Classics Project 2011

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.

For a quick overview of the books I have read and written about, you can always use the tags NYRB-project and OWC-project, or click the image in the sidebar of this blog.

So here goes:

Oxford World’s Classics

  1. Daniel Deronda – George Eliot
  2. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
  3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë
  4. Evelina: Or, the History of a Young Lady’s Entrance Into the World – Frances Burney
  5. Memoirs of Emma Courtney – Mary Hays
  6. A Vindication of The Rights of Woman – Mary Wollstonecraft
  7. A Doll’s House – Henrik Ibsen
  8. Belinda – Maria Edgeworth
  9. My Antonia – Willa Cather
  10. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Other Stories – Robert Louis Stevenson
  11. Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus – Mary Shelley

NYRB Classics

  1. The Summer Book – Tove Jansson
  2. The Ten Thousand Things – Maria Dermoût
  3. A Way of Life, Like Any Other – Darcy O’Brien
  4. The Dud Avocado – Elaine Dundy
  5. Between the Woods and the Water – Patrick Leigh Fermor
  6. The Vet’s Daughter – Barbara Comyns
  7. A Time To Keep Silence – Patrick Leigh Fermor

Persephone Classics

  1. High Wages – Dorothy Whipple
  2. Consequences – E.M. Delafield
  3. No Surrender – Constance Maud

Virago Modern Classics

  1. Elizabeth and Her German Garden – Elizabeth von Arnim

Bloomsbury Group Books

  1. Henrietta’s War – Joyce Dennys

Girl Ebooks

  1. The Coquette – Hannah Webster Foster
  2. Heidi – Johanna Spyri


  1. The Moorland Cottage – Elizabeth Gaskell
  2. Max Havelaar – Multatuli
  3. Dimanche and Other Stories – Irène Némirovsky

11 thoughts on “Classics Project 2011

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  2. carpediemblogger

    I’m going with you in this challenge; this means I will try to read as many classics as I can in the following year! I really love (most) classics, but unfortunately there are coming out so many books every day that I tend to forget them. I have to check the lists of NYRB and of Oxford to see which ones I have read and which I am going to read and I will send my lists as soon as I can.

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  4. Sasha

    Haha, even in that post, I changed my objectives. I realized I cannot ensure reading 75 books next year. The expense shall be a problem, not to mention actually finding the books from the funds, haha. So, yes, I have changed the “mission” to “as many as I can.”

    Still, this is madness. And thank you for joining me. :]

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  6. Jenny

    This is like my New Years Resolution this year! My goal is to read one classic book (that I own preferably) a month. Right now I’m reading The Scarlet Pimpernel. Good luck with all your reading and I hope you’re enjoying the adventure!

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