LIST: Top 10 Favourite Pieces of Classic Literature

Obviously I read a great deal of classic literature — it’s one of my favourites! — and I usually enjoy what I read, so to pick ten different pieces by ten different authors off the top of my head, was actually a bit of a challenge.

2 thoughts on “LIST: Top 10 Favourite Pieces of Classic Literature

  1. After watching this I mentally attempted to list my top ten classics and I agree, it is a difficult task! You have got a great range on your list though, mine are mostly limited to Victorian (or there about) novels…I suppose that is what you get for studying literature in a department which has many Victorian specialists! I can without a doubt say that my favourite classic text is Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, closely followed by The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (and yet for some reason Dracula doesn’t float my boat…) I also like War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier is also high up there, even thought it is more of a modern classic rather than a ‘classic’ classic. I am currently reading The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, which I think will end up high on the list because I enjoyed The Moonstone but not enough to place it in my top ten but I hear TWIW is better. And when it comes to Shakespeare, that’s a whole other ball game! ‘Macbeth’ is easily my favourite (I got to see it at The Globe last year…AMAZING!) and my second favourite is ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ which is odd because usually I don’t like the comedies, then ‘Hamlet’ is third. This is REALLY tricky! Completely unrelated but do you read much poetry at all? I have always hated studying poetry but I have recently discovered that I really enjoy reading it. I think compiling a top ten poems list would be mildly easier, I can narrow it down to ‘The Raven’ by Edgar Allan Poe as number one, ‘The Listeners’ by Walter De La Mare in second and ‘Colonel Fazackerley Butterworth Toast’ by Charles Causley in third (a hangover from childhood…) then maybe ‘Faust’ by Carol Ann Duffy…I might even manage a top five! Apologies for the massive essay for a comment…it got me thinking and turned into a mental conversation with myself! Thanks for getting me thinking!

    1. Haha, no worries! I’m glad I was able to help inspire some literary thinking! Besides, being concise is hardly a strong suit of mine, so I frequently leave comments or ‘short’ messages that are basically small essays.
      I read some poetry — I’m a huge fan of William Blake — but nearly as much as I probably should. It’s definitely a medium to which I have not had nearly enough exposure.

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