, The Birds
    12. Plato 428-348 BCE Selected Works : Apology, Crito, Protagoras, Meno, Symposium, Phaedo, Republic
    13. Aristotle 384-322 BCE Ethics, Politics, Poetics
    14. Mencius ca 400-320 BCE The Book of Mencius
    15. Valmiki ca 300 BCE The Ramayana
    16. Vyasa ca 200 BCE The Mahabharata
    17. Anonymous ca 200 BCE The Bhagavad Gita
    18. Sun Ma Ch’ien (Sima Qian) ca 145-86 BCE Records of the Grand Historian
    19. Lucretius ca 100-50 BCE Of the Nature of Things
    20. Virgil 70-19 BCE The Aeneid
    21. Marcus Aurelius 122-180 Meditations

    Part 2.
    22. Saint Augustine 354-430 The Confessions
    23. Kalidasa ca 400 The Cloud Messenger, Sakantala
    24. Mohammed ca 650 The Koran
    25. Hui-neng 648-713 The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch
    26. Firdausi ca 940-1020 Shah Nameh
    27. Sei Shonagon ca 965-1035 The Pillow Book
    28. Lady Murasaki ca 976-1015 The Tale of the Genji
    29. Omar Khayyam 1048- ? The Rubaiuyat
    30. Dante Alighieri 1265-1321 The Divine Comedy
    31. Luo Kuan-chung ca 1330-1400 The Romance of the Three Kingdoms
    32. Geoffrey Chaucer 1342-1400 The Canterbury Tales
    33. Anonymous ca 1500 The Thousand and One Arabian Nights
    34. Niccolo Machiavelli 1469-1527 The Prince
    35. Francois Rabelais 1483-1553 Gargantua and Pantagruel
    36. Wu Ch’eng-en 1500-1582 Journey to the West
    37. Michel Eyquem de Montaigne 1533-1592 Selected Essays
    38. Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 1547-1616 Don Quixote

    Pat 3.
    39. William Shakespeare 1564-1616 Complete Works . especially: The Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet, Henry IV 1&2, Hamlet, Troilus and Cressida, Measure for Measure, King Lear, Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra, Othello, The Tempest
    40. John Donne 1573-1631 Selected Works : Songs and Sonnets, Elegies, First and Second Anniversaries, Holy Sonnets, Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions, few of the Sermons
    41. Anonymous 1618 The Plum in the Golden Vase (Chin Ping Mei)
    42. Galileo Galilei 1574-1642 Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems
    43. Thomas Hobbes 1588-1679 Leviathan
    44. Rene Descartes 1596-1650 Discourse on Method
    45. John Milton 1608-1674 Paradise Lost, Lycidas, On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity, Sonnets, Areopagitica
    46. Moliere 1622-1673 Selected Plays: The School for Wives, Tartuffe, The Misanthrope, The Would Be Gentleman. also: The Miser, Don Juan, The Imaginary Invalid, The Learned Ladies
    47. Blaise Pascal 1623-1662 Thoughts (Penses)
    48. John Bunyan 1628-1688 Pilgrim’s Progress
    49. John Locke 1632-1704 Second Treatise on Government
    50. Matsuo Basho 1644-1694 The Narrow Road to the Deep North
    51. Daniel Defoe 1660-1731 Robinson Crusoe
    52. Jonathan Swift 1667-1745 Gulliver’s Travels
    53. Voltaire 1694-1778 Candide and other works
    54. David Hume 1711-1776 An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding
    55. Henry Fielding 1707-1754 Tom Jones
    56. Ts’ao Hsueh-ch’in 1715-1763 The Dream of the Red Chamber (aka The Story of the Stone)
    57. Jean-Jacques Rousseau 1712-1778 Confessions
    58. Laurence Sterne 1713-1768 Tristram Shandy
    59. James Boswell 1740-1795 The Life of Samuel Johnson
    60. Richard B. Morris (Ed.) Basic Documents in American History
    61. Clinton Rossiter 1787 The Federalist Papers

