Sunday, November 20, 2016

Joining the Classics Club

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50+ classics by November 30, 2021

Religious Classics
1. Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan (1678) completed February 2017
2. Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther by Roland H. Bainton (1950) completed April 2017
3. Three Treatises by Martin Luther (1520) (completed January 2017)
4. American Standard Version, Holy Bible, 1901
5. Letters of John Newton, 1911
6. Basic Christianity by John R.W. Stott (completed June 2017)
7. Commentary on Galatians by Martin Luther (1535)
8. Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin (1536)
9. Life and Diary of David Brainerd (1749)
10. Sermon on the Mount by James Montgomery Boice (1972)
11. Sovereignty of God by A.W. Pink (1928)
12. Through Gates of Splendor by Elizabeth Elliot (1956)
13. Spiritual Depression, Its Causes and Cure by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1965)
14. A History of the work of Redemption by Jonathan Edwards (1774)
15. Our Great and Glorious God by Jonathan Edwards (?)
16. The Wartime Sermons of Dr. Peter Marshall (?)
17.  The New Testament in Modern English, J.B. Phillips (1958)
18. Wycliffe New Testament (1388, modern spelling edition, 2002)
19. Tyndale New Testament (1534, modern spelling edition, 1989)
20. Reformation Heritage Study Bible -- King James Version (notes 2014) (completed June 2017)

Intimidating Classics
21. Arabian Nights, Anonymous (800)
22. The History of the Kings of Britain by Geoffrey of Monmouth (1138)
23. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky (1880) (completed January 2017)
24. Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo (1831)
25. Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (1852)
26. The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy (1921)
27. East of Eden by John Steinbeck (1952)
28. The New World by Winston Churchill (1956)
29. The Age of Revolution by Winston Churchill (1957)
30. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackery (1847)

Favorite Authors, New-to-Me Books
31. The Tempest by William Shakespeare (1610)
32. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens (1841)
33. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens (1841)
34. Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens (1844)
35. Orley Farm by Anthony Trollope (1862)
36. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope (1879)
37. Villette by Charlotte Bronte (1853)
38. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte (1849)
39. Hester by Margaret Oliphant (1883)
40. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain (1869)
41. Carry On Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse (1925)
42. Very Good, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse (1930)
43. If I Were You by P.G. Wodehouse (1931)
44. Thank You Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse (1934)

Curious About These Classics
45. Everyman, Anonymous (1520?) (completed December 2016)
46. The Daisy Chain by Charlotte Mary Yonge (1856)
47. The Marrow of Tradition by Charles W. Chesnutt (1901)
48. The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart (1908)
49. Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini (1922)
50. The Enchanted April Elizabeth von Arnim (1922)
51. Murder in the Cathedral by T.S. Eliot (1935) --Completed March 2017
52. Brave Men by Ernie Pyle (1944)
53. Raintree County by Ross Lockridge Jr. (1948)
54. The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder (1954)-- Completed November 2016
55. The Skin of Our Teeth by Thornton Wilder (1942) Completed March 2017
56. Point of No Return by Martha Gellhorn (1948)
57. An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde (1893)
58. The Importance of Being Earnest (1895)
59.  The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson (1888)
60. Richard the Third by Paul Murray Kendall (1955)
61. The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart (1970)
62. The Kellys and O'Kellys by Anthony Trollope (1848) -- completed January 2017
63. Our Town by Thornton Wilder (1938) -- Completed December 2016
64. A Child's Geography of the World (1929/1951) -- Completed November 2016
65. The Macdermots of Ballycloran. Anthony Trollope. (1847) (completed January 2017)
66. Watch and Ward by Henry James (1871) (completed January 2017)
67. Roderick Hudson by Henry James (1875) completed January 2017 
68. La Vendee by Anthony Trollope (1855) completed February 2017
69. The American. Henry James. 1877. Completed February 2017
70. The Europeans. Henry James. 1878.  Completed February 2017 
71. Twelve Angry Men. Reginald Rose. 1954. Completed February 2017
72. Confidence. Henry James. 1879. Completed March 2017
73. Washington Square. Henry James. 1880 Completed April 2017
74. The Portrait of a Lady. Henry James. 1881. Completed June 2017
75. The Bostonians. Henry James. 1886.
76. The Princess Casamassima. Henry James. 1886.
77.  The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. 1869.
78. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. 1866.
79. The Village of Stepanchikovo. Fyodor Dostoyevsky. 1859.
80. The Gambler. Fyodor Dostoyevsky. 1867.
81. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol. 1842.
82. The Three Clerks. Anthony Trollope. 1858. Completed April 2017
83. Doctor Thorne. Anthony Trollope 1858. Completed May 2017
84. The Bertrams. Anthony Trollope. 1859. Completed June 2017
85. Castle Richmond. Anthony Trollope. 1860.
86. Framley Parsonage. Anthony Trollope. 1861.
87. The Struggles of Brown, Jones and Robinson. Anthony Trollope. 1862.
88. Oliver Twist. Charles Dickens. 1838. Completed May 2017
89. Camille. Alexandre Dumas, fils. 1848. Completed July 2017 
90. Great Expectations. Charles Dickens. 1860. Completed August 2017

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Jillian 9:55 AM  

The Portrait of a Lady. That is all. :) (Okay, also Villette!)

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