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Subject: Classics Challenge 2012--let's start posting our lists here!
Date Posted: 11/3/2011 3:54 AM ET
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I know a couple people have already posted some choices, so I suppose we can make the "working" list official. (It's easier for me if they're all in one thread--I sometimes copy the suggestions of others.) So I'm reprinting everything here--including the category of Reader's Choice (design your own category).

                                                                                                             Rose

 

2012 Classics Challenge

1) a book that changed the world

2) biography/autobiography/memoirs

3) wit lit

4) noir (American or otherwise)

5) bildungsroman

6) literary award recipient

7) dystopias

8) book you consider long

9) book you consider short

10) classic sci-fi or fantasy

11) short story collection

12) letters written by an author

13) reader's choice

For categories that don't interest you, you may substitute books listed on Modern Library's 100 Best Novels and/or works by classic authors of your choice.

So let's get busy on our lists!!

                                                                                Rose



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GREAT JOB ROSE!!!

2012 Classics Challenge  

1) a book that changed the world:  From the Modern Library 100 Best Novels:  The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen,  2/19/2012, 4 stars

2) biography/autobiography/memoirs:  From the Modern Library 100 Best Novels:  A TOWN LIKE ALICE  by Nevil Shute, 8/14/2012, 4 stars  

3) wit lit:  A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh:  6/9/2012, 3 stars

4) noir (American or otherwise):  The Cry of the Owl by Patricia Highsmith or The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett, 9/13/2012, 3 stars

5) buldungsroman:  A Wizard of the Earthsea by Ursula LeGuin or The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

6) literary award recipient:  So Big by Edna Ferber 4/4/2012 5 stars

7) dystopias:  1984 by George Orwell 3 1/2 stars

8) book you consider long:  The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (Not particularly long but it's fairly so and I do want to read it.  In addition, my copy has small print.)

9) book you consider short:  Inherit the Wind by Jerome  Lawrence and Robert E. Lee 4 stars

10) classic sci-fi or fantasy:  Watership Down by Richard Adams, 4 stars

11) short story collection:  The Mysterious Stranger and Other Stores by Mark Twain, 4 stars

12) letters written by an author From Modern Library:  HOWARDS END by E.M. Forster, 3 stars

13) reader's choice  The Awakening by Kate Chopin, completed 2-10-2012  3 1/2 stars

For categories that don't interest you, you may substitute books listed on Modern Library's 100 Best Novels and/or works by classic authors of your choice.



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1) a book that changed the world- The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin finished 3/16/12

2) short story collection- I think I may just pick 10 classic short stories rather than read 1 particular anthology or collection finished 8/26/12

  • Perfidy & Perfection by Charlotte de Quincy
  • Mimi-Nashi-Hoichi by Lafcadio Hearn
  • The German Student by Washington Irving
  • Bonche the Silent by I. L. Peretz
  • The Body Snatcher by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Purgatory by William Butler Yeats
  • The Terrible Old Man by H.P. Lovecraft
  • The Horla by Guy du Maupassant
  • The Ghostly Rental by Henry James
  • Oil of the Dog by Ambrose Bierce

3) wit lit- A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kenneedy Toole finished 1/22/12

4) noir (American or otherwise)- Farewell My Lovely by Raymond Chandler (finished 11/4/12)

5) buldungsroman- Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham finished 9/16/12

6) literary award recipient- The World According to Garp by John Irving (National Book Award Winner) finished 4/10/12

7) dystopias- A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess finished 1/9/12

8) book you would consider long- The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand (754 pages) finished 6/19/12

9) book you would consider short- Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut (233 pages) finished 2/13/12

10) classic fantasy- The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien finished 12/18/12

11) Modern library top 100 pick- An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser (880 pages) finished 11/30/12

12) Modern Library top 100 pick- Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald finished 2/29/12



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1. book that changed the world Plato. Republic (completed 4/17)