    Part 4.
    62. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 1749-1832 Faust
    63. William Blake 1757-1827 Selected Works
    64. William Wordsworth 1770-1850 The Prelude, Selected Shorter Poems, Preface to the Lyrical Ballads
    65. Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1772-1834 The Ancient Mariner, Christabel, Kubla Khan, Biographia Literaria, Writings on Shakespeare
    66. Jane Austen 1775-1817 Pride and Prejudice, Emma
    67. Stendhal 1783-1842 The Red and the Black
    68. Honore de Balzac 1799-1850 Pere Goriot, Eugenie Grandet, Cousin Bette
    69. Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803-1882 Selected Works
    70. Nathaniel Hawthorne 1804-1864 The Scarlett Letter, Selected tales
    71. Alexis de Tocqueville 1805-1859 Democracy in America
    72. John Stuart Mill 1806-1873 On Liberty, The Subjection of Women
    73. Charles Darwin 1809-1882 The Voyage of the Beagle, The Origin of Species
    74. Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol 1809-1852 Dead Souls
    75. Edgar Allan Poe 1809-1849 Short Stories and Other Works
    76. William Makepeace Thackeray 1811-1863 Vanity Fair
    77. Charles Dickens 1812-1870 Pickwick Papers, David Copperfield, Great Expectations, Hard Times, Our Mutual Friend, The Old Curiosity Shop, Little Dorrit
    78. Anthony Trollope 1815-1882 The Warden, The Last Chronicle of Barset, The Eustace Diamonds, The Way We Live Now, Autobiography
    79. Charlotte and Emily Bronte 1816-1855 Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights
    80. Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862 Walden, Civil Disobedience
    81. Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev 1818-1883 Fathers and Sons
    82. Karl Marx and Fredrich Engels 1818-1883 The Communist Manifest
    83. Herman Melville 1819-1891 Moby Dick, Bartleby the Scrivener
    84. George Eliot 1819-1880 The Mill on the Floss, Middlemarch
    85. Walt Whitman 1819-1892 Selected Poems, Democratic Vistas, Preaface to the first issue of Leaves of Grass, A Backward Glance O’er Travelled Roads
    86. Gustave Flaubert 1821-1880 Madame Bovary
    87. Feodor Dostoevsky 1821-1881 Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov
    88. Leo Tolstoy 1828-1910 War and Peace
    89. Henrick Ibsen 1828-1906 Selected Plays : Peer Gynt, A Doll's House, Ghosts, An Enemy of the People, The Wild Duck, Hedda Gabler, The Master Builder, When We Dead Awaken
    90. Emily Dickinson 1830-1886 Collected Poems
    91. Lewis Carroll 1832-1898 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass
    92. Mark Twain 1835-1910 Huckleberry Finn
    93. Henry Adams 1838-1918 The Education of Henry Adams
    94. Thomas Hardy 1840-1928 The Mayor of Casterbridge
    95. William James 1842-1910 The Principles of Psychology, Pragmatism, Four Essays from the Meaning of Truth, The Varieties of Religious Experience
    96. Henry James 1843-1916 The Ambassadors
    97. Friedrich Nietzsche 1844-1900 Thus Spake Zarathustra, The Geneaology of Morals, Beyond Good and Evil, and other works

