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20 Classics #8: <i>Gulliver’s Travels</i> by Jonathan Swift

20 Classics #8: Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

Angela Meyer October 19, 2011 5 Comments

I’m reading 20 classic, modern-classic or cult books. I aimed to read them all in 2011, but that’s beginning to look unlikely. Read more about this project here. Why did I want to read it? I had vague ideas about Gulliver’s Travels. I remembered Ted Danson being tied up by some little people in a film version I […]

20 Classics in 2011 #7: <i>Death on Tiptoe</i> by RC Ashby

20 Classics in 2011 #7: Death on Tiptoe by RC Ashby

Angela Meyer September 15, 2011 1 Comment

I’m reading 20 classic, modern-classic or cult books in 2011. Read more about this project here. Why did I want to read it? In The Children’s Bookshop in Edinburgh, I discovered a wall of yellow books with purple pinstripes: rediscovered, republished books by women. There were all kinds of stories, but the fact that Death on Tiptoe was […]

20 classics in 2011 #6: <i>The Sea, The Sea</i> by Iris Murdoch

20 classics in 2011 #6: The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch

Angela Meyer July 24, 2011 3 Comments

I’m reading 20 classic, modern-classic or cult books in 2011. Read more about this project here.  Why did I want to read it? Years ago I saw the moving film Iris with Kate Winslet as Iris Murdoch. The film was an education, and I’ve been meaning to read one of her novels (and there are many) ever since. The […]

20 classics in 2011 #6: <i>Brave New World</i> by Aldous Huxley

20 classics in 2011 #6: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Angela Meyer April 28, 2011 15 Comments

I’m reading 20 classic, modern-classic or cult books in 2011. Read more about this project here. Why did I want to read it? I love Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, and dystopian fiction in general. Plus, the sections of my work-in-progress that people have read have been compared to Brave New World. I thought it was about time I read it […]

20 classics in 2011 #5: <i>The Picture of Dorian Gray</i> by Oscar Wilde

20 classics in 2011 #5: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Angela Meyer April 15, 2011 4 Comments

I’m reading 20 classic, modern-classic or cult books in 2011. Read more about this project here. Why did I want to read it? I’d always heard Oscar Wilde was a wit, and the supernatural element of the story appealed to me. When was it published? It was first published in 1890, as an issue of Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine. A later […]

20 classics in 2011 #4: <i>Heroes and Villains</i> by Angela Carter

20 classics in 2011 #4: Heroes and Villains by Angela Carter

Angela Meyer March 28, 2011 6 Comments

I’m reading 20 classic, modern-classic or cult books in 2011. Read more about this project here. Why did I want to read it? I only heard of Angela Carter, strangely, when I started my doctorate and attended a seminar about one of the stories in The Bloody Chamber. It included a hand-out with an extract of the story. Feminist, […]

20 classics in 2011 #3: <i>Treasure Island</i> by Robert Louis Stevenson

20 classics in 2011 #3: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Angela Meyer March 3, 2011 3 Comments

I’m reading 20 classic, modern-classic or cult books in 2011. Read more about this project here. Why did I want to read it? Yarrrr, I was in the mood for some adventure! And so much legend exists because of this one book: one-legged pirates, parrots, treasure maps marked with an X and more. When was it published? It was originally […]

20 classics in 2011 #2: <i>The Portrait of a Lady</i> by Henry James

20 classics in 2011 #2: The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

Angela Meyer February 8, 2011 8 Comments

I’m reading 20 classic, modern-classic or cult books in 2011. Read more about this project here. ‘A great many people give me the impression of never having for a moment felt anything’ – Isabel Archer, The Portrait of a Lady. Why did I want to read it? Well, first of all, Henry James is one of the ‘great’ novelists […]

20 classics in 2011 #1: <i>The Berlin Stories</i> by Christopher Isherwood

20 classics in 2011 #1: The Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood

Angela Meyer January 27, 2011 7 Comments

I’m reading 20 classic, modern-classic or cult books in 2011. Read more about this project here. Why did I want to read it? After seeing the elegant and moving film A Single Man (and falling for Colin Firth all over again) I learnt it was based on a novel by Christopher Isherwood – a rather famous gay writer who for […]

20 classics in 2011: blog project

20 classics in 2011: blog project

Angela Meyer January 18, 2011 46 Comments

I am going to read 20 classic, modern-classic or cult books in 2011. All book-lovers have gaps in their reading – how could you possibly read everything? In recent years I’ve been fairly up-to-speed with newer books and Australian literature, but I’ll often find myself in conversation, saying ‘oh, I haven’t read such-and-such yet’. People often assume I […]