2. biography/autobiography/memoirs Augustine. Confessions (completed 12/10)

3. wit lit Moliere. The School for Wives, The Learned Ladies, The Bungler  (completed 1/1)

4. noir Hammett, Dashiell. The Maltese Falcon (completed 8/12)

5. bildungsroman Tolstoy. Childhood (2/20), Boyhood (2/21), Youth (4/2)

6. literary award recipient Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird (Pulitzer - 1961) (completed 2/16)

7. u/dystopia  More, Thomas. Utopia (completed 1/21)

8. book you consider long Hugo, Victor. Les Miserables (1400+ pages) (completed 4/30)

9. book you consider short Hugo, Victor. The Last Day of a Condemned Man (100 pages) (completed 5/23)

10. classic sci-fi or fantasy Tolkien, J. R. R. The Hobbit (completed 9/3)

11. short story collection Marguerite de Navarre. The Heptameron (completed 2/14)

12. letters written by an author The Letters of Abelard and Heloise (completed 6/10)

13. reader's choice Dostoevsky, Fyodor. The Idiot (completed 5/22)



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2012 Classics Challenge: Lite version 

 

 

1. 

 Radical book that changed the world

                   Uncle Tom's Cabin by H.B. Stowe

 

            

 

2. 

wit lit 

letters written by an author

                          Letters from Earth (1962) by Mark Twain (posthumous)

biography/autobiography/memoirs

                          Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain: A biography by Justin Kaplan (1983) (Pulitzer winner)

 

 

 

3. 

noir (American or otherwise)

short book

                          The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934)no

 

 

 

4.

buldungsroman  

literary award recipient  

book considered long  

                          Gone with the Wind (1936) by Margaret Mitchellyes

 

 

 

5. 

classic sci-fi or fantasy 

dystopias

short story collection

                         The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury (1950)yes

 



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Kristen,

Usually the lite version is whatever works for you.

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13 categories. To complete the challenge, choose 12 OR, to do lite, 6 out of 12.

1) a book that changed the world. Hesiod. Theogony. Completed 10/22/012

2) biography/autobiography. Karel Čapek. Talks with T.G. Masaryk

3) wit lit – Aristophanes. Lysistrata Completed 1/3/2012

4) noir (American or otherwise). Patricia Highsmith. The Cry of the Owl Completed 3/19/2012

5) bildungsroman.  L. P. Hartley. The Go-Between Completed 5 /2/2012

6) literary award recipient Not sure. Will be one of the following: Naguib Mahfouz? Sigrid Undset? Halldór Laxness?

7) dystopias  Karel Čapek. War with the Newts

8) book you would consider long. Homer. The Odyssey Completed 9/30/2012

9) book you would consider short. Vivant Denon. No Tomorrow Completed 1/4/2012

10) classic sci-fi or fantasy. Sylvia Townsend Warner. Lolly Willowes Completed 8/13/2012

11) short story collection.  Daphne Du Maurier Don't Look Now Completed 5/28/2012

12) letters written by an author.  Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. Les Liaisons Dangereuses.

I would also like the option to fill in categories with books listed in compilations such as Modern Library's 100 Best Books, or with authors of one's choice. Richard Hughes. A High Wind in Jamaica Completed 3/16/2012



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I enjoy reading the lists, for the new ideas.

Mary

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1) a book that changed the world - Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

2) biography/autobiography/memoirs - does Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain fit here?

3) wit lit

4) noir (American or otherwise) - something by Chandler; never read him

5) bildungsroman (had to look it up - don't know yet - Tom Jones?)

