A Weekend of Reading to Change Your Literary Life

I’ve been wanting to expand my embarrassing ignorance of Western literary canon for a long time. I’m not really sure what I read in high school, I placed out of two semesters of English in college (even though I dropped out of AP English), and I didn’t do any of the reading for the one semester of college English I did take. I’ve been working to rectify that, but it’s slow going when you’re plowing through the Maude translation of War and Peace, innit? Brenton Dickieson has a novel solution. He has put together a list of canon selections that focuses heavily on shorter works, making it feasible to plow through work of many major authors in a reasonable period of time.

A Pilgrim in Narnia

If you are like me, you have spent much of your adult life as a reader catching up on a severe lack of education. It is common that I am out with friends and when the topic of books comes up, I’m forced to admit that I haven’t read this book or that–books that everyone else has read, obviously, but not me. My whole blog could be a confessional. I have never read Jane Eyre or Slaughterhouse V or the Foundation series or 2001: A Space Odyssey or King Lear or Faust or that volume of the History of Middle-earth that you think is that absolutely essential one. Shocking, I know. And yet I like Charlotte Brontë, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Shakespeare, Goethe, and J.R.R. Tolkien. I have never read Jacob I Have Loved, Rob Roy, Don QuixoteThe Last Unicorn, or War…

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One Response to A Weekend of Reading to Change Your Literary Life

  1. Bookstooge says:

    Hey, that is cool that his post is working out. I’ll be looking forward to what you end up reading and what you think of them/it 😀

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