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Back to the Classics Update

My original post about this Back to the Classics challenge is on my now defunct personal blog, but all future updates will be here. It took me a while to finish  Brave New World as I had forgotten how intense the narrative is and how much it can drain me while reading. I love the book, but it is deep!

All books that have been read have been striked-through. Books that I am currently reading are in RED.

Here’s my list:

1.  A 19th Century Classic – The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane (CURRENTLY READING)

2.  A 20th Century Classic – The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner (CURRENTLY READING)

3.  A classic by a woman author – We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (Completed: Review Here)

4.  A classic in translation – The Oresteia by Aeschylus

5.  A classic by a non-white authorThe Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man by James Weldon Johnson. I had originally chosen “Clotel: The President’s Daughter” by William Wells Brown, but I have been unable to locate a copy.

6.  An adventure classic – The Wool Pack by Cynthia Harnett

7.  A fantasy, science fiction, or dystopian classic – Of One Blood by Pauline Hopkins

8.  A classic detective novel – A Rage in Harlem by Chester Himes

9.  A classic which includes the name of a place in the title – A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith or The Conquest of Plassans by Emile Zola

10. A classic which has been banned or censored – The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

11. Re-read a classic you read in school (high school or college) – Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (Completed- Review Forthcoming)

12. A volume of classic short stories – The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury

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