6) literary award recipient - Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis (even though he declined the Pulitzer)

7) dystopias - Lord of the Flies by William Golding

8) book you consider long - Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens

9) book you consider short - My Mortal Enemy by Willa Cather

10) classic sci-fi or fantasy - Island of Dr. Moreau by HG Wells

11) short story collection - Red Pony by John Steinbeck

12) letters written by an author

13) reader's choice



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1) a book that changed the world-Origin of the Species by Charles Darwin

2) biography/autobiography/memoirs - Wodehouse by Robert McCrum

3) wit lit - At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O'Brien

4) noir (American or otherwise)- Mildred Pierce by James M. Cain - April 1, 2012

5) bildungsroman-Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

6) literary award recipient-To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

7) dystopias-1984  by George Orwell

8) book you consider long-The Brothers Karamazov  by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (701 pages)

9) book you consider short - A Wonder Book by Nathaniel Hawthorne (159 pages) - May 24, 2012

10) classic sci-fi or fantasy- Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein

11) short story collection-The Most of P. G. Wodehouse - February 15, 2012 Grimm's Fairy Tales or Hans Christian Anderson's Fairy Tales

12) letters written by an author-Letters of JRR Tolkien

13) reader's choice-The African Queen by C. S. Forester - January 30, 2012



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I will probably do a lite version, copying all to keep my options open!

1) a book that changed the world: A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens (Revived the celebration of Christmas)

2) biography/autobiography/memoirs: Cross Creek, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

3) wit lit:  Mapp and Lucia, E.F. Benson Completed 2/27/12

4) noir (American or otherwise):  The Maltese Falcon, Dashiell Hammett Completed 2/16/12

5) bildungsroman:

6) literary award recipient

7) dystopias: 

8) book you consider long:  The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins

9) book you consider short  The 39 Steps, John Buchan, Completed 2/3/12

10) classic sci-fi or fantasy

11) short story collection

12) letters written by an author* Modern Library Selection - A Room With a View,  E. M. Forster

13) reader's choice 



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Here's my list.

1) book that changed the world--substituting a Modern Library Top 100 Novel: V.S. Naipaul--A House for Mr. Biswas

2) biography--Brad Gooch: Flannery/A Life of Flannery O'Connor

3. wit lit--Here Lies Dorothy Parker/Collected Stories

4. noir--Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales and Poems

5. bildungsroman--James Joyce: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

6. literary award recipient--Sinclair Lewis: Babbitt

7. dystopia--substituing Modern Library Top 100 Novel: Willa Cather--Death Comes for the Archbishop

8. book I consider long--Herman Melville: Moby Dick

9. book I consider short--Anne Bronte: Agnes Grey

10. classic sci-fi or fantasy--omit

11. short story collection--Nathaniel Hawthorne: Tanglewood Tales

12. letters written by an author--ed. Margaret Smith: Selected Letters of Charlotte Bronte

13. reader's choice--Wilkie Collins: Armadale

Am looking forward to 2012!

                                                                                                  Rose

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2012 Classics Challenge (lite version)

1) a book that changed the world

2) biography/autobiography/memoirs

3) wit lit 

4) noir (American or otherwise)

5) bildungsroman

6) literary award recipient

7) dystopias

8) book you consider long   Moby-Dick - Melville  completed 11/4/12

9) book you consider short  The Black Tulip - Dumas  completed 6/29/12

10) classic sci-fi or fantasy

11) short story collection. The Basic Kafka - Kafka  completed 3/28/12

12) letters written by an author

13) reader's choice Giants in the Earth - Rolvaag  completed Jan. 2012

For categories that don't interest you, you may substitute books listed on Modern Library's 100 Best Novels and/or works by classic authors of your choice. 