    Part 5.
    98. Sigmund Freud 1856-1939 Selected Works including The Interpretation of Dreams, Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality, Civilization and its Discontents
    99. George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950 Selected Plays and Prefaces: Androcles and the Lion, Arms and the Man, Candida, The Devil’s Disciple, Caesar and Cleopatra, Man and Superman, Major Barbara, Pygmalion, Heartbreak House, Back to Methusela, Saint Joan
    100. Joseph Conrad 1857-1924 Nostromo
    101. Anton Chekov 1860-1904 Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchard, Selected Short Stories
    102. Edith Wharton 1862-1937 The Custom of the Country, The Age of Innocence, The House of Mirth
    103. William Butler Yeats 1965-1939 Collected Poems, Collected Plays, Autobiography
    104. Natsume Soseki 1867-1916 Kokoro
    105. Marcel Proust 1871-1922 Remembrance of Things Past
    106. Robert Frost 1874-1963 Collected Poems
    107. Thomas Mann 1875-1955 The Magic Mountain
    108. E.M. Forster 1879-1970 A Passage to India
    109. Lu Hsun 1881-1936 Collected Short Stories
    110. James Joyce 1882-1941 Ulysses
    111. Virgina Woolf 1882-1941 Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, Orlando, The Waves
    112. Franz Kafka 1883-1924 The Trial, The Castle, Selected Short Stories
    113. D.H. Lawrence 1885-1930 Sons and Lovers, Women in Love
    114. Tanizaki Junichiro 1886-1965 The Makioka Sisters
    115. Eugene O’Neill 1888-1953 Mourning Becomes Electra, The Iceman Cometh, Long Day’s Journey into Night
    116. T.S. Eliot 1888-1965 Collected Poems, Collected Plays
    117. Aldous Huxley 1894-1963 Brave New World
    118. William Faulkner 1897-1962 The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying
    119. Ernest Hemingway 1899-1961 Selected Short Stories
    120. Kawabata Yasunari 1899-1972 Beauty and Sadness
    121. Jorge Luis Borges 1899-1986 Labyrinths, Dreamtigers
    122. Vladimir Nabokov 1899-1977 Lolita, Pale Fire, Speak Memory
    123. George Orwell 1903-1950 Animal Farm, 1984
    124. R.K. Narayan 1906- The English Teacher, The Vendor of Secrets
    125. Samuel Beckett 1906-1989 Waiting for Godot, Endgame, Krapp’s Last Tape
    126. W.H. Auden 1907-1973 Collected Poems
    127. Albert Camus 1913-1960 The Plague, The Stranger
    128. Saul Bellow 1915- The Adventures of Augie March, Herzog, Humbolt’s Gift
    129. Alexander Solzhenitsyn 1918- The First Circle, Cancer Ward
    130. Thomas Kuhn 1922-1996 The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
    131. Mishima Yukio 1925-1970 Confessions of a Mask, The Temple of the Golden Pavilion
    132. Gabriel Garcia Marquez 1928- One Hundred Years of Solitude
    133. Chinua Achebe 1930- Things Fall Apart

