Wednesday, October 14, 2009

British Literature

While my son and I are reading Peter Pan, I've started another classic, Ethan Frome and Summer.
My gosh, I can't believe how good it really is. I read it for most of the day yesterday.
And in the back of this book I am reading now, it has three lists. One, a list of Amercan Literature books. The other is British Literature. World Literature. And Anthologies.
The lists aren't to long. But instead of writing them in one post. I'm going to break it up over the next few posts for labeling reasons. I have to admit that I have not read to many of these classic stories, but I sure would like to. I'm on a mission. Some I think my son will enjoy, like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. I think that it is important for a parent to read to their children. So why not throw some literature in the mix sometimes. I want my son to grow up and reread the ones he has heard before as a child and the ones he was to young to read at the time. But I want my son to remember that his Mom read him a few of those classic stories. Did he understand The Adventures of Alice and Wonderland? I don't know. Did I? I would like to go back and reread it sometime. It is different when your reading it out loud to another instead of reading it to yourself. Plus, you can pick up on somethings the second time around. That is what's so neat about reading literature. You can keep going back to read these classics again and again in your life time. These are the books you can keep forever on your bookshelf.
I have to say, that I like the classic books best at Barnes & Noble better than at Borders. The Borders books are slightly cheaper but the Barnes and Noble Classic Literature books are for one hard cover, which I like. It will stay nice for years to come. A lot of these books are for under $10, even though they come in hard cover. Which is really nice. Also in the Barnes and Noble ones, you get a long introduction to the story as well, which you do not in the Border books. At the back of the Border classic literature books, is where I found the lists of different literature.
So here goes the British Literature list. How many have you read from this list?

British Literature

Emma- Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen

Sense and Sensibility- Jane Austen

Peter Pan- J.M. Barrie

Jane Eyre- Charlotte Bronte

Wuthering Heights- Emily Bronte

Alice in Wonderland- Lewis Carroll

Robinson Crusoe- Daniel Defoe

A Christmas Carol and Other Holiday Tales- Charles Dickens

Great Expectations- Charles Dickens

A Tale of Two Cities- Charles Dickens

A Passage to India- E.M. Forster

The Sonnets and Other Love Poems- William Shakespeare

Three Romantic Tragedies- William Shakespeare

Frankenstein- Mary Shelley

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Strange Tales- Robert Louis Stevenson

Treasure Island- Robert Louis Stevenson

Dracula- Bram Stoker

Gulliver's Travel- Jonathan Swift

The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds- H.G. Wells

The Picture of Dorian Gray- Oscar Wilde

Thats the end of that list. I have heard of these stories but have not read very many. So I definitely got some British reading to do! I hope I've inspired you today to pick up one of these British Literature books.


  1. Those are all good reads, there's a few I haven't read and now you've piqued my interest.

    I guess I'm heading to the library this afternoon :)

  2. You have listed a great many books alot of them I have bought for my grandchildren, and some I have read myself. Have a great day Anne and enjoy your reading. Madeline

  3. Hooray for reading! :)
    And Peter Pan!

    You might want to move on to this book after you're done with Peter Pan, as it's based on Barrie's own idea for more Pan adventure. Click my name to see!


  4. Anonymous10/18/2009

    Good evening dear Anne, This is a wonderful list. Some I have read and some I haven't. Frankenstein was a great read and totally unexpected. It's nothing like the movie at all and I really enjoyed it.


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