The good folks at Books and Chocolate are again hosting the Back to the Classics Challenge for 2017.The nice thing about this challenge is you
don’t have to finish all twelve to be eligible for the prize – Yep a PRIZE and
everything. I didn’t finish all 12 in 2016 (wrap up HERE), but I hope to do
better this year.
***FANFARE***My list (subject to change)
1.A 19th Century Classic - any book published
between 1800 and 1899.
The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James, published 1881
2.A 20th Century Classic – book published
between 1900 and 1967
Appointment in Samarra by
John O’Hara, published 1934.
I feel the
need to point out that 1900 is actually the final year of the 19th Century.
1901 is the first year of the 20th Century. Just sayin
3.A classic by a woman author.
Seven Gothic Tales by Isak Dinesen
Now this one is kind of
funny. I tried to make most of these line up with my regularly scheduled 100 Greatest Novels Quest reading schedule – but as circumstances have it – I haven’t
any woman authors coming up this year. I thought about trying to sneak Evelyn Waugh
in, but in case you don’t know, Evelyn is a dude. Britts – go figure. Anyway, I
couldn’t cheat, but to have a bit more fun with this category, I chose Isak Dinesen - probably sounds like a dude, and I’m sure that was the intention
of Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke aka Karen Blixen, when she took it as her
nom de plume.
4.A classic in translation.
Les Misérables by Victor
Hugo. Je vas lire en Anglais du Francais du cours.
5.A classic published before 1800.
Tristram Shandy by Laurence
Stearne, published 1759-1767
6.An romance classic.
Vanity Fair by William
7.A Gothic or horror classic.
The Picture of Dorian Gray
by Oscar Wilde
8.A classic with a number in the title.
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
(Originally I chose 2001: A Space Odyssey, but it was published in 1968 - and hence too recent to qualify for a classic, in this challenge)
9. A classic about an animal or which includes
the name of an animal in the title.