    Further Reading
    1. Richard Adams 1920- Watership Down, The Girl in a Swing
    2. Kingsley Amis 1922-1995 Lucky Jim
    3. Sherwood Anderson 1876-1941 Winesburg Ohio
    4. Margaret Atwood 1939- The Handmaids Tale
    5. Louis Auchincloss 1917- The Rector of Justin, Collected Stories
    6. James Baldwin 1924-1987 Giovanni’s Room, The Fire Next Time
    7. John Barth 1930- The Sot-weed Factor
    8. Simone De Beauvoir 1908-1986 The Second Sex
    9. Paul Bowles 1910- The Sheltering Sky
    10. Fernand Braudel 1902-1985 The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II
    11. Berthold Brecht 1898-1956 Mother Courage, The Good Woman of Szechuan, The Caucasian Chalk Circle
    12. Joseph Brodsky 1940-1996 Forth
    13. Pearl S. Buck 1892-1973 The Good Earth
    14. Mikhail Bulgakov 1891-1940 The Master and the Margarita
    15. Anthony Burgess 1917-1993 A Clockwork Orange
    16. Italo Calvino 1923-1985 If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller
    17. Truman Capote 1924-1984 Other Voices, Other Rooms, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, In Cold Blood
    18. Rachel Carson 1907-1964 The Sea Around Us, Silent Spring
    19. Willa Cather 1873-1947 My Antonio, Death Comes for the Archbishop, Shadows on the Rock
    20. John Cheever 1912-1982 Collected Stories
    21. Robertson Davies 1913-1995 The Rebel Angels, What’s Bred in the Bone, The Lyre of Orpheus
    22. EL Doctorow 1931- Ragtime
    23. Theodore Dreiser 1871-1945 Sister Carrie, An American Tragedy
    24. Albert Einstein 1879-1955 The Meaning of Relativity
    25. Ralph Ellison 1914-1994 The Invisible Man
    26. F. Scott Fitzgerald 1886-1940 This Side of Paradise, Tender is the Night, The Great Gatsby
    27. Ford Madox Ford 1873-1939 The Good Soldier
    28. William Gaddis 1922- The Recognitions, J.R.
    29. Federico Garcia Lorca 1898-1936 Collected Poems
    30. William Golding 1911-1993 Lord of the Flies, The Spire
    31. Robert Graves 1895-1985 I Claudius, Good-Bye to All That
    32. Graham Greene 1904-1991 Stamboul Train, The Ministry of Fear, The Quiet American
    33. Jaroslav Hasek 1883-1923 The Good Soldier Schweik
    34. Joseph Heller 1923- Catch-22
    35. John Hersey 1914-1993 The Call, A Bell for Adano, Hiroshima
    36. Langston Hughes 1902-1967 Collected Poems
    37. John Irving 1942- The World According to Garp
    38. Chistopher Isherwood 1904-1986 The Berlin Stories, Chistopher and His Kind
    39. James Jones 1921-1977 From Here to Eternity
    40. Nikos Kazantzakis 1885-1957 Zorba the Greek
    41. Jack Kerouac 1992-1969 On the Road
    42. Lao She 1899-1966 Xiang the Camel, Rickshaw
    43. Philip Larkin 1922-1985 Collected Poems
    44. John LeCarre 1931- The Spy Who Came In From the Cold
    45. Calude Levi-Strauss 1908- Tristes Tropiques, Structural Anthropology, The Raw and the Cooked: Introduction to a Science of Mythology
    46. Sinclair Lewis 1885-1951 Babbitt, Arrowsmith, Elmer Gantry, Dodsworth
    47. David Lodge 1935- Changing Places, Small World
    48. Norman Mailer 1923- The Naked and the Dead, The Armies of the Night, The Executioner’s Song
    49. Andre Malraux 1901-1976 Man’s Fate
    50. Mary McCarthy 1912-1989 The Group
    51. Carson McCullers 1917-1967 The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
    52. Margaret Mead 1901-1978 Coming of Age in Somoa
    53. Arthur Miller 1915- Death of a Salesman, The Crucible
    54. Toni Morrison 1931- Song of Solomon
    55. Iris Murdoch 1919- A Severed Head, Sandcastle
    56. Robert Musil 1880-1942 The Man Without Qualities
    57. Flannery O’Connor 1925-1964 Complete Stories
    58. John O’Hara 1905-1970 Appointment at Samarra, Butterfield 8, Collected Stories
    59. Jose Ortega Y Gasset 1883-1955 The Revolt of the Masses
    60. Boris Pasternak 1890-1960 Doctor Zhivago
    61. Georges Perec 1936-1982 Life, A User’s Manual
    62. Harold Pinter 1930- The Caretaker
    63. Robert Pirsig 1928- Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
    64. Ezra Pound 1885-1972 Personae
    65. Anthony Powell 1905- A Dance to the Music of Time, A Question of Upbringing
    66. Pramoedya Ananta Toer 1925- This Earth and Mankind. Child of All Nations, Footsteps, House of Glass
    67. V.S. Pritchett 1900-1997 Complete Collected Stories
    68. Barbara Pym 1913-1980 Excellent Women, An Unsuitable Attachment
    69. Thomas Pynchon 1937 Gravity’s Rainbow
    70. Erich Maria Remarque 1898-1970 All Quiet on the Western Front
    71. Rainer Maria Rilke 1875-1926 Duino Elegies, Sonnets to Orpheus
    72. Ole Edvart Rolvaag 1896-1931 Giants in the Earth
    73. Philip Roth 1933- Goodbye Columbus, Portnoy’s Complaint
    74. Anatoli Rybakov 1911- Children of Arbat
    75. JD Salinger 1919- Catcher in the Rye
    76. Jean-Paul Sartre 1905-1980 Being and Nothingness, No Exit
    77. Simon Schama 1945- Citizens
    78. Leopold Sedar Senghor 1906- Selected Poems
    79. Upton Sinclair 1878-1968 The Jungle
    80. Isaac Bashevis Singer 1904-1991 Gimpel the Fool and Other Stories, The Magician of Lublin
    81. Wole Soyinka 1934- The Interpreters, Death and the King’s Horsemen
    82. Wallace Stegner 1909-1993 The Big Rock Candy Mountain, Angle of Repose
    83. John Steinbeck 1902-1968 Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath
    84. Wallace Stevens 1879-1955 Harmonium, Collected Poems
    85. Lytton Strachey 1880-1932 Eminent Victorians, Queen Victoria
    86. James Thurber 1894-1961 Is Sex Necessary, My Life and Hard Times
    87. JRR Tolkien 1892-1973 The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings
    88. William Trevor 1928- Collected Stories
    89. John Updike 1932- Rabbit Run, Rabbit Redux, Rabbit Is Rich, Rabbit at Rest
    90. Gore Vidal 1925- Myra Breckenridge, Burr
    91. Derek Walcott 1930- Omeros, Collected Poems, Ti-Jean and His Brothers
    92. James D Watson 1928- The Double Helix
    93. Evelyn Waugh 1903-1966 Scoop, Brideshead Revisited, The Loved One
    94. Eudora Welty 1909- Collected Stories
    95. Rebecca West 1892-1983 Black Lamb and Grey Falcon
    96. Patrick White 1912-1990 Riders in the Chariot
    97. Thornton Wilder 1897-1975 Our Town, The Bridge of San Luis Rey
    98. Tenessee Williams 1911-1983 The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire
    99. William Carlos Williams 1883-1963 Collected Poems
    100. Richard Wright 1908-1960 Native Son, Black Boy
     
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    I loved reading 1984.

