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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