I’ve written before about my attempts to make up for a lack of “classic” education in my literature background. Last year I tackled Catch-22 (ugh) and a pair of Ernest Hemingway titles (A Farewell to Arms and The Sun Also Rises), and a couple years ago I read Madame Bovary, The Great Gatsby, East of Eden, and Slaughterhouse-5. Let 2010 be the year in which I read at least one classic per month. By classic, I suppose I mean books that are traditionally taught in literature classes or those that are legendarily classic in the sense that people name-check them and they are still in print. I won’t include those I’ve already read (although I could be persuaded to re-read Persuasion by Jane Austen). So far I have a couple of books weighing down my shelves that are promising for this venture: Emma by Jane Austen and Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.
So help me out, now that I’m covered through February. What else should be on my must-read list for 2010? I’m thinking about The Grapes of Wrath and perhaps more Hemingway. I haven’t read any of the big Russian books (Crime and Punishment, Anna Karenina, The Brothers Karamazov), so those are definite possibilities. And as I go along, of course I welcome comments and guest posts on said classics. Sometimes it helps to have a friend or two along on what might otherwise be a bit of a slog.