Saturday, December 13, 2014

2015 Challenges: Back to Classics Challenge

Host: Books and Chocolate
Name: Back to Classics Challenge (sign up)
Dates: January - December 2015
# of Books: minimum six; twelve max.

The twelve categories:

A 19th Century Classic:  Hard Times. Charles Dickens. 1854/1992. Everyman's Library. 336 pages. [Source: Library]

A 20th Century Classic: Brave New World. Aldous Huxley. 1932. 268 pages. [Source: Bought]
Classic by a Woman Author: Their Eyes Were Watching God. Zora Neale Hurston. 1937. Harper Perennial Modern Classics. 256 pages. [Source: Bought]
Classic in Translation: The Little Prince. Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Translated by Richard Howard. 1943/2013. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 112 pages. [Source: Review copy]

A Very Long Classic Novel:  Ayala's Angel. Anthony Trollope. 1881. 631 pages. [Source: Bought]
A Classic Novella: The Lilies of the Field by William Edmund Barrett (1962)
A Classic with a Person's Name in the Title: Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope. 1863. 403 pages. [Source: Bought]
Humorous or Satirical Classic:
A Forgotten Classic: Jezebel's Daughter. Wilkie Collins. 1880. 304 pages. [Source: Bought]
Nonfiction Classic: The Life of Charlotte Bronte. Elizabeth Gaskell. 1857/1975. Penguin Classics. 623 pages. [Source: Bought]
Classic Children's Book: Thimble Summer. Elizabeth Enright. 1938/2008. SquareFish. 144 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Classic Play: Trifles. A Play in One Act. Susan Glaspell. 1916. 20 pages. [Source: Read online]

What I'm thinking of...
A 19th Century Classic: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (1884) OR Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins (1854; by the way, Hide and Seek would also work for 'forgotten classic)
A 20th Century Classic: Exodus by Leon Uris OR East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Classic by a Woman Author: Miss Marjoribanks. Margaret Oliphant OR Sylvia's Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell (1863),
Classic in Translation: Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo OR Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky OR Les Miserables by Victor Hugo in one of the new translations I haven't read yet (Julie Rose OR Christine Donougher)
A Very Long Classic Novel: Ayala's Angel. Anthony Trollope (631 pages, 1881)
A Classic Novella: The Lilies of the Field by William Edmund Barrett (1962)
A Classic with a Person's Name in the Title: Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope.
Humorous or Satirical Classic: Thank You, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse (1934) OR The Code of The Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse (1938)
A Forgotten Classic: Debby by Siddie Joe Johnson (1940) OR Miss Hargreaves by Frank Baker OR But He Doesn't Know the Territory by Meredith Wilson (1959)
Nonfiction Classic: Out of Africa/Shadows on the Grass by Isak Dinesen (1937, 1961) OR A Man Called Peter by Catherine Marshall (1951) OR The New World (History of the English Speaking Peoples, Vol. 2) Winston Churchill. (1956) OR The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell (1857)
Classic Children's Book: Thimble Summer. Elizabeth Enright. (1938) OR Winterbound by Margery Williams (1936) OR Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze. Elizabeth Foreman Lewis. (1932)
Classic Play:Trifles by Susan Glaspell (1916) OR A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry (1959),

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Josh Caporale 1:58 PM  

Quite a list! I would like to tackle "Les Miserables" once my semester comes to an end. These are definitely works I would look into.

ipsofactodotme 2:32 PM  

Great selection of books to choose from! It is good to see some titles that seem to have drifted into the backround.....

Carol 6:58 PM  

I just remembered when I read your list that I have The Life of Charlotte Bronte on my shelf & have never got around to reading it. I've just joined the challenge also.

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