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Danger Jane
09-09-2007, 10:04 PM
What's yours?

I love To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf and Pride and Prejudice by...Jane Austen.

09-09-2007, 11:30 PM
If we're talking classics which changed my view of what literature could achieve, then Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte and The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie. Before reading those, I'd never imagined books could be so overwhelming.

Most recently, I loved Laurence Sterne's Tristram Shandy. Utterly, utterly warped and refusing to conform to any idea of what a novel should be. Shandy doesn't even get born for the first three hundred pages.

09-10-2007, 12:15 AM
War and Peace by Tolstoy
Anna Karenina by Tolstoy
Crime and Punishment by Dostoievsky
The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoievsky
Dr. Zhivago by Pasternak

09-10-2007, 12:21 AM
Another vote for Anna Karenina and for Wuthering Heights.

Can't stand Jane Eyre. Hey, maybe that's another thread...;)

Danger Jane
09-10-2007, 05:27 AM



09-10-2007, 05:42 AM
I don't look upon GWTW as a classic. Classics to me are Dickens, Austen, Bronte...before the twentieth century. It's all a matter of publication date for me!

But yes, of course...GWTW would be on my list if it were all down to publication date.

Although you'd be shocked as hell to know it's not my favourite book overall. Well, I swither between that and Wally Lamb's I Know This Much Is True.

09-10-2007, 05:44 AM
another vote for Tolstoy's Anna Karenina

09-10-2007, 07:22 AM
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, and

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Love them both!

09-10-2007, 07:24 AM
Cyrano de Bergerac

Boswell's Life of Johnson. Hey, you didn't say it had to be fictional. ;)

Shady Lane
09-10-2007, 07:59 AM
The Great Gatsby. I will kick you if you say it's not a classic.

Oh and Gilgamesh.

I frickin love Gilgamesh.

Will Lavender
09-10-2007, 08:03 AM
The Sound and the Fury.

The Age of Innocence.

Heart of Darkness.

The Old Man and the Sea.

Dubliners, especially "The Dead."

Perhaps my favorite:

Invisible Man.

Will Lavender
09-10-2007, 08:10 AM
My favorite genre classics.

Bradbury's The Illustrated Man.

Card's Ender's Game.

Varley's Gaea Trilogy.

Bloch's Psycho.

Matheson's I Am Legend.

Straub's Ghost Story.

Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five.

King's The Dark Half.

09-10-2007, 08:34 AM
The Picture of Dorian Grey- Oscar Wilde
Confessions of St Augustine- St Augustine
The Old Man and the Sea- Hemingway
Canidide- Voltaire

09-10-2007, 08:36 AM
.....and how could I forget an all time fav. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy- Douglas Adams...Not sure if it is a classic but it should be :)

09-10-2007, 07:45 PM
I second the votes for The Great Gatsby, Heart of Darkness and Dubliners (I just re-read Araby. Amazing.)

Also, Ulysses and Gravity's Rainbow.

Time was, The Grapes of Wrath would be on that list, but lately I'm not keen on author-supplied emotion.

09-10-2007, 08:14 PM
Jane Eyre
To Kill A Mockingbird
A Separate Peace
Catcher in the Rye
Gone With the Wind (It is a classic)

09-10-2007, 08:40 PM
Pride and Prejudice
As I Lay Dying
A Rose for Emily
Lord of the Flies
Wuthering Heights
The Count of Monte Cristo

09-10-2007, 09:45 PM
Catcher In The Rye
Jane Eyre
A Farewell To Arms

09-10-2007, 10:00 PM
The Scarlet Letter
Grimm's Fairy Tales
I like Faulkner's short stories and Melville's short stories better than their novels.
Guilty pleasure: The Scarlet Pimpernel.
Shakespeare: Hamlet, of course, The Taming of the Shrew, Richard II, Antony and Cleopatra...

Mr. Fix
09-10-2007, 10:12 PM
Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain (My first 'real' reader.)

Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (Older now, high school, thought I knew everything... Oh wait, I did!)

The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings Saga - J.R.R Tolkein (Middle Earth, High Classical Literature.)

The Bible - God (Um, yeah, this is as "Classic" as it gets!)

Habitat - K. Thomas Fix (Not old, not wide, but really, REALLY good!);)

09-10-2007, 10:15 PM
Pride and Prejudice
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
To Kill a Mockingbird

09-10-2007, 10:49 PM
Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath. Yeah, it's 20th century writing, but who's counting? It's still a book I go back and re-read regularly.

And I'd be doing the subject of my last biography a disservice if I didn't also plug Washington Irving's A History of New York, in its 1809 unexpurgated glory. (Check out the version available in the Library of America's edition).

09-10-2007, 10:56 PM
Most of mine have been taken...

East of Eden
Heart of Darkness
Anna Karenina
The Brothers Karamazov
The Count of Monte Cristo
Tale of Two Cities
The Faerie Queen
The Sun Also Rises

09-10-2007, 10:56 PM
I read Nabokov's Lolita for the first time earlier this year. It absolutely blew me away how such a dark topic could employ such beautiful language.

09-11-2007, 04:42 AM
Another vote for Anna Karenina and Wuthering Heights, which have been said already.
I'll add Great Expectations and Nineteen Eighty-Four to the list too

09-11-2007, 07:19 AM
Pride and Prejudice