Sasha from Sasha & the Silverfish came up with this project called the “Classics Project 2011”: reading 50 NYRB Classics and 25 Oxford World’s Classics by December of 2011. In a fit of insanity I decided to join her.
Her reason? She was desperate to have more classics in her life.
Mine? Somewhat similar.
I always say I love reading classics, but when I think about it, I have not read all that many. That is about to change. Or so I hope.
After dreaming up several versions of wishlists, I am now all ready to go. With some changes of my own, that is. First, I will be unable to read 75 classics in a year, let alone buy them. So I am going to go for “as many classics as I can”. Second, since I am in Sweden until the end of 2010, I will be cheating a little. I own a few books by both publishers, but I am also reading e-book versions of the books until I get back home. I will, of course, still end up buying the books.
So here goes:
Oxford World’s Classics
- Daniel Deronda – George Eliot
- Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
- Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë
- Evelina: Or, the History of a Young Lady’s Entrance Into the World – Frances Burney
- Memoirs of Emma Courtney – Mary Hays
- A Vindication of The Rights of Woman – Mary Wollstonecraft
- A Doll’s House – Henrik Ibsen
- Belinda – Maria Edgeworth
- My Antonia – Willa Cather
- The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Other Stories – Robert Louis Stevenson
- Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus – Mary Shelley
- The Summer Book – Tove Jansson
- The Ten Thousand Things – Maria Dermoût
- A Way of Life, Like Any Other – Darcy O’Brien
- The Dud Avocado – Elaine Dundy
- Between the Woods and the Water – Patrick Leigh Fermor
- The Vet’s Daughter – Barbara Comyns
- A Time To Keep Silence – Patrick Leigh Fermor
Virago Modern Classics
- Elizabeth and Her German Garden – Elizabeth von Arnim
Bloomsbury Group Books
- Henrietta’s War – Joyce Dennys