    There is so much to read now related to martial arts and related philosophies that I do not have time to read fiction anymore. I had read alot of Tolkien and some others of that genre when I was in high school as well as some of the "real classics". I would like to read more of them but I hardly have enough time to read now as it is...
     
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    I'm working my way through Moby Dick now. I've also recently read Food of the Gods, Swiss Family Robinson, and The Sea Wolf. I found an e-books site that had some of the public domain classics available.
     
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    I've read a lot of books, I dont care to list them. However, someone recommended the count of monte cristo to me recently. I think thats what I am going to read next.
     
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    Best book EVER written I'd say. I'd recommend it absolutely!

    Respects!
     
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    Most of the "older" classics; Dickens, Hugo, Stevenson, Stoker, Wells, Shelly, Poe, Verne, Bront, Wallace, Tolstoy, Conan Doyle, Haggard and so forth. Then newer classics such as: Burroughs, Tolkien, Hemmingway, Steinbeck, and so on.
    Many I've read once but some have merited a second reading or two.
    Most of them was when I was pre-teen and a couple of years into that stage, then it was more modern writers from the 70's to present.
     
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    Care to share the addy? :D

    Read many books in my time, quite a few of the ones listed here and sometimes more then once.

    Great thread Geo, give a good list for people to go "Oh, I haven't read that yet!" and go and do so. :)
     
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    No doubt on that Treo 650.

    Oh, I wanted to add to the thread, I realize now as an adult that reading the classics and great works is essential. Now it seems I cannot read fast enough and often enough to cover everything that I should have read and didn't. :(

    Thanks for the list OF Kenpoka! :D
     
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    Here are the ones from this list that I've read or re-read AS AN ADULT:
    Of course, I've read other stuff too...


    the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.

    Part 1.
    1. Anonymous ca 2000 BCE The Epic of Gilgamesh
    2. Homer ca 800 BCE The Iliad
    3. Homer ca 800 BCE The Odyssey
    4. Confucius 551-479 BCE The Analects
    5. Aeschylus 535-455 BCE The Oresteia
    8. Herodotus ca 484 -425 BCE The Histories
    10. Sun Tzu ca 450-380 BCE The Art of War
    11. Aristophanes 448-388 BCE Lysistrata, The Clouds, The Birds
    12. Plato 428-348 BCE Selected Works : Apology, Crito, Protagoras, Meno, Symposium, Phaedo, Republic

    Part 2.

    24. Mohammed ca 650 The Koran
    32. Geoffrey Chaucer 1342-1400 The Canterbury Tales
    33. Anonymous ca 1500 The Thousand and One Arabian Nights
    34. Niccolo Machiavelli 1469-1527 The Prince

    Pat 3.
    39. William Shakespeare 1564-1616 The Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet,
    52. Jonathan Swift 1667-1745 Gulliver’s Travels
    55. Henry Fielding 1707-1754 Tom Jones
    60. Richard B. Morris (Ed.) Basic Documents in American History

    Part 4.
    63. William Blake 1757-1827 Selected Works
    75. Edgar Allan Poe 1809-1849 Short Stories and Other Works
    77. Charles Dickens 1812-1870 David Copperfield, Great Expectations,
    79. Emily Bronte 1816-1855 Wuthering Heights
    80. Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862 Walden, Civil Disobedience
    82. Karl Marx and Fredrich Engels 1818-1883 The Communist Manifest
    83. Herman Melville 1819-1891 Moby Dick,
    84. George Eliot 1819-1880 , Middlemarch
    87. Feodor Dostoevsky 1821-1881 Crime and Punishment,
    88. Leo Tolstoy 1828-1910 War and Peace
    91. Lewis Carroll 1832-1898 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,
    92. Mark Twain 1835-1910 Huckleberry Finn
    94. Thomas Hardy 1840-1928 The Mayor of Casterbridge


