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Classics I Have Read So Far

Classics I Have Read So Far

As a voracious reader, I’ve read quite a few classics in my life. But I actually began to wonder the other day: how many classics have I read in my life so far?

I’m 26 years old, and apart from A-Levels, I’ve never studied English Literature. But I think I’ve probably read quite a large chunk of an English Literature syllabus.

Here are the classics I’ve read so far separated by century.

2nd Century to 15th Century (101-1499)

  • Daphnis and Chloe by Longus

16th Century (1500-1599)

  • The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  • A Midsummer’s Night Dream by William Shakespeare
  • The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

17th Century (1600-1699)

  • Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare
  • Othello by William Shakespeare
  • Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  • The Tempest by William Shakespeare

18th Century (1700-1799)

19th Century (1800-1899)

  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  • Emma by Jane Austen
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen
  • Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  • North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
  • Elizabeth and her German Garden by Elizabeth Van Armin
  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Dr Jeykll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Fir Tree by Hans Christian Andersen
  • The Tinder Box by Hans Christan Andersen
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  • Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  • David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  • The Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffman
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • A Pair of Silk Stockings by Kate Chopin
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • The Yellow Wallpaper by Charles Perkins Gilman

Early 20th Century (1900-1950)

  • Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers
  • A Room of Ones Own by Virginia Woolf
  • Goodbye Mr Chips by James Hilton
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  • Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
  • Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  • Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
  • Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne Du Maurier
  • The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge
  • Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
  • The Pearl by John Steinbeck
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • A Room with a View by E.M. Forster
  • The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  • Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery
  • The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
  • Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Watership Down by Richard Adams
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

Late 20th Century (1951-1999)

  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  • The BFG by Roald Dahl
  • Matilda by Roald Dahl
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  • Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
  • The Colour Purple by Alice Walker
  • The Girls of Slender Means by Muriel Sparks
  • The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
  • My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier
  • Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie
  • Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie

So far, I have read 75 classics in my lifetime.

I’ve always wanted to say I’ve read 100+ classics so I’ve still got a way to go. And I can’t believe I’ve not read a single novel from the 18th century! I need to correct that asap.

How many classics have you read? Let me know in the comments below.

Love Ellie x

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