unicorngirl (iamunicorngirl) wrote in bookish,

the classics

So I am on a kick where I want to read all the books/authors I feel like I should have read by now, especially those that pertain to my writing. So things that are widely considered well or originally (for the time) written, especially in the areas of literary fiction, horror, and science fiction.  Also would like to focus on the more modern classics right now, so nothing before say 1900. if they sort of tip into the late 1800s it's ok, esp if it's not that ponderous David Copperfield style. Also interested in anthologies of short stories, esp ones that are supposed to be definitive collections for various genres/eras etc, but collections of one author welcome too. What I'm going for is books that have influenced you in your writing, or are said to influence many later writers.

To summerize:
Operation Modern Classics for Writers:
- widely recognized good writing in genres: literary fiction, science fiction, horror, other
- 1900 and on primarily
- anthologies are great too

Have read:
x everything Ursula Le Guin ever wrote (besides Earthsea)
x "House of Leaves"
x "The Bell Jar" Sylvia Plath
...more reminders from you great people (you read my mind)
x LotR books
x Narnia books
x Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury
x Breakfast of Champions
x The Catcher in the Rye
x The Curious Incident of hte Dog in the Nighttime
x Ender's Game
x Watership Down
x The Grapes of Wrath (for school lol)
x Snow Crash

On my list already:
- "Brave New World"
- "Lolita"
- Annie Dillard's "The Writing Life" and "Pilgrim at Tinker Creek"

Any recommendations will be much appreciated and carefully considered. Thank You!!
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