The Classics Club List

The Classics Club List

The Classics Club is an online fun community which encourages reading the “classics.”  Part of the fun is that it is relatively open:  free to join, no hardline categories of what defines classic, no demand for reviews/participation.  The other part of the fun is getting people encouraged to read classics – or, really, reading in general.

The main goal is to read at least 50 “classics” (by your own personal definition) within five years.

I decided to “join” (i.e. compile a list and resolve to read the books) because I feel like I am doing this sort of reading, anyway.  Also, I love lists (DON’T LIE – YOU DO, TOO!) and book lists are the best kind!


  1. The Troll Garden – Willa Cather (1905) – [collection]
  2. The Old Man in the Corner – Baroness Orczy (1908) – [collection]
  3. The Italian – Ann Radcliffe (1797)
  4. The Long Ships – Frans G. Bengtsson (1943) – [Swedish novel]
  5. The Illustrated Man – Ray Bradbury (1951)
  6. Erewhon – Samuel Butler (1872)
  7. The Idiot – Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1869)
  8. The Lifted Veil – George Eliot (1859) – [novella]
  9. Vathek – William Beckford (1786)
  10. The Devil’s Elixirs – E.T.A. Hoffmann (1815)
  11. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde (1890)
  12. Two on a Tower – Thomas Hardy (1882)
  13. Lord of the Flies – William Golding (1954)
  14. Terminations – Henry James (1895)
  15. The Neckace – Guy de Maupassant
  16. The Umbrella – Guy de Maupassant
  17. The Sailor who fell from Grace with the Sea – Yukio Mishima (1963)
  18. The Sirens of Titan – Kurt Vonnegut (1959)
  19. We Never Make Mistakes – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1963)
  20. The Good Soldier Švejk – Jaroslav Hasek (1930 – English / 1918 – Czech)
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