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1) a book that changed the world--Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

2) biography/autobiography/memoir--The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton

3) wit lit--Queen Lucia by E.F. Benson Completed 9/11/12)

4) noir--We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

5) bildungsroman--Great Expectations by Charles Dickens  (Completed 2/6/12)

6) literary award recipient--To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (Completed 5/26/12)

7) dystopias--The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West (Completed 3/9/12)

8) book I consider long--No Name by Wilkie Collins (Completed 7/26/12)

9) book I consider short--Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte  (Completed 1/12/12)

10) classic sci-fi or fantasy--OMIT

11) short story collection--Sketch Book by Washington Irving

12) letters written by an author--My Dear Mr. M. by L.M. Montgomery (Completed 5/1/12)

13) reader's choice--The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers (Completed 8/15/12)



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2012 Classics Challenge Lite Version

1) a book that changed the world

2) biography/autobiography/memoirs    Life on the Mississippi  by Twain

3) wit lit    A Handful of Dust  by Waugh

4) noir (American or otherwise)

5) bildungsroman     David Copperfield   by Dickens

6) literary award recipient

7) dystopias     

8) book you consider long   East of Eden   by Steinbeck

9) book you consider short

10) Modern Library 100   The Sound and the Fury   by Faulkner

12) letters written by an author

13) reader's choice    The Red and the Black  by Stendahl

For categories that don't interest you, you may substitute books listed on Modern Library's 100 Best Novels and/or works by classic authors of your choice. 

 



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2012 Classics Challenge

1) a book that changed the world - On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

2) biography/autobiography/memoirs - The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin

3) wit lit - The American Claimant by Mark Twain

4) noir (American or otherwise) - 

5) bildungsroman - The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

6) literary award recipient - The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (1921 Pulitzer Prize)

7) dystopias - The Iron Heel by Jack London

8) book you consider long - David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

9) book you consider short - Crome Yellow by Aldous Huxley (finished 1/4/11)

10) classic sci-fi or fantasy - City by Clifford D. Simak

11) short story collection - Catch as Catch Can by Joseph Heller

12) letters written by an author

13) reader's choice - Rabbit, Run by John Updike

For categories that don't interest you, you may substitute books listed on Modern Library's 100 Best Novels and/or works by classic authors of your choice.



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1)     Book that made a significant difference: The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair

2)     Biography/autobiography/memoir:  Thorstein Veblen, by Douglas F. Dowd        

3)     Wit lit Droll Stories, by Honoré de Balzac

5)     Bildungsroman: The Adventures of Augie March, by Saul Bellow 

6)     Literary award recipient: 

7)     Dystopia: Animal Farm, by George Orwell 

8)     Book I consider long:  The Betrothed, by Alessandro Manzoni

9)    Book I consider short: The Writing Life, by Annie Dillard, 68 pages; The Uncommon Reader, by Alan Bennett, 118 pages/novella) 

10)   Classic sci-fi or fantasy: Flatland, by Edwin A Abbott

11)   Short story collection: Heart Songs, by E. Annie Proulx

12)    Letters written by an author

13)    Reader's choice: A Room of One's Own, by Virginia Woolf



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2012 Classics Challenge

1) a book that changed the world - 'Uncle Tom's Cabin" Harriet Beecher Stowe

2) biography/autobiography/memoirs - "Goodbye to All That" Robert Graves

3) wit lit - "Catch 22" Joseph Heller

4) noir (American or otherwise) - "The Maltese Falcon" Dashiell Hammett

5) bildungsroman - "The Catcher in the Rye" J.D Salinger

6) literary award recipient - "The Grapes of Wrath" John Steinbeck

7) dystopias - "Farenheight 451" Ray Bradbury

8) book you consider long - "Atlas Shrugged" Ayn Rand

9) book you consider short - "Siddhartha" Herman Hesse

10) classic sci-fi or fantasy - "The Last Unicorn" Peter Beagle

11) short story collection (Substituted 100 list) - "Tropic of Cancer" Henry Miller

12) reader's choice - "Wurthering Heights" Emily Bronte



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1) a book that changed the world  Common Sense by Thomas Paine

2) biography/autobiography/memoirs The Alice Behind Wonderland by Simon Winchester Finished 3/22/12

3) wit lit Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling FInished 2/28/11

4) noir (American or otherwise) Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

5) bildungsroman David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

6) literary award recipient All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren (won a Pulitzer)