    Part 5.
    100. Joseph Conrad 1857-1924 Nostromo
    112. Franz Kafka 1883-1924 The Castle,
    119. Ernest Hemingway 1899-1961 Selected Short Stories
    123. George Orwell 1903-1950 1984
    127. Albert Camus 1913-1960 The Plague,


    Further Reading
    1. Richard Adams 1920- Watership Down,
    26. F. Scott Fitzgerald 1886-1940 The Great Gatsby
    30. William Golding 1911-1993 Lord of the Flies,
    31. Robert Graves 1895-1985 I Claudius, Good-Bye to All That
    53. Arthur Miller 1915- Death of a Salesman,
    80. Isaac Bashevis Singer 1904-1991 Gimpel the Fool and Other Stories, The Magician of Lublin
    83. John Steinbeck 1902-1968 Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath
    87. JRR Tolkien 1892-1973 The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings
    97. Thornton Wilder 1897-1975 The Bridge of San Luis Rey
     
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    Having minored in English, and having an English professor for a father - one who's specialties are Shakespeare, Chaucer, and Tolkien, I have read more than I can remember to list.

    For those who like eBooks, and want to read classics, Project Gutenberg is a great source for free eBooks - all out of copyright, some in text format, some Adobe, some mp3 (computer and/or human read, depending); might be some other formats as well.

    Enjoy!
     
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    I admit to being a bookworm! I love the Russian authors, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Gogol, Pushkin, and Chekhov to name a few. As for reading the classics, I have been in love with them from the 6th grade when we had to read Moby Dick in English class. I will read any classic author put in front of me. Right now you will find bookmarks in both "War and Peace" and "Anna Karenina" I like to read both of these great works together because of the differing viewpoints presented about roughly the same period, from opposing social standings.
     
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    My favorites so far... I really liked Tolstoy's War and Peace and George Eliot's Middlemarch. Both really long soap operas... I also really enjoy Tolkien -- although after reading so many of these other great books, Tolkien's flaws kind of jump out at you...

    From the Lifetime Reading Plan list, I have these on my shelf to read next:
    15. Valmiki ca 300 BCE The Ramayana
    39. William Shakespeare 1564-1616 Hamlet
    77. Charles Dickens 1812-1870 Pickwick Papers
    110. James Joyce 1882-1941 Ulysses
    128. Saul Bellow 1915- The Adventures of Augie March,
    132. Gabriel Garcia Marquez 1928- One Hundred Years of Solitude
    133. Chinua Achebe 1930- Things Fall Apart
     
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    Sorry, missed your post. The site is eReader.com. They have reader software for Mac, Unix, Windows, Pocket PC, Symbian, and Palm OS. Two other good sites are Memoware and Project Gutenberg.
     
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    Read Njal's Saga.

    One of the lesser known pieces of literature in the Western tradition, but among the extremely read and extremely educated it is widely considered to be one of the best pieces of literature ever.

    Also there seems to be a total lack of Kant on this list. I find the material to be excruciatingly difficult at times, but he was the first Modernist and thus all his Critique's are deserving of consideration.
     
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    Like the others, too many to list individually.

    Favourites:

    Les Miserables
    Great Expectations
    Little Dorritt
    For Whom the Bell Tolls
    The Brothers Karamazov
    Crime and Punishment
    Portrait of a Lady
    The Moon and Sixpence
    Of Human Bondage
    The Grapes of Wrath
    Sophie's Choice
    The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
    The Norton Anthology of Poetry
    Hamlet
    Romeo and Juliet
    Macbeth
     
  20. Carol

    Carol Crazy like a...

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    The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand
    1984, George Orwell
    Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
    Hamlet, William Shakespeare
    Odyssey, Homer
    To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee
    Post Office, Charles Bukowski
    Inferno, Dante (John Ciardi, tr.)
    Moby Dick, Herman Melville

    Favorites so far have been The Fountainhead and To Kill A Mockingbird.

    I would like to read...

    Sun Tzu, The Art Of War. I started reading it and never finished it.

    The Epic of Gilgamesh. Thank you Alan for jogging my memory! :)

    More of Shakespeare, and more of Ayn Rand...although I don't want to tackle Atlas just yet.
     

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