Every Friday, we are given a prompt to spark a post about the classics in some way. I actually am pulling from last week’s prompt because I loved it: What are some lesser-known works by a classic author you think people should read?
I decided to share a few ideas from 5 of my favorite classic authors. This is a mix of both classics I have read and classics that I have on my TBR. Hope you enjoy!
Jane Austen // Northanger Abbey & Lady Susan
Let me begin by saying I love Jane Austen and definitely recommend her most popular novels like Pride and Prejudice. However, I don’t think Northanger Abbey gets enough credit for the parody it’s making of Gothic Literature. Plus it’s a smaller novel that can be less intimidating for those new to Austen. Lady Susan is one of her shorter, early works and I hope to add it to my next Classics Club list as I think I’ve only read pieces of it in college.
C. S. Lewis // The Great Divorce & Out of the Silent Planet
If you’ve not read any Lewis, start with Narnia. It’s fantastic and classic for a reason. For those who want to broaden their Lewis reading, I highly recommend The Great Divorce as it’s a fascinating look at the potential of the afterlife but is also based in a story. That makes it more relatable for me. Top of my Lewis TBR is the first novel in his space trilogy–Out of the Silent Planet. It sounds fascinating!
L. M. Montgomery // The Blue Castle & Emily of New Moon
One of my blogging highlights thus far was hosting the #AnneReadAlong2017 with Jackie over at Death by Tsundoku. It was such a treat to read the full Anne series together and I loved getting Anne’s story start to finish. These two novels are on my TBR and I hope to experience them soon!
William Shakespeare // Macbeth & The Tempest
Does it get more classic than Shakespeare? While there are so many plays to choose from and many have at least somewhat familiar plots, I think these are the easiest to read without a lot of previous Shakespeare know how. Macbeth is a lot less complex than some of his other tragedies making it easier to understand and follow the plot. And The Tempest is really in a category all it’s own with the magical elements involved. I think it’s a fun read as well.
E. B. White // The Trumpet of the Swan
Naturally, the books that come to mind first when I think of White are Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little. Both of those are fantastic. I recently read aloud Charlotte’s Web and it was such a delight to experience that classic story again. The Trumpet of the Swan is on my TBR and I’m hoping to read it soon and potentially read it aloud as well.
What lesser known classics would you recommend?