7) dystopias - We by Yevgeny Zamyatin or Anthem by Ayn Rand

8) book you consider long The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas

9) book you consider short Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll Finished 3/4/12

10) classic sci-fi or fantasy Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

11) short story collection American Tall Tales

12) Substituted (personal choice) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin Finished January 2012

13) reader's choice Sense and Sensibilities by Jane Austin Finished January 25 2012



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2012 Classics Challenge:  COMPLETED 5/6/12

1) a book that changed the world

 Meditations   Marcus Aurelius***DONE

2) biography/autobiography/memoirs

 The Enormous Room   by E. E. Cummings  ***DONE

3) wit lit:

The American Claimant   by Mark Twain***DONE

4) noir (American or otherwise)

Little Cesar   by Wm. Riley Burnett ****DONE

5) bildungsroman

Wilhelm Meister's  Apprenticeship   by Goethe ****DONE 

6) literary award recipient

In this Our Life   by Ellen Glasgow (1942 Pulitzer Prize)***DONE

7) dystopias

Bend Sinister   by Vladimir Nabokov****DONE

8) Modern Library's 100 Best Novels Selection

Loving   by Henry Green***DONE

9) book you consider short

Look Back on Happiness   by Knut Hamsun ****DONE

10) classic sci-fi or fantasy

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea  by Jules Verne***DONE

11) short story collection

The Wide Net and Other Stories   by Eudora Welty***DONE

12) Modern Library's 100 Best Novels Selection  

The Heart of the Matter   by Graham Greene  ****DONE

13) reader's choice

Angel Pavement   by J. B. Priestly****DONE  



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A working list, subject to change, but planning where I can!

 

 

1) a book that changed the world.....      Mere Christianity or The Pilgrim's Progress

2) biography/autobiography/memoirs.....     Child of the Silent Night

3) wit lit.....     Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass

4) noir (American or otherwise).....    Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde

5) bildungsroman.....     Jane Eyre

6) literary award recipient.....     All the Pretty Horses (1992 National Book Award)

7) dystopias.....      1984

8) book you consider long.....     Gone With the Wind or Islandia

9) book you consider short.....     Silas Marner

10) classic sci-fi or fantasy.....     The Silmarillon

11) short story collection.....     The Canterbury Tales

12) sub for letters.....     Great Expectations

13) reader's choice.....     King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table

For categories that don't interest you, you may substitute books listed on Modern Library's 100 Best Novels and/or works by classic authors of your choice.

 

Books I have and want to read but don't see a place for... and please feel free to help me re-arrange. LOL

Wuthering Heights

The Red Badge of Courage

Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island

The Mutiny on Board HMS Bounty

Little Women

Sherlock Holmes, several collections, including The Hound of the Baskervilles



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2012 Classics Challenge   [Don't have a list put together yet but wanted to commit so posted without titles; hopefully, it will motivate me to fill it out - soon!]

1) a book that changed the world

2) biography/autobiography/memoirs

3) wit lit

4) noir (American or otherwise)

5) bildungsroman

6) literary award recipient

7) dystopias

8) book you consider long

9) book you consider short   Completed 1/28/12    Walking by Henry David Thoreau

10) classic sci-fi or fantasy

11) short story collection

12) letters written by an author

13) reader's choice

For categories that don't interest you, you may substitute books listed on Modern Library's 100 Best Novels and/or works by classic authors of your choice.



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1) a book that changed the world Silent Spring

2) biography/autobiography/memoirs

3) wit lit

4) noir (American or otherwise)

5) bildungsroman  I Capture the Castle

6 literary award recipient To Kill a Mockingbird completed 5/18

7) dystopias

8) book you conisder long War and Peace

9) book you consider short Things Fall Apart  completed 1/19

10) classic sci-fi or fantasy

11) short story collection

12) letters written by an author

12) reader's choice

For categories that don't interest you, you may substitute books listed on Mondern Library's 100 best Novels and/or works by classic authors of your choice.



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