Back to the Classics Challenge 2017: Wrap-Up


Wow, I’m done! I read something for all twelve categories in Karen’s Back to the Classics Challenge 2017, so I get three entries! (Karen, my email is jennadilts AT gmail DOT com). Here’s the line up:

1. A 19th century classic


I read The Wonder Clock by Howard Pyle (1887). It’s a collection of twenty-four fairy tales, one for each hour in the day.

2. A 20th century classic


I read Pebble in the Sky by Isaac Asimov (1950).

3. A classic by a woman author


I read A Philosophy of Education by Charlotte M. Mason (1925).

4. A classic in translation


I read Faust, Part One by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1808). I don’t know German so I read Peter Salm’s translation.

5. A pre-1800 classic


I read The Faerie Queene, Book 1 by Edmund Spenser (1590).

6. A romance classic


I read Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (1811).

7. A gothic or horror classic


I read the 100-page novella The Turn of the Screw by Henry James (1898).

8. A classic with a number in the title


I love Shakespeare, so obviously this had to be Shakespeare… Richard III (1592).

9. A classic about an animal


I chose to read a children’s classic here. Did you know A Bear Named Paddington by Michael Bond was originally published all the way back in 1958? Crazy.

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


Okay, so I’m quite the homebody. I don’t really want to visit anywhere. But fine, since I have to visit somewhere, it may as well be Venice… right? Also, Shakespeare. A Merchant of Venice (1596).

11. An award-winning classic


The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck (1931) was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1932.

12. A Russian classic


I read The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1880). I don’t know Russian so I read the Constance Garnett translation, seeing as that’s the one I had on the shelf and my husband would’ve killed me if I bought another copy of a book we already had…


So! Here we are! I’m excited to read more classics in 2018.