I particularly enjoy reading classical literature. The following classics are some of my favorite:

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser

The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck

Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children’s Crusade by Kurt Vonnegut

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Native Son by Richard Wright

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

A Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (père)

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

The Plague by Albert Camus

Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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4 thoughts on “Classics

  1. Oh you wonderful person, for including The Master and Margarita.

    Of the ones I’ve read, I’d agree with you about re-reading them. In fact, I just bought myself a copy of Siddhartha, having enjoyed it so much when I read it in high school.

    Of the ones I haven’t, there aren’t any on your list that I wouldn’t tackle for the first time.

    You also get kudos for not including Moby Dick. 😉

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