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.

I actually have a much longer list that I am drawing titles from, and I have been (and will continue to be) making substitutions as I go. Titles removed from this list go back onto the master list for a future batch of 50.

  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. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  5. Beowulf (translated by Seamus Heaney)
  6. The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio
  7. The Life of Samuel Johnson by James Boswell
  8. Villette by Charlotte Brontë
  9. The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garard
  10. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  11. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri (translated by Dorothy Sayers)
  12. The Voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin
  13. Confessions of an English Opium-Eater by Thomas De Quincey
  14. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  15. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
  16. The Epic of Gilgamesh (translated by Andrew George)
  17. Joseph Andrews and Shamela by Henry Fielding
  18. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell
  19. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  20. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall
  21. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  22. Histories by Herodotus (translated by Pamela Mensch)
  23. The Iliad by Homer (translated by Caroline Alexander)
  24. The Odyssey by Homer (translated by Emily Wilson)
  25. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs
  26. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
  27. Le Morte d’Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory
  28. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius (translated by Martin Hammond)
  29. Paradise Lost by John Milton
  30. Metamorphoses by Ovid (translated by A.D. Melville)
  31. The Book of the City of Ladies by Christine de Pizan (translated by Rosalind Brown-Grant)
  32. Republic by Plato (translated by Benjamin Jowett)
  33. Symposium by Plato (translated by Christopher Gill)
  34. Pamela by Samuel Richardson
  35. The Goblin Market and Other Poems by Christina Rossetti
  36. Devil’s Pool by George Sand
  37. Poems by Sappho (translated by Diane Rayor)
  38. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
  39. Letters from a Stoic by Seneca (translated by Robin Campbell)
  40. Antigone, Oedipus Rex, and Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles (translated by Frank Nisetich)
  41. The Aeneid by Virgil translated by Sarah Ruden
  42. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  43. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft
  44. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  45. Nana by Émile Zola translated by Douglas Parmee
  46. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, translated by Marie Borroff (1/1/19-12/28/19)
  47. Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1/3/19-3/8/19)
  48. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells (January 29, 2020)
  49. Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy (8/9/20-12/29/20)
  50. Tales from Shakespeare by Charles & Mary Lamb (1/19/20-12/31/20)