Back to the Classics Challenge 2017

Here are my tentative choices for the Back to the Classics Challenge, 2017: The book I eventually choose, for categories with more than one title listed, will be in bold with a link to the review.

1.  A 19th century classic – any book published between 1800 and 1899.

  • The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886) – Thomas Hardy
  • Daniel Deronda (1876) – George Elliot
  • The Woman in White (1859) – Wilkie Collins

2.  A 20th century classic – any book published between 1900 and 1967.

  • East of Eden (1952) – John Steinbeck

3.  A classic by a woman author.

  • Little Women (1868) – Louisa May Alcott

4.  A classic in translation.

  • The Charterhouse of Parma (1839) – Stendhal
  • Kokoro (1914) – Natsume Soseki

5.  A classic published before 1800.

  • Tom Jones (1749) – Henry Fielding
  • Les Liaisons Dangereuses (1782) – Pierre Choderlos de Laclos

6.  A romance classic.

  • Dr. Thorne (1858) – Anthony Trollope
  • Emma (1815) – Jane Austen

7.  A Gothic or horror classic.

  • The House of the Seven Gables (1851) – Nathaniel Hawthorne

8.  A classic with a number in the title.

  • A Tale of Two Cities (1859) – Charles Dickens

9.  A classic about an animal or which includes the name of an animal in the title.

  • Moby Dick (1851) – Herman Melville
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902) – Arthur Conan Doyle

10. A classic set in a place you’d like to visit. 

  • Zeno’s Conscience (1923) – Italo Svevo [Italy]
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940) – Ernest Hemingway [Spain]

11. An award-winning classic. 

  • Silence (1966) – Shusaku Endo – Tanizaki Prize, 1966

12. A Russian classic.

  • Anna Karenina (1877) – Leo Tolstoy