Classics Club 2019-2023

A funny thing happened on the way to my English degree…

Once upon a time, I went to college, planning to become an English teacher. Five years later, I graduated with a degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences and the realization that I hadn’t read an awful lot of things considered Classics-with-a-Capital-C. That was mumblemumble years ago.

More recently, I stumbled across the Classics Club blog, and I do love a Reading Challenge. So, here are my 50 books to read between January 1, 2019, and December 31, 2023. Some of them are books I’ve read but would like to revisit, some are books I read snippets of in a Comparative Literature class, and some are books that are entirely new to me. I’ll be using this page as a master list to link to blog posts as I go.

  1. The Oresteia: Agamemnon, Eumenides, and Libation Bearers by Aeschylus (translated by Sarah Ruden)
  2. Complete Fairytales by Hans Christian Andersen
  3. Lysistrata by Aristophanes (translated by Sarah Ruden)
  4. The Confessions of Saint Augustine (translated by Peter Constantine)
  5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  6. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
  7. Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy
  8. Beowulf (translated by Seamus Heaney)
  9. The Life of Samuel Johnson by James Boswell
  10. Villette by Charlotte Brontë
  11. Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  12. The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garard
  13. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  14. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri (translated by Dorothy Sayers)
  15. On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life by Charles Darwin (1859)
  16. Confessions of an English Opium-Eater by Thomas De Quincey
  17. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  18. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
  19. The Epic of Gilgamesh (translated by Andrew George)
  20. Joseph Andrews and Shamela by Henry Fielding
  21. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell
  22. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall
  23. A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
  24. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  25. Histories by Herodotus (translated by Pamela Mensch)
  26. The Iliad by Homer (translated by Caroline Alexander)
  27. The Odyssey by Homer (translated by Emily Wilson)
  28. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs
  29. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
  30. Tales from Shakespeare by Charles & Mary Lamb
  31. Le Morte d’Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory
  32. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius (translated by Martin Hammond)
  33. Paradise Lost by John Milton
  34. Metamorphoses by Ovid (translated by A.D. Melville)
  35. Republic by Plato (translated by Benjamin Jowett)
  36. Symposium by Plato (translated by Christopher Gill)
  37. Pamela by Samuel Richardson
  38. The Goblin Market and Other Poems by Christina Rossetti
  39. Devil’s Pool by George Sand
  40. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
  41. Letters from a Stoic by Seneca (translated by Robin Campbell)
  42. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (translated by Marie Borroff)
  43. Antigone, Oedipus Rex, and Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles (translated by Frank Nisetich)
  44. The Aeneid by Virgil translated by Sarah Ruden
  45. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  46. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  47. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft
  48. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  49. The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann D. Wyss
  50. Nana by Émile Zola translated by Douglas Parmee