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Have you ever done the Classics Club challenge? If not, would you want to?
(submitted by Julie @ JadeSky)
Ummm…hmmm…to be honest, not officially and no.
BUT that’s because my Bachelor of Arts degree is in English Literature. So, basically, I spent 4 years unofficially in the Classics Club and read well over the 50 or 100 number I’ve seen as challenge numbers. I’ve enjoyed books from medieval times all the way through to current day – all different cultures, such as Asian, Hispanic, African, African American and European. I think I still have most of my Norton’s Anthologies and my lovely Riverside Edition of Shakespeare. I’ve pondered the classics, discussed them, written essays on them and research papers, and even taught them. So, I still remember almost everything about them.
My favorite writers are in the Victorian period of the US and England. I love Jane Austin, the Bronte sisters, Mark Twain, and Kate Chopin, in particular. I am also a big fan of Shakespeare and the playwrights that came before him and at the same time as him. It always has astounded me that the truths they put in their works from way back then still hold true today. And the plays from Ancient Greece – they are so incredibly beautiful and tragic.
I do think that if you haven’t had an extensive background in the classics, though, it is truly a noble goal to do this challenge. There are so many wonderful writers in history and so many different styles and cultures to explore. You quickly learn what you do like and what you just “appreciate the talents of the writer.” My dear blog friend Jessica did a recent post on the Classics Club with good links to help you get started at The Bookworm Chronicles.