Classics Project 2011

Simple: I want/need more Classics in my life, forgotten or otherwise. So. Here’s what’s been going on, books sorted by publisher:

The NYRB Classics that I’ve read, in order of, well, when I read them: [Or, quick tag: The NYRB Classics Project]

  1. Skylark, by Dezsö Kosztolányi.
  2. Asleep in the Sun, by Adolfo Bioy Casares.
  3. Wish Her Safe at Home, by Stephen Benatar.
  4. The Mountain Lion, by Jean Stafford.
  5. The New York Stories of Elizabeth Hardwick.
  6. Don’t Look Now, by Daphne du Maurier.
  7. Nightmare Alley, by William Lindsay Gresham
  8. The Slaves of Solitude, by Patrick Hamilton.
  9. My Fantoms, by Théophile Gautier.
  10. Memoirs of Hecate County, by Edmund Wilson.
  11. Grief Lessons, by Euripedes; trans. Anne Carson.
  12. The Furies, by Janet Hobhouse.
  13. Stoner, by John Williams.
  14. The Outward Room, by Millen Brand. [01] [02].
  15. The Lonely Passion of  Judith Hearne, by Brian Moore.
  16. Cassandra at the Wedding, by Dorothy Baker.
  17. Journey Into the Past, by Stefan Zweig.
  18. The Wedding of Zein, by Tayeb Salih.
  19. The Long Ships, by Frans G. Bengtsson.
  20. The Enchanted April, by Elizabeth von Arnim.
  21. The Summer Book, by Tove Jansson.
  22. No Tomorrow, by Vivant Denon.
  23. Nights in the Gardens of Brooklyn, by Harvey Swados.
  24. The Pilgrim Hawk, by Glenway Wescott.
  25. Fair Play, by Tove Jansson. 
  26. Monsieur Monde Vanishes, by Georges Simenon.
  27. Sunflower, by Gyula Krúdy.
  28. Victorine, by Maude Hutchins.
  29. Love in a Fallen City, by Eileen Chang. 
  30. Varieties of Exile, by Mavis Gallant.

Published by Oxford World’s Classics:

  1. A Study in Scarlet, by Arthur Conan Doyle.
  2. Sherlock Holmes Selected Stories, by Arthur Conan Doyle.
  3. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, by Anne Brontë.
  4. The Mark on the Wall, by Virginia Woolf.
  5. The Yellow Wall-Paper, by Charlotte Perkins-Gilman.
  6. The Awakening and Other Stories, by Kate Chopin.
  7. This Side of Paradise, by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
  8. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle.
  9. Les Liaisons dangereuses, by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos.
  10. Persuasion, by Jane Austen.
  11. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle.
  12. Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions, by Edwin A. Abbott.
  13. The Complete Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault.
  14. Pierre et Jean, by Guy de Maupassant.

A happy hodge-podge of Classics:

  1. Cheerful Weather for the Wedding, by Julia Strachey.
  2. The Winds of Heaven, by Monica Dickens.
  3. The Man Who Was Thursday, by G.K. Chesterton.
  4. The Sorrows of Young Werther, by J.W. von Goethe.
  5. Delta of Venus, by Anais Nin.
  6. Mrs Beeton’s Household Book, edited by Kay Fairfax.
  7. Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, by John Cleland.
  8. How to Read a Book, by Mortimer J. Adler & Charles Van Doren.
  9. A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments, by Roland Barthes.
  10. Zastrozzi, by Percy Bysshe Shelley.
  11. Transformation, by Mary Shelley.

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10 thoughts on “Classics Project 2011

  1. This is a great idea, but why limit yourself to the NYRB and Oxford’s lists? Visit your local charity shop and pick up a few random classics, they’re all good!

    Anyway, how many books does the average person read in a year? Any got numbers?

    1. Hello, Patrick. It was a conscious decision to limit myself to NYRB and OWC. I like what NYRB is aiming for, for one. I like that feeling of having read something so few people knew about. And, really, I’m conscious, too, of building a collection. Now that I’ve got a pretty much steady job, it’s time to take a stab at an actual library I can grin at everyday.

  2. I arrived here by way of Frances’ blog, Nonsuch Book and am happy I visited. I love this challenge you’ve given yourself. A few weeks ago I realized I got carried away this year requesting and accepting ARCs of books that sounded interesting… but now I must read & review them & therefore, cannot read what I want to read. I ddecided that in 2011I want to read a majority of classics. That’s about as far as I got with my plan & I like how you are going about your project. I need to think further about how I want to organize “my plan”!
    I was an English major and, although I took some classes that focused on more contemporary literature, most of my reading was from the classics. I’m missing those wonderful books and the quality of the writing.

    Good luck with your project!
    ~ Amy

    1. Hi, Amy. Thanks for dropping by. :] A few months ago, I ever-so-slowly pulled out from accepting ARCs. I mean, yes, I still accept the occasional one, but books that I know I’m inclined to read, that I’d read anyway even if I weren’t offered a review copy. :] But good luck to you — you’re already grounded on the classics; I’m making my way almost-blindly, haha. Looking forward to see what plan you come up with! :]

  3. Okay, at the risk of getting my IP address blocked from your blog, I’ve never heard of the NYRB classics. WAIT, i am English, I think that must excuse me somewhat.
    This is a seriously impressive project. Interesting (to me) fact: Kim Peek, the man who inspired the movie Rain Man, could apparently read both pages of an open book at the same time. I’m not entirely sure how that works in terms of eye movements, but if I could wish for a superpower, that would so be it.

    1. Hi, Jane. :] I’ve taken a look at your new blog, and Stephen Benatar welcomed me. I’m glad that you’ve discovered NYRB Classics. And have found secondhand copies in bookstores! So very lucky. :]

      I think there’s just a flash that goes off in Kim Peek’s head. “Okay, got it, next?” :] That would be awesome, although definitely detrimental to my bank account — going that fast through books means visiting the bookstores more and